Today the United States Mint unveiled the reverse designs for the much anticipated 2009 Lincoln Cents.
The year 2009 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Cent and the 200th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
The four rotating reverse designs will be released approximately every 3 months during 2009. The first design will enter circulation on February 12, 2009. The four designs represent the four major stages of Lincoln’s life.
- Birth in Kentucky (1809-1816)
- Formative Years in Indiana (1816-1830)
- Professional Life in Illinois (1830-1861)
- Presidency in Washington, D.C. (1861-1865)
The obverse of the coin will continue to bear the likeness of President Lincoln designed by Victor D. Brenner. This design has been used uninterrupted since 1909. The reverse design of the coin was modified in 1959 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.
The four newly unveiled reverse designs appear below: