Lincoln Birthplace Cent

The Lincoln Birthplace Cent marks the first major design change to the cent coin in fifty years. It was also the first of four new cent designs to be issued in 2009.

Mintage: 634.8 million
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The Birthplace Cent replaced the long-standing Lincoln Memorial Cent which was issued from 1959-2008. That cent itself replaced another Lincoln related coin, the Wheat Ears Cent which appeared from 1909-1958.

Shown on the reverse of this new coin is a log cabin representing the humble beginnings of Abraham Lincoln who was born in Kentucky.

New 2009 Lincoln Cents

The United States Mint issued four new Lincoln Cents in 2009. They are shown below in their correct order:

  • 2009 – Lincoln Birthplace Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Formative Years Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Professional Life Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Presidency Cent

These four coins were followed in 2010 by another Lincoln Cent with a Union Shield on the reverse representing Lincoln’s preservation of the Union.

Issue Information

The 2009 Lincoln Birthplace Cents represented the first of four new cent designs to be issued by the US Mint in 2009

Release Date

The US Mint issued the Lincoln Birthplace Cent on February 12, 2009 with a ceremony held near Hodgenville, Kentucky, the birthplace of Lincoln.

Issue Price

The US Mint released the Birthplace Cent into circulation through the normal Federal Reserve channels for the face value of the coin – $.01.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Circulation quality Birthplace Cents were struck at the US Mint’s facility in Denver and the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia. Proof quality versions were struck at the US Mint’s facility in San Francisco.

Designer & Sculptor / Engraver

Victor David Brenner originally designed the portrait of Abraham Lincoln found on the obverse (heads side) of the coin for the Cent in 1909. It has appeared on the Cent ever since.

The reverse (tails side) of the Birthplace Cent features an image of a log cabin. It represents the humble beginnings of the 16th President of the United States and was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $0.01
Finish: Circulation (Business Strike)
Composition: 97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper
Standard Weight: 2.5 grams
Standard Diameter: 0.750 in. or 19 mm
Edge: Plain

**The US Mint also struck proof versions of the coin to the exact composition as the original 1909 Lincoln Cents – 95% copper, 3% zinc & 2% tin with a weight of 3.11 grams.

Birthplace Cent Mintage

According to the US Mint a total of 634,800,000 of the Lincoln Birthplace Cents were struck – 284,400,000 at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and 350,400,000 at the US Mint’s facility in Denver.

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