Lincoln Presidency Cent

The final of four new cent coins issued by the US Mint in 2009 to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln was the Lincoln Presidency Cent.

Mintage: 327.6 million
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Meant to represent the life of Lincoln as President of the United States from 1861-1865, the reverse design of the coin shows an unfinished U.S. Capitol Building dome as it would have appeared when Lincoln arrived in Washington, D.C.

This coin marked the final of four cent strikes issued in 2009 to honor Lincoln. Only two cent coins before 2009 honored Lincoln, although together they were struck for one hundred years – the Lincoln Wheat Ears Cent from 1909-1958 and the Lincoln Memorial Cent from 1959-2008.

New 2009 Lincoln Cents

The four 2009 Lincoln Cents struck by the US Mint 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

Following these four coins in 2010 was a new Lincoln Cent showing a Union Shield on its reverse emblematic of Lincoln’s preservation of the Union.

Issue Information

This coin marked the final of four new Lincoln Cent Coins issued by the US Mint in 2009 to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Release Date

The US Mint issued the Lincoln Presidency Cent on November 12, 2009 with a ceremony held near the US Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Issue Price

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

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Circulation quality Presidency 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

Featured on the circulating cent coin since 1909, the obverse (heads side) of the Presidency Cent also shows a portrait of Abraham Lincoln as designed by Victor David Brenner for that 1909 coin.

The reverse (tails side) was designed by Susan Gamble to show an unfinished U.S. Capitol Building dome as it would have appeared during Lincoln’s presidency. It was sculpted by Joseph Menna.

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.

Formative Years Cent Mintage

According to the US Mint a total of 327,600,000 of the Lincoln Presidency Cents were struck – 129,600,000 at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and 129,600,000 at the US Mint’s facility in Denver.

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