Lincoln Professional Life Cent

Representing the years Abraham Lincoln spent in Illinois, the Lincoln Professional Life Cent marks the third of four new cent coins issued by the US Mint in 2009.

Mintage: 652 million
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In Illinois for over thirty years of his life (1830-1861), it was here that he married, raised a family, became a self-taught lawyer and first delved into the world of politics. After arriving at New Salem, Illinois, Lincoln would try his hand at several different occupations before moving to the state capitol of Springfield in 1837.

The next few decades were spent honing his skills both as a lawyer and a politician before he eventually won the United States Presidency in 1860.

New 2009 Lincoln Cents

The United States Mint released four new cents in 2009 to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Those four cents 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

The Mint followed the above four coins in 2010 with a new cent containing a Union Shield on its reverse emblematic of Lincoln’s preservation of the Union.

Issue Information

The 2009 Professional Life Cent was the third of four new cents released by the Mint in 2009 to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Release Date

The US Mint issued the Lincoln Professional Life Cent on August 13, 2009 with a ceremony held on the steps of the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois.

Issue Price

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

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Circulation quality Professional Life 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 designed the original portrait of Abraham Lincoln found on the obverse (heads side) of the coin. It was first featured on the cent coin in 1909.

Joel Iskowitz designed the reverse (tails side) of the Professional Life Cent to show Lincoln in front of the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln both served in the legislature here as well as argued cases as a lawyer. It was sculpted by Don Everhart.

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 652,000,000 of the Lincoln Professional Life Cents were struck – 316,000,000 at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and 336,000,000 at the US Mint’s facility in Denver.

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