Lincoln Union Shield Cent

The Lincoln Union Shield Cent debuted in 2010 and followed four new Lincoln Cent designs that were issued in 2009 to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

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However, unlike those 2009 cents which were each struck for a limited time, the Union Shield design will be used indefinitely from 2010 on. That is unless Congress mandates the design to change or twenty five years has passed allowing the Treasury Secretary to change it.

While twenty-five years may seem like a long time, it is only half of what the two longest running Lincoln Cents were available for. Beginning in 1909 and running for fifty years until 1958, the Lincoln Wheat Ears Cent was struck by the US Mint. That coin was followed in the next fifty years of 1959-2008 by the Lincoln Memorial Cent.

New 2009 Lincoln Cents

A total of seven different circulating Cent coins from the US Mint have honored Abraham Lincoln. They are shown in their correct release order below:

  • 1909-1958 Lincoln Wheat Ears Cent
  • 1959-2008 Lincoln Memorial Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Birthplace Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Formative Years Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Professional Life Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Presidency Cent
  • 2010-? – Lincoln Union Shield Cent

In total, billions of the cent coins have been struck honoring the 16th President of the United States.

Issue Information

The 2010 Lincoln Union Shield Cent follows the highly popular 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Cents issued the year before to honor 200 years since the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Release Date

The United States Mint released the 2010 Union Shield Cent during a release ceremony held on February 11, 2010 in Springfield, Illinois – home of Abraham Lincoln.

Issue Price

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

U.S. Mint Production Facility

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

Designer & Sculptor / Engraver

Continuing a design used on the obverse (heads side) of the Cent Coins since 1909, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln is used that was designed by Victor David Brenner.

United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Lyndall Bass designed the reverse (tails side) of the coin to show a Union Shield emblematic of Lincoln’s preservation of the Union. It was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver 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

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