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Four New Penny Designs

Unveiled! Lincoln's One Cent Makeover For His 200th Birthday

Earlier this year the five dollar bill featuring Abraham Lincoln's face was given a purple makeover, and now the US Mint is introducing not one but four new penny designs! Abe would be turning 200 next year and the occasion is being honored with the release of the new pennies, and it's the first time the penny has been altered in 50 years.

Lincoln's profile will remain as we've known it on one side of the penny and the other side will feature new images. The first of the four designs will be released into circulation starting on Feb. 12 (Abe's birthday) and a different penny will be introduced every three months. The different images depict a log cabin, a young Lincoln reading a book, Lincoln as a young lawyer in Springfield, IL, and a half-completed Capitol dome.


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smthngk smthngk 8 years
My professor made the one with the log cabin. Go UWOSHKOSH!
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
Why is our gov't wasting money on crap like this when our economy is so bad off????
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I thought they were changing the front, but I'm glad to hear that they aren't. I would hate for them to take Lincoln's face off the front. Why is the penny useless? How else would get exact change?
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I wonder how much this cost.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
:LOL: @ Blue - so true
Mintie Mintie 8 years
How much money is the treasury wasting on this? The penny needs to be ditched... it's useless.
bluebird bluebird 8 years
javsmav, Illinois is the "land of Lincoln" : ) I grew up in a suburb of Chicago... The only obsession we had about Lincoln was which direction to travel on it and for how long!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Yes!!! Very awesome, I love my Honest Abe.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
The people of Illinois care. I took the Illinois bar last year and my goodness, they are obsessed with Lincoln up there! Maybe it's just the legal community. Also, I'm not sure how they feel about sharing their idol with Indiana. The formative years were spent in another state? oh no! ;)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i guess they have to change things up huh? aside from people who collect coins, i wonder if there's really any major interest in this. i don't know if i ever pay much attention to that since i don't like to carry cash/coins.
syako syako 8 years
I'm glad Lincoln could make it!
verily verily 8 years
Sounds cool. I'm glad that they're keeping the front the same. They're also putting out some new designs on the dollar coins. I would happily use dollar coins, but I don't think the vending machines accept them. I'm sure the people at my work cafeteria hate the crumpled dollar bills I hand them.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I cant believe you still have one cents. LOL. UK has too (where I live now) but I still think its barmy LOL
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