See the NEW Lincoln pennies

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky Reverse Designer: Richard Masters Sculptor: Jim Licaretz Description: This reverse features a log cabin that represents Lincoln&#39;s humble beginnings in Kentucky. (U.S. Mint Image)</span></div>
February 12, 2009 7:40:53 AM PST
There will be lots of pennies for the nation's thoughts on Thursday as the first of four 2009 Lincoln one-cent coins are released into circulation. So far, the United States Mint has produced 245 million of these coins with more to follow. The tails side of the 2009 Lincoln Penny features a log cabin to commemorate the birth and early childhood in Kentucky of the nation's 16th President.

PHOTO SLIDE SHOW: Images of the 2009 Lincoln penny

The heads side will continue to bear the familiar bust of President Lincoln that has been on the coin for 100 years.

The new Lincoln Penny commemorates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth and the 100 anniversary of the Lincoln one cent.

This is the first time in 50 years that the design of the Lincoln Penny has been changed. From 1909 to 1959, the tails side of the penny featured two sheaves of wheat. From 1959 to 2008, the penny featured the Lincoln Memorial.

On Thursday at 12 noon Eastern Time, the United States Mint also will put on sale the Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar, which will be 90 percent silver.

On the Internet:

United States Mint
http://www.usmint.gov/

2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program
http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/lincolnRedesign/index.cfm


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