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.
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2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program