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Lincoln's Best Side?

Have you ever wondered why the portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the penny faced to the right when all the other portraits of presidents on U.S. circulating coins in the 20th century faced to the left?

The reason is the source of the portrait. Lincoln’s likeness was based on a plaque executed by Victor David Brenner, an outstanding portraitist and sculptor. President Theodore Roosevelt was so impressed with the plaque that he recommended to the Secretary of the Treasury that the design be placed on a coin to be issued in the Lincoln Centennial Year, 1909.

So the direction that Lincoln faces on the cent was not mandated. It was simply the choice of the original designer.

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