Lincoln Penny (1959–2007)

Circulating Coins
  • Year of Issue: 1959
  • Authorizing Legislation: Coinage Act of 1792

Background

This new penny design was introduced in 1959, replacing the Indian Head Cent. The Lincoln cent was the first cent produced with the motto In God We Trust.

The obverse design featuring president Abraham Lincoln, was first produced in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

The reverse image of the Lincoln Memorial was selected to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. It replaced the Wheat Ears design that appeared on the reverse of the 1909 Lincoln cent.

This design was used for the penny from 1959 to 2007.

Two United States Mint Directors, James Ross Snowden and James Pollock, served under President Lincoln’s tenure in office.

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Coin Characteristics

The obverse design features President Abraham Lincoln.

The reverse features the the Lincoln Memorial.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • LIBERTY
  • date

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • ONE CENT

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse
  • Designer: Frank Gasparro
Content last reviewed January 3, 2017

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