Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar

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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, serving from 1861 – 1865, was one of America’s great leaders, demonstrating uncommon courage during the Civil War, one of the greatest crises in our Nation’s history. His life is commemorated in music, poetry and sculpture; his words are quoted by poets and politicians; and his face appears on coins, currency and postage stamps. Mountains, cities, highways and schools throughout the country bear his name.

The year 2009 marks the bicentennial anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, and the Secretary of the Treasury minted and issues $1 silver coins in commemoration of this milestone anniversary.

Born of humble roots in present-day LaRue County, Kentucky, on February 12, 1809, Lincoln reached the presidency through a combination of honesty, integrity, intelligence and commitment to the United States of America. With the firm belief that all men are created equal, he led the effort to end the institution of slavery in the United States.

President Lincoln had a generous heart, “with malice toward none, with charity for all.” He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country, dying from an assassin’s bullet on April 15, 1865, just days after the end of the Civil War.

In dedicating the Gettysburg National Cemetery* at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, site of one of the fiercest battles of the war, Lincoln eloquently reminded the country and the world why it was being waged:

“…we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Today, the Gettysburg Address is recognized as one of the most beautiful and poetic statements in American literature, a moving tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the ideals for which they died.

The obverse (heads) of the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar features an image of President Lincoln. The image is symbolic of Lincoln’s strength and resolve, and was inspired by Daniel Chester French’s famous sculpture of the President that sits inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

*The “Gettysburg National Cemetery” was originally called the “Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg.”

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Recipient Organization: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission 

Surcharges from sales of the Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar are authorized to be paid to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to further its work in planning the celebration of Lincoln’s bicentennial and the continued study of his life.

Commemorative Coin Surcharges

Commemorative coin programs are created by acts of Congress to honor a person, place, or event. Surcharges from the sales of these coins help fund a variety of organizations and projects that benefit the public. Commemorative coins are only available from the United States Mint for a limited time, as specified by public law.

Characteristics

Obverse Inscriptions

• LIBERTY
• IN GOD WE TRUST
• 2009

Reverse Inscriptions

• UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
• The final 43 words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Incused (edge) Inscriptions

• Lincoln’s signature
• ONE DOLLAR
• E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

Weight: 26.73 grams

Diameter: 1.500 inches

Composition: 90 percent Silver; balance Copper

Mintage Limit: 500,000 (across all product options)

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse

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Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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