We are pleased to offer for sale this Lincoln Bicentennial Cent FORMATIVE YEARS Design (2009). This Lincoln Penny is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The Formative Years issue features Lincoln reading while taking a break from rail-splitting and was the work of Charles Vickers. All of our BU Lincoln Cents are nice original coins and represent a great value for the price. You will receive one Formative Lincoln Bicentennial Cent. Mint marks are mixed and selected at random.
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The Presidential One Dollar Coin Act of 2005 required that the reverse of the Lincoln Cent be redesigned for 2009 in honor of the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The Lincoln Penny Series began 100 years earlier with the Wheat Cent, and had continued the previous 50 years as the Lincoln Memorial Cent. The 2009 Lincoln Penny Series would serve as a commemorative transition to an all new penny design, the Lincoln Shield Cents, that would begin the following year.
The Commemorative Lincoln Cents were designed to be emblematic of four different stages of the 16th President's historic life: his birth and early childhood in Kentucky, his formative years in Indiana, his professional life in Illinois, and finally, his Presidency in Washington D.C. The design chosen for Lincoln's Birth was created by Richard Masters, and features the log cabin we has born and raised it. The second design, emblematic of Lincoln's Formative Years, features Lincoln reading while taking a break from rail-splitting and was the work of Charles Vickers. The third design, showing Lincoln's Professional Years, was crafted by Joel Iskowitz, and shows Lincoln standing in front of the Illinois State Capitol as a young lawyer. The final design was produced by Susan Gamble. It shows the half completed dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, an approximation of what the construction would have looked like during Lincoln's Presidency.
Lincoln Bicentennial Cents were issued by the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints. All of the designs continue the use of Victor D. Brenner's portrait of Lincoln on the obverse of the coin. The reverses of all four coins feature the traditional inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE CENT, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. All of the Bicentennial Lincoln Pennies are 19 mm in diameter, weigh 2.5 g, and are composed of .975 (97.5%) zinc and .025 (2.5%) copper.