We are pleased to offer for sale this Lincoln Shield Cent (2010-Date). This Lincoln Shield Penny is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. All of our BU Lincoln Shield Pennies are nice original coins and represent a great value for the price. You will receive one Lincoln Shield Cent. Dates and/or mint marks are mixed and selected at random.
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In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the legislation known as Public Law 109-145. While this law is more famous for the creations of both the Presidential Dollar coin series and the 2009 Bicentennial Lincoln Cents, it also included direction for the Secretary of the Treasurey to create cents with a new design to begin in 2010. Section 303 of this law allowed for the creation of this new Lincoln cent, one with the familiar obverse, featuring the Victor David Brenner Lincoln portrait on the obverse, and a newly designed reverse. This new design would replace the Lincoln Memorial, which was featured from 1959-2008 on the back of all cents. This new design was required to "bear an image emblematic of President Lincoln's preservation of the United States of America as a single and united country."
The finalized design of the 2010 Lincoln Cent was chosen in June 2009. The design was a creation of Lyndall Bass, and includes 13 stripes on the Union Shield with the Inscription "United States of America" across the top of the design (similar to the designs of the Memorial Cent and the Bicentennial Cent), "E. Pluribus Unum" on the top of the shield, and the denomination of "One Cent" across the shield. The 13 stripes honor the Union States from the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, and the cap of the shield signifies their solidarity. The Shield design has been in use in the U.S. since the 1780's, and was also commonly seen during the Civil War. It was noted by the U.S. Mint at the unveiling of the new design that the Union Shield appears many times within the U.S. Capitol building. These depictions were produced by the painter Constantino Brumidi, an artist that was active during Lincoln's presidency.
The Union Shield Cent was first minted in 2010 and is planned to continue for 49 years. The Shield Cent is the current circulating cent in United States. All Shield Cents have a composition of .975 zinc and .025 copper, with a diameter of 19 mm, a mass of 2.5 g, and a smooth edge. The Union Shield Cent is produced at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints.