Lincoln, Bicentennial (2009)

One-cent coins issued during 2009 are a unique tribute to President Abraham Lincoln, recognizing the bicentennial of his birth and the 100th anniversary of the first issuance of the Lincoln cent. These coins use four different design themes on the reverse to represent the four major aspects of President Lincoln’s life. The obverse of each of these coins carries the traditional portrait of Lincoln that has been in use since 1909.

The special reverse designs, released as quarterly issues throughout 2009, are described as: Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky (designer, Richard Masters; sculptor, Jim Licaretz); Formative Years in Indiana (designer and sculptor, Charles Vickers); Professional Life in Illinois (designer, Joel Iskowitz; sculptor, Don Everhart); and Presidency in Washington (designer, Susan Gamble; sculptor, Joseph Menna). Those issued for commercial circulation are made of the exact same copper-plated composition used since 1982. Special versions included in collector sets are made of the same metallic composition as was used for the original 1909 cents (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc).

Lincoln, Bicentennial (2009)

Lincoln, Bicentennial (2009)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 2009
    Designer: Victor D. Brenner (obv) and Richard Masters (Birth and Early Childhood rev), Charles Vickers (Formative Years rev), Joel Iskowitz (Professional Life rev), and Susan Gamble (Presidency rev)
    Weight: 2.500 grams
    Diameter:19 mm
    • regular-issue coins, copper-plated zinc (core: .992 zinc, .008 copper, with a plating of pure copper; total content .975 zinc, .025 copper); special-issue coins, .950 copper, .005 tin and zinc
    Edge: plain
Grade Price Guide
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • MS-63RB Mint State. Mint State. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
  • MS-65BN Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-65RD Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-66RD Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-67RD Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-68 MS-68. MS-68.
  • MS-68RD Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-69RD Mint State. Mint State.
  • PF-65BN Proof. Proof.
  • PF-65RD Proof. Proof.
  • PF-67RD Proof. Proof.
  • PF-67Cam Proof. Proof.
  • PF-68DC Proof. Proof.
  • 2009, Birth and Early Childhood
  • 284,400,000
    • 2009D, Birth and Early Childhood
    • 350,400,000
      • 2009, Formative Years
      • 376,000,000
        • 2009D, Formative Years
        • 363,600,000
          • 2009, Professional Life
          • 316,000,000
            • 2009D, Professional Life
            • 336,000,000
              • 2009, Presidency
              • 129,600,000
                • 2009D, Presidency
                • 198,000,000
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