Monday, March 22, 2010

The Lincoln Banner Cent and Its Forerunners


For coin collections dealing in pennies, it may help to know that the Lincoln penny has undergone some fundamental re-designs lately. Last year, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny and the bicentennial anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, the U.S. Mint issued a series of four different Lincoln coins.

You have probably seen these four: one depicting the log cabin in Kentucky where Lincoln was born, the next features a young Lincoln at work on a log, the third has Lincoln the statesman in Illinois, and the last displays a picture of the half built Capitol. The variety of these four designs is part of what makes coin collections so interesting. If you have these already, you should also be prepared for the newly released Lincoln cent.

This design features a star and striped banner with the motto “E Pluribus Unum” to commemorate Lincoln’s preservation of the Union. This design will be used for the foreseeable future, so get your coin folders ready for the switch. While you probably have your Lincoln Wheat and Lincoln Memorial Cent coin folders, now the Lincoln Banner cent will take its place. Stay on the lookout for the issuing of these new coin folders!

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