United States Mint to Unveil 2009 Penny Designs MONDAY Honoring Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

United States Mint Director Ed Moy and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission will hold a news conference at the Lincoln Memorial on Monday, September 22 to unveil the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent designs, the first time the image on the penny has changed in half a century.

In 2009, the United States Mint will put into circulation a series of four different one cent coins in recognition of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent. While the obverse (heads side) will continue to bear the likeness of President Lincoln currently on the penny, the reverse (tails side) will change to bear four different designs, each representing a different phase in the life of Abraham Lincoln. The aspects of his life to be honored will be Lincoln’s birth in Kentucky, his formative years in Indiana, his professional life in Illinois and his Presidency in Washington, D.C.
The first redesigned penny will be issued on the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, February 12, 2009. The remaining redesigned pennies will be released at intervals throughout 2009.

WHAT: Unveiling of the four designs for the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Coins

WHO: United States Mint Director Ed Moy
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Co-Chairman Harold Holzer
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Executive Director Eileen Mackevich Abraham Lincoln Presenter Jim Rubin of West Virginia
WHEN: 10 a.m. ET, Monday, September 22, 2008
WHERE: Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool PlazaParking available on Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive

In case of rain, the location will be United States Mint Headquarters at 801 9th Street, NW

NOTE: Images of the new 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Coin designs will be available at 10 a.m. Monday, September 22, 2008 at http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=photo .

TV Stations & Networks ONLY: A satellite feed of the event will be available the same day on 9/22/08 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET at AMC 3, Tr.3 DL, 3760H and Tuesday, September 23 at 11 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Galaxy C, Tr. 21, DL 4120 H.

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