The United States Mint will present the second redesigned one-cent coin (penny), bearing an image representing Abraham Lincoln’s formative years, at a ceremony in Indiana on May 14. The public and the media are invited to the free event, which will take place in Lincoln State Park at the Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln City at 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT).

Following the ceremony, there will be a coin exchange where the public can exchange their currency for a minimum of two rolls and up to six rolls of coins bearing the new design, while supplies last. (The limits are subject to change.) Those who cannot attend the event can purchase a Two-Roll Set of coins bearing the Formative Years design directly from United States Mint’s Web site,, or the toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), beginning noon ET on May 14. The Two-Roll Set will be available for a limited time only and is priced at $8.95 per two-roll set. A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders. There is an order limit of five sets per household.

The United States Mint is mandated by Title III of Public Law 109-145-the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005-to issue a series of four different pennies in recognition of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent. The reverse (tails side) will reflect four different designs, each one representing a different aspect, or theme, of President Lincoln’s life. The obverse (heads side) of all four redesigned one-cent coins will continue to bear the likeness of President Lincoln that has graced the penny since 1909.

The themes for the reverse designs represent four major aspects of Abraham Lincoln’s life: his birth and early childhood in Kentucky; his formative years in Indiana; his professional life in Illinois; and his presidency in Washington, D.C. The third redesigned penny will be put into circulation in August, followed by the fourth design in November.

To download a digital images of the 2009 Lincoln one-cent coins, go to the following site:

WHAT: Presentation of the Lincoln One-Cent Coin – Indiana Formative Years design

WHO: Ed Moy, Director, United States Mint
Connie Nass, Chair, Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (IALBC)
Darrel Bigham, Professor emeritus of history, University of Southern Indiana; Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) Commissioner; IALBC Commissioner
Joan Flinspach, ALBC Commissioner; IALBC Commissioner
Oak Hill Singers, Oak Hill Middle School, Evansville, Ind.
Britt Reagan, the actor portraying the teenage Abraham Lincoln in the play “Lincoln”

WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT)

WHERE: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Lincoln State Park
Highway 162
Lincoln City, Indiana

Press inquiries: Jana Prewitt (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)