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In 2009, the US Mint celebrated the bicentennial (200th anniversary) of the birth of US President Abraham Lincoln, as well as the centennial (100th anniversary) of the Lincoln cent itself. Throughout 2009, there was a series of 4 different designs released, which would be displayed on the reverse of the coin. The 4 different varieties on the reverse would show scenes from Abraham Lincoln's life.
The Lincoln cent (commonly known as a penny) is a one-cent coin that has been struck by the United States Mint since 1909 to honor the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The colloquial term penny derives from the British coin of the same name, the pre-decimal version of which had a similar value.
The Lincoln cent has been issued longer than any other coin in U.S. history and in far greater numbers than any other coin in the history of the world.
Professional Life in Illinois nicknamed the Illinois Penny, was released on August 13, 2009.
Abraham Lincoln (the 16th President of the United States, led the United States through its Civil War, abolished slavery) bust right, date lower right. The lettering LIBERTY and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.
IN GOD WE TRUST
Illinois Penny commemorates the early professional life of Lincoln. Depicted on the back of the coin is a young Abraham Lincoln standing and speaking in front of the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA