"The professional life design-Lincoln speaking in front of the Old State Capitol-sums up his Illinois experience," said United States Mint Director Ed Moy. "Illinois is where Lincoln evolved into a successful lawyer and politician. His service in the state legislature and Congress, and his debates with Stephen Douglas, paved the way to his election as President."
The "professional life" design is the third of four new designs appearing on the reverse of the one-cent coin this year. The coin's reverse-designed by United States Mint Artist Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart-includes the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE CENT. The coin's obverse will continue to feature sculptor Victor David Brenner's familiar likeness of President Lincoln, which debuted in 1909. Inscriptions on the obverse are IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 2009.
The Presidential Profiles $1 Coin Program is going to feature images of the US presidents in the order they served. Kinda like the State Quarter program.
The BIG NEWS is that the coin is going to have a NUMBER on it!
Here's what the reverse is goign to look like:
It's time to take a look at the United States coinage and redesign it.
Take a look at the change you have in your pocket.
For a moment, image that you are visiting the United States from a foreign country.
How to you tell the change apart?
Can you even find the denomination on it?
Here's where we are at today for documentation of the montary amount on the coinage:
Penny: ONE CENT
Nickel: FIVE CENTS
Dime: ONE DIME
Quarter: Quarter Dollar