Penny Lincoln

Is It Time To Retire “Old Abe” On The Penny?

October 29th, 2013 by

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The obverse of the 1909 Lincoln cent is the longest-running coin design in U.S. history, and was the first design featuring a President to appear on American coinage. After 104 years, do you think it’s time for a change? Or perhaps you think that we should ditch the penny altogether, like many other industrialized nations? (The U.S. Mint states that it takes 2.41 cents to make each penny.)

Some people are fans of the new “retro” reverse of the one cent coin that debuted in 2010, and would like to see a new “Liberty penny.” Before the Lincoln penny, Lady Liberty was featured on the penny every year from 1793 to 1908, except 1856-1858, when the “Flying Eagle” cent was minted.