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Daemon
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The Lincoln Cent

When the Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of US coins. No regularly circulating US coin had ever featured a portrait of a real person before, but public sentiment stemming from the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth was strong enough to outweigh tradition. Sculptor Victor David Brenner was invited to participate in the formulation of the new design when which president chose him for the commission? More...
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In late 1908, Theodore Roosevelt sat for sculptor Victor David Brenner, who was designing a medal for the Panama Canal Commission. While the contents of their conversations were never recorded, it appears they discussed Roosevelt's plans for coinage redesign. Roosevelt had admired a 1907 plaque of Lincoln which the artist had produced. It is uncertain how Brenner was selected to design the cent, but in January 1909, Mint Director Frank A. Leach contacted Brenner to ask his fee for designing the coin. Brenner mentioned in his correspondence with Leach that the President had liked his Lincoln design; there is no evidence Brenner considered any other concept for the piece.
Bryn Kinnaird
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I wonder if you can buy anything for a cent these days ?
Alenka
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In Cuba there is a 3pesos coin with Che Guevara. Every tourist wants to have it;)
Gary98
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Actually the cent is the only coin we are getting more than our money's worth. Everything else is a check from US government.
Alexander Lo
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I did not know the Reverse side of the penny has so many different designs. I will check them out.
Jding
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You know, they are thinking of banishing the penny because:

1)It takes two cents to make a one cent coin.
2)The penny is kind of useless, because there isn't that much stuff you could buy for 1 cent


I think we shouldn't banish the penny because it is important to us and the US, and when we look at the penny, we should remember Abraham Lincoln because he fought in the Civil War.

The penny is special because it's the only coin (I think, other than the state quarters) that has different designs on the reverse sides.

What about you? Vote here if you want to: http://www.timeforkids.com/news/penny-debate/76591
monamagda
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Who Made That Penny?

The penny is a neglected coin. Frequently orphaned on the street. Mercilessly taunted for its mediocrity. In an age of trillion-dollar debt and billion-dollar bank bailouts, America’s lowest common denomination seems to bear little value as an individual monetary unit. Yet the copper-toned coin bearing Lincoln’s profile still holds a unique place in our national identity. Phrases like Benjamin Franklin’s “A penny saved is a penny earned”

The head face of the Lincoln cent, first minted in 1909, was designed by Victor David Brenner. Born as Victoras Barnauskas in Shavli, Lithuania, Brenner changed his name when he applied for American citizenship. According to “Littleton’s Collectors Guide to Lincoln Head Cents”
http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/who-made-that-penny/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
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