Information about Portrait: Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
United States / One Cent 2008 Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country's greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernising the U.S. economy. His portrait has appeared on the obverse of American one cent coins since 1909.

In January 1909, the United States Mint engaged Victor David Brenner to design a cent depicting the late president Abraham Lincoln, 1909 being the centennial year of his birth. It was the first widely circulating design of a U.S. president on a coin, an idea that had been seen as too monarchical in the past, namely by George Washington. Nevertheless, Brenner's design was eventually approved, and the new coins were issued to great public interest on August 2, 1909. This was a break with previous American numismatic tradition; before the Lincoln cent, no regularly circulating U.S. coin had featured an actual person, as opposed to idealised personifications such as of Liberty.

Brenner had put his full surname on the obverse in the first design for the portrait, in keeping with European tradition (he had studied in France) but this was rejected. In the first adopted version of the Lincoln Cent, the designer's initials only (VDB) appear on the reverse at its base. However, even this was deemed too prominent once the coins were issued, and they were removed within days of the release. The initials were restored, this time smaller, on Lincoln's shoulder, in 1918.

Abraham Lincoln - Example/s on coins
United States / One Cent 2008 Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln on a one cent coin

United States / One Cent 2008 Lincoln Memorial

The portrait has been shown on this type of coins since 1909.

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NameMintageLegend
One Cent 1909 Wheat Penny 103,010,430 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1909
One Cent 1910 Wheat Penny 152,850,336 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1910
One Cent 1911 Wheat Penny 117,877,512 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1911
One Cent 1912 Wheat Penny 82,997,232 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1912
One Cent 1913 Wheat Penny 98,440,335 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1913
One Cent 1914 Wheat Penny 80,569,797 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1914
One Cent 1915 Wheat Penny 55,976,170 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1915
One Cent 1916 Wheat Penny 190,300,277 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1916
One Cent 1917 Wheat Penny 284,169,785 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1917
One Cent 1918 Wheat Penny 370,614,634 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1918
One Cent 1919 Wheat Penny 588,935,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1919
One Cent 1920 Wheat Penny 405,665,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1920
One Cent 1921 Wheat Penny 54,431,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1921
One Cent 1922 Wheat Penny 7,160,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1922
One Cent 1923 Wheat Penny 83,423,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1923
One Cent 1924 Wheat Penny 89,394,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1924
One Cent 1925 Wheat Penny 188,909,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1925
One Cent 1926 Wheat Penny 189,658,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1926
One Cent 1927 Wheat Penny 185,886,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1927
One Cent 1928 Wheat Penny 182,552,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1928
One Cent 1929 Wheat Penny 277,140,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1929
One Cent 1930 Wheat Penny 221,801,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1930
One Cent 1931 Wheat Penny 24,742,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1931
One Cent 1932 Wheat Penny 19,562,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1932
One Cent 1933 Wheat Penny 20,560,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1933
One Cent 1934 Wheat Penny 247,526,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1934
One Cent 1935 Wheat Penny 331,090,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1935
One Cent 1936 Wheat Penny 379,387,569 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1936
One Cent 1937 Wheat Penny 394,109,320 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1937
One Cent 1938 Wheat Penny 191,886,734 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1938
One Cent 1939 Wheat Penny 383,709,520 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1939
One Cent 1940 Wheat Penny 781,155,872 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1940
One Cent 1941 Wheat Penny 1,108,099,100 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1941
One Cent 1942 Wheat Penny 950,116,600 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1942
One Cent 1943 Wheat Penny (Steel) 1,093,838,670 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1943
One Cent 1944 Wheat Penny 2,148,738,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1944
One Cent 1945 Wheat Penny 1,488,553,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1945
One Cent 1946 Wheat Penny 1,505,445,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1946
One Cent 1947 Wheat Penny 484,305,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1947
One Cent 1948 Wheat Penny 571,942,500 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1948
One Cent 1949 Wheat Penny 435,197,500 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1949
One Cent 1950 Wheat Penny 726,141,386 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1950
One Cent 1951 Wheat Penny 1,045,998,500 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1951
One Cent 1952 Wheat Penny 1,070,786,984 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1952
One Cent 1953 Wheat Penny 1,139,233,800 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1953
One Cent 1954 Wheat Penny 419,615,850 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1954
One Cent 1955 Wheat Penny 939,203,900 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1955
One Cent 1956 Wheat Penny 1,519,615,484 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1956
One Cent 1957 Wheat Penny 1,335,129,952 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1957
One Cent 1958 Wheat Penny 1,054,353,952 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1958
One Cent 1959 Lincoln Memorial 1,890,624,291 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1959
One Cent 1960 Lincoln Memorial 2,168,980,602 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1960
One Cent 1961 Lincoln Memorial 2,509,639,944 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1961
One Cent 1962 Lincoln Memorial 2,402,411,159 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1962
One Cent 1963 Lincoln Memorial 2,531,206,045 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1963
One Cent 1964 Lincoln Memorial 6,451,597,262 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1964
One Cent 1965 Lincoln Memorial 1,499,584,900 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1965
One Cent 1966 Lincoln Memorial 2,190,409,366 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1966
One Cent 1967 Lincoln Memorial 3,050,530,444 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1967
One Cent 1968 Lincoln Memorial 4,855,462,077 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1968
One Cent 1969 Lincoln Memorial 5,687,051,831 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1969
One Cent 1970 Lincoln Memorial 5,482,946,714 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1970
One Cent 1971 Lincoln Memorial 5,358,889,792 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1971
One Cent 1972 Lincoln Memorial 5,978,526,504 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1972
One Cent 1973 Lincoln Memorial 7,597,759,222 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1973
One Cent 1974 Lincoln Memorial 8,879,277,751 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1974
One Cent 1975 Lincoln Memorial 9,959,596,892 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1975
One Cent 1976 Lincoln Memorial 8,900,034,611 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1976
One Cent 1977 Lincoln Memorial 8,667,243,452 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1977
One Cent 1978 Lincoln Memorial 9,841,966,181 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1978
One Cent 1979 Lincoln Memorial 10,161,549,429 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1979
One Cent 1980 Lincoln Memorial 12,558,358,466 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1980
One Cent 1981 Lincoln Memorial 12,869,048,760 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1981
One Cent 1982 Lincoln Memorial 16,729,361,847 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1982
One Cent 1983 Lincoln Memorial 14,222,833,554 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1983
One Cent 1984 Lincoln Memorial 13,723,383,016 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1984
One Cent 1985 Lincoln Memorial 10,939,192,634 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1985
One Cent 1986 Lincoln Memorial 8,937,272,688 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1986
One Cent 1987 Lincoln Memorial 9,566,084,173 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1987
One Cent 1988 Lincoln Memorial 11,349,813,391 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1988
One Cent 1989 Lincoln Memorial 12,610,222,305 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1989
One Cent 1990 Lincoln Memorial 11,777,959,092 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1990
One Cent 1991 Lincoln Memorial 9,327,253,863 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1991
One Cent 1992 Lincoln Memorial 9,101,754,860 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1992
One Cent 1993 Lincoln Memorial 12,114,750,363 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1993
One Cent 1994 Lincoln Memorial 13,635,884,923 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1994
One Cent 1995 Lincoln Memorial 13,542,797,481 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1995
One Cent 1996 Lincoln Memorial 13,125,785,265 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1996
One Cent 1997 Lincoln Memorial 9,202,151,678 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1997
One Cent 1998 Lincoln Memorial 10,259,595,007 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1998
One Cent 1999 Lincoln Memorial 11,601,012,966 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 1999
One Cent 2000 Lincoln Memorial 14,281,467,993 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2000
One Cent 2001 Lincoln Memorial 10,337,774,606 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2001
One Cent 2002 Lincoln Memorial 7,292,066,995 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2002
One Cent 2003 Lincoln Memorial 6,851,298,439 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2003
One Cent 2004 Lincoln Memorial 6,838,965,522 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2004
One Cent 2005 Lincoln Memorial 7,705,715,179 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2005
One Cent 2006 Lincoln Memorial 8,238,749,158 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2006
One Cent 2007 Lincoln Memorial 7,140,855,049 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2007
One Cent 2008 Lincoln Memorial 5,422,860,489 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY 2008
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Abraham Lincoln: Details
Year1909
Personal InformationAbraham Lincoln
CountryUnited States
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