Friday, September 26, 2008

You Oughta Know

For my little history buffs! To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the U.S. Mint is redesigning the penny and releasing four new designs.

The designs show milestones in the life of the 16th president: 1) the Kentucky log cabin of his birth; 2) his youth working as an Indiana rail splitter; 3) his service at the State Capitol in Illinois; and 4) his effort to preserve the union during the Civil War as depicted by a half-finished image of the U.S. Capitol dome. The first of the coins debuts Feb. 12, with the others following in three-month intervals. The release date, besides being Lincoln's birthday, comes a century after the production of the original Lincoln cent in 1909.

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