CFA 17/JAN/08-3

Project name
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin Redesign Program for 2009
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Mint
17 additional new and 7 previously shown reverse designs representing aspect 4 (Lincoln’s Presidency in Washington, D.C.)
Review Type
Previous Review


Dear Mr. Moy:

In its meeting of 17 January, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed additional alternative designs for the reverse of the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin to depict the fourth aspect of Lincoln's life, his years as U.S. President. The Commission members emphasized the need for a strong, simple design without excessive information on a coin the size of a penny.

The Commission reiterated its support for design #LC-R4-20 with an image of the U.S. Capitol dome as recommended in September 2007, consistent with a rationale of using the reverse to show buildings important to various phases of Lincoln's life and paired with his portrait on the obverse. The Commission members acknowledged the concern that the image of the dome under construction could be difficult to understand at the scale of the one-cent coin; they suggested that the design be revised to show the completed Capitol dome corresponding to the history of the dome which was finished and dedicated during Lincoln's presidency.

As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.



Thomas E. Luebke, AIA

Edmund C. Moy, Director
United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20220

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