Yesterday, the third redesigned 2009 Lincoln Cent was launched and released into circulation. This design represents Abraham Lincoln’s Professional Life, which he spent in Illinois from 1830 to 1861. Lincoln is depicted standing before the State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. The reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart. The obverse is the original design from Victor D. Brenner.
There have been three reviews posted on Coin Review, which are included below. Of the four 2009 Lincoln Cent designs, this one seems to be the third favorite, after the Log Cabin design and Rail Splitter design. The reviews were somewhat lukewarm, paying homage to the histroical nature of the series, but not over enthusiastic about this particular design.
Here’s a design that’s not extremely inspired, but is a part of one of the most historic set of circulating commemoratives in recent years. I’m eagerly looking forward to obtaining examples of this set and in particular, the Bronze collector’s versions.
It’s not a great design but it is not bad either, personally I think it would look better on a larger coin. However it certainly looks better than most of the 2010 candidates.
This is one design that I think we would have to see in hand to appreciate. It looks very interesting from the image.
What is your opinion of the 2009 Lincoln Cent “Professional Life” design? Post your ratings and comments on Coin Review.