Abraham Lincoln was our 16th President. Politically, he was originally a Whig, but his beliefs on the issue of slavery led him to the newly-created Republican party. His presidency, while dominated by the Civil War, also included the inclusion of West Virginia and Nevada into the Union, as well as the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address, one of the most-quoted speeches in history. He was also the first President to be assassinated while in office.
The coin bearing President Lincoln’s image is the 16th in the series of Presidential Dollars, and the fourth and final to be issued in 2010. Its obverse depicts Lincoln, with inscriptions of years in office (1861-1865), order of the Presidency, and the motto “In God We Trust”. The reverse shows the Statue of Liberty in the same design as been depicted on all Presidential Dollars. The edge has the motto “E Pluribus Unum”, the year of issuance, and the mint mark.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Dollar is scheduled for release into circulation on November 18, 2010. The coin is or will be available from the U.S. Mint in the following products:
- in a 25-coin roll from either the Philadelphia or Denver mints
- as part of the 2010 Presidential Dollar Proof Set
- as part of the 2010 Presidential $1 Uncirculated Set
- as part of the 2010 Uncirculated Mint Set
- as part of the 2010 Proof Set
- as part of the 2010 Silver Proof Set
- 2010 Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set
- 2010 Abraham Lincoln $1 coin cover
Visit www.usmint.gov for current prices and to order, as well as calling 800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
A launch ceremony for the Abraham Lincoln Dollar will take place on November 19, 2010 at 10:10 AM ET at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. This date coincides with the 147th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
The ceremony will be attended by United States Mint Director Edmund Moy and President Lincoln’s Cottage Director Erin Carlson Mast. Members of the public will be able to exchange currency for roll of the new Lincoln Dollars. Children aged 18 and younger will receive a free coin to mark the event.