The Lincoln penny

8/19/1909

The Lincoln penny was the first American coin to bear a portrait. Introduced in 1909, the coin commemorated the 100-year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The new coin was extremely popular. Jeweler H. R. Boving was concerned about the permissibility of this practice and wrote to request advice from the Secretary of the Treasury.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Secret Service


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