The Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar was authorized under H.R. 2808 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin Act. It authorizes the production of up to 500,000 commemorative silver dollars featuring Abraham Lincoln. This is one of two commemorative coin programs for 2009.
The obverse of the coin was designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Don Everhart. It features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln which highlights his strength and resolve. The image was based on a Daniel Chester sculpture of the President which sits in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Inscriptions read “In God We Trust,” “Liberty,” and “2009.”
The reverse of the coin was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. It prominently displays the final words of the Gettysburg Address: “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” The words are encircled by laurel branches. Additional inscriptions include “Untied States of America,” “One Dollar,” and “E Pluribus Unum.” Lincoln’s signature is incused on a banner beneath the laurel branches.
The 2009 Lincoln Commemorative was released on February 12, 2009. This date also marked the release of the first design for the 2009 Lincoln Cents and the exact 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The US Mint issued a proof version of the coin priced at $37.95 and an uncirculated version priced at $31.95. The US Mint sold out all 450,000 coins allotted to the individual coin sales.
Later in the year the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set will be issued which includes the four different 2009-S Proof Lincoln Cents and the 2009-S Proof Lincoln Commemorative. This set will be limited to 50,000 units.
Designer: Justin Kunz (obverse), Phebe Hemphill (reverse)
Sculptor: Don Everhart (obverse), Phebe Hemphill (reverse)
Mint: Philadelphia (uncircultaed), San Francisco (proof)
Mintage: maximum of 500,000
Weight: 26.73 grams
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Diameter: 1.5 inches
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