Headline August 2nd 1909.
The release date for the Lincoln wheat penny was August 2nd 1909. The year commemorates the birth year of our 14th President Abraham Lincoln. Since the 1859 the United States has been familiar with the Indian head penny a small cent with a picture of a Indian woman in headress on the obverse and an oak wreath on the back of the coin. Since 1907 President Roosevelt has been somewhat discouraged about the actual state of the coins in the United States one of his projects became talking with the treasury directors and a makeover for the Lincoln cent was set in motion. There were several perspective sculptors to create the die for the Lincoln penny the artist named Victor D Brenner who was chosen.
In 1909 the United States head somewhat of a Lincoln fever similar to the bicentennial in 1776 or any commemorative event that is worth celebrating. There were commemorative coins, medallions, and other items already in circulation well before the release date of the Lincoln cent in August. Are the release date itself the newspapers displayed people lined up at Banks nearly anticipating or awaiting the release of the coin and hoping to be the first one on their block to come home with a new penny for their family friends and a good story. It’s kind of like an iPhone release without losing $800.