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The obverse design featuring President Abraham Lincoln was first produced in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.
The reverse image of the Lincoln Memorial was selected to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. It replaced the Wheat Ears design that appeared on the reverse of the 1909 Lincoln cent.
Two United States Mint Directors, James Ross Snowden and James Pollock, served under President Lincoln’s tenure in office.