February 12th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
14 years ago

New Lincoln pennies revealed

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/12/art.getty.penny.jpg caption=" The penny pictured above features a young Lincoln educating himself while working as a rail splitter in Indiana."](CNN) – To commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, the first of four new pennies to commemorate the 16th president’s rise from a one-room log cabin to the White House will go into circulation on Thursday.

The pennies, which will be released in three month intervals, will each depict a different stage of Lincoln’s life, showing images of his early childhood in Kentucky, his formative years in Indiana, his professional life in Illinois and his presidency.

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