Lincoln's Birthplace Cent (Reverse) Design

Description (Brief)
This drawing of Abraham Lincoln's birthplace was one of many designs made by Frank Gasparro in 1959 for the reverse image of the cent. The new coin was to honor the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. From the many sketches and ideas offered, the Mint chose the now-famous image of the Lincoln Memorial, and it remained on the reverse of the cent for the next fifty years. To celebrate the 2009 bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, four new designs were placed on the reverse of the cent. The design, called Birth and Early Childhood in Kentuckylooks very much like Gasparro's log cabin drawing done fifty years earlier.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1958
Gasparro, Frank
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 26.4 cm x 20 cm; 10 3/8 in x 7 7/8 in
image: 13.5 cm; 5 5/16 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Art - Currency
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Art of Gasparro
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Christina Gasparro Hansen

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