‘Lincoln in Illinois (2009 Proof Lincoln Cent)’
courtesy of ‘kevindooley’
This morning the U.S. Mint issued the fourth and final coin of the 2009 Lincoln Bi-Centennial One-Cent Program.
Despite the rainy, cold, miserable weather, coin enthusiasts of all ages patiently waited in line to be the first recipients of the special edition penny and to turn their hard earned paper currency into coin.
This final penny carries a special edition backside showing an unfinished Capitol Building representative of the divided union Lincoln presided over. The three previously issued coins feature the log cabin where Lincoln grew up, a youthful Lincoln reading on a rail post, and a young working Lincoln standing in front of the Illinois State Capitol (feature in the above picture).
by flickr user ArtFromM
Over the last week or two, I’ve been noticing a surprising amount of pennies on the streets of DC. They lie on the cold pavement, waiting for some DCer to take .4 seconds out of their day to bend down, pick them up and put them to use.
While I agree pennies can be annoyingly heavy, and have a habit of multiply like bunnies in your pocket, WE ARE IN A RECESSION PEOPLE! Is carrying around that one penny really that hard?
If you can tolerate carrying, OMG say just 5 pennies, you can buy a piece of Bazooka Joe gum, read the accompanying comic, and laugh your winter recession blues away. Or if you hang on to 25 pennies, you can upgrade to a pack of Juicy Fruit. And for hoarding 100 pennies, you can get a McChicken sandwich from McDonald’s.
So save let’s try to save the pennies and reap the rewards.