Commemorative Coin No.5: Abraham Lincoln Silver Dollar

Who was Abraham Lincoln?

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and is regarded as one of America's greatest heroes due to his role as savior of the Union and emancipator of enslaved people. His rise from humble beginnings to achieving the highest office in the land is a remarkable story.

Lincoln was assassinated at a time when his country needed him to complete the great task of reunifying the nation. His eloquent support of democracy and insistence that the Union was worth saving embody the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve. Lincoln's distinctively humane personality and incredible impact on the nation have endowed him with an enduring legacy. Source


2009-P PCGS MS70 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. This coin is to commemorate the 200th year anniversary of his birth. It is made from 90% fine silver.

Abraham Lincoln's strength of character and firm determination are depicted well in the obverse of this commemorative coin.

The engravers of the coin, Justin Kunz (Designer) and Don Everhart II (Sculptor), took their inspiration from the sculpture of Daniel Chester of President Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The words "In God We Trust", "Liberty", year 2009,.P for the Philadelphia mint, and the initials of the designer and sculptor are engraved.



"We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain- that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall perish from the earth,"

The famous words from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is on the reverse of the coin, and a laurel wreath borders it.

The engraver of this side of the coin is Phebe Hemphill. United States of America is of course engraved. It is interesting that she had the words One Dollar and E Pluribus Unum in a scroll, with Abraham Lincoln's signature.


Source: Biography.com

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