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2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent

CoinTrapTM Commentary: In connection with the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent program, the Congress of the United States made the some salient findings regarding Lincoln’s contribution to humanity.  These findings included: (1) Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, was one of the Nation's most prominent leaders, demonstrating true courage during the Civil War, one of the greatest crises in the Nation's history. (2) Born of humble roots in Hardin County, Kentucky, on February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln rose to the Presidency through a legacy of honesty, integrity, intelligence, and commitment to the United States. (3) With the belief that all men were created equal, Abraham Lincoln led the effort to free all slaves in the United States. (4) Abraham Lincoln had a generous heart, with malice toward none and with charity for all. (5) Abraham Lincoln gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country Lincoln loved, dying from an assassin's bullet on April 15, 1865. (6) All Americans could benefit from studying the life of Abraham Lincoln, for Lincoln's life is a model for accomplishing the ``American Dream'' through honesty, integrity, loyalty, and a lifetime of education. (7) The year 2009 will be the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, and a commission should be established to study and recommend to Congress activities that are fitting and proper to celebrate that anniversary in a manner that appropriately honors Abraham Lincoln.  I personally stand in awe of this man.  If even a small portion of the world’s population could emulate his qualities, our world would be overtly improved.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent?  Well, as with most things, it depends.  The Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade and (2) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent - Obverse

2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent - Obverse

Engraver: Victor D. Brenner

2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent - Reverse 1

2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent - Reverse 2

Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky - Reverse 1

Designer: Richard Masters
Sculptor: Jim Licaretz

Formative Years in Indiana - Reverse 2

Designer: Charles Vickers
Sculptor: Charles Vickers

2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent - Reverse 3

2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent - Reverse 4

Professional Life in Illinois - Reverse 3

Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Sculptor: Don Everhart

Presidency in DC - Reverse 4

Designer: Susan Gamble
Sculptor: Joseph Menna

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      ABRAHAM LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT

      [[Page 114 STAT. 14]]

      Public Law 106-173
      106th Congress

                                       An Act
       
       To establish the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. <<NOTE: Feb.
                             25, 2000 -  [H.R. 1451]>>

         Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
      United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Abraham Lincoln
      Bicentennial Commission Act.>>

      SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. <<NOTE: 36 USC note prec. 101.>>

         This Act may be cited as the ``Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
      Commission Act''.

      SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

         Congress makes the following findings:
                 (1) Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, was one of the
             Nation's most prominent leaders, demonstrating true courage
             during the Civil War, one of the greatest crises in the Nation's
             history.
                 (2) Born of humble roots in Hardin County, Kentucky, on
             February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln rose to the Presidency
             through a legacy of honesty, integrity, intelligence, and
             commitment to the United States.
                 (3) With the belief that all men were created equal, Abraham
             Lincoln led the effort to free all slaves in the United States.
                 (4) Abraham Lincoln had a generous heart, with malice toward
             none and with charity for all.
                 (5) Abraham Lincoln gave the ultimate sacrifice for the
             country Lincoln loved, dying from an assassin's bullet on April
             15, 1865.
                 (6) All Americans could benefit from studying the life of
             Abraham Lincoln, for Lincoln's life is a model for accomplishing
             the ``American Dream'' through honesty, integrity, loyalty, and
             a lifetime of education.
                 (7) The year 2009 will be the bicentennial anniversary of
             the birth of Abraham Lincoln, and a commission should be
             established to study and recommend to Congress activities that
             are fitting and proper to celebrate that anniversary in a manner
             that appropriately honors Abraham Lincoln.

      SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT.

         There is established a commission to be known as the Abraham Lincoln
      Bicentennial Commission (referred to in this Act as the ``Commission'').

      SEC. 4. DUTIES.

         The Commission shall have the following duties:

      [[Page 114 STAT. 15]]

                 (1) To study activities that may be carried out by the
             Federal Government to determine whether the activities are
             fitting and proper to honor Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of
             the bicentennial anniversary of Lincoln's birth, including--
                         (A) the minting of an Abraham Lincoln bicentennial
                     penny;
                         (B) the issuance of an Abraham Lincoln bicentennial
                     postage stamp;
                         (C) the convening of a joint meeting or joint
                     session of Congress for ceremonies and activities
                     relating to Abraham Lincoln;
                         (D) a redesignation of the Lincoln Memorial, or
                     other activity with respect to the Memorial; and
                         (E) the acquisition and preservation of artifacts
                     associated with Abraham Lincoln.
                 (2) To recommend to Congress the activities that the
             Commission considers most fitting and proper to honor Abraham
             Lincoln on such occasion, and the entity or entities in the
             Federal Government that the Commission considers most
             appropriate to carry out such activities.

      SEC. 5. MEMBERSHIP. <<NOTE: Congress. President.>>

         (a) Number and Appointment.--The Commission shall be composed of 15
      members appointed as follows:
                 (1) Two members, each of whom shall be a qualified citizen
             described in subsection (b), appointed by the President.
                 (2) One member, who shall be a qualified citizen described
             in subsection (b), appointed by the President on the
             recommendation of the Governor of Illinois.
                 (3) One member, who shall be a qualified citizen described
             in subsection (b), appointed by the President on the
             recommendation of the Governor of Indiana.
                 (4) One member, who shall be a qualified citizen described
             in subsection (b), appointed by the President on the
             recommendation of the Governor of Kentucky.
                 (5) Three members, at least one of whom shall be a Member of
             the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the
             House of Representatives.
                 (6) Three members, at least one of whom shall be a Senator,
             appointed by the majority leader of the Senate.
                 (7) Two members, at least one of whom shall be a Member of
             the House of Representatives, appointed by the minority leader
             of the House of Representatives.
                 (8) Two members, at least one of whom shall be a Senator,
             appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

         (b) Qualified Citizen.--A qualified citizen described in this
      subsection is a private citizen of the United States with--
                 (1) a demonstrated dedication to educating others about the
             importance of historical figures and events; and
                 (2) substantial knowledge and appreciation of Abraham
             Lincoln.

         (c) Time of Appointment.--Each initial appointment of a member of
      the Commission shall be made before the expiration of the 120-day period
      beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.
         (d) Continuation of Membership.--If a member of the Commission was
      appointed to the Commission as a Member of

      [[Page 114 STAT. 16]]

      Congress, and ceases to be a Member of Congress, that member may
      continue to serve on the Commission for not longer than the 30-day
      period beginning on the date that member ceases to be a Member of
      Congress.
         (e) Terms.--Each member shall be appointed for the life of the
      Commission.
         (f ) Vacancies.--A vacancy in the Commission shall not affect the
      powers of the Commission but shall be filled in the manner in which the
      original appointment was made.
         (g) Basic Pay.--Members shall serve on the Commission without pay.
         (h) Travel Expenses.--Each member shall receive travel expenses,
      including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with sections
      5702 and 5703 of title 5, United States Code.
         (i) Quorum.--Five members of the Commission shall constitute a
      quorum but a lesser number may hold hearings.
         ( j) Chair.--The Commission shall select a Chair from among the
      members of the Commission.
         (k) <<NOTE: Illinois.>>  Meetings.--The Commission shall meet at the
      call of the Chair. Periodically, the Commission shall hold a meeting in
      Springfield, Illinois.

      SEC. 6. DIRECTOR AND STAFF.

         (a) Director.--The Commission may appoint and fix the pay of a
      Director and such additional personnel as the Commission considers to be
      appropriate.
         (b) Applicability of Certain Civil Service Laws.--
                 (1) Director.--The Director of the Commission may be
             appointed without regard to the provisions of title 5, United
             States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service,
             and may be paid without regard to the provisions of chapter 51
             and subchapter III of chapter 53 of that title relating to
             classification and General Schedule pay rates.
                 (2) Staff.--The staff of the Commission shall be appointed
             subject to the provisions of title 5, United States Code,
             governing appointments in the competitive service, and shall be
             paid in accordance with the provisions of chapter 51 and
             subchapter III of chapter 53 of that title relating to
             classification and General Schedule pay rates.

      SEC. 7. POWERS.

         (a) Hearings and Sessions.--The Commission may, for the purpose of
      carrying out this Act, hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and
      places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Commission
      considers to be appropriate.
         (b) Powers of Members and Agents.--Any member or agent of the
      Commission may, if authorized by the Commission, take any action that
      the Commission is authorized to take by this Act.
         (c) Obtaining Official Data.--The Commission may secure directly
      from any department or agency of the United States information necessary
      to enable the Commission to carry out this Act. Upon request of the
      Chair of the Commission, the head of that department or agency shall
      furnish that information to the Commission.
         (d) Mails.--The Commission may use the United States mails in the
      same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and
      agencies of the United States.

      [[Page 114 STAT. 17]]

         (e) Administrative Support Services.--Upon the request of the
      Commission, the Administrator of General Services shall provide to the
      Commission, on a reimbursable basis, the administrative support services
      necessary for the Commission to carry out its responsibilities under
      this Act.

      SEC. 8. REPORTS.

         (a) Interim Reports.--The Commission may submit to Congress such
      interim reports as the Commission considers to be appropriate.
         (b) Final Report. <<NOTE: Deadline.>> --The Commission shall submit
      a final report to Congress not later than the expiration of the 4-year
      period beginning on the date of the formation of the Commission. The
      final report shall contain--
                 (1) a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of
             the Commission;
                 (2) the recommendations of the Commission; and
                 (3) any other information that the Commission considers to
             be appropriate.

      SEC. 9. BUDGET ACT COMPLIANCE.

         Any spending authority provided under this Act shall be effective
      only to such extent and in such amounts as are provided in appropriation
      Acts.

      SEC. 10. TERMINATION.

         The Commission shall terminate 120 days after submitting the final
      report of the Commission pursuant to section 8.

      SEC. 11. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

         There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be
      necessary to carry out this Act.

         Approved February 25, 2000.

      LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1451:
      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

      CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
                                                             Vol. 145 (1999):
                                         Oct. 4, considered and passed House.
                                         Nov. 19, considered and passed
                                             Senate, amended.
                                                             Vol. 146 (2000):
                                         Feb. 8, House concurred in Senate
                                             amendment.

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