The newest--and for now permanent--version of the Lincoln penny was unveiled Thursday morning at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, where the line, four abreast at some points, stretched out the door as folks gathered to buy roll after roll after roll.

The newest--and for now permanent--version of the Lincoln penny was unveiled this morning at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, where the line, four abreast at some points, stretched out the door as folks gathered to buy roll after roll after roll.


The occasion marked the second time in as many years that coin collectors and dignitaries have flocked to Springfield to unveil a new penny. Last year, it was a commemorative coin to mark the 200th birthday of the nation's sixteenth president. This time, the coin is expected to remain in circulation for the next 50 years.


"It's important for us to be back in Springfield because this was the city that was so important to the development of his (Lincoln's) political life," said U.S. Mint director Ed Moy.


The penny has a redesigned “tails” side, featuring a union shield, that will appear on one-cent coins from this year forward. The design symbolizes Lincoln’s preservation of the United States as a single country.


Bruce Rushton can be reached at bruce.rushton@sj-r.com.