Lincoln Cent, Union Shield (2010 and Beyond)
On November 12, 2009, the last design of the 2009 Lincoln Cent was released at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. But also, on that same day, Mint Director Edmund C. Moy released the design for the 2010 and beyond Lincoln Cent. As described by the Mint, 'The reverse features a union shield with a scroll draped across it bearing the inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM ("out of many, one"). The 13 vertical stripes of the shield represent the states joined in one compact union to support the federal government, represented by the horizontal bar above. The union shield, which dates back to the 1780s, was used widely during the Civil War. In addition, the shield device is featured on frescoes throughout the halls of the U.S. Capitol Building by Constantino Brumidi, artist of the Capitol during Lincoln's presidency.' And also, the coins obverse has been restored to look like a closer rendition of Victor Brenner's famous Lincoln Cent.