New Lincoln penny to debut May 14


Some exciting news going on in the world of coin collecting.

Tomorrow morning, May 14, the new "Indiana" Abe Lincoln penny will be going into circulation. It'll make its debut at the Lincoln State Park Amphitheater in Lincoln City, Indiana.

A crowd of 3,000 is expected, all waiting for the ceremony, which will start at 10 a.m., and where new 1-cent coins will be handed out to children 18 and under.

(That's right! Free money! Drive on over, and you, too, can get a free penny. You can thank me afterward.)

The front side of the coin will have Lincoln's face -- exactly what we're accustomed to. But the tails side will show Lincoln as a young lad, reading a book, during a break from rail splitting.

This is actually the second new Lincoln penny to debut this year.

The first debuted in February, with the "tails" side featuring Lincoln's boyhood log cabin. A third one of Lincoln as a lawyer will come out later this year, and a fourth, showing an unfinished Capital dome, which represents the site where he took the oath of office on March 4, 1861.