Senate OKs special coin for Lincolnís 200th birthday

Published Friday, June 30, 2006


WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday agreed to authorize the U.S. Treasury Department to issue a $1 commemorative coin to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

In a voice vote, the Senate approved a bill offered by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who is a co-chair of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

The sale of the coin, which will be issued in 2009, will help fund the bicentennial celebration and the continued study of Lincolnís life. The commission hopes the coin sale will generate as much as $3 million, which is considered critical for its celebration plans.

The design for the coin will be selected by the treasury secretary after consultation with the Commission of Fine Arts and the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

The bill was co-sponsored by 71 members of the 100-member Senate, including Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, also co-chair of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, has sponsored similar legislation that is pending in the House.

In December, Congress gave final approval to a bill authorizing a redesign of the back side of the penny, also to be issued in 2009. The profile of Lincoln on the front of the penny will remain the same.