Ceremony scheduled for next Lincoln penny

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Unity of states coin will be released after bicentennial series

By The Staff

The final Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin release in Washington, D.C., will be Nov. 12.

Organizers of the event have not set a venue, but it will probably be in the Capitol complex.

On the reverse of the penny, the Capitol building’s dome is under construction, as it was during Abraham Lincoln's term in office. The dome continued to rise as the Civil War was fought.

When Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, just five days after the war ended, his body lay in state under the newly completed dome.

Previous coin unveilings honoring Lincoln were held in Hodgenville in February, Indiana in May and Illinois in August.

At each ceremony, people have stood in line for hours to purchase rolls of the new coins.

After the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Program ends, the design on the back of the penny will represent the unity of the states. The design has not been released.

The Lincoln image remains on the front of all four pennies in the new program.