Now that our paper money and quarters and nickels have had a makeover in recent years, it’s time for the Lincoln penny.

USAToday features the new coins.

The first of four new pennies chronicling Abraham
Lincoln’s rise from a small Kentucky cabin will be put into circulation
Thursday to honor the 16th president’s 200th birthday…

The remaining coins, set for release later this year, show other
phases of Lincoln’s life: a young man reading while sitting on a log
during his formative years in Indiana; Lincoln the state legislator in
front of the Illinois state capitol; and finally, the unfinished dome
of the U.S. Capitol, built during his administration.

Let’s imagine one of Lincoln reading his Bible, which he did
increasingly over his presidency and referred to as his moral direction
in his greatest years. Lincoln’s Bible, by the way, was the one on
which President Obama placed his hand as he was sworn into office. That
image is priceless.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....