Sunday, August 2, 2009

heads or tails

today is the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny, the longest running US coin. (it replaced the Indian head penny in 1909.)

Teddy Roosevelt commisioned it to celebrate Lincoln's 100th birthday, but some of the former confederate soldiers still around at the time didn't much like carrying Lincoln around in their pockets.

to celebrate Time has a list of the "Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Penny".

1 comment:

meandering pearl said...

Thank you!

you always find the most interesting things! we got rid of pennies in Australia about 20 years ago{maybe less}

i read on our $10 bill no foe will reap our harvest, or sit on our stockyard rail...its interesting how our countries were forged!

kind wishes