The obverse design of the 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. The obverse was designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Don Everhart. The image was inspired by a sculpture of Lincoln created by Daniel Chester, which sits in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Inscriptions include “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” and “2009.”
The reverse of the coin was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. It features the last 43 words of the Gettysburg Address, surrounded by a laurel wreath. The inscription reads, “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of hte people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
The 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar went on sale at the US Mint on February 12, 2009. The proof version of the coin was priced at $37.95 and the uncirculated version was priced at $31.95. The maximum authorized mintage for the coin is 500,000 across both versions. Individual options quickly sold out at the US Mint.