Instead, the committee voted to request that the Mint designers and engravers come back with depictions of Lincoln as a war president or as the “Great Emancipator” who signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny in 2009, the U.S. Mint will introduce four rotating designs on the back of the 1-cent coin. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee met Tuesday and chose a log cabin depicting where Lincoln was born in 1809 for the first image. Lincoln as a young man reading a book and taking notes with a quill pen was the panel’s choice for his early years, and Lincoln on the floor of the Illinois legislature won out for the best design of Lincoln in early adulthood. But the panel did not like any of the designs for Lincoln’s presidency.