Revamped and Revered: 10 U.S. Coins with Historic Redesigns

Lincoln Cent (1909)

The Lincoln Cent was introduced to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's 100th birthday, featuring his portrait on the obverse, replacing the Indian Head design​​.

Jefferson Nickel (1938)

The Jefferson Nickel replaced the Buffalo Nickel, introducing a left-facing portrait of Thomas Jefferson and his home, Monticello, on the reverse​​.

Roosevelt Dime (1946)

Launched shortly after President Franklin D. Roosevelt's death, this coin honored his legacy and support for the March of Dimes, showcasing his profile on the obverse​​.

Washington Quarter (1932)

Originally minted to commemorate George Washington's 200th birthday, this design became permanent, replacing the Standing Liberty quarter​​

Kennedy Half Dollar (1964)

Introduced in memory of President John F. Kennedy, this coin featured his profile on the obverse, replacing the Franklin half dollar design​​.

Sacagawea Dollar (2000)

This coin introduced a new design featuring Sacagawea, aiming to improve the dollar coin's circulation and recognition​​.

State Quarters Program (1999-2008)

This innovative program featured unique designs for each state, revolutionizing quarter design and coin collecting in the U.S​​.

American Eagle Gold Coins (1986)

The design reintroduced the beloved Saint-Gaudens design for the Gold Eagle's obverse, making it a popular choice among collectors and investors​​.

Indian Head Gold Eagle ($10) and Half Eagle ($5) Redesign (1907, 1908)

These coins featured new designs by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Bela Lyon Pratt, introducing significant changes including the depiction of Liberty in a Native headdress and a unique incuse design for the half eagle​​.

2023 American Women Quarters

This series features designs honoring notable American women, such as the ballet dancer Maria Tallchief, showcasing their contributions on the quarter's reverse while maintaining the portrait of George Washington on the obverse​​.