Lyndall Bass is the U.S. Mint selected freelance designer for our new 2010 start date Penny reverse. Her initials, LB, can be found under the left side of the ONE CENT scroll. The intials JFM on the right side belong to Joseph F. Mennna, the staff medalist who sculpted the design in 3-D. Lyndall's graphite drawing of the design and lettering were followed exactly.
The concept commemorates Lincoln’s preservation of America as a single united country. The penny features a Civil War era shield with vertical stripes symbolizing the thirteen original states joined in a single compact union. The E Pluribus Unum above them is Latin for “Out of Many One”. The scroll across the shield bears a curved ONE CENT letter design meant by the artist to stand for the re-establishment of trust in the economic flow of currency after the Civil War. Without the resolve of President Lincoln to win the war and to establish peace and cooperation, we would not be the fifty United States we are today.