The process of finding a new reverse design for the 2010 Lincoln cent has entered a public phase with the submission by the U.S. Mint of 18 different design possibilities to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.
On April 16 the Fine Arts Commission will meet as this issue of Numismatic News goes to press. It was established in 1910 and it is one of two public bodies that evaluate potential U.S. coin designs and then submit their recommendations to the Treasury secretary.
The other advisory body is the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Its next meeting is slated for April 28.
Under terms of the 2005 legislation that authorized the four Lincoln reverse designs for 2009 and one in 2010 is a requirement that the reverse design be “an image emblematic of President Lincoln’s preservation of the United States of America as a single and united country.”
Also to be reviewed by the the Fine Arts Commission are five possible reverse designs for the 2010 Native American dollar. The coin features the familiar Sacagawea portrait on obverse, but the reverse design changes annually to mark Native American themes and culture.