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    The Image of Lincoln That Became the Lincoln Cent

    Victor D. Brenner 1907-Dated Bronze High-Relief Lincoln Plaque mounted on marble. The significance of this 7" x 9.5" plaque would be difficult to overstate to Lincoln Cent collectors. Victor D Brenner, a Jewish Russian immigrant who was to become one of our nation's finest medalists and sculptors, issued it in 1907. In 1908, while sitting before Brenner for a Panama Canal medal with his likeness, Theodore Roosevelt saw this plaque and suggested its design for a new penny, executed in honor of the centennial of Lincoln's birth. It was the first American coin to bear the likeness of a president on its face and is still being minted to this day. Brenner had based the likeness on an original photograph taken by Anthony Berger at Brady's studio in February 1864.

    This is a handsome plaque with the familiar bust of Lincoln facing right, as seen on the Lincoln cent. Below the bust is "ABRAHAM LINCOLN / **1809 * 1865**". On the lower right portion of the plaque is an oval with the initials of Victor D. Brenner and the date 1907. The wording "Copyright 1907 by V. D. Brenner" goes up the lower right edge. The plaque itself is mounted on a marble tablet of 8.5" x 11" with a sturdy metal stand. It is in excellent condition with a nice even patination with just the tiniest bit of wear on the highest points. An insignificant vertical scratch on Lincoln's jacket is mentioned for accuracy. A beautiful example of this sought-after bronze plaque.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
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