Although the first official U.S. coins were struck in 1793, there were many pattern coins minted before choosing the ideal coin designs to represent our country. A pattern coin is a coin that has not been approved for release but has been struck specifically for the purpose of evaluating the design. These pattern coins are struck in minuscule quantities and often have mintages in the single digits.
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June 12th marks the 149th birthday of Victor David Brenner, the designer of the longest running coin design in U.S. history: The Lincoln Cent. As the first widely circulated coin to bare a portrait of a U.S. president, this iconic coin has had an undeniable impact on American numismatic design.