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Abraham Lincoln got a present last week to mark his 200th birthday -- or, technically, 319 million presents.

The U.S. Mint released a redesigned penny to mark the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. The Mint plans to start out by producing 319 million of the new coins.

The front of the redesigned penny is the familiar image of Lincoln in profile. The back shows him delivering a speech outside Illinois' Old State Capitol.

This is the third of four new pennies released this year honoring Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12, 1809.

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