An immigrant’s lasting tribute to Lincoln

Lincoln on the penny, April 2011

Victor David Brenner

If you look carefully at the bottom left of the engraving of Abraham Lincoln on a penny, you’ll find the initials VDB. President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned Lithuanian Jewish immigrant Victor David Brenner to craft the engraving of Lincoln for a 1909 redesign of the penny to commemorate the centennial of Lincoln’s birth.

— Marshall Weiss

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