The significance of this plaque to coin collectors is great. Brenner produced this plaque in 1907, and while President Theodore Roosevelt was posing for a Panama Medal in Brenner's studio in 1908, he noticed one of these plaques and commented that the bust would be an excellent design for a new cent to honor the centenary of Lincoln's birth in 1909. The rest, of course, is history, and more than a century later the Lincoln cent is still being produced.
This cast bronze plaque features Lincoln's familiar portrait with the inscription ABRAHAM LINCOLN / ** 1809 * 1865 **. At the lower right of the bust is an oval monogram of the sculptor's initials and the date 1907. Additionally, from near the lower right corner and progressing upwards is the inscription COPYRIGHT 1907 BY VD BRENNER.
Condition EXTREMELY FINE with a few darker spots scattered around its deep olive brown patina. The corners of the marble backing are very slightly chipped. A sturdy bronze easel-type stand is affixed to the reverse. 8 1/2 by 11 inches, including green marble backing.