By Al Doyle
Enthusiasm for 2009
Lincoln, Childhood cents continues to run high,
and prices are often a case of what buyers are
willing to pay.
Coin World readers and other savvy collectors
know the U.S. Mint is offering two-roll sets of
50-piece rolls of Philadelphia and Denver Mint
cents at $8.95, a price that some collectors say
is unreasonably high. The $4.95 shipping fee
remains the same regardless of the size of the
order, so larger purchases will have a lower
average cost than the $6.90 per roll total for
the roll sets.
Finding the first of the four reverses on 2009
Lincoln cents for face value at banks is very
much a hit or miss proposition, with few success
stories even among veteran coin dealers.
Using the Mint's price as a guideline, it is
interesting to observe what these new coins are
bringing on eBay.
Shoppers can bid on everything from single
pieces to 50-roll boxes at eBay. Bulk buyers
should be getting a much lower per-unit price
than those who want a coin or two, but often,
successful eBay bidders could have saved money
by obtaining their Lincoln cents from a coin
shop or the Mint.
More than a few vendors were drawing bids for
Mint-wrapped rolls at prices ($11 to $15 each,
postage paid) well above what the same coins
would cost elsewhere. Despite the Mint's
efforts, many novices are unaware of other
sources for coins besides eBay and cable
television shopping shows.
Cent rolls encased in generic paper wrappers
often sell for prices similar to rolls the Mint
sells in special wrappers.
A fair number of 2009 certified cents now are
available, and prices are all over the map. Four
cents graded Mint State 66 by Professional Coin
Grading Service with a special "first day of
issue" label sold for $96.99, $103.76, $104.05
and $127.50 from March 22 to 24. Aside from the
date of release, nothing is special about these
While such a grade would be considered lofty for
older coppers, the MS-66 red designation is
typical for a newly struck Lincoln cent.
Curiously, a slabbed MS-66 red 2009 Lincoln,
Childhood cent with a large carbon spot on the
obverse was bid to $70 shortly before that sale
Although a few minor die cracks have been found
on the Childhood cents, to date no significant
errors have been discovered.