Lincoln Makes 11/12 Debut
By Numismatic News
The fourth and
final Lincoln cent design of 2009 will be
introduced officially Nov. 12 at a special
ceremony held at 10 a.m. at the Ulysses S. Grant
Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Marking Lincolnís Presidency, the cent features
a depiction of the unfinished Capitol Dome,
which was under construction even as the Civil
War raged and the city was threatened by
Highlight of the event will be an exchange where
attendees will be able to get $1-$3 worth of
rolled cents for face value.
The cents will be from the Philadelphia Mint and
therefore have no mintmark on them. They will be
wrapped in bank rolls.
In addition to the exchange at the Grant
Memorial, which is located east of the Capitol
Reflection Pool on the National Mall, the public
will be able to get the cents for face value at
Union Station and at the Mint sales counter at
its headquarters 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.
The Union Station sales kiosk is at the east end
of the Main Hall. The address is 50
Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Mint headquarters are located at 801 9th Street,
N.W. in Washington.
This is the first ceremony held in a major urban
area and will be easily accessible to a large
number of area collectors. However, the
financial incentive has lessened as secondary
market prices have come down.
Greencastle, Ind., coin dealer Julian Jarvis
said in an Oct. 29 Coin Chat Radio interview
that even though it has gotten far easier for
him to obtain new Lincoln cents supplies as the
program has gone on, he thought most Americans
have yet to see any of the first three designs
and probably donít know they exist.
Two-roll sets will be sold Nov. 12 on the Mintís
Web site for $8.95 plus $4.95 for shipping and
handling. Visit www.usmint.gov for more
information. Telephone orders will also be
accepted at (800) USA-MINT. The is a limit of
five sets per household.
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