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US Mint 2009 Proof Set
By CoinNews.net

The US Mint on Monday launches the 2009 Proof Set. The annual set is priced higher this year at $29.95, but it also includes specially minted pennies and four more coins.

The 2009 proof set is highlighted with redesigned Lincoln cents that celebrate the bicentennial birth of Abraham Lincoln. And unlike the circulating penny versions, each is composed of alloy matching the original 1909 Lincoln cent — 95% copper, 3% zinc and 2% tin.

The pennies alone are likely to make the 2009 sets more popular than past years, and that is saying much. The annual sets are always a favorite with collectors — each proof coin strike features the San Francisco "S" mint mark. More than 1.4 million of the 2008 proof sets were sold. Over 1.7 million of the 2007 proof sets were purchased.

While these prior sets were priced at $26.95, the 2009 proof sets costs $29.95. The price increase may be attributed to the specialized pennies and the extra quarter due to this year’s DC & US Territories Quarters Program.

The following 18 coins are included in the set:

2009-S Lincoln Cents: Lincoln Log Cabin Penny, Lincoln Rail Splitter Penny, Lincoln Professional Life Penny and Lincoln Presidency Penny
2009-S Jefferson 5-cent coin
2009-S Roosevelt dime
2009-S Quarters: DC quarter, Puerto Rico quarter, Guam quarter, American Samoa quarter, US Virgin Islands quarter and Northern Mariana Islands quarter
2009-S Kennedy half-dollar
2009-S Native American $1 Coin
2009-S Presidential Dollars: Harrison $1 Coin, Tyler $1 Coin, Polk Presidential $1 and Taylor Presidential $1

What are proof sets? According to the US Mint, they are:

"Extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect.

Proof blanks are specially treated, polished and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief.

The coins are then packaged in protective lenses to showcase and maintain their exceptional finish."


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