Waiting for Lincoln
By Numismatic News
crowd gathered in Lincoln City, Ind., May 14 for
the formal introduction of the second 2009
Lincoln cent design was more interested in
buying the coins than attending the ceremony.
Most of the 3,000 to 4,000 attendees skipped the
formal ceremony so as not to lose their places
in line to get new Lincoln cent rolls for face
Approximately 500 people gathered inside the
Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln State Park to
witness U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy formally
introduce the Formative Years Lincoln cent
design, the second of four to be issued in 2009.
"This second design reflects the formative years
of Abraham Lincoln's life in Indiana, when he
developed the qualities that served as the
foundation for his extraordinary life," Moy
Accompanying Moy were Connie Nass, chairwoman of
the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Commission; Darrel Bigham, professor emeritus of
history at the University of Southern Indiana,
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
commissioner; and Joan Flinspach, chief
executive officer of Presenting the Past.
There were about 150 children on the stage and
two large choirs rotated on and off.
Following the ceremony, children ages 18 and
younger received free specimens of the new
Adults standing in line during and after the
event were able to buy a minimum of two rolls up
to a maximum of six for face value, though there
was no restriction on the number of times a
person could go through the line.
Johnston, Iowa, collector Don Mark said he and a
friend went through the line three times,
netting 18 rolls apiece.
Mark said he witnessed the wheeling out of the
last five boxes of cents from the Brinks truck,
so he said all the available supply was
distributed, and he said everybody who had
wanted any had been able to get the new coins.
Mark said the first time through the line took
him 30 to 45 minutes, though he had been waiting
since 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. event. The two
subsequent times were longer, each about an hour
and a half, he said,.
Kevin L. Bruner of Owensboro, Ky., said, "I had
$600 in my pocket to spend. I got six rolls, the
"I decided to not wait in line for a second
round. There was even a line of about 20 people
waiting for empty coin boxes. Totally
He and others noted that fliers were distributed
to tell people that it was not permissible to
conduct business on park property without a
license, scotching any attempt for cent holders
to sell the coins to buyers on site.
Mark said he thought he saw an area that had
sprung up outside the park where spontaneous
commerce was being conducted.
On May 14 rolls were also made available to the
public for face value at U.S. Mint headquarters
and Union Station in Washington, D.C. On May 15,
they were available offered at the Rayburn House
Office Building on Capitol Hill.