Hold Cent Ceremony
By Numismatic News
hoopla is appropriate for the introduction of
the 2010 cent with the new Shield reverse
The Mint was evaluating that question as the New
Tentatively planned is a Feb. 11 event in
Springfield, Ill., where Abraham Lincoln had his
law practice and where the third of four 2009
cent reverse designs debuted this past August.
The 201st anniversary of the 16th President’s
birth is Feb. 12.
What dignitaries might be present and where any
such ceremony would be held were open questions
as indeed was the very possibility of holding
any Mint ceremony at all, said Tom Jurkowsky,
Mint public relations director, on Jan. 5.
There was also no word on possible release of
the new cent to the banking system. Last year’s
initial cent release coincided with the
ceremonial debut of the first new reverse design
The 2010 Shield reverse design symbolizes the
Civil War-era preservation of the American
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