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Thursday, February 5, 2009

2009 Lincoln Cent Coin Images and Release Dates

With the release date for the first 2009 Lincoln Cent design quickly approaching, I wanted to write a post with some updated information.

The release date for the first design has been known for many months. It is planned for February 12, 2009, which will be the exact day of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. This will also be the first day of release for the 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar.

To my knowledge, the US Mint has still not provided an official release schedule for all 2009 Lincoln Cent designs. However, I did find release dates published on a Federal Reserve Bank site, which were noted as potentially subject to change. These dates are included below, along with recently released 2009 Lincoln Cent coin images. For any updates check 2009 Lincoln Cent Release Dates.


2009 Lincoln Cent Reverse Design #1
Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky
Release Date: February 12, 2009


2009 Lincoln Cent Reverse Design #2
Formative Years in Indiana
Release Date: May 14, 2009


2009 Lincoln Cent Reverse Design #3
Professional Life in Illinois
Release Date: August 13, 2009


2009 Lincoln Cent Reverse Design #4
Presidency in Washington, DC
Release Date: November 12, 2009


Many collectors have been asking whether the US Mint will offer rolls and bags of 2009 Lincoln Cents packaged for collectors. It still appears that bags and rolls will not be offered. Bags and rolls do not appear on the US Mint's product release schedule and there has been no announcement of these products.

The US Mint has announced a 2009 Lincoln Five Coin Set, which will included the four 2009 Proof Lincoln Cents and the 2009 Proof Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar. These sets will be limited to 50,000. The pricing and release date has not yet been announced.

Another common question about the 2009 Lincoln Cents is related to the 95% copper versions of the coins that will be produced for collectors. So far the only information the US Mint has released has been to indicate that the 95% copper 2009 Lincoln Cents will be included "in the United States Mint's annual product offerings." Presumably this means they will be included in the US Mint's 2009 Proof Sets and Mint Sets.



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18 Comments:

At February 5, 2009 at 12:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These coins look great!

I'm surprised that the Mint is not going to offer bags and rolls of these. I would think that they would be very popular.

 
At February 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! More coins that the mint won't be able to deliver on.

 
At February 6, 2009 at 2:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm betting they will offer coin bags & rolls. It's a good coin and limited type so like the State-Hoods, Sacs & Prez coins, I'm thinking at some point they'll be offered. My question is How Much? That could be really interesting.

~The Yankee~

 
At February 6, 2009 at 3:45 AM , Blogger Michael said...

Yankee-

Looks like you're right. (see the update note)

When they offered two roll Jefferson Nickel sets, they were priced at $8.95.

My guess for the 2009 Lincoln Cents... maybe $4.95 for two roll sets?

 
At February 6, 2009 at 5:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question:
The only way to get these coins will be thru the mint? Is the mint going to release these to the general public instead of the current penny? I have heard that since they are copper, they will only produce coins for collectors. Is this true. Thanks for your time.

 
At February 6, 2009 at 6:06 AM , Blogger Michael said...

Anonymous above-

All four designs of the 2009 Lincoln Cent will be released into circulation. The coins released into circulation will have the standard composition of copper coated zinc.

The US Mint will produce 95% copper versions for sale to collectors. The 95% copper coins will not be released into circulation, but only available from the Mint. So far, it seems the 95% copper cents will be included in Proof Sets and Mint Sets.

 
At February 9, 2009 at 10:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overrated crap, commemorative or not. The mint needs to officially remove the penny from circulation. Billions of these will have been minted on wasted taxpayer money in which most taxpayers will put their pennies in a jar, never to be used again (except for cashing in on a cold, rainy day). Only the 95% copper version may be worth collecting. This is just my opinion, and I believe the US Mint is taking us for chumps.

 
At February 16, 2009 at 5:08 PM , Anonymous John said...

Does anyone know if they have will be released to the banks? or has anyone seen them yet at the banks?

 
At February 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the banks in greensburg indana say they wont get them

 
At March 1, 2009 at 1:53 AM , Blogger Doug726b said...

How can a person find out where in Indiana the new 2nd Lincoln penny will be released?

 
At March 6, 2009 at 2:19 PM , Blogger levinll said...

Does anyone know if the mint plans to have a formal ceremony when they release the 2nd redesign of the Lincoln penny ?

If so, what's the locatoin/date of this release ?

 
At March 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mint price of $8.95 for a 2-roll set is high-way robbery. The mint and its employees should be prosecuted for extortion at these prices. $1.95 would be far more resonable a price. How comw dealrerrs seem to have these coins already. I have checked most banks in my town and they say they don't have and can't get them.

 
At March 27, 2009 at 3:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know WHERE IN INDIANA on May 14th 2009 is the 2nd lincoln cent going to be released? What town and time?

 
At April 22, 2009 at 4:01 AM , Blogger Michael said...

Details of the next ceremony are here.

http://mintnewsblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/indiana-2009-lincoln-penny-launch-may.html

 
At April 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got my first one in change from the deli.

 
At June 16, 2009 at 9:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

THEY ARE OUT IN THE PUBLIC BEACAUSE I FOUND ONE IN THE STREET.I WANT THE SECOND VERSION I HAVE THE FIRST VERSION.IF YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN GET THE SECOND VERSION,AND IF THE GOVERMENT DOES NOT PASS OUT THOSE WE SHOULD CALL OUR GOVERMENT IDIOTS OR MOVE TO CANADA.

 
At June 16, 2009 at 9:06 AM , Anonymous JOSH said...

I GOT MY FIRST CENT IN THE STREET BUT IF THERE IS ANYWHERE I CAN GET THE SECOND VERSION PLEASE TELL ME.

 
At June 16, 2009 at 4:49 PM , Blogger Michael said...

as the new designs are released, you can always get them at the official launch ceremony via the coin exchange, and at some US mint locations on the same day. these exchanges take place at face value.

you can also buy two roll sets via the US Mint's website, however these are priced at a premium at $8.95 for two rolls.

eventually the coins should show up in circulation, but chances are spotty depending on your location. you can try calling local banks to see if they have any.

 

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