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Monday, October 19, 2009

2009 Lincoln Cent Mintages

The mintages for the first three designs of the 2009 Lincoln Cent have now been confirmed. The mintage figures for the "Professional Life" design had not yet been previously known.

The table below presents the mintages for circulating 2009 Lincoln Cents by design and mint. (These are circulating quality coins and do not include proof or satin finish coins.)

2009 Lincoln Cent Mintages

Philadelphia Denver Total
Birthplace 284,400,000 350,400,000 634,800,000
Formative Years 376,000,000 363,600,000 739,600,000
Professional Life 316,000,000 336,000,000 652,000,000

The US Mint's output for the 2009 Lincoln Cents has been more variable than other denominations. The combined mintages for the 2009 Quarters and 2009 Presidential Dollars had declined with each subsequent design (with the exception of the Polk Dollar). The 2009 Lincoln Cents had the lowest combined mintage first, followed by an increase, and the latest decrease.

The lowest mintage for an individual coin remains as the 2009-P Birthplace Cent at 284,400,000.

The prices for circulation strike 2009 Lincoln Cents have tapered off since the heights reached earlier this year. Coins are even starting to show up in circulation, as reported by some readers and on other sites. Personally, I am still yet to receive one of the new designs in circulation.

The next 2009 Lincoln Cent featuring the Presidency design is scheduled to be released on November 12, 2009. A launch ceremony is expected to take place in Washington, DC, followed by a coin exchange. Details have not yet been revealed by the US Mint, but I think it would be fitting to have the ceremony take place at the Lincoln Memorial. Once confirmed details on the launch ceremony are available, they will be posted on Mint News Blog.

Note: I will have another post on the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set later today.



At October 19, 2009 at 9:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always Michael, keep up the great job your doing , as well as the great info you give us .

At October 19, 2009 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first two designs have shown up here. I'm getting the feeling though that designs 3 and 4 might just be heading for the storage units where all the 2009 Dimes and Nickels are sitting. They seem to be making more pennies than we are going to need for circulation.

Of course, they could let us sell our old copper pennies for the copper and that would take a bunch out of circulation.

At October 19, 2009 at 9:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All three designs are floating around in East Tenn. Usually get at least one ,if not two designs,on every shopping trip.

At October 19, 2009 at 9:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The '09 nickels/dimes are a real mystery. Even at the low mintages you'd think that some would leak out into circulation. Would be interesting to know the real truth about their current whereabouts.

Jim L.

At October 19, 2009 at 9:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You hit the nail on the head Jim .Where are all those pesky things hiding?

At October 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I visited the Lincoln Memorial earlier this year, and they were doing renovations between the memorial and the reflecting pool "for upcoming bicentennial celebrations". We shall see if this is related to your information.

At October 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I visited the Lincoln Memorial earlier this year, and they were doing renovations between the memorial and the reflecting pool "for upcoming bicentennial celebrations". We shall see if this is related to your information.

At October 19, 2009 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

With mintages this high, we can't expect any excitment to come from this series. e.g. 1909S VDB - 484K, 1911S - 4.026M, 1912S - 4.431M, 1914D - 1.193M, and 1924D - 2.52M.

At October 19, 2009 at 3:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the past. Does Westward Journey Nickel series ring a bell?

At October 20, 2009 at 4:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have come across 3 of the Lincoln formative years in purchases resulting in change. One is very nice and shiney. I put all 3 of them in the vault for safe storage. BTW. I ordered my lincoln set at 3:15ish EST on Friday 10/16/09 and I am reasonably confident that got one. It sounds like many people tried to cheat the system which could result in several of the wait listed purchasers getting a copy. To those who tried to cheat the system...thank you for inadvertently making the sets available to some of us late birds. Next up...2009 proof Buffalo!!

At October 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like the rarest pennies from this series will be the Satin Unc 95% copper pennies.
With the mad rush to get rolls of regular pennies these satin ones will be sleepers that will be worth the most. They will be the hardest to get to complete a collection in ten years since people might not want to cut up thier Unc sets.

At October 21, 2009 at 1:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may be right. The mintage on the UNC sets will probably come in at 700K. 2007MS - 649K and 2008MS - 663K. Combined with the unique 95% composition - the SMS commerative mint set pennies could be the best bet.

At October 23, 2009 at 7:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand if all of the mintages are so close then why did the mint only sell 300k LP1 wrapped sets and double the amount of LP and LP3's?

At October 23, 2009 at 7:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

should be LP2 and LP3's

At October 23, 2009 at 8:54 AM , Blogger Michael said...

The mint sold 96K LP1's and 300K LP2's. The LP3 is currently at 238K.

The LP1 offering was made several weeks after the release of the coin. The later offerings were released on the same day as the circulation release.

Either the US Mint was only able to obtain 96K rolls for the first design since the facilities had already distributed the coins, or the US Mint misjudged the popularity of the product for the first release and then adjusted for the subsequent ones.


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