The United States Mint on Wednesday, August 26, launched the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Proof Set for $7.95.
The set includes the four newly redesigned 2009 Lincoln pennies with each minted in special proof condition for coin collectors.
"Proof coins are manufactured at the United States Mint at San Francisco using specially prepared, highly polished dies and are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background," the US Mint explains.
Additionally, the proof coins are struck in the same bronze composition (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc) as the very first 1909 Lincoln cent. Since they are produced at the Mint in San Francisco, each penny also bears the "S" mint mark.
The reverses of the Lincoln Cent reflect four different designs, each one representing a different aspect, or theme, of the life of President Lincoln:
- Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky
- Formative Years in Indiana
- Professional Life in Illinois
- Presidency in Washington D.C.
The obverse or heads side of coins feature the familiar Victor D. Brenner designed likeness of President Lincoln that was first introduced in 1909. For more information of the cent designs and history, refer to 2009 Lincoln Pennies home page.
The set may be ordered through the US Mint (http://usmint.gov/) online store at:
They are also available by calling the Mint's toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-321-MINT (6468). There is a limit of 5 sets per household.
Collectors may also be interested in the 18-coin 2009 Proof Set, which the US Mint offers for $29.95 and launched on June 1. This annual set contains proof version of all US circulating change, to include the four bicentennial pennies. 975,647 of these have already been purchased as of August 23.
Additionally, the coins are included in the annual 2009 Silver Proof Set, issued by the US Mint on July 17 for $52.95. Collectors have purchased 441,577 of these as of August 23.