The United States Mint will ceremoniously unveil the third redesigned 2009 Lincoln penny on August 13 in front of an enthusiastic crowd that could be bigger than the prior two Lincoln penny launches combined.
Considering the coin theme, a more appropriate ceremonial location could not have been chosen -- the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Why? The same building is depicted on the background of the new pennies' reverse. The foreground incorporates a formal portrait of a young Abraham Lincoln standing with hand raised in a professional pose.
The artistic composition, representing Lincoln's professional life in Illinois, was was designed by United States Mint AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. (Read about Lincoln's professional life.)
As in past releases, attending children will receive a free, shiny penny while adults may exchange money for rolls of the new coins provided by Chase Bank. In the second release where some 3,000 people were present, a limit of six rolls per person was mandated. No limits have yet to be announced for the Illinois launch.
For collectors who can not attend the Prairie State penny event, on August 13 the US Mint will also offer two-roll Lincoln sets for $8.95 at http://usmint.gov. (Additionally, rolls may also be ordered today via the Mint's penny subscription program.) A two-roll set contains one roll of 50 coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia with no mint mark and one roll of 50 coins from the United States Mint at Denver bearing the "D" mint mark.
The ceremony is expected to begin at 10 a.m. with United States Mint Directory Ed Moy and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn hosting.