The second 2009 Lincoln Cent with the formative years, rail splitter design will launch in Indiana on May 14 at 11 a.m. EDT, the US mint announced in a media advisory on Tuesday.
The official release ceremony will take place in the Lincoln State Park at the Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln City, and is is sure to be one of the busiest events the Mint has ever hosted.
The inability to find 2009 circulating coins -- the first redesigned Lincoln penny in particular -- has created an extra level of excitement for an already attention-setting series. Additionally, up to six rolls of the new pennies may be purchased following the ceremony. Cents from the first launch sold in the secondary market for substantial premiums. That is likely to be repeated in round two, and adds to the reasoning for many who plan to attend.
Collectors who can not make it to Indiana need not despair. The US Mint announced in April that rolls of penny #2 would be sold (for $8.95 per two-roll set) at its online store on the same day. These are likely to move quickly, however, as the first issued Lincoln rolls sold out in less than two weeks with 96,000 sets purchased.
The latest pennies portray a young Abraham Lincoln educating himself while taking a break from working as a rail splitter in Indiana. Inscriptions include the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE CENT. It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
When the 2009 Lincoln Formative Years Cent Rolls are released, collectors can place orders by visiting http://usmint.gov, or by calling the Mint's toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-321-MINT (6468).
The third and then fourth redesigned Lincoln pennies are expected to be released on August 13 and November 12, respectively.
Penny Launch information and location
The Mint provided the following launch information and location details:
WHAT: Presentation of the Lincoln One-Cent Coin - Indiana Formative Years design
WHO: Ed Moy, Director, United States Mint
Connie Nass, Chair, Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (IALBC)
Darrel Bigham, Professor emeritus of history, University of Southern Indiana; Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) Commissioner; IALBC Commissioner
Joan Flinspach, ALBC Commissioner; IALBC Commissioner
Oak Hill Singers, Oak Hill Middle School, Evansville, Ind.
Britt Reagan, the actor portraying the teenage Abraham Lincoln in the play "Lincoln"
WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT)
WHERE: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Lincoln State Park
Lincoln City, Indiana