Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set
With much anticipation from most who have heard about it, the US Mint on October, 15, 2009, issued the United States Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set. Five coins are within the set, including a proof Lincoln Bicentennial Silver Dollar and four proof 2009 Lincoln pennies that feature redesigned reverses.
2009 is being celebrated as the bicentennial of the birth of Lincoln. It also marks the centennial of the release of the first Lincoln penny back in 1909. In celebration, Congress mandated the creation of these new coins that have met almost unprecedented demand upon their release.
The Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set was highly sought after. Only 50,000 of the sets were issued and all sold out within 30 hours. (As of this writing, there is a wait list open for the sets.) A household ordering limit of 1 had been set in place for the $55.95 issue priced set.
The Silver Dollar in the set is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper while the pennies will be struck from the same alloy of the original 1909 cents with 95% copper and 5% zinc. Today's pennies are struck from copper-plated zinc.
Lincoln Silver Dollar in set, and the designs of the pennies (actual will be proof versions)
An image of Lincoln is shown on the obverse of the dollar with the last 43 words of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on the reverse. The obverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Justin Kunz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The reverse was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The four new pennies still feature Victor David Brenner's portrait of Lincoln on the obverse as the pennies have done since 1909. The reverses feature four stages of Lincoln's life: Birthplace in Kentucky, Formative Years in Indiana, Professional Life in Illinois and Presidency in Washington D.C.
All of the coins are struck in deep cameo proof and are expected to be individually encapsulated, allowing each coin to be removed for closer inspection. Besides the coins, a reproduction of the Gettysburg Address, an image of Lincoln and his signature along with a Certificate of Authenticity are to be included within the set.
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As of this writing, the Mint is only taking standby orders in the event cancellations occur. The 2009 Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set can be ordered directly from the United States Mint Web site at http://www.usmint.gov/, or directly here. Orders may also be placed at the toll-free number 1-800- USA-MINT (872-6468).