In part of the recognition of the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth and 100th anniversary of the first issuance of the Lincoln Cent, today at noon ET, the United States Mint placed the first of four redesigned 2009 Lincoln Pennies on sale.
The Lincoln Cent Birthplace or log cabin design -- the first change in 50 years for the penny -- went into circulation on Feb. 12, Lincoln's birthday. A two-roll coin set containing 50 pennies from Denver and 50 from Philadelphia is now available for $8.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.
In describing the cents offered, the US Mint said:
These one-cent coins are also in circulating condition and can be used in daily transactions. Because these coins have never been circulated, they make a great addition to your private collection or a wonderful gift for someone special.
The Mint has placed a limit of five each per household. The rolls are available on the following Mint page:
They are also available by calling the Mint's toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-321-MINT (6468).