At noon (ET) on May 14, the United States Mint will release the second in a series of four redesigned 2009 pennies that honor the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth.
The Lincoln Formative Years Cent will launch into circulation, and the Mint will offer two-roll sets of the coins for $8.95.
The set contains one roll of 50 coins for the United States Mint at Philadelphia and one roll of 50 coins for the United States Mint at Denver. Each roll is packaged in specially designed paper coin wrap displaying the mint of origin, the year and the face value of its contents.
The penny design portrays a young Abraham Lincoln educating himself while taking a break from working as a rail splitter in Indiana. It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
The first Lincoln Birthplace rolls of 2009 sold out in less than two weeks with a final mintage of 96,000. With the same mintage, the Lincoln Formative Years rolls will sell out as well, and likely more quickly. In the first birthplace rolls issuance, collectors were caught off guard when the Mint suddenly ended sales. They will not let that happen again, if at all possible, and will likely race to place orders.
At noon Eastern Time on Thursday, May 14, orders may be placed by visiting http://usmint.gov, or by calling the Mint's toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-321-MINT (6468).