Lincoln Coin & Chronicles Set: Silver Dollar, 2009 Pennies, Lincoln’s Handwriting

United States Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set - Click to Enlarge
United States Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set - Click to Enlarge

New details have emerged for what will be a highly sought after collector item, the United States Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set. Most importantly, we now know the release date is October 15, 2009, at noon (Eastern Time).

We also know that the price is $55.95, plus a standard $4.95 shipping and handling charge.

This information comes straight from the US Mint, as it added the set to its 2009 coin schedule and published the set's product page (found here) in preparation for launch. The centerpiece for the set is the Lincoln Bicentennial Proof Silver Dollar, which the Mint states: "celebrates the life and legacy of one of America's greatest leaders."

If the coin sounds familiar, that's because it was released as a standalone offering on February 12, 2009, and it sold out under the pressure of collector demand in less than two months. In total, 325,000 flew out of the Mint's inventory. Another 125,000 of the uncirculated Lincoln dollars were sold. And because the law authorizing the silver coins stipulated an upper mintage limit of 500,000, only 50,000 remain for the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set.

At 50,000, a sellout could very well occur on the first day of launch. More than one coin collector is likely to miss out on the opportunity to own one. To help somewhat, the US Mint is enforcing an order limit of one (1) unit per household.

Here is a listing of some of the main features of the offering:

  • One (1) 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Proof Silver Dollar
  • A reproduced Abraham Lincoln photograph
  • A reproduced Lincoln signature in gold
  • A reproduction of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's handwriting
  • A certificate of Authenticity
  • Encasement in a slip-covered leather-like tri-fold case

The 2009 pennies are the same as those within other current year proof sets with 2009 Lincoln Cents. Outside their special cameo mirror-like background, brilliant surface, and collector "S" mint mark denoting production in San Francisco, the coins are struck in 95% copper, and 5% tin and zinc -- the exact same composition of the very first 1909 Lincoln penny. Modern pennies utilize a 97.5 zinc, 2.5% copper blend.

Still, there is no question that the proof Lincoln Silver Dollar is what will catch most collectors eyes. With the prior year's sellouts, demand has climbed as have their prices on the secondary market. In most cases, today's price for a single dollar is higher than what the Mint will charge for the Lincoln Coin & Chronicles Set. Here are a few samples:

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On October 15, 2009 at Noon (ET), the set can be ordered directly from the United States Mint Web site at, or by calling the toll-free number 1-800- USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468).

For more information and history on the set, also view US Lincoln Coin & Chronicles Set.

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