The third of four 2009 Lincoln cents will launch into public circulation Thursday, August 13. The penny ceremony in Springfield, Illinois may be one one of the biggest, if not largest, US Mint events of the year.
US Mint Directory Ed Moy and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn are expected to lead the ceremony, which will officially introduce the 2009 Lincoln Professional Life Cent. The design features an image of Abraham Lincoln standing in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, which is were the ceremony will occur at 10 a.m.
Lucky children in attendance will receive a free new penny. And adults can exchange dollar bills for up to six rolls of the new coins. But what about those who can not make it to Springfield?
The obvious solution is to wait for the pennies to show up in pocket change. But that has proven to be a difficult task for the first two coins despite 2009 cent mintages that have already reached over 1.4 billion strong. The third coin is likely to be just as difficult to find this year.
The United States Mint does have a solution, if you're willing to pay more. For $8.95, plus shipping and handling, two-roll sets may be purchased directly from the Mint's website beginning at noon ET on August 13. Each set contains two rolls of 50-coins -- one roll each from the United State Mints at Philadelphia and Denver. There is also a Lincoln cent subscription program available, where collectors can buy the coins and the Mint will ship them when available.
For more information, go to the Mint's website, www.usmint.gov. Orders for the rolls may also be placed on August 13 over the phone by calling the Mint's toll-free number at 1-800-USA-MINT.