The new 2009 Lincoln Professional Life cent was launched Thursday in Springfield, Illinois. At a ceremony on the grounds of the Old State Capitol Building (which is actually featured on the obverse of the new coin along with Lincoln), US Mint Director Ed Moy and US Senator Dick Durbin participated in introducing the new design to the public.
Abraham Lincoln spent most of his adult life in Springfield. It was here he became a self-taught lawyer and where he actually served in the Illinois General Assembly which convened inside the Old Capitol.
The historic building also was the location where Lincoln made his now famous 'House Divided' speech, and where his body laid in state before burial after he was assassinated.
The US Mint has announced three different coin exchanges where the public will be able to buy the Lincoln Professional Life Cent at face value on their release date of August 13th.
As it did for previous designs, the Mint will offer an exchange following the release ceremony for the new coin in Springfield, Illinois. This ceremony will take place at 10 AM (Central Time) on the grounds of the Old State Capitol building, a place Lincoln knew well as he worked there both as a lawyer and politician.
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.
2009 Lincoln Professional Life Penny
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? Continue reading