The United States Mint is planning to hold an official launch ceremony and coin exchange for the new 2010 Lincoln Cent this coming Thursday, February 11, 2010 in Springfield, Illinois.
Containing an image of a union shield with a scroll draped across it, the new design will be featured on the one-cent coins for the foreseeable future. The new design comes on the heels of four new cents that were released in 2009 to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, who is featured on the obverse of the cent (and has been since 1909).
The 2009 cents celebrated different stages in the life of the 16th President of the United States including the Birthplace Cent, the Formative Years Cent, the Professional Life Cent and the Presidency Cent. Aside from the stages of his life, the coins also celebrated the locations that Lincoln called home during those phases.
When each coin was launched, a ceremony was held in that location to mark the event with the Birthplace Cent Event being held in Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 2009. The Formative Years Cent was presented in Lincoln City, Indiana on May 14, 2009. The Professional Life Cent premiered on August 13, 2009 in Springfield, Illinois and the Presidency Cent was launched on November 12, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
Thousands of people in total attended these events and the 2010 Cent launch should be popular as well, especially with the location once again in Springfield, Illinois. This was the place that Lincoln called home for most of his adult life. It was in this area that Lincoln trained and practiced as a lawyer, and it was also here that he first delved into politics.
Tens of thousands of people visit Springfield every year to visit some of the Lincoln sites located there including his home, his law office, the old state capitol building where he appeared on many days, the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library and his tomb. No other place in the nation has such an intimate relationship with the memory of Lincoln, so it is only fitting that the 2010 launch ceremony also be held there.
So, at 9:30 AM Central Time at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum at 212 N. Sixth Street in Springfield, US Mint Director Ed Moy will host the ceremony introducing the new coin to the public. Also slated to appear at the function are; Jan Grimes, Acting Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Elizabeth Wooley, News Anchor/Reporter, WICS TV and Dr. James Cornelius, Curator, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Following the ceremony, a coin exchange will be offered just as they had done at the previous launches. During the exchange, guests may purchase two, four or six rolls of the new coins at face value. Previous exchange experience shows these coins will probably be wrapped in normal bank wrappers, but that does not really detract from their desirability.
Many collectors and even some entrepreneurs took their purchased rolls to the local post office to have them stamped and canceled to show they were bought on the day of the release. Then, many of the rolls appeared on the secondary market in places like eBay where significant premiums were paid to own them.
So if you would like to be among the first to own some of the "Preservation of the Union" Cents, make plans now to attend the ceremony this Thursday in Springfield.
If you would like more information on the four cents that were released last year, you might like to visit one of our sister sites: 2009 Lincoln Pennies.