2009 Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set

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The sale of the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set from the US Mint is set to start on October 15, 2009 at Noon (Eastern Time).

With only 50,000 of the sets available, the $55.95 price tag will not prevent the sets from selling out fast, if not in the first day. The Mint is so certain of high demand, it has already stated their will be a limit of one set per household.

The Lincoln Set is advertised as containing the following items in a slip-covered leather-like tri-fold case:

  • One 2009-S Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Proof Dollar
  • Four 2009-S Lincoln Proof Cents (the same coins as in the Lincoln Cent Proof Set)
  • A reproduced Abraham Lincoln photograph
  • A reproduction of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's handwriting
  • Certificate of Authenticity

The Lincoln Proof Silver Dollar is the same one that was released separately on February 12, 2009 which sold out in less than 6 weeks. It is a 90% silver coin with a 1.5 inch diameter. The obverse was designed by Justin Kunz and engraved by Don Everhart and features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln inspired by Daniel Chester French's famous sculpture of the former President inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The reverse has a wreath encircling the inscribed final 43 words of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

WE HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE THAT THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN - THAT THIS NATION, UNDER GOD, SHALL HAVE A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM - AND THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH.

The Lincoln cents included in the set are all proof versions of the 2009 circulating cents that were issued with different reverses celebrating major aspects of Lincoln's life including his Birthplace, Formative Years, Professional Life, and Presidency. The obverse or heads side of each proof features the familiar Victor D. Brenner image of Lincoln.

All five coins in the set were authorized by Congress to celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth as well as the centennial of the introduction of the first Lincoln cent into American coinage. Interestingly enough, the four cents of this set are also composed of the same alloy originally used in the 1909 Lincoln cent which was 95% copper, 3% zinc and 2% tin. Today's pennies are composed of mostly zinc.

These sets are sure to be popular, just take a look at auctions for the Lincoln Silver Dollars that were available earlier this year. Keep in mind that the proof versions sold for $41.95 and the uncirculated sold for $33.95.

 

2009 Lincoln Silver Proof Coin Specifications

Mint: United States Mint in San Francisco
Finish/Condition: Proof
Metal Content: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 26.730 grams nominal
Diameter:1.500 inches (+-0.003) or 38.10 mm (+-0.08)
Edge: Reeded
Issue Date: October 15, 2009
Mintages: 50,000 for this set;
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: Justin Kunz; Don Everhart
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill

2009 Lincoln One Cent Proof Specifications

Mint: United States Mint in San Francisco
Finish/Condition: Proof
Composition: 95% copper, 3% zinc and 2% tin
Weight Proof: 3.11 grams
Diameter: 0.750 inches or 19.05 mm
Edge: Plain
Date of Issue: 2009
Mintages: 50,000 for this set

2009 Lincoln Coin Resources