WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for two–roll sets of one–cent coins bearing the third new reverse design in the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One–Cent Coin Program at noon Eastern Time (ET) on August 13, 2009. The coin will honor the 16th President’s professional life in Illinois. The 2009 Lincoln Cent Two–Roll Set – “Professional Life” is priced at $8.95 per set. Orders are limited to five units per household and will be available for a limited time only.
The set contains one roll of 50 coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia with no mint mark and one roll of 50 coins from the United States Mint at Denver bearing the “D” mint mark. Each roll is packaged in specially designed paper coin wrap that displays the mint of origin, the year and the face value of its contents.
Millions of one–cent coins bearing the “Professional Life” design will be released into general circulation on August 13. The new reverse (tails side) design depicts Abraham Lincoln as a young professional standing in front of the old state capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, and includes the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE CENT. It was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Don Everhart. The obverse (heads) continues to bear the familiar likeness of Lincoln by renowned sculptor Victor David Brenner.
Orders for the 2009 Lincoln Cent Two–Roll Set – “Professional Life” will be accepted at the United States Mint’s secure Web site, www.usmint.gov, or at the toll–free number, 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing and speech–impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1–888–321–MINT (6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders.
The “Professional Life” one–cent coin is the third in the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One–Cent Coin Program. One–cent coins bearing the final design in the series, representing Lincoln’s presidency in Washington D.C., will be available in November. Customers who wish to receive automatic shipments of the 2009 Lincoln Cent Two–Roll Sets – “Professional Life” and “Presidency” may enroll in the Online Subscription Program. A maximum of five units may be ordered via subscription. Visit www.usmint.gov/catalog and click on the “Subscriptions” tab for details.
The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage. Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins, Congressional Gold Medals and bullion coins.
NOTE: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on–sale date and time of August 13, 2009, noon ET shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint’s Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.