WASHINGTON — Sales of the 2009 United States Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set will begin October 15, 2009, at noon Eastern Time (ET). Orders for the set, priced at $55.95, will be limited to one unit per household. The product limit is 50,000 sets.
The 2009 United States Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set includes a 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar and proof versions of the four 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One–Cent Coins composed of 95 percent copper and five percent tin and zinc–the same metallic content of the original Lincoln Cent issued in 1909. All coins are encased in clear protective capsules, allowing them to be removed from the packaging for inspection. The set also includes a reproduction of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s handwriting, a reproduction of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Director of the United States Mint. Printed in gold foil below the portrait is a reproduction of Lincoln’s signature. The set is protected by a matching hardcover slipcase.
The obverse (heads side) of the Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar features an image of Lincoln and the inscriptions LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2009. The coin’s reverse (tails) bears the last 43 words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address surrounded by a laurel wreath. Above the wreath is the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Under the wreath is a curling banner with Lincoln’s signature incused in the center. On either side of the signature, ONE DOLLAR and E PLURIBUS UNUM are incused in the banner.
Each 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One–Cent Coin features a unique reverse design representing four aspects, or themes, of the former President’s life: his birth and early childhood in Kentucky; his formative years in Indiana; his professional life in Illinois; and his presidency in Washington D.C. The coin’s obverse continues to feature Victor David Brenner’s portrait of President Lincoln.
Customers may order the 2009 United States Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set at the secure Web site http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by calling 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing– and speech–impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1–888–321–MINT (6468). Please add $4.95 to all domestic orders for shipping and handling costs.
The United States Mint, the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, was created by Congress in 1792. 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 silver, gold and platinum 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 October 15, 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.