WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2010 Lincoln Cent Two–Roll Set – “Preservation of the Union” beginning at noon Eastern Time (ET), on April 8, 2010. The set, priced at $8.95 each, is composed of 100 general circulating coins–one roll of 50 coins minted at the United States Mint at Philadelphia (no mint mark) and one roll of 50 coins minted at the United States Mint at Denver (“D” mint mark). Each coin roll is wrapped with special United States Mint coin paper depicting the new design, a “P” or “D” representing the roll’s mint of origin and “50¢,” representing its face value.
The new one–cent coin will circulate from this year forward. The coin’s reverse (tails side) design is emblematic of President Abraham Lincoln’s preservation of the United States as a single and united country, as required by Title III of Public Law 109–145, the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005. The design depicts a union shield with a scroll draped across and the inscription ONE CENT. The 13 vertical stripes of the shield represent the states joined in one compact union to support the Federal government, represented by the horizontal bar above. The horizontal bar features the inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM –”out of many, one”–while the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is depicted along the upper rim of the coin. The reverse image was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Lyndall Bass and executed by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Joseph Menna.
The obverse (heads side) continues to bear Victor David Brenner’s likeness of President Lincoln that has appeared on the coin since 1909. A digital image of the 2010 Lincoln cent is available at: http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/?action=photo#2010LincolnPenny.
Orders for the 2010 Lincoln Cent Two–Roll Set – “Preservation of the Union” will be accepted at the United States Mint’s Web site, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or at the toll–free number, 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing and speech–impaired customers with TTY equipment may place their orders by calling 1–888–321–MINT (6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders.
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 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 April 8, 2010, 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.