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Final 2009 Lincoln makes Nov. 12 debut

The fourth and final Lincoln cent design of 2009 will be introduced officially Nov. 12 at a special ceremony held at 10 a.m. at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Marking Lincoln’s Presidency, the cent features a depiction of the unfinished Capitol Dome, which was under construction even as the Civil War raged and the city was threatened by military siege.
Highlight of the event will be an exchange where attendees will be able to get $1-$3 worth of rolled cents for face value.

The cents will be from the Philadelphia Mint and therefore have no mintmark on them. They will be wrapped in bank rolls.

In addition to the exchange at the Grant Memorial, which is located east of the Capitol Reflection Pool on the National Mall, the public will be able to get the cents for face value at Union Station and at the Mint sales counter at its headquarters 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

The Union Station sales kiosk is at the east end of the Main Hall. The address is 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.

Mint headquarters are located at 801 9th Street, N.W. in Washington.

This is the first ceremony held in a major urban area and will be easily accessible to a large number of area collectors. However, the financial incentive has lessened as secondary market prices have come down.

Greencastle, Ind., coin dealer Julian Jarvis said in an Oct. 29 Coin Chat Radio interview that even though it has gotten far easier for him to obtain new Lincoln cents supplies as the program has gone on, he thought most Americans have yet to see any of the first three designs and probably don’t know they exist.

Two-roll sets will be sold Nov. 12 on the Mint’s Web site for $8.95 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. Visit www.usmint.gov for more information. Telephone orders will also be accepted at (800) USA-MINT. The is a limit of five sets per household.

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