Snow might have shut down the U.S. Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., for four consecutive days, but following the imperative that the show must go on, Director Ed Moy caught a flight out to Illinois a day earlier then planned just so he could be present for the Feb. 11 debut of the new Lincoln cent design in Springfield, Ill.
Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios was not so fortunate. A “Push the Button” ceremony slated for Feb. 9 to introduce the new Series 2009 Federal Reserve Notes was cancelled due to her inability to get out of the nation’s capital to attend the Fort Worth, Texas, event.
Mint Public Affairs Director Tom Jurkowsky said on Feb. 10 of the Lincoln event’s attendees, “They left Tuesday on one of the last flights out.”
In his planned remarks, Moy was to say, “This one-cent coin honors the preservation of the Union, which was Abraham Lincoln’s ultimate achievement. Because of his presidency, despite bitter regional enmity and a horrific civil war, we remained the United States of America.”
The snow also closed down the Philadelphia and West Point Mints Feb. 10 and nothing was shipped in or out. West Point is the producer of the bullion coins that are in such demand presently.