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Good thing some were at their computers

The business week begins. Thanks to the wonders of computer automation, I have a large number of e-mail responses to our weekly poll question.

Recipients were asked whether they had seen the fourth Lincoln cent of 2009 in their change yet. The e-newsletter also reported that the Philadelphia version was much harder to find than the Denver version.

A surprising number of respondents wrote on Christmas Day, the same day the e-newsletter was sent out.

However, everyone associated with that particular issue of the e-newsletter were home with their families or marking the holiday in their own way. In other words, they were anywhere but here.

Even though I did not spend any time on Christmas Day on the computer, now that it is Monday morning, I am glad others did. The messages give my day a running start.

They range from readers who have seen all four of the designs to those who have yet to get their first one in change.

Distribution of the new Lincolns has gotten better as the year has gone on, but it is still far from perfect.

Thanks to all readers whose responses provide the latest snapshot of 2009 cent availability.