When the US Mint announced the availability of the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coins, they also mentioned a special 5 Coin Set, which would be available later in the year. I have some additional details on this highly anticipated set.
The product will be known as the Abraham Lincoln Coin & Chronicles Set. It will include the Proof 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar and the four Proof 2009 Lincoln Cents. These Lincoln Cents will be struck in a special composition of 95% copper, which was used on the first Lincoln Cents released in 1909. The set will include a reproduction of the Gettysburg Address, an image of Abraham Lincoln with his signature printed in gold foil below, and a certificate of authenticity. The set will be housed in a matching hardcover slipcase.
The “Coin & Chronicles Set” format has been used for a few other recent commemorative coins. Previous sets have included the commemorative silver dollar together with reproduced historical documents or other items. The 2005 John Marshall Coin & Chronicles Set included an intaglio print and booklet, and the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Coin & Chronicles Set included postage stamps and a reproduction of Poor Richards Almanack.
Many collectors have been eagerly awaiting the 2009 Lincoln Set. It will present another opportunity to purchase the 2009 Lincoln Commemorative, which is now sold out. More notably, it will also be an opportunity to obtain the 2009 Lincoln Cents struck in 95% copper. All of the 2009 Lincoln Cents struck for circulation have a composition of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. The 95% copper cents will be struck for this special set, as well as the US Mint’s other annual coin sets.
Only 50,000 of the sets should be available, as this is the number of 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollars which have been reserved from the maximum authorized mintage. The price of the 2009 Lincoln Coin & Chronicles Set will be $55.95. The availability date and other ordering details have not yet been announced.
I would anticipate that a household ordering limit will in place for the offering. In my opinion, even if the limit is set at one per household, the Lincoln Sets will sell out quickly, probably on the first day of sales.
I will post more details on the offering as they are revealed. For now, you can discuss the offering on Coin Network, which has recently surpassed 1,100 members!