Even though the 2010 Lincoln Cents won’t officially be launched until next month, the newly designed coins are already in the hands of some collectors.
The coins have apparently reached circulation channels in Puerto Rico, where some people have received them in change for transactions. Rolls of 2010 Lincoln Cents have also been available for sale on eBay for approximately the last week from a seller based in Puerto Rico. Here are the seller’s current eBay auctions.
Some other eBay sellers are offering pre-sales, but the above seller definitely has the rolls already in hand. A Mint News Blog reader Jim L has reported receiving rolls and provided pictures.
I was also able to obtain some closer pictures of the obverse and reverse of the new 2010 Lincoln Cent. (Click image for larger version)
The official launch ceremony for the 2010 Lincoln Cent is scheduled to take place on February 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM in Springfield, Illinois at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The ceremony will be followed by a coin exchange where attendees will have the opportunity to exchange currency for rolls of the new cents.