As a compulsive change checker, I've noticed for quite some time now the absence of any 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Cent issues showing up in my change. You'd think that when it comes to cents you would find any most anything, and that includes the occasional wheat back or Canadian, along with typical mixture of Memorial and Shield reverses. An interesting piece of information is contained in the 2017 Mega Red edition, which answers a few questions: Remember the U.S. economy was in a recession in 2009, and apparently many banks had a large supply of cents on hand. Because of this, few banks placed orders for more, and the 2009 issues were not widely circulated to begin with. Also, since there were four reverse designs, each issue only saw mintages in the 200-400 million, compared to typical cent mintages in the billions. As a comparison, the 1776-1976 Bicentennial Quarters were struck for two years, and saw mintages over 800 million. That makes the 2009 Lincoln's rarer, if you can call them a rarity, but I still find more 1976 quarters than I do 2009 cents. I prefer the log cabin reverse myself, and wish they kept it. Like the Jefferson Westward Journey nickel issues, and the Bicentennial issues of 1976, I include the 2009 Lincoln series alongside of other commemoratives. A few weeks ago I asked whether anyone saved 1976 quarters. Hardly anyone did anymore, so I don't imagine anyone saving 2009 Lincoln's in abundance. Most of them have probably discolored by now, save for the copper issue, which did not circulate anyhow.
It's New Years Eve today and traditionally, also "The Twilight Zone" marathon as well! I grew up with these old sci-fi classics and must admit I love watching them again once a year. So I found Season #1, Episode #17 dated from 1960 really interesting and fun??? Titled "The Fever"... The story line is Flora and Franklin Gibbs head for Las Vegas for a two night all expenses paid vacation that Flora won in a contest. Franklin is not impressed with the whole idea, especially the casinos in which everyone just throws their money away in the slot machines! Poor fools he calls them! Even poor Flora while putting a nickel in a slot gets read the riot act by Franklin. Heading up to their room, a drunken gambler gives Franklin a dollar ( A SILVER DOLLAR!) and insist's that he play the slot machine. Franklin wins and thus begins his decent into Twilight Zone Madness!!! After a 24 hour binge on the slot machine and loosing all his money, in his crazed state he jumps out of the hotel room window ending his life and the Las Vegas vacation... Cool huh! Now to get to the point of my blog. There were real SILVER DOLLARS everywhere...Peace Dollars and Morgans Dollars... in the slots, on the card tables, being used just as if it was normal! But wait...it used to be normal!