I have chosen to show a particular set that my wife, who I do not deserve, purchased for me a while back. It is the four coins of the 2009S Lincoln Commemorative Bicentennial Cent program. While these coins can be purchased on-line in the $15-$25 range they are not graded. My lovely Spousal Unit purchased a 2009S Proof Set from NGC and they are graded PF 69 Ultra Cameo, no I would not consider trading her in, I'm talking about my Spousal Unit, not the coins! Lol.
I have ordered something for let me say "Grandson X's" Christmas, however if it is not to my liking, I am going to give him this set instead. Of all the kids and Grandkids he is the only one with any interest in coins.
2009 brought us the US Mints bicentennial of the birth of US President Abraham Lincoln, as well as the centennial of the Lincoln Cent. In 2009 these coins were released displaying four different designs on the reverse of this coin.
This program was brought about by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005. One provision of this bill authorized a redesign of the reverse of the Lincoln Memorial Cent and replace it with four different reverse designs depicting a different time in Abraham Lincoln's life.
Our 16th President was born on February 12, 1809 and the original Lincoln Wheat Cent was first produced in 1909 to honor the centennial of his birth.
The Wheat Cent was produced between 1909 & 1958, then the reverse would be changed to the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 150th anniversary of Lincoln and the 50th anniversary of the coin. In 2009, the 100th anniversary of the coin would be the longest period of time that the same basic obverse design remained on US coinage as well as that of a US President. No small accomplishment that!
A ceremony was held on 22 September 2008 at the Lincoln Memorial, to reveal each of the 4 designs for this series. They would be minted in 2009 with the P, D, & S mintmark.
The first coin released represented; "Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky - Nicknamed by some, the "Log Cabin Penny", the reverse depicts a log cabin and Lincoln's birth year, 1809. He was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Released on Feb 12, 2009, the exact 200th Birthday of Lincoln's birth. Mintage; P-284,800,000, D-350,400,000, S-2,995,615
The second coin represented "Formative Years in Indiana", nicknamed by some, the "Indiana Penny", this coin honors the formative years while he lived in Indiana. The reverse depicts a young Lincoln sitting on a log, reading, taking a break from rail splitting. Mintage; P-376-000,000, D-363,600,000, S-2,995,615
The third coin represented "Professional Life in Illinois", nicknamed by some, the "Illinois Penny", this coin honors the early professional life of Lincoln. On the reverse of the coin is a young Abraham Lincoln standing and speaking in front of the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois, Mintage; P-316,000,000, D-336,000,000, S-2,995,615.
The fourth and last coin honors "Presidency in Washington", nicknamed by some, the "Presidential Penny", this reverse depicts the Presidency of Lincoln with the partially built Capital Building in Washington DC, Mintage; P-129,600,000, D-198,00,000, S-2,995,615
2008 and the special designed 2009 Lincoln cents marked the end of an era. In 2010 the United States Mint started producing the "Union Shield" design, but that is a different story for a different blog.
As with many of us, I started collecting Indian Head and Wheat cent coins, and as such this set really strikes me as special. Not worth as much as my recent 75th Anniversary ASE, but overall, I like it better! You see, even at my age, I still have that young kid inside that says, "Wow, what a neat coin!"
Thank you for allowing me to share. Later!
Sources include US Mint release information, United States 6th Edition Mega Red