Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set

Appearing as one of the most sought after products from the US Mint in recent history, the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set combined coins from two different 2009 offerings of the Mint.

Mintage: 50,000
Sold Out Date: 16 Oct 2009
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Included in the set was a 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar as well as proof versions of the four different Lincoln Cents issued in 2009. Making the set even more unique was the fact that the cent coins were struck from the same 95% copper alloy composition used in the 1909 Lincoln Cents (the first cent coins to contain an image of Lincoln). Aside from the five individually capsulated coins, the Set also shipped with a reproduction of the Gettysburg Address, an image of Lincoln and his signature as well as a Certificate of Authenticity – all in a hardcover slipcase.

These sets were so popular that the US Mint experienced ordering system difficulties on both its website and through the phone ordering system in the first few hours of the sets availability. Speculations of a quick sell-out were confirmed when the US Mint announced as much only 30 hours after the sets first became available.

Lincoln Coin & Chronicles Set Contents

The 2009 Lincoln Coin & Chronicles Set contained several items which are shown below:

  • 2009-P Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2009-S Lincoln Birthplace Cent
  • 2009-S Lincoln Formative Years Cent
  • 2009-S Lincoln Professional Life Cent
  • 2009-S Lincoln Presidency Cent
  • a reproduction of the Gettysburg Address
  • an image of Lincoln
  • Lincoln’s signature printed on gold foil under his picture
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • hardcover slipcase

The Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar was also issued separately from the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set in both proof and uncirculated varieties. Total Mintage across all product options for the Silver Dollar was 500,000 including the 50,000 reserved for this set.

Issue Information

The Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set proved extremely popular with collectors upon release and still command a premium on the secondary markets!

Release Date

The US Mint released the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set at Noon (Eastern) on October 15, 2009. By 6PM (Eastern) on October 16 (thirty hours later), the sets had sold out.

Issue Price

The US Mint sold the set for $55.95 plus its standard handling charge of $4.95 per order.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The Lincoln Silver Dollar included in the set was struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia. The four 2009 Proof Lincoln Cents in the set were struck at the US Mint’s facility in San Francisco.

Designer & Sculptor / Engraver

The portrait of Abraham Lincoln found on the obverse (heads side) of the Silver Dollar was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Justin Kunz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The reverse (tails side) shows the last 43 words of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address as designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Lincoln’s portrait found on the obverse of the four 2009 Lincoln Cents in the set has been used with little modifications on the cent coin since 1909. It was originally designed by Victor David Brenner. The reverse of the four cents each portray different aspects of Lincoln’s life:

  • 2009 Birthplace Cent – showing a log cabin emblematic of Lincoln’s humble beginnings in Kentucky – designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
  • 2009 Formative Years Cent – showing a young Lincoln in Indiana where he spent most of his growing up years – designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers
  • 2009 Professional Life Cent – showing an adult Lincoln in front of the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois where he practiced law and first participated in politics – designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
  • 2009 Presidency Cent – showing an unfinished U.S. Capitol Building Dome as it would have appeared during Lincoln’s time in office – designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1 / $0.01
Finish: Proof
Composition:
  • $1 – 90% silver, 10% copper
  • Cents – 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc
Standard Weight:
  • $1 – 26.730 grams
  • Cents – 3.11 grams
Standard Diameter:
  • $1 – 1.5 inches
  • Cents – .75 inches
Edge:
  • $1 – Reeded
  • Cents – Plain

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