The US Mint in a typical year offers Lincoln proof cents in two coin products. 2009, however, is far from a typical year for the penny given it is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent itself.
Not only are there four new one-cent reverse designs this year to celebrate the historical occasions, but there are four different 2009 proof set products that the US Mint has produced for coin collectors.
The proof sets offer varying coin denominations within each, and the included cents are special not just for their four designs but for their unique composition. Unlike the circulating varieties, each proof penny is struck from the same metals as the original 1909 Lincoln bronze cent — 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc.
So which proof set should set a collector buy? Based on US Mint sales figures for those that have already been released, many are buying them all. For clarity, here is a breakout showing the difference between each, the latest sales figures, and links for more information:
United States Mint 2009 Proof Set®
|Description||18-coin clad proof set|
|Launch Date||June 1|
|US Mint Price:||$29.95|
|US Mint Sales*||975,647|
|CoinNews Information||US Mint 2009 Proof Set|
|US Mint Information||United States Mint 2009 Proof Set®|
United States Mint 2009 Silver Proof Set™
|Description||18-coin silver proof set|
|Launch Date||July 17|
|US Mint Price:||$52.95|
|US Mint Sales*||441,577|
|CoinNews Information||US Mint 2009 Silver Proof Set|
|US Mint Information||United States Mint 2009 Silver Proof Set™|
2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Proof Set
|Description||4 Lincoln cent proofs|
|Launch Date||August 26|
|US Mint Price:||$7.95|
|US Mint Sales||–|
|CoinNews Information||2009 Lincoln Cent Proof Set|
|US Mint Information||2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Proof Set|
United States Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set
|Description||Proof of Lincoln Silver Dollar and four Lincoln cents|
*Sales figures have an "as of" date of Aug. 23.