Final 2009 Lincoln Cent Mintages, Presidency Cent Most Scarce

by CoinNews.net on January 13, 2010 · 7 comments

2009 Lincoln Presidency CentThe last of the four redesigned 2009 Lincoln Cents is by far the most scarce, final production figures from the United States Mint reveal.

The Denver and Philadelphia Mints struck 198,000,000 and 129,600,000 Presidency cents, respectively, for a total run of 327,600,00. The level is nearly half that of the second least minted penny, the Lincoln Birthplace bearing the log cabin design.

2009-P Lincoln Presidency cents rank as the most scarce of the group, directly followed by the 2009-Ds, as the following table illustrates:

2009 Lincoln Cent Mintages by Design

Denver Philadelphia 2009 Total
Birthplace Cent 350,400,000 284,400,000 634,800,000
Formative Years Cent 363,600,000 376,000,000 739,600,000
Professional Life Cent 336,000,000 316,000,000 652,000,000
Presidency Cent 198,000,000 129,600,000 327,600,000
Total 1,248,000,000 1,106,000,000 2,354,000,000

Despite new designs which are exceedingly popular with coin collectors, their demand in daily commerce is greatly limited due to a barrage of older hoarded coins there were thrown back into circulation. The US recession is to blame, resulting in production cuts across all circulating coins.

The Mint struck 5,419,200,000 cents during 2008. In contrast, penny production last year dwindled to 2,354,000,000.

For interested individuals who can not find Presidency cents in change or at local banks, two-roll sets of them are currently available from the US Mint for a price of $8.95. The sets include one roll of 50 coins struck in Philadelphia and another roll of 50 coins minted at Denver. Each is wrapped with special United States Mint coin paper depicting the new designs, a "P" or "D" representing the roll’s mint of origin and "50¢," representing its face value.

The new 2010 Lincoln cent is expected to launch in February. It features a reverse designed depicting the Union Shield which is "emblematic of President Lincoln’s preservation of the United States of America as a single and united country." The design will be the final for the penny, unless new legislation is introduced, passed and signed into law mandating another change.

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Oscar Gonzalez March 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Thanks for posting this information, now where can I buy 2009 Lincoln Presidency pennies, I didnt know we had that change 🙂

Jim December 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

I just checked the Gov. site and they are now sold out (12/08/12.
I do know local coin dealers usually have them? I bought some.
In particular, I am interested in the Presidency coin.
I believe there is a specific “unknown” minting error!
So, I suggest, buying as many and the highest grades you can!

Jim

Charlene February 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

I found one with no D or P on it. Looks smaller than other pennies Also the ink looks two toned. Any help me with valueing it.

Jim February 26, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Hi Charlene,
About the 2009 Cent? I don’ get the ink part, or the no P, D showing?
The most valuable 2009 cent wood be the proof COPPER, 2009-S Presidential. All due the few minted only in sets of the each four mints! It also is the only 2009 minted cent with a small “o” in the U.S. of A.!!! Other than not seeing your coin I suggest a trip to several coin stores to get comparable evaluations. Good luck.

Charlene February 27, 2017 at 8:55 am

The O is lower cased.

Chloe July 14, 2017 at 4:50 am

I’m here because I have a presidency one. I found it and noticed it wasn’t like any other penny I had seen. Very interesting. It’s the most scarce.

Jim July 14, 2017 at 10:20 am

Hi, I would think the 2009S Presidency proof only cent, would be the most scarce!….Also note all presidency reverse cent have a small “o”, as the others are all capitol “O”‘s…..but no one seems to have the true number minted? Those are the ones that should excel in value by 2019. (10 yrs.)

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