The first redesigned 2009 Lincoln Cent will be released in a two-roll set on Friday, March 13, the United States Mint said in a press release Monday.
Coin collectors (and the public enlarge) will be able to buy the first of the four new 2009 Lincoln Pennies — all of which celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth and the 100 anniversary of the cent — for $8.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.
The set includes a roll of 50 coins from Denver with the "D" mintmark and another roll from Philadelphia, where the coins do not carry mintmarks.
The first Lincoln penny was launched into circulation on Feb. 12, but finding one in circulating change is a challenge throughout much of the country. Bank inventories are full with pre 2009-dated cents as the tough economy has the public returning them for cash instead of hoarding them at home.
The rolls will be available at noon ET on Friday at http://usmint.gov. Or by calling the Mint’s toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-321-MINT (6468).