For the desperate minded collector, an attempt may still be made to place an order for the proof coin on the US Mint’s website. However, visitors to the online page will be greeted with a "Waiting List Notice" and language saying orders will not be processed unless an older one is cancelled. That same notice was placed on the uncirculated Lincoln dollar page for nearly two days, until it was removed Thursday — hours before the Lincoln two-roll sets sold out. [Editor’s note: the coins have officially sold out, with the waiting list option unavailable.]
The Lincoln bicentennial coins have proven to be exceptionally popular with collectors. 450,000 Lincoln commemorative silver dollars have been purchased since they were launched by the Mint on February 12. Then in less than two weeks time, 96,000 Lincoln Cent two-roll sets were sold out — the birthplace cent rolls went on sale Friday, March 13.
Collectors will have another clear shot at the proof Lincoln $1s. It will be featured in a five-coin proof set to include proofs of the four 2009 Lincoln Pennies. The US Mint product release schedule lists "summer" as the availability date for the 50,000 limited mintage sets.
Eyes will now focus more intently on the secondary market, and most notably coin auction sites, to buy the Lincolns. There is a very large range of choices and prices — from graded to non — on places like eBay. As examples, here are eBay auctions links for each coin:
Of course the option still remains for the cents to be discovered in change and local banks. However, reports are still barren of findings in many parts of the country despite their release into circulation on Feb. 12.
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