Details of the launch ceremony for the final 2009 Lincoln Cent have been announced by the United States Mint. This year, the Lincoln Cent features four different reverse designs to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial. The final design to be released next week represents Lincoln’s Presidency in Washington, DC.
The 2009 Lincoln Cent Presidency design features the half completed United States Capitol dome. The scene is intended to symbolize a National torn apart by civil war and the resolve Lincoln showed to guide the country through he crisis. The obverse of the coin will bear the portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Victor D. Brenner that has been used since 1909.
The launch ceremony for the Presidency design is scheduled to take place on November 12, 2009 10:00 AM ET. It will be held in Washington D.C. at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Statue, below the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. The ceremony will be attended by Edmund Moy, Director of the United States Mint; Dr. Donald Kennon, Chief Historian of the U. S. Capitol Historical Society; and Eileen Mackevich, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. News media and the public are invited to attend the event.
Children 18 years and younger who attend the ceremony will receive the new 2009 Lincoln “Presidency” Cent for free. Other attendees will have the opportunity to exchange currency for rolls of the new coins following the ceremony. The coin exchange is subject to a minimum of two rolls and a maximum of six rolls per person. (Limits are subject to change.)
A large crowd is expected to be on hand for the ceremony. The prior ceremony held in Springfield, Illinois had an estimated 3,000 people in attendance.