On April 8, 2010, the United States Mint began sales of the 2010 Lincoln Cent Two Roll Set, featuring the new “Preservation of the Union” reverse design.
The 2010 Lincoln Cent features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the obverse, restored from the original Victor D. Brenner design. The reverse features a depiction of the Union Shield, which consists of thirteen vertical stripes bound by a single horizontal bar. The shield represents the original thirteen states bound together in support of the federal government. This image was chosen to represent Lincoln’s preservation of the United States as a single and united country.
The new reverse design, which will be used for the one cent coin going forward, was designed by Lyndall Bass and sculpted Joseph Menna.
An official launch ceremony for the 2010 Lincoln Cent had been held earlier this year, on February 11, 2010 in Springfield, Illinois. At that time the US Mint had announced their plans for a two roll set offering.
Each 2010 Lincoln Cent Two Roll Set, includes one 50-coin roll from the Philadelphia Mint and one 50-coin roll from the Denver Mint. The rolls are packaged in specially designed wrappers which feature an image of the new reverse design, the mint of origin, and face value of the contents. The two roll sets are priced at $8.95 each, plus applicable shipping and handling charges. There are no household ordering limits in place.
Last year, the US Mint had offered similar two roll sets for each of the four different 2009 Lincoln Cent reverse designs. The four designs presented the four different stages of the life of Abraham Lincoln: birthplace and childhood, formative years, professional life, and presidency. The 2009 Lincoln Cent Two Roll Sets for the professional life and presidency designs still remain available for sale at the US Mint, priced at $8.95 per set.