The United States Mint recently revealed plans to offer a two roll set for the newly redesigned 2010 Lincoln Cents. The reverse design depicts the Union Shield to represent Lincoln’s preservation of the Union. Together with a restored version of Victor D. Brenner’s portrait of Lincoln on the obverse, this new design will remain in use for the foreseeable future.
Although exact details of the offering have not yet been announced, the release is expected to take place in the month of March. This will be the first numismatic product offered by the US Mint which contains the 2010 Lincoln Cent. The official launch ceremony for the coin had been held on February 11, 2010, although coins had started appearing in circulation about one month earlier.
Based on similar product offerings from last year, the 2010 Lincoln Cent Two Roll Set is expected to consist of one roll of 50 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and one roll of 50 coins from the Denver Mint. These would be packaged in custom designed wrappers indicating the year, mint, and face value of the contents. If pricing remains the same, the sets would cost $8.95 each plus applicable shipping and handling charges.
Last year, the United States Mint had offered a similar product for each of the 2009 Lincoln Cent designs. The first two roll set featuring the “Birthplace and Childhood” design was released on March 13, 2009. This date was approximately one month after the coin’s official launch ceremony and first release into circulation. The sets sold out on March 26, 2009, after reaching sales of 100,000 units.
The second 2009 Lincoln Cent Two Roll Set offering featuring the “Formative Years” design went on sale May 14, 2009, the same date as the official launch. This second set sold out after about three months of availability and sales of 300,000 units.
The two roll sets featuring the third and fourth designs representing Lincoln’s “Professional Life” and “Presidency” still remain available for sale on the US Mint’s website.