The US Mint Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set includes the proof version of the Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar and the four redesigned 2009 Lincoln Cents. All the coins are minted in deep cameo proof.
The pennies in this special set are struck from the same 95% copper alloy that the original 1909 Lincoln Cents were composed of, instead of the copper-plated zinc (97.5 zinc & 2.5% copper) used in normal circulating pennies today.
Lincoln Bicentennial Silver Dollar Coin
The Lincoln Silver Dollar features an image of Abraham Lincoln on the obverse designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Justin Kunz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
The reverse shows an inscription of the last 43 words of Lincoln's extremely famous 'Gettysburg Address,' designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The dollar is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper with a diameter of 1.5 inches.
2009 Lincoln Cent Obverse
The four Lincoln Cents showcase Victor David Brenner's portrait of Abraham Lincoln that has been on the obverse (heads side) of pennies with little modifications since 1909. Marking an extreme departure from previous US Coinage, the Lincoln Penny was the first coin struck for normal circulation by the Mint to incorporate a real individual, instead of a mythical character. It was part of President Theodore Roosevelt's plan to re-image American coinage to signify the power and beauty of the United States. Lincoln Cent Reverses in Chronicles Set The four pennies within the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set are actually in collector proof condition. The reverse of these four 2009 pennies feature images of different stages of Abraham Lincoln's life.
Specifically, the 2009 penny themes depict:
Lincoln's Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky (1809-1816).
Designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz, this coin has an image of a log cabin reminding all of the humble beginnings of Lincoln where he grew up near Hodgenville, Kentucky.
Lincoln's Formative Years in Indiana (1816-1830)
A sitting image of Lincoln on a log reading a book is on the reverse of this second design coin. It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers. Shown taking a break from the hard work of rail splitting, Lincoln's life-long thirst for knowledge is being satisfied with reading a book.
Lincoln's Professional Life in Illinois (1830-1861)
The Old State Capitol of Illinois is featured in the background of a standing image of Lincoln. Designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, the image represents the professional life of Lincoln. It was here in or near Springfield that Lincoln became a self-taught Lawyer. It was also here where he first delved into politics, and where he launched his bid to become President of the United States
Lincoln's Presidency in Washington D.C. (1861-1865)
A half finished United States Capitol Dome designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna is featured on the reverse of the last of the four new 2009 Lincoln Cents. The dome was still under construction when Lincoln made his First Inaugural Address, while four years later under a completed dome is where Lincoln's body laid in state after he was assassinated.
The freshness of the penny designs greatly increased public awareness of the cents. A frenzy of excitement occurs at launches, and with collectors in particular who seek the new coins that are issued in equal intervals every three months.
Coin and Chronicles Set: Mintage Limit
Proof Dollar and the four cents in the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set (uncirculated cents shown) The Lincoln Dollars were available individually earlier this year from the Mint. 325,000 proof and 125,000 uncirculated coins were struck and quickly sold out. Only 50,000 of the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Sets were issued. This is because the act authorizing the Lincoln Bicentennial coins put a cap of 500,000 on the dollars. Take out the 325,000 proof and the 125,000 uncirculated coins already sold, and the Mint was left with only 50,000 to issue. The first three Lincoln Cents were released for circulation in stages throughout 2009, with the final design (Presidency in Washington D.C.) released in November 2009.
Besides the aforementioned five coins that grace the set, a reproduction of the Gettysburg Address, an image of Lincoln and his signature as well as a Certificate of Authenticity are included, along with a hardcover slipcase. Lincoln's signature is printed in gold foil under his picture. The coins are individually capsulated, enabling the owner to remove them from the set packaging for closer inspection. A hardcover slipcase protects the entire package and contents.