March 3, 2009
The United States Mint today updated its Product Release Schedule and has added slots for 2009 Lincoln Penny Rolls.
Here is the schedule (note the general dates for the final three pennies):
|Release Dates||Roll Sets|
|3/13/2009||Lincoln Cent Birthplace|
|Spring||Lincoln Cent Formative Years|
|Summer||Lincoln Cent Professional Life|
|Winter||Lincoln Cent Presidency|
Up until today, the Mint had not publicly indicated that 2009 Lincoln rolls would be offered. However, the difficulty in finding the new pennies at banks or in circulation led many collectors to assume such an offering would eventually come.
While the rolls are not specifically designed for collectors as proof and uncirculated coins are, they will contain Philadelphia and Denver cents produced for circulation that have never circulated. And best of all, the rolls virtually guarantee that anyone who wants to collect the coins will be able to without digging through pocket change.
As with all Mint products, there will be premiums charged. More than likely, each roll will have a price tag of at least 2-3 times face value, plus shipping and handling.