We are excited to release the twenty-seventh, twenty-eight, twenty-ninth and thirtieth coins in the CollecTons Keepers program, an exclusive series only offered by CollecTons. CollecTons Keeper #27, #28, #29 & #30 in the Series features the Full Set of 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Proof Cents, each Certified in an Exclusive ANACS Gem Proof Holder.
Why are these coins Coins Worth Keeping?
The Lincoln cent is one of the most prolific and historically significant coins in the history of the United States. The coin was first released in 1909 to honor the 100th birthday of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Over the next 100 years no significant changes were made to the obverse of the coin and the reverse was changed only once (from the wheat cent reverse to the Lincoln Memorial reverse in 1959). The U.S. Mint wanted to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent, so in 2009 they released four new designs for the reverse of the Lincoln cent. Each of these scenes depict a significant period in Lincoln's life. In addition to the new reverses, the proof version of the coin was minted in the same 95% copper alloy that was used in the original 1909 Lincoln cent.
Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky
Also known as the Log Cabin Penny, the coin commemorates Lincoln's early life when he lived in a cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The coin was released on February 12, 2009, Lincoln's 200th birthday. The coin depicts a small cabin and the year of Lincoln's birth, 1809.
Formative Years in Indiana
Also known as the Indiana Penny, the coin commemorates Lincoln's formative years in Indiana. Lincoln's family was very poor and Lincoln couldn't afford a proper education so he was forced to educate himself. The coin depicts Lincoln taking a break from rail splitting to read while sitting on a log.
Professional Life in Illinois
Also known as the Illinois Penny, the coin commemorates Lincoln's years as a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois. The coin depicts a young Lincoln, speaking in front of the Illinois State Capitol Building.
Presidency in Washington
Also known as the Presidency Penny, the coin commemorates Lincoln's years as the President of the United States of America. The coin depicts the Capital Building Dome as it was being constructed in Washington DC during Lincoln's Presidency.
- Year: 2009
- Mint: San Francisco
- Finish: Proof
- Mintage: 2,995,615 of each design
- Obverse: Victor D. Brenner
- Birth & Early Childhood:
- Designer: Richard Masters
- Sculptor: Jim Licaretz
- Formative Years:
- Designer & Sculptor: Charles Vickers
- Professional Life:
- Designer: Joe Iskowitz
- Sculptor: Don Everhart
- Designer: Susan Gamble
- Sculptor: Joseph Menna
- Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Tin & Zinc
- Weight: 3.11 grams
- Diameter: 19 mm
- Edge: Plain
What makes the CollecTons Keepers program special? Here at CollecTons, we work hard researching coins that should be part of every collection. Our goal is to utilize our knowledge in the numismatic industry to select coins worthy of being in everyone's collection! Therefore, the CollecTons Keepers program will only feature those Coins Worth Keeping.
Each coin is hand selected and given to ANACS (America's Oldest Grading Service) for grading and authentication. The coins are then sealed in an ANACs certified proprietary slab holder for long-term storage, with our limited edition label marking it a CollecTons Keeper. Collect one or collect the entire series!