United States Mint Launches First Redesigned Lincoln One-Cent Coin in 50 Years at Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace

New Coin Goes into Circulation on 200th Anniversary of Revered Leader’s Birthday

HODGENVILLE, Ky. – The United States Mint launched the first redesigned one-cent coin (penny) in 50 years in a ceremony today-the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The redesigned Lincoln penny, released into circulation today, features a log cabin on the coin’s reverse (tails side), emblematic of Lincoln’s humble roots in Kentucky. “The new Lincoln cent is a milestone moment for the United States Mint and for our country,” said United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart. “The coin is a tribute to a humble man who rose to great heights living by principles of honesty, integrity and loyalty, principles that never go out of fashion. More importantly, Americans will forever hold dear Lincoln’s legacy – an enduring Nation, united in the pursuit of equality for all.” Mr. Brunhart and Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear presented thousands of shiny, new one-cent coins to children ages 18 and under in attendance at a ceremonial launch held at the LaRue County High School gymnasium. Following the ceremony, participants exchanged their coins and currency for the one-cent coins bearing the new design. The log cabin design is the first of four new designs Americans will see on the reverse of the penny this year. Inscriptions on the reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE CENT, as well as the inscription 1809, the year President Lincoln was born. The coin’s reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz. The obverse (heads) of the redesigned Lincoln penny will continue to bear sculptor Victor David Brenner’s likeness of President Lincoln, introduced in 1909. Inscriptions on the obverse are IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 2009. The United States Mint also will issue numismatic versions of the four redesigned pennies with exactly the same metallic content as the 1909 coin (95 percent copper, five percent tin and zinc). These coins will be minted in proof and uncirculated condition, and will be included in the United States Mint’s annual product offerings. The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145) authorized the United States Mint to issue four different pennies throughout 2009 to recognize the bicentennial anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the production of the Lincoln penny. The reverse designs featured on the series of circulating coins are emblematic of four periods, or themes, in the life of Abraham Lincoln: his birth and early childhood in Kentucky; his formative years in Indiana; his professional life in Illinois; and his presidency in Washington, D.C. The coins will be issued in approximately three-month intervals. At the conclusion of the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin Program, the one-cent coin will feature a reverse design emblematic of President Lincoln’s preservation of the United States of America. Free lesson plans about the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin Program are available online at http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/. Digital images of the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coins are available at http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=Photo#2009LincolnOneCent. Contact: Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222 Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)

United States Mint Launches First Redesigned Lincoln One-Cent Coin in 50 Years at Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace

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HODGENVILLE, Ky. – The United States Mint launched the first redesigned one-cent coin (penny) in 50 years in a ceremony today-the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  The redesigned Lincoln penny, released into circulation today, features a log cabin on the coin’s reverse (tails side), emblematic of Lincoln’s humble roots in Kentucky.

“The new Lincoln cent is a milestone moment for the United States Mint and for our country,” said United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart.  “The coin is a tribute to a humble man who rose to great heights living by principles of honesty, integrity and loyalty, principles that never go out of fashion.  More importantly, Americans will forever hold dear Lincoln’s legacy – an enduring Nation, united in the pursuit of equality for all.”

United States Mint Announces New Return Policy

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint announced today that it is changing its 30-day return policy for all numismatic products. Effective February 10, 2009, the agency will adopt a seven-day return policy for all numismatic product categories. On January 12, 2009, the United States Mint implemented a new pricing structure for numismatic products containing gold and platinum coins. Under this methodology, prices for numismatic products containing gold or platinum coins are set on a weekly basis. As a result, the agency determined that it was necessary to have a seven-day return policy to coincide with the current pricing policy. Rather than have two separate return policies – seven days for numismatic products containing gold and platinum coins and 30 days for other numismatic products – the United States Mint elected to implement a uniform seven-day policy for all numismatic products. This gives customers consistency and clarity when purchasing its products. Under the new seven-day return policy, United States Mint customers can return products within seven calendar days from the date they receive their orders. To have a return accepted for processing, the postmark on the return package must be within seven days of customer receipt of the package. Numismatic products purchased prior to February 10, 2009, will still be covered under the 30-day return policy. The new return policy does not apply to $1 coins under the Direct Ship Program because they are not considered numismatic products and are non-returnable. Contact: Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222 Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)

2008 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set Available August 7

WASHINGTON – Collectors of United States Mint dollar coins should mark their calendars for the release of the 2008 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin SetTM on August 7, 2008, at 12:00 Noon (ET). The set, priced at $37.95, includes uncirculated versions of four Presidential $1 Coins, a Golden Dollar featuring Sacagawea and an American Eagle Uncirculated Silver Dollar.

The obverse of the Presidential $1 Coins, struck at the United States Mint at Philadelphia, bear the images of James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna designed and executed the obverse of the James Monroe Presidential $1 Coin. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart designed and executed the obverse of the John Quincy Adams Presidential $1 Coin. Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz designed, and United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz executed, the obverse of the Andrew Jackson Presidential $1 Coin. Iskowitz designed, and United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill executed, the obverse of the Martin Van Buren Presidential $1 Coin. The reverse image of each Presidential $1 Coin was designed and executed by Everhart.

The Golden Dollar featuring Sacagawea was struck at the United States Mint at Denver. Sculptor Glenna Goodacre designed the coin’s obverse, and United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Thomas D. Rodgers designed the reverse.

The American Eagle Silver Dollar Coin was produced at the United States Mint at West Point. The coin’s obverse features Adolph Weinman’s image of Walking Liberty. The reverse image, designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, depicts the heraldic eagle with shield, an olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left.

Each coin of the United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set is enclosed in a protective, rotatable blister. The Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the package.

Customers may order the 2008 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set at www.usmint.gov or 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Please add a shipping and handling fee of $4.95 for all domestic orders.

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, any order placed prior to the official on-sale date and time (August 7, 2008, 12:00 Noon ET) shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored.

Contact:
Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)

Heritage Donates $8,000 for ANA Club Representative Program

Heritage Auction Galleries is donating $8,000 in support of the ANA’s Club Representative Program. The gift was announced by Heritage President Greg Rohan on Aug. 1 at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® in Baltimore.

The money given by Heritage will fund the program for one year. Patti Jagger Finner, ANA vice president and former national coordinator for the program, secured the gift. “This generous donation shows Heritage’s commitment to the grass roots of the hobby,” Finner said. “They are interested in every coin collector becoming a member of the ANA family.”

The Club Representative Program works directly with collectors and clubs to strengthen numismatics through the services offered by the ANA. By using the talent and enthusiasm of volunteers, the program provides educational resources for club meetings, supports club presentations and exhibits, assists in the formation of new local and regional clubs, and promotes the benefits of ANA membership.

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 32,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars.

For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit
www.money.org.

CONTACT: Andy Dickes
Telephone: 719-482-9814
E-mail: pr@money.org

Central States Numismatic Society Donates $50,000 to the ANA

Funds to be used to help offset costs of Summer Seminar

The Central States Numismatic Society today presented a check for $50,000 to the
American Numismatic Association to help fund Summer Seminar, the ANA’s annual summer
educational program.

The gift, presented by CSNS President Patti Finner during opening ceremonies of the World’s
Fair of Money in Baltimore, will be used to offset costs of operating Summer Seminar.
“The Central States Numismatic Society believes in education,” said Finner, who also is vice
president of the ANA. “We believe Summer Seminar is the best opportunity for numismatic
education on the planet. This is our 40th anniversary present to the ANA Summer Seminar –
we want to make sure it’s around for at least another 40 years.”

Summer Seminar, which was founded in 1969, celebrated its 40th year this past summer. It
annually attracts about 400 students of all ages from around the U.S. to two, one-week
sessions in Colorado Springs where students take intensive classes on a variety of
numismatic subjects. It is the ANA’s flagship educational program.

“I thank the Central States Numismatic Society for its generosity and for its commitment to
education,” said ANA Executive Director Larry Shepherd. “This gift will help us keep this
spectacular program affordable for more of our members and allow us to continue to
enhance our educational offerings.”

In addition to the $50,000 donation, Finner said CSNS would match any gift up to $12,500
from any club or nonprofit organization, as well as up to $12,500 from any commercial or
dealer entity.

Finner said the Central States coin show in Chicago earlier this year was very successful, and
that CSNS Board of Directors unanimously supported donating profits from that show as an
investment in the future of the hobby.

The 2009 ANA Summer Seminar will be held June 27-July 3 and July 4-10 in Colorado Springs.
For more information, call 719-482-9850, e-mail education@money.org, or visit
www.money.org.

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to
encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its
32,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast
array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications,
conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit
www.money.org.

CONTACT: Jay Beeton
Telephone: 719-482-9864
E-mail: pr@money.org

ANA Awards Medals of Merit to Gordon Donnell, Jim Majoros and William Rau

Gordon R. Donnell, Jim Majoros and William G. Rau will receive American Numismatic Association Medal of Merit awards at the World’s Fair of Money® in Baltimore, July 30- August 3. The annual award is presented to individuals who have dedicated numerous years of service to the Association and to promoting the hobby. Gordon R. Donnell of Oakland, Calif., is always willing to share his love of the hobby and actively recruits new collectors. A member of many local, regional and national clubs, he served as president of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society, San Francisco Coin Club, Alameda Coin Club, Northern California Numismatic Association and International Organization of Wooden Money Collectors; and as vice president of the Liberty Numismatic Society and Diablo Numismatic Society. An ANA member since 1988, Donnell was a district delegate from 1993 to 2007 and received the Outstanding District Delegate Award in 1997 and Outstanding Club Representative Award in 1998. He was a member of the local committees for ANA conventions in Sacramento (1995) and San Francisco (2005). He received the ANA Presidential Award in 1994 and Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 2004. He was named a Numismatic News Numismatic Ambassador in 2003 . Jim Majoros of Toms River, N.J., has actively promoted numismatics in his home state for many years and served as vice president of the Garden State Numismatic Association. When he became president of the Ocean County Coin Club in 1995, he reacted to its lack of a young collector program by developing one that not only sparked an interest and provided learning tools, but also helped club membership grow. Majoros’ experience and enthusiasm was contagious, and he served as the ANA’s National Young Numismatist Coordinator from 2002 to 2005. An ANA member since 1990, he was named the ANA’s 2007 Adult Advisor of the Year. In addition, he received the ANA Presidential Award in 2002 and Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 2005. William G. Rau of Frankenmuth, Mich., has been a collector since the 1950s. Retirement afforded him more time to actively promote and assist the Flint Flying Eagle Coin Club, which he currently serves as vice president. His other club affiliations include the Michigan State Numismatic Society, Central States Numismatic Society and Numismatic Bibliomania Society. Rau has donated his talents and many volunteer hours to the ANA’s Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library by inventorying more than 26,000 auction catalogs and 19,000 fixed-price lists. He also has assembled a database of more than 100,000 auction records of U.S. pattern coins from the 1850s to the present. The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 32,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org. CONTACT: Andy Dickes Telephone: 719-482-9814 E-mail: pr@money.org

United States Mint Director Hosts Public Coin Forum on August 1 at ANA World’s Fair of Money® in Baltimore

United States Mint Director Ed Moy wants to hear from you!  This is your chance to meet Director Moy and ask your questions at a public coin forum hosted by the United States Mint Director at 2 p.m. (ET) on Friday, August 1, at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money®. The coin forum will take place in the Mint Promenade at the Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201.  News media are welcome.

DETAILS WHAT: United States Mint Public Coin Forum

WHO: Hosted by United States Mint Director Ed Moy

WHEN: August 1, 2008, 2 p.m. Eastern Time

WHERE: American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money® Mint Promenade Baltimore Convention Center One West Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201 Contact: Press inquiries: Becky Bailey (202) 354-7222 Customer Service information:  (800) USA MINT (872-6468)