Starting at 12:00 Noon Eastern Time, the US Mint will begin to sell the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar. The commemorative is limited to a production of 500,000 coins by law and will be available in proof and uncirculated versions. Coins will be struck in 90-percent silver and will have a face value of one dollar.
The obverse of the coin was created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Justin Kunz and sculpted by Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The image was inspired by Daniel Chester French’s famous sculpture of the President that sits inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
The reverse was designed and sculpted by Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The design features the an inscription of the last 43 words of the Gettysburg Address:
WE HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE THAT THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN–THAT THIS NATION, UNDER GOD, SHALL HAVE A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM—AND THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH.
These words are encircled by a laurel wreath with Lincoln’s signature incuse into a banner at the bottom of the design.
From the first availability until 5:00 PM on March 16, 2009, the Mint will sell these coins at a reduced price. According to the Mint’s press release pricing has been set as follows:
|Product Code||Description||Introductory Price||Regular Price|
|LN7||Proof Silver Dollar||$37.95||$41.95|
|LN8||Uncirculated Silver Dollar||$31.95||$33.95|
The special set will contain a proof silver dollar and proof versions of the four 2009 Lincoln Cents. The set will be available in the spring and will be limited to 50,000 units. The special set sounds interesting and worth waiting to see how the Mint will price this option.
Images courtesy of the US Mint.