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Who will find 2009 cent first?
January 19, 2009

Where are the new Lincoln cents collectors are beginning to ask. It is a natural question. It will be a big year for the denomination. There will be four designs.

The 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth arrives on Feb. 12.

Also, collectors are used to finding new cents in their pocket change rather rapidly as a new year begins.

Numismatic News readers usually begin reporting receipt of new cents right about this time. It all depends on the economy. The slower the times, the slower the release of the new dates.

In some years the economy was growing so rapidly and the banking system demand for cents was so high that they were even available at the Florida United Numismatists convention when it was held on the first weekend of January.

This year the FUN convention was held the second weekend of the year and we have just passed the third weekend on the calendar yet I have heard nothing from either readers or the Mint.

So keep your eyes pealed and post a message here, or send me an e-mail at when you find your first 2009-dated coin, cent or otherwise.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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