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Last 2009 Philly Cent Hard to Get
December 22, 2009

Just when you think it is safe to relax about the 2009 Lincoln cents, word comes that it is very difficult to get examples of the P-mint Presidency coin.

Indiana dealer Julian Jarvis, who handles rolls and bag quantities, says he expects another wave of promotions for the four-design set in the coming year.

The Denver version of the fourth cent design of 2009 is less of a challenge to acquire.

He marvelled in a Coin Chat Radio conversation yesterday at the sheer numbers of people who still do not know that there were commemorative cents produced in 2009 rather than the standard Memorial reverse coin. He cited a visitor to his office who was introduced to the coins for the first time recently.

This level of ignorance of the special cent program will help preserve the novelty of the coins for far longer than if they had been easy to obtain at banks.

An ironic note struck by Jarvis is that the Mint’s massive efforts to assure the banking system had the third design might now be standing in the way of distribution of the fourth. Cent supplies are so backed up again, apparently, that banks don’t need fresh deliveries.

And don’t even mention the upcoming 2010 Shield cent.

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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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