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Good Thing Some Were at Their Computers
December 28, 2009

The business week begins. Thanks to the wonders of computer automation, I have a large number of e-mail responses to our weekly poll question.

Recipients were asked whether they had seen the fourth Lincoln cent of 2009 in their change yet. The e-newsletter also reported that the Philadelphia version was much harder to find than the Denver version.

A surprising number of respondents wrote on Christmas Day, the same day the e-newsletter was sent out.

However, everyone associated with that particular issue of the e-newsletter were home with their families or marking the holiday in their own way. In other words, they were anywhere but here.

Even though I did not spend any time on Christmas Day on the computer, now that it is Monday morning, I am glad others did. The messages give my day a running start.

They range from readers who have seen all four of the designs to those who have yet to get their first one in change.

Distribution of the new Lincolns has gotten better as the year has gone on, but it is still far from perfect.

Thanks to all readers whose responses provide the latest snapshot of 2009 cent availability.

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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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