2009 Birthplace Lincoln Penny Mintage

2009-lincoln-pennyThe mintage for the 2009 “Birthplace” Lincoln Cent has been revealed. Following the pattern set by several other coins released this year, the coin has one of the lowest mintages in decades. Previously the mintage for the Puerto Rico Quarter was revealed and it had the lowest mintage for a quarter since the 1960s.

The Philadelphia Mint produced 284.8 million of the 2009-P Birthplace Lincoln Cent. The Denver Mint produced 350 million of the 2009-D Birthplace Lincoln Cent. This makes a combined total of 634.8 million.

It looks like the high prices paid for these coins might actually be justified. Since 1975, all Lincoln Cents struck for circulation have had mintages in the billions. You have to go back all the way to the 1968-S Lincoln Cent to find a lower mintage than the 2009-P Birthplace Lincoln Cent.

Will the pattern of low mintages continue? You can follow the 2009 Lincoln Cent Mintages and see for yourself.


#1 bill on 05.25.09 at 8:21 am

People save them in 1959 when memorial first appeared. Still not worth much… 50 years later… If there was a mintage of maybe 20 million total then you would have a possible future investment. Afraid its just a waste of money to invest in these..

#2 CHRIS on 12.31.09 at 4:40 am

I recently received a roll of uncirculated, birthplace Lincoln pennies, without a mintage detail. Is this rare? I have some recent year golden dollars without mint marks also. Are they something to hang on to, or is this pretty common?

#3 admin on 12.31.09 at 10:07 am

One cent coins minted in Philadelphia do not carry a mint mark. The “P” mint mark is used on other denominations, but was not added to the penny as a traditional hold over, when coins from the Philadelphia Mint did not carry mint marks.

The mint mark and date on the golden dollars is now on the edge of the coin.

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