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One of the most popular commemorative silver dollars in recent history, the Abraham Lincoln commemorative silver dollar (aka Lincoln dollar), was released by the United States Mint in February.
Demand is high, supply is low, and prices are currently on the rise for the sought-after Abraham Lincoln silver dollar. In fact, the demand for the new dollar coin was so high, the U.S. Mint sold out within weeks!
That’s no surprise, as the U.S. Mint was limited to making only 500,000 Lincoln dollars. Of those 500,000 coins, 50,000 are being reserved for a special 5-coin Lincoln set which includes each of the 4 new Lincoln cent designs also being released later this year.
How To Get Lincoln Dollars
So, how do you get a Lincoln dollar if the U.S. Mint is sold out?
Well, you can always purchase one from a private coin dealer. Ebay is another great place to find Lincoln dollars.
In fact, due to the popularity of the Lincoln dollar and the fact the Mint is sold out of them, prices for the coin has already been pushed beyond its original selling price of $33.95 (for the uncirculated version) and $41.95 (for the proof silver dollar).
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Fun Facts About The 2009 Lincoln Dollar
The Lincoln dollar features an image of the 16th president’s head on the obverse (heads side) of the coin. The image of Abraham Lincoln is based on a sculpture Daniel Chester made. Encircled within a laurel wreath on the reverse (tails side) are the last 43 words of Lincoln’s famous and historical Gettysburg Address.
The 43 words included are:
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.
The obverse of the Lincoln dollar was designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Don Everhart. The reverse was both designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
The coin has a reeded edge (straight lines, like you would find on a dime or quarter) with the words “In God We Trust” on the obverse, on the left side of Lincoln.
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