Dick Johnson also spotted this article about the release of the new Lincoln cent in Lincoln City, Indiana. COIN WORLD had a nice article on the event, too. I enjoy reading these accounts of festivities surrounding the release of new coins. All have some form of local flavor, and echo the historical crowds brought out by the release of earlier coins. -Editor U.S. Mint officials who predicted a “Woodstock of Coin” here Thursday morning were right on the money.
Amid rain, traffic jams and music, nearly 3,000 people showed up for the official release of the new “Indiana” Lincoln penny depicting (on the reverse side) Abe as a Hoosier teenager reading a book while taking a break from rail splitting.
About 800 of those who turned out attended a ceremony inside the Lincoln State Park Amphitheatre featuring speeches, patriotic numbers by choirs, including the Oak Hill Singers from Evansville’s Oak Hill Middle School, a performance by actor Britt Reagan from this summer’s “Lincoln” musical (debuting June 12 at the amphitheater) and remarks by U.S. Mint Director Edmund C. Moy.
Another 1,500 coin enthusiasts stood outside in a quarter-mile-long line — some for up to seven hours — waiting to buy rolls of the new penny after the ceremony.
The line included coin traders from as far as Reno, Nevada, but also a group of Amish residents from the Lexington, Ky., area who hopped a ride in the wee hours Thursday.
Moy said about 20,000 of the shiny new pennies from the Philadelphia mint were brought to Thursday’s festivities in a Brinks truck.
To read the complete article, see: 'Woodstock of Coin' greets the new Lincoln penny (www.courierpress.com/news/2009/may/14/woodstock-coin-greets-new-lincoln-penny/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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