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LINCOLN CENT MANIA CONTINUES AT SPRINGFIELD LAUNCH CEREMONY
The mania for the new Lincoln cent designs continues. Here's a nice article from an Illinois newspaper covering official launch ceremony for the latest design. -Editor
Central Illinois and out-of-state coin collectors scrambled to be among the first to get their hands on the latest Lincoln commemorative penny after it was unveiled at the Old Capitol on Thursday morning.
In the line snaking across the Old Capitol lawn were plenty of people like Donna Park and Julia Carey of Louisville, Ky., who have traveled hundreds of miles this year to collect each subsequent Lincoln penny, four of which are being offered.
"We went to the first penny launch in Hodgenville, Ky., where theyíve built a replica of Lincolnís birth cabin," Park said. "We liked it so much, we went to Indiana for the launch of the second penny, which shows Lincolnís boyhood home."
Park, who arrived in Springfield Wednesday, said she and Carey planned to spend some time visiting the local Lincoln sites. They also plan to visit Washington, D.C., for the November launch of the fourth penny, which commemorates Lincolnís presidency.
As the crowd thinned outside the Old Capitol, the line at the post office at Fourth and Monroe streets lengthened. Collectors affixed their rolls of pennies with stamps to be "canceled" by the postmaster, proving they were in Springfield for the launch.
"It validates that we got them today," explained Eric Sutton of Louisville, Ky. "It costs 44 cents to cancel the stamp out. Iím getting a lot of things canceled."
With his father and fiancť, Sutton has attended all three Lincoln commemorative coin launches. He keeps his pennies in a banking box already bearing stamps from the Feb. 12 and May 14 events. On Thursday, he was also getting mint $5 bills bearing Lincolnís portrait canceled.
Lincoln cent designer Joel Iskowitz attended the ceremony. In this picture he holds a Sharpie marker after signing his autograph on a commemorative "Good Cents" poster designed by Springfield Artist Jonathan Benning. The event programs, posters, T-Shirts and other ephemera will make great collectibles of the event. -Editor
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Hundreds line up for new Lincoln penny