Eight 2009 Lincoln Pennies struck in .992 zinc and .008 copper with a plating of pure copper; and four 2009 stamps printed with ink on paper.
The complete collection of 2009 Lincoln commemorative Pennies from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, plus the set of four 2009 commemorative stamps issued to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
The U.S. Mint issued four different Lincoln commemorative Pennies in 2009 to celebrate the four phases of Lincoln’s life and career: Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky, Formative Years in Indiana, Professional Life in Illinois, and Presidency in Washington, D.C.
These were the first commemorative Pennies in U.S. history.
Each coin was issued for only about 12 weeks in 2009.
Each coin was struck for circulation at the U.S. Mints in Philadelphia and Denver.
The U.S. Postal Service issued four 42¢ commemorative stamps in 2009 for the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth: Lincoln as Rail-Splitter, Lincoln as Lawyer, Lincoln as Politician, and Lincoln as President.
The stamps were issued on January 9, 2009 in Springfield, Illinois.
One stamp and one coin design from both Philadelphia and Denver (i.e. two coins) are featured on each First Day Cover.
First Day Covers include the Springfield, Illinois “First Day of Issue” postmark of January 9, 2009.
The stamps are certified first editions, as guaranteed by the “First Day of Issue” postmarks.
Together, the coins and stamps create a unique and complete collection of the U.S. government’s official tributes to Abraham Lincoln on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
Only a limited number of First Day Covers were created, and they can never be made again because of the “First Day of Issue” postmark.