United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart will unveil the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin designs on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. (ET), during the Dedication Day Ceremony at Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The ceremony and unveiling will take place on the 145th anniversary of the day that Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.  Surcharges from sales of the coins are authorized to be paid to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to further its work.

A full agenda of events is planned to mark the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery.  Prior to the Dedication Day Program, there will be a wreath laying at 10:15 a.m (ET) at Soldiers’ National Monument in Gettysburg National Cemetery.  Following the wreath laying ceremony, attendees may walk to the Rostrum at Soldiers’ National Cemetery to participate in the Dedication Day Ceremony, where Deputy Director Brunhart will unveil the designs for the new Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin.

Additional events are planned throughout the day, including a graveside salute by the U.S. Colored Troops, and a luncheon sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship.

Authorized by Public Law 109-285, the United States Mint will strike and issue the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin in honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 1809.  The commemorative silver coin, offered in proof and uncirculated versions, will be composed of 90 percent silver.  Mintage is limited to 500,000 coins.

What:  Unveiling of the designs for the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin

Who:  United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Co-Chairman Harold Holzer
Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania Vice President Ronald L. Hankey
Historical Documentary Producer Ken Burns
Abraham Lincoln Portrayer Jim Getty
Ward Hill Lamon Portrayer David J. Klinepeter

When: 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Where: Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg
Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg, PA 17325-2804

To download digital images of the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin, go to: http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=photo
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