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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

US Mint Coin Production June 2009

The US Mint recently posted their latest production figures for circulating coins. These numbers have received more attention this year because of the significant decline from prior years.

The table below lists the US Mint's coin production during the month of June 2009. The numbers are produced by subtracting last month's year to date production figures from this month's year to date production figures.
US Mint Coin Production June 2009

Philadelphia Denver Total
Cents 64.40 M 164.40 M 228.80 M
Nickels 0 0.48 M 0.48 M
Dimes 0 0 0
Quarters 42.60 M 26.60 M 69.20 M
Halves 0 0 0
Presidential Dollars 41.02 M 14.28 M 55.30 M
Native Amer Dollars 0 0 0
Total 148.02 M 205.76 M 353.78 M

Production was concentrated in three denominations, the cent, quarter, and dollar. The production for the nickel also moved up slightly. The US Mint had previously announced that they had ended production of nickels and dimes for the rest of the year, so perhaps this was just a slight adjustment to the previously reported figures. Overall the US Mint produced 353.78 million coins during June. This was in line with the prior month when 352.92 million coins were produced.

The additional table below shows the total year to date coin production for each denomination, and where possible, each coin design. For Quarters and Presidential Dollars, the US Mint posts production figures for each separate design once production for that design has ended.

2009 Coin Production January 2009 to June 2009

Philadelphia Denver Total
Lincoln Cent 660.40 M 714.00 M 1,374.40 M
Jefferson Nickel 39.84 M 39.84 M 79.68 M
Roosevelt Dime 96.50 M 49.50 M 146.00 M
District of Columbia Quarter 83.60 M 88.80 M 172.40 M
Puerto Rico Quarter 53.20 M 86.00 M 139.20 M
Guam Quarter 45.00 M 42.60 M 87.60 M
Kennedy Half Dollar 1.70 M 1.70 M 3.40 M
W.H. Harrison Dollar 43.26 M 55.16 M 98.42 M
John Tyler Dollar 43.54 M 43.54 M 87.08 M
Native American Dollar 27.30 M 23.80 M 51.10 M

The US Mint did not post any new "final" mintage figures for 2009 Presidential Dollars or 2009 DC & US Territories Quarters. The figures for the Guam Quarter and John Tyler Presidential Dollar had been available in last month's update. During 2009, the overall mintage for each quarter and dollar release has been lower than the previous release. The US Mint's next coin production update will be closely watched to see if this trend remains intact.

The year to date production figures for the one cent denomination yield an interesting observation. Assuming that the US Mint has not yet begun production of the third design representing Lincoln's Professional Life, the implied mintage for the Formative Years design is now above the mintage for the Birthplace Design. The Birthplace design had a final mintage of 350.4 M Denver coins and 284.4 M Philadelphia coins. Backing these numbers out of the total above results in possible Formative Years mintages of 363.6 M Denver coins and 376 M Philadelphia coins.

Update: The US Mint is done producing the Formative Years design. The possible mintages quoted above are the final mintages.



At July 8, 2009 at 10:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm interested in getting a couple of roll sets of the Native American Dollars. How do the mintages compare historcally with the Sacagawea $?

At July 8, 2009 at 4:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I blind or did they make less Tylers than the Harrisons but Harrison is selling for triple the price?

At July 8, 2009 at 6:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why Tyler is so cheap. Polk roll will be different. The Mint will issue 2-roll set containing both rolls in one set. Mintage should be higher than Harrison and Tyler. It is in the Mint subscription section.

At July 8, 2009 at 9:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

An article in Coin World said the Polk dollars would be offered in the Mint's Direct Ship program as well. If that happens, that would mean Harrison and Tyler would be the only ones not Direct Ship offered.

It's a big mystery to me why the Tylers are doing so poorly in the after market.

At July 9, 2009 at 6:37 AM , Anonymous JAJ said...

kinda off the subject but is the mint producing 20 diferent lincoln cents this year. the uncirculated mint subscription specificly says that the cents in the 2 sets are 95% copper.

At July 9, 2009 at 7:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would make a nice short set

At July 9, 2009 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Lasloo said...

JAJ, I've been wondering the same thing. It sure seems like they'll be making 20 types of pennies this year. And, the copper P & D ones definitely seem to be the ones to look out for. This might be the most popular uncirculated Mint set yet!

At July 9, 2009 at 8:12 AM , Blogger Lasloo said...

As to a 2-roll set for the Polk dollar coin. I'm not sure that will actually be the case (that is ONE mint box with one P roll and one D roll). I think I remember wondering the same thing with the Tyler subscription because it said something similar... but I still got TWO mint boxes (with one roll in each) instead of just ONE box that had each.

At July 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be the copper cents which "leak" into the general circulation which will be the big winner of 2009.

At July 10, 2009 at 2:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me how I can tell the 2009 zinc cents from the copper cents? - that is if a copper penny gets into circulation. I know if it has an "S" it's copper - anything else I should know?

At July 10, 2009 at 5:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

95% copper pennies should weigh approx 3.11 grams. Copper coated zinc pennies should weigh approx 2.5 grams.

At July 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That helps, thanks.

At July 12, 2009 at 5:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed the Lincoln cent "Formative Years" is selling a bit higher these days - don't understand what has caused the markup since the rolls are still for sale at the Mint. In the last few days I've seen sales up to $35 for the two roll set. Anybody have an idea why?

At July 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM , Blogger Lasloo said...

The two roll sets are limited to five per household. Of course, there are a number of ways to work around that limit (family members willing to buy another 5, etc.)... however, in general, most avid collectors and/or dealers are limited by the "five per household" constraint but would still like to have more than the 5 they are limited to. And so, the price of the unopened LP2 boxes are a lot higher than what you could buy from the Mint EVEN THOUGH the Mint is still selling them.

At July 12, 2009 at 8:29 PM , Blogger Lasloo said...

Oh yeah, I forgot to add... a lot of DDR varieties (like an extra finger on Lincoln) are being found in Mint boxes dated in May. Others have been found in early April as well, but May seems to be where the most have been found. So, those are probably the ones going for over $30 or $40 dollars.

At July 13, 2009 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Lasloo said...

CoinWorld has some really good articles about current production problems creating the copper pennies for the Uncirculated sets.
Looks like the Mint did all the post-processing of the planchets (including burnishing and anti-tarnishing agents) on the proof set versions of the copper penny. But for the Uncirculated sets, the planchet provider did all of this. So, first question, why doesn't the third-party vendor just copy what the Mint did, or am I missing something here?

Secondly, this is the first time that I have seen details about exactly what types of pennies are going to be in the Uncirculated Sets. You WON'T get all 4 designs for both mints. You will get only 2 designs!!! But does this mean, that some people will get design 1 & 3 for a mint, and someone else might get 2 & 4??
DUDEZ!!! The Uncirculated Sets are going to be HUGE!!!

At July 13, 2009 at 1:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, that's the DUMBEST thing I've ever heard! If the Uncirculated Sets will not contain all four pennies for both "P" and "D" Mints, then the Mint can just KEEP the pieces of junk! I've been needing an excuse to bail out of buying this stuff anyway. Maybe this is just the ticket!

At July 13, 2009 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Lasloo said...


I read CoinWorld wrong.

When they said "two examples of each of the four 2009 cent designs", I thought they were saying that there would only be two designs from each mint....
But really, they are saying that you'll get two of each design for a total of 8 pennies. Which is what we expected.

My apologies. My bad.

At July 13, 2009 at 7:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Native American Dollars...I know...nobody was speaking of NA $s. The direct ship boxes were showing "sold out" Sunday night, not sold out on Monday morning, and now they are "not available". Any thoughts?

At July 14, 2009 at 1:43 AM , Blogger Michael said...

On the Native American Dollars, I am pretty sure the Direct Ship Boxes went into "sold out" status earlier this year, but then returned after a few weeks.

I would think the same thing will happen this time around too.

At July 14, 2009 at 8:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Direct Ship boxes have been "Sold Out" or "Not Available" countless times since the program began. I think the only design that really WAS sold out when the Mint said they were was James Monroe. I think even John Quincy Adams made a brief re-appearance or two before being pulled for good.

I just wish the Mint would lift the two-box limit for the presidents. I've been ordering thousands of the Native American dollars since they lifted the limit. My credit card earns a rebate for each purchase, and a local coin dealer pays me $26 per roll ($10 profit per direct ship box.) I search some of the coins for errors, of which I've found a few. Mostly weak edge-lettering ones, but I've found a couple of errors where some stars were missing or tightly spaced, resulting in a portion of plain edge.

At July 14, 2009 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Lasloo said...

The NA Direct Ship boxes no longer have the "not available" tag on them. Seems they are open for business again.

At July 15, 2009 at 4:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shhhh!!! Don't let it out that you get points on your credit card for purchasing these (I do too). With the current credit market, they (the banks) will probably cancel the whole program. I too, have found several errors in these, including a die crack on the Washington reverse (at the rim above the N) and several shifted edge letter/star coins.


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