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Monday, August 3, 2009

US Mint Coin Production July 2009

The coin production figures through July 2009 have now been provided by the United States Mint. This update includes the final production figure for the American Samoa Quarter, which marked another successive low for the denomination.

The table below lists the US Mint coin production for the month of July 2009. These numbers are determined by comparing the year to date totals from last month to the year to date totals posted from this month.
US Mint Coin Production July 2009

Philadelphia Denver Total
Cents 151.60 M 120.40 M 272.00 M
Nickels 0 6.96 M 6.96 M
Dimes 0 0 0
Quarters 0 13.00 M 13.00 M
Halves 0 0 0
Presidential Dollars 1.96 M 27.44 M 29.40 M
Native Amer Dollars 0 0 0
Total 153.56 M 167.80 M 321.36 M

The second following table shows the total year to date coin production figures for each denomination. Where available, the totals for each coin design have been provided.

2009 Coin Production January 2009 to July 2009

Philadelphia Denver Total
Birthplace Cent 284.40 M 350.40 M 634.80 M
Formative Yrs Cent 376.00 M 363.60 M 739.60 M
Jefferson Nickel 39.84 M 46.80 M 86.64 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
Am Samoa Quarter 42.60 M 39.60 M 82.20 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

A few observations from the latest updates.

Added as a late update to last month's post, the final production figures for the first two 2009 Lincoln Cent designs are now known. The second design has a higher mintage than the first design. This breaks the trend for all other denominations which feature rotating designs, which have shown overall mintage declines for each subsequent release.

The production figures for the 2009 Jefferson Nickel have increased. As mentioned in a previous post, this additional production comes despite the fact that the US Mint "officially" announced the end of production for all nickels and dimes for the remainder of 2009. The prospect of continuing production for 2009 nickels and dimes may remove some of the froth from the market for these rarely encountered coins.

The final production numbers for the American Samoa Quarter have been posted. The overall production represents another new low for the series with only 82.2 million coins produced. The 2009-D American Samoa Quarter has a mintage of 39.6 million, which represents the lowest mintage for a circulation strike quarter since 1962.

One of the most notable aspects of the update is the small number of quarters minted during the month of July. Only 13 million quarters were produced at the Denver Mint and no quarters were produced at the Philadelphia Mint. If the short production of quarters continues for another month, this might be setting up for some spectacularly low totals for the US Virgin Islands Quarters. Definitely something to watch and keep in mind.



At August 5, 2009 at 10:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.7mm Kennedys made so far in '09.
Product still available direct from the US Mint. If these were Pres. Dollars or '09 Quarters they'd be on the secondary market for $$$ so why is this? Has the Kennedy totally run out of gas as a collectible?

At August 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't write-off the Kennedy Halves just yet. They've been quietly posting some pretty impressive sales numbers this year, and based on some figuring I just did, they should sell out completely in about another 9 weeks. That will undoubtedly get the attention of anyone who has neglected them thus far, and their price should appreciate quite nicely.

At August 6, 2009 at 1:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I correct my earlier post and should have said that the 1.7MM is for each of the two mints, Philly and Denver. Numismaster says 1.47MM have been sold as bags and rolls so 2MM are still available on way or another pending any further production. I don't even remember the last time I got any Kennedys in change so what exactly happens to them?

At August 7, 2009 at 6:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, according to the Numismaster Mint Statistics there have been a total of 2,725,640 Kennedy Halves sold through August 2nd. The breakdown is 1,471,000 of them through the 200 coin bags and the other 1,254,640 through the two-roll sets. That means that only 674,360 coins are left out of the total mintage of 3,400,000.

Using the average sales over the past 4 months, the coins are on track to sell out in about another 9 weeks or so. I'm certain that the Mint won't be striking any more circulation strike halves this year. When they're gone, they're gone. Don't wait too much longer to get yours!

At August 7, 2009 at 8:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for correcting my mintage computation of the 2009 Kennedy's (I forgot there are 200 in a bag not 100....duh).
This just serves to strengthen the case for purchase so I just bought 2 bags.
I looked at Ebay and there is only one bag for sale of the 2008's and it was at a Buy It Now of $280.


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