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Monday, October 5, 2009

US Mint Coin Production September 2009

The US Mint has updated their coin production figures to reflect coins produced through the end of September. The update also includes the final mintage figures for the 2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter.

The table below presents the coins produced by the US Mint for the month of September and for the entire year to date.
2009 US Mint Coin Production Figures

Sept 2009 Jan 2009 - Sept 2009
Lincoln Cent - Denver 74.00 M 1,050.00 M
Lincoln Cent - Phil. 19.20 M 976.40 M
Jefferson Nickel - Denver 0 46.80 M
Jefferson Nickel - Phil. 0 39.84 M
Roosevelt Dime - Denver 0 49.50 M
Roosevelt Dime - Phil. 0 96.50 M
Quarters - Denver 24.00 M 237.40 M
Quarters - Phil. 3.80 M 232.12 M
Kennedy Half - Denver 0.20 M 1.90 M
Kennedy Half - Phil. 0 1.70 M
Native Am Dollar - Denver 10.08 M 33.88 M
Native Am Dollar - Phil. 10.08 M 37.38 M
Pres Dollar - Denver 12.46 M 152.88 M
Pres Dollar - Phil. 28.14 M 161.84 M

Total 181.96 M 3,118.14 M

The additional following table shows US Mint Coin Production by design. Several denominations feature rotating obverse or reverse designs. When the US Mint posts production figures for individual designs, these have been the final mintages.

2009 US Mint Coin Production by Design

Denver Phil. Total
Birthplace Cent 350.00 M 284.80 M 634.80 M
Formative Years Cent 363.60 M 376.00 M 739.60 M

Harrison Pres Dollar 55.16 M 43.26 M 98.42 M
Tyler Pres Dollar 43.54 M 43.54 M 87.08 M
Polk Pres Dollar 41.72 M 46.62 M 88.34 M

DC Quarter 88.80 M 83.60 M 172.40 M
Puerto Rico Quarter 86.00 M 53.20 M 139.20 M
Guam Quarter 42.60 M 45.00 M 87.60 M
Am Samoa Quarter 39.60 M 42.60 M 82.20 M
US Virgin Islands Quarter 41.00 M 41.00 M 82.00 M

Overall, the US Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver produced 181.96 million coins during the month of September. This is down significantly from the prior month when more than 350 million coins had been produced. Production took place for Lincoln Cents, Quarters, Kennedy Half Dollars, Presidential Dollars, and Native American Dollars.

Production of additional Kennedy Half Dollars was surprising. Last week, I wrote a post that explored the fact that the US Mint's supply of half dollars was getting close to exhaustion. The Kennedy Half Dollar is not produced for circulation, but the coins are sold directly to collectors in premium priced bags and rolls. It appears that the US Mint will produce additional coins to keep the sale of bags and rolls going. Last year, the 2008 Kennedy Half Dollar had a combined mintage of 3.4 million coins, split evenly between Philadelphia and Denver coins. The new production will push 2009 Kennedy Half Dollars above this level.

The final combined mintage of 82 million for the US Virgin Islands Quarters marks another new low for overall quarter mintage this year. When I covered last month's coin production update, I noted that declines in mintages seemed to be flattening out and may have been setting up to rise. Perhaps the Northern Mariana Quarter mintage will finally break the trend. Notably, the lowest 2009 quarter mintage for an individual coin remains as the 2009-D American Samoa Quarter with a mintage of 39.6 million.



At October 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Tim said...

It really surprises me to see such low numbers on mintage for the year on coinage.This raises a true question of where is the stimulus money really going.It certainly isn't in coinage.

At October 5, 2009 at 5:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evidently they want/need to increase the supply of '09 Kennedy rolls/bags. Therefore we can look for a similar increase in October production of Philly Kennedys to equalize the supply. 2008 is now the uncontested lowest MS mintage as Mike has pointed out. The real question is why did they bother with the Sept. increase to begin with?

Jim L.

At October 5, 2009 at 6:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, will we be seeing some up-to-date mintage numbers for the first spouse gold coins anytime soon? Thanks.

At October 5, 2009 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Michael said...

Yes, I will try to work in a new post about the First Spouse coins including all mintages. For now, you can check out this numismaster page for the latest sales figures.

At October 5, 2009 at 7:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm new to following the Mint production stats and curious if you know if where Numismaster acquires the US Mint's weekly reports? Does US Mint provide it to a group of publications or does it post it themselves on the internet? I noticed the monthly figures but not sure of the weekly. Thanks.

At October 6, 2009 at 5:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is all my fault. I ordered about 10 sets of the Kennedy rolls. Obviously, the mint took this as an uptick in demand, and had to compensate with 200,000 more coins.

At October 6, 2009 at 6:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At October 6, 2009 at 6:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is ironic that the US goes off the gold standard, and less than 100 years later the rest of the world is considering going on it. I typically buy some gold coins from the mint for their beauty, but heck...they may end up being the only thing I own that is worth anything. The almighty dollar may be dead.

At October 6, 2009 at 7:37 AM , Blogger CJ said...

Why don't I see any new Lincoln cents circulating? I can even get rolls at the bank like I do most years. I see in your post that they have minted over a billion. Where are they? Is this just the US Mint's way of drumming up demand for their 2 roll offerings?

At October 6, 2009 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Lasloo said...

I've seen a couple of the new pennies circulating. But its usually right after a clerk has just opened up a new penny roll. I personally have bought boxes of new rolls of pennies at my bank. But as mentioned previously, banks tend to do that only when you do a lot of business with them. In general, you're not going to see a lot of the new pennies floating around because collectors like me and other tend to hoard them.

As to Mint stats, its VERY annoying that the Mint only talks to certain magazines about different aspects of their business. They do have some stats on the website... but the good stuff is only given to Numismatic News and the really good inside information is only given to CoinWorld. Or so it seems. Sucks, doesn't it.

BTW, whats up with the uptick in sales for the 2009 Presidential Uncirculated Dollar Coin Sets? Or was that uptick the annual purchase by Bradford Mint and others? Getting ready to sell another batch of colorized coins. :-) LOL.

At October 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOLY S@!T, I don't believe my eyes, from the US MINT:

10/29/2009 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin
12/3/2009 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin


At October 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/29/2009 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

yeah buddy!

At October 6, 2009 at 9:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if this is new or not but saw this on the US mint site

Update: Due to the continued, sustained demand for American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins, 2009-dated American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coins will not be produced.

Same for prrof and uncirc Gold Eagles

At October 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO SILVER PROOF EAGLES!!!!!!!NO GOLD PROOF EAGLES!!!!!!......This equates to a huge huge huge buy for the Gold Buffalo Proof !!!

At October 6, 2009 at 10:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coins will not be produced."
This might boost aftermarket sales of the '06 thru '08 if collectors think that the burnished series is not likely to be resurrected for 2010.

Jim L.

At October 6, 2009 at 10:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just received email from mint that there will not be any 2009W dated silver eagle dollars:
Dear United States Mint Customer,
Production of the United States Mint American Eagle Silver Proof and
Uncirculated Coins was suspended this year because of unprecedented
demand for American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins. All available silver
bullion blanks are being allocated to the American Eagle Silver Bullion
Coin Program, as the United States Mint is required by Public Law 99-61
to produce these coins "in quantities sufficient to meet public demand

The United States Mint will resume the American Eagle Silver Proof and
Uncirculated Coin Programs once sufficient inventories of silver
bullion blanks can be acquired to meet market demand for all three
American Eagle Silver Coin products. However, due to the continued,
sustained demand for American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins, 2009-dated
American Eagle Silver Proof and Uncirculated Coins will not be

At October 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: new Lincoln cents. I have found at least 3 new cents in the take a penny leave a penny dishes at different retail stores. Most people don't care about the new cents. I have also received several in change. This year I have made an effort to pay for things in cash and I look over my coins when I get them from the cashier. At this point I have found examples of all 3 designs in circulation in the greater Chicagoland area.

RE: proof gold and silver
What will be the effect on 2008 proof coin prices? What will a gap like this in minting mean for collecting? What about 2008 fractional gold bullion eagles? Seems unlikely the US mint will make fractional gold eagles this year.

At October 6, 2009 at 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The good news is that you can still buy 2008 Dollar sets (which include the 2008-W Silver Eagle)from the Mint.

At October 6, 2009 at 12:06 PM , Blogger Michael said...

In response to the question about the US Mint's weekly sales reports. These are distributed by the Mint to a group of numismatic publications.

I am now going to be receiving these and posting weekly on Coin Update News and integrating here as well.

Check here:

US Mint Sales Figures

At October 6, 2009 at 8:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I speculate that the US Mint will move to silver buffalos to replace the silver eagles next year.


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