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Monday, December 7, 2009

US Mint Coin Production November 2009

The US Mint has updated coin production figures to reflect circulating coins produced through November 2009. The updated figures include final mintages for the Zachary Taylor Presidential Dollar and the Northern Mariana Islands Quarter.

Only 76.06 million coins were produced during the month of November 2009. This is far below last month's total 353.8 million coins and the lowest monthly production since I started watching the numbers. Production at the Philadelphia Mint facility took place for cents and Presidential Dollars. Production at the Denver Mint facility took place for the cents and quarters.

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

November 2009 Jan 2009 - Nov 2009
Lincoln Cent - Denver 53.60 M 1,248.00 M
Lincoln Cent - Phil. 8.00 M 1,106.00 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 11.80 M 269.60 M
Quarters - Phil. 0 264.32 M
Kennedy Half - Denver 0 1.90 M
Kennedy Half - Phil. 0 1.90 M
Native Am Dollar - Denver 0 33.88 M
Native Am Dollar - Phil. 0 37.38 M
Pres Dollar - Denver 0 177.10 M
Pres Dollar - Phil. 2.66 M 175.28 M

Total 76.06 M 3,548.00 M

The following additional table shows the 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. Newly posted figures include the Zachary Taylor Dollar and Northern Mariana Islands Quarter.

2009 US Mint Coin Production by Design

Denver Phil. Total
Birthplace Cent 350.40 M 284.40 M 634.80 M
Formative Years Cent 363.60 M 376.00 M 739.60 M
Professional Life Cent 336.00 M 316.00 M 652.00 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
Taylor Pres Dollar 36.68 M 41.58 M 78.26 M

352.10 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
N Mariana Islands Quarter 37.60 M 35.20 M 72.80 M

636.20 M

Prior to this months figures, it had seemed that US Mint coin production was leveling off after posting declines for almost all subsequent design releases. The US Virgin Islands Quarter had shown only a 0.2 million decline from the overall production of the prior design. The James K. Polk Dollar actually marked a small uptick in overall production from the previous release in the series.

The latest update shows the Northern Mariana Islands with an overall mintage of 72.80 million, nearly 10 million below the prior release. This is divided as 37.6 million Denver Mint coins and 35.2 million Philadelphia Mint coins. For the series, these figures represent the lowest overall mintage and lowest mintage for each respective mint facility. The 2009-P Northern Mariana Islands Quarter also has the lowest mintage for a circulation strike quarter since 1960.

The Zachary Taylor Dollar came in with an overall mintage of 78.26 million, more than 10 million below the previous release. Production was divided as 36.68 million Denver Mint coins and 41.58 Philadelphia Mint coins. For the series, these figures represent the lowest overall mintage, lowest mintage for each respective mint facility, and lowest mintage for a single issue.

It has not yet been confirmed whether production of the 2009 Lincoln Cent Presidency design has officially ended. If it has already ended or will end without significant additional production, the mintage would set a new low for 2009 Lincoln Cents.

The lowest mintage is currently held by the 2009-P Birthplace Cent at 284.40 million. By backing the final mintages of the first three designs from the year to date production totals, possible mintages for the Presidency Cent come in at 198.00 million Denver Mint coins and 129.60 million Philadelphia Mint coins. These figures would be far enough below the existing low to cause some excitement. I will have more information posted once I can confirm the status.



At December 7, 2009 at 1:36 PM , Anonymous Brad said...

I wonder if this news will spur sales of the Northern Mariana Islands quarter roll sets and bags, as well as the Zachary Taylor rolls? In the case of the presidents, I figure mintages will continue to decline for most designs, pretty much ending up with the "life support" mintage levels of Kennedy Halves by the end of the series. Next Year's Lincoln dollar will likely have a much larger mintage, though. In fact, the other three designs might suffer much lower mintages than they ordinarily would have, just so more Lincolns can be minted without drastically increasing the number of Presidential Dollars that would have been minted in 2010 anyway.

As for the Northern Mariana Islands quarters, there is no doubt now that they are the lowest-mintage of the Territories quarters. The fact that they won't be de-throned by any subsequent design for the series could serve to give potential buyers confidence that they will be buying what could be a long-term winner. Some of next year's America the Beautiful series might beat it, but that is another whole ballgame.

At December 7, 2009 at 2:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the final number of Van Buren's. I think both the proof and the uncs will be real winners. I personally like the obverse of this coin better than the other liberties, but all will do well.

At December 7, 2009 at 3:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If coins last 30 years in circulation and the dollar bill wears out in one year...the real problem in the U.S. appears to be paper currency.

Start a new size "dollar coin" perhaps the size of a dime or a penny. Dump the penny once and for all and move on.
Smaller, lighter weight coins would be a lot easier to carry than the larger "unpopular" golden dollars produced today...

Is this anyway to run the mint?

Change is good.

At December 7, 2009 at 7:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

native american denver rolls sold out

At December 7, 2009 at 7:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most recent Jackson Liberties on e-bay sold for well over $800 in box (not certified). No Van Buren Liberties listed for under $800!

Gold ticking up a bit again......

Does anyone know where Northern Mariana is?? Don't we own a piece of antarctica too??

At December 13, 2009 at 12:57 PM , Blogger Dave said...

Why don't the totals in the "production by design" table match the totals in the "November and YTD" table?

IE: Presidential dollars by design have a total of 352.1 Million, but adding the Denver and Philadelphia dollar totals gives a total of 352.38 million?

Or, the quarters by design total 636.2 million, but adding Denver (269.6M) and Philadelphia (264.32M) gives a total of only 533.92 millon. That's a big difference!

At December 14, 2009 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Michael said...

I think the discrepancy is due to the fact that the US Mint produced some 2009 dated coins in 2008.

The totals by denomination reflect the actual number of coins produced during the year. The totals by design reflect the actual mintages for coins.

At December 20, 2009 at 6:29 PM , Blogger Dave said...

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks Michael.

At December 22, 2009 at 8:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't imagine how much money our government would save if they stopped producing pennies. What good do pennies do in the usage of our monetary system? So, prices would be reduced to .95 instead of .99, big deal, yes our pockets would be a lot emptier, ladies purses would be a lot lighter, there would be faster transactions in stores and super markets and our government would save millions monthly from minting new coins.


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