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Friday, October 8, 2010

US Mint Coin Production September 2010

Circulating coin production at the United States Mint for the year to date has topped 5 billion, following the release of the September 2010 figures. Also of note, the US Mint struck additional Hot Springs National Park Quarters last month.

Total production during September across the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities was 690.02 million. This marks the third consecutive drop in monthly output since peaking in June when more than 900 million coins were struck.

The table below shows the breakdown of circulating coin production by denomination and mint. The first column shows the number of coins produced during September 2010, while the second column presents the total for the year to date.

2010 US Mint Coin Production Figures

September 2010 YTD 2010
Lincoln Cent - Denver 256.80 M 1,562.80 M
Lincoln Cent - Phil. 170.80 M 1,622.43 M
Jefferson Nickel - Denver 49.68 M 147.36 M
Jefferson Nickel - Phil. 35.04 M 182.88 M
Roosevelt Dime - Denver 86.50 M 409.50 M
Roosevelt Dime - Phil. 44.00 M 446.00 M
Quarters - Denver 5.80 M 139.00 M
Quarters - Phil. 5.00 M 139.20 M
Kennedy Half - Denver 0 1.70 M
Kennedy Half - Phil. 0 1.80 M
Native Am Dollar - Denver 0 42.98 M
Native Am Dollar - Phil. 0 32.06 M
Pres Dollar - Denver 26.18 M 151.06 M
Pres Dollar - Phil. 10.22 M 152.46 M

Total 690.02 M 5,031.23 M

Once again, the Lincoln Cent accounted for the heaviest portion of production at a combined 427.6 million. More than 3 billion cents have now been struck for the year to date. Personally, I have only seen two of the 2010 Lincoln Cents in circulation.

The US Mint has continued to strike nickels and dimes in quantity. Although the year to date totals are still below typical levels, they have now far exceeded the relatively tiny mintages experienced during 2009.

A scant 10.8 million quarters were struck last month. Based on updates to the preliminary production figures for America the Beautiful Quarters, this amount seems to be made up of an additional 10 million Hot Springs National Park Quarters and 0.8 million Grand Canyon National Park Quarters.

The table below shows the preliminary production figures by design for the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters and 2010 Presidential Dollars.

2010 US Mint Coin Production by Design

Denver Phil. Total
Hot Springs Quarter 34.00 M 35.60 M 69.60 M
Yellowstone Quarter 34.80 M 33.60 M 68.40 M
Yosemite Quarter 34.80 M 35.20 M 70.00 M
Grand Canyon Quarter 35.40 M 34.80 M 70.20 M

Fillmore Dollar 36.96 M 37.52 M 74.48 M
Pierce Dollar 38.36 M 38.22 M 76.58 M
Buchanan Dollar 36.54 M 36.82 M 73.36 M

There are no new entries to the table this month, but the totals for the Hot Springs Quarter have increased by 5 million each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, and the total for Grand Canyon Quarters struck at the Denver Mint has increased by 0.8 million.

As mentioned in previous posts, the US Mint has indicated that they may restart production of previously released America the Beautiful Quarters if demand exists through their bulk purchase program. Under this program, the coins can be ordered in bags of 200,000 for the $50,000 face value plus a 3% handing fee.

The Hot Springs Quarter was once the lowest mintage issue of the series, but now that title rests with the Yellowstone Quarter- at least for now.

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At October 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Greg said...

I have probably 15-20 of the 2010 cents and a couple 2010 dimes from both mints. Seems Speedway in the area gets them in new rolls...

At October 8, 2010 at 5:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been months since I haven't received at least one 2010 cent in change both locally in my small Kansas town & at the Wal-Marts nearby.

At October 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they are all in China !

At October 8, 2010 at 10:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

recieved an email from the mint this evening stating my subscription for 5 ase's will be filled in approx 4 weeks. my subscription has been standing for over a year and a half. i even forgot about it.

At October 9, 2010 at 5:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm finding 2010 cents everywhere I go now, multiple places have given Ps to me as change (haven't found any circulating Ds yet though). Likewise, I've found a few 2010-P nickels and dimes though had no luck at all with Ds.

What I'm not finding is the new quarters, they don't seem to be circulating at all. I've bought the mint rolls, of course, but I'd like to snag a couple of examples out of circulation to show to my friends. Most of them don't even know about the national parks quarters and were surprised about the quarters when I showed them my proofs sets.

I still am unable to find a 2009 nickel as well.

At October 9, 2010 at 6:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never seen a 2009 nickel in circulation, either. The only ones I've ever had were an unopened NF String roll box that I bought from an area wholesale dealer for $130. I originally intended to keep it for a while, but after I saw what they were selling for on eBay I decided to let it go. I sold it about a week later for $285. I doubt I will ever luck into any more of them.

At October 9, 2010 at 7:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know when the mint will release the 2011 product schedule? I would like to know how the new scheduling of annual sets will go and when commemoratives will be released.

At October 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe there was an earlier post stating that the sets would be out early - January of 2011.

At October 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Florida I have gotten only 1 2010 cent and 2 2009 cents in change ever. Got 1 2010 dime and no other 2009 or 2010.

At October 10, 2010 at 8:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Denver and haven't seen anything 09 or 10. But then I don't do too many cash transactions - but you would think... I used to pick 2008 and earlier cents off the ground in respect for the coinage.

At October 10, 2010 at 8:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It almost looks like the Ultra High Relief gold coin has reached a "numismatic peak" of sorts, since the prices seem to be falling off for it despite the ever-increasing price of gold. They were fetching $1,950-$2000 just a few weeks ago, but now seem to be selling more in the $1,850-$1,900 range. That is despite gold spot having risen about $75 or so during the same time span.

However, the 2006 Buffalo Gold Proof coin continues to climb, now routinely fetching $1,500+. This comes despite a mintage of over twice that of the Ultra High Relief, and the fact that the 2006 Buffalo is not even a "type" coin like the UHR. Seems kind of strange, doesn't it?

At October 11, 2010 at 6:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I realize now that the direct ship coins i purchased will never likely increase in value as they have been so overproduced and Congress has created a fiasco of oversupply of these dollar coins. Would it be a violation of the mints policy to use these rolls of coins to purchase other products at the us mint kiosk in DC? I could easily deposit them at the bank, but for some reason it would seem so much more fulfilling to spend these coins at the us mint so I can give them back to them. It seems I would not be in violation of their policy as I am using them in an economic transaction and entering the coins into circulation by spending them?

At October 11, 2010 at 7:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt spending the coins at the Mint would be considered introducing them into circulation by the Mint, but I also don't see how they could stop you from doing it. However, at least take them out of the boxes and bring in the unopened rolls loose. That way the Mint won't be able to recognize them as direct ship rolls. They will just assume the rolls were obtained at banks.

At October 11, 2010 at 7:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is foolish for anyone to think that they can make immense profits from US mint coins.

Yes, there is that occasional US Mint item that is taken offline unexpectedly or is so low in demand that years later, it will increase in value.

But if you were to purchase every single item that the US Mint sold -- I'm sure you will find that you would lose money rather than make money -- even if you were to flip the coins.

Use common sense. As a long term investment, stocks pay better prices. In 2009, the S&P Average rose 23.5%. In 2010, the average has risen 6% (since September 30, 2010).

Sure, speculating on future profits from the sale of US mint coins is fun -- there is some excitement in gambling -- but very few common folks who collect coins as a hobby -- will rarely make immense profits from coin sales. Rather, it will likely be the opposite -- you will likely lose money in the long run....

At October 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a middle schooler and at school,I had received a 2010 P nickel. So far I have, 1 Shield, 3 2010 Dimes and 2 Nickels, all Ps

At October 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look forward to sales update tomorrow. I wonder if the Buchanan Libertys sold over 1000 last week?
The AGEs will be quite interesting too.

At October 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

UHR's were only made 1 year. Gold goes up, gold comes down, who knows where it will end up. One thing for sure the UHR is unique and extremely beautiful. In years to come they will be highly sought after as COLLECTOR COINS.

At October 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish I had bought more than one UHR. I will never sell mine, so I really don't care how much of a premium it has. I like the presentation case and would not want to ever slab my coin. Proof AGEs (or Buffs/ even an 08 Buff) seem like a nice thing to sell since they are not so unique like the UHR.
The Fillmore UNC may be a sleeper, we'll see...

At October 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm a middle schooler and at school,I had received a 2010 P nickel. So far I have, 1 Shield, 3 2010 Dimes and 2 Nickels, all Ps

October 11, 2010 10:49 AM"

Pay attention and stop blogging in class!

At October 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never sell my UHR either. I consider it the #1 coin in my collection. The young student may be out of school for in our PC world a day not recognized by many, "Columbus Day".

At October 11, 2010 at 12:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nor will my UHR be slabbed. Say what you want about the Mint and it's packaging. The UHR is further enhanced by it's packaging. They took the time to "get it right".

At October 11, 2010 at 12:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UHR is indeed a sharp-looking coin with a sharp-looking presentation case. I just don't get why the premium is falling off now while the price of gold continues to rise. It's the same thing that happened to the 3-coin silver 2006 anniversary set. Once it touched $600 per set, it dropped like a rock! The UHR touched $2,000 for a raw specimen, and is now lucky to reach $1,900. Meantime, the price of gold rose about $75. That's quite a hit to the premium numismatic value of the coin!

If it had held, the coin would be selling for close to $2,100 now.

At October 11, 2010 at 12:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question Mr.Z,

Are subscriptions a little faster than ordering the first day an item becomes available? Or is there no difference? Seems a subscription does away with the headache of trying to get through by telephone or online at the start of a new item beginning to sell.

At October 11, 2010 at 1:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol, Columbus day! I forgot..lucky kid! Enjoy it while it lasts.

At October 11, 2010 at 1:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the Buffalo Coin and Currency set from a lot of coin dealers is priced barely above what the coin it contains is valued at. The set itself is remarkable, what a treasure to give children or grandchildren. Same for Lewis and Clark, wow, be we never hear much about them. Of course the TV show has them both for ridiculous prices.

At October 11, 2010 at 2:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not likely, but possible price increases on Wednesday.

At October 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got my proof coin in the mail today...I have to give the mint some credit here.

At October 11, 2010 at 2:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering if there are any subtle / noticeable design changes for the 2010 proofs?

At October 11, 2010 at 6:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No raise again for social security two years in a row.

I need to cut back on buying coins and expand my vegetable garden instead. I like to share my veggies with older people and veterans in our neighborhood.

Seems like America has lost it's compassion for our fellow man.

Yesterday, at the food store, they were raising prices again. Who keeps track of these things. Maybe it's time that we put a "victory garden" on a coin.

Hard Times

At October 11, 2010 at 6:42 PM , Anonymous vaughnster said...

What about the $250 Social Security bribe, I mean COLA check, you got from Obama last year? It took you two years to figure out your financial situation just now? Isn't Obama trying to take over the grocery industry yet? Sorry, your type of post has absolutely no merit on this site. Go to

At October 11, 2010 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 32 million, the Native American Dollar - Phil. is defiantly the catch of the year when it comes to circulating coins. I've still yet to get one in change.
Anyone else seen this elusive coin yet?

At October 12, 2010 at 4:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are the weekly sales figures first posted?

At October 12, 2010 at 6:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the P Native American Dollars, you can get $1,000 of them every 10 days through the Direct Ship program. All I've gotten each time I've ordered the past few months have been P. I haven't received any more D coins since it was discovered that at least one 2009 Zachary Taylor dollar escaped in a roll of Native American dollars with the error date of 2010 D stamped on it.

I take it no more of those were ever found?

At October 12, 2010 at 6:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The weekly sales reports can be found at the link below as soon as they are posted. You don't have to wait for a post with a link on it.

However, due to the holiday yesterday there might not be any new statistics available until tomorrow.

At October 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Numbers are in! 1oz proof AGE big seller. Buchanan Liberty less sales than expected. AGE fractionals less than expected. Proof Buffs as expected. 1 oz AGE may sell out before end of year. Thank you again Mr. Moy!


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