May 2015 US Mint Circulating Coin Production

kisatchieUpdated figures are available covering the United States Mint’s circulating coin production through the month of May 2015. For the fifth consecutive month, the monthly production total surpassed one billion coins. Preliminary production figures are now available for the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar.

For the month of May 2015, the US Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver struck 1.46 billion circulating quality coins across five denominations. The figure was down compared to the prior month when production reached nearly 1.7 billion pieces. The figure was up from the year ago period when production was 1.33 billion pieces.

The table below shows the break down of circulating coin production for each denomination at each mint facility for May 2015.

2015 US Mint Coin Production Figures
May 2015 YTD 2015
Lincoln Cent – Denver 376.00 M 1,978.00 M
Lincoln Cent – Phil. 442.80 M 2,035.60 M
Jefferson Nickel – Denver 58.32 M 361.92 M
Jefferson Nickel – Phil. 76.08 M 311.52 M
Roosevelt Dime – Denver 151.00 M 645.50 M
Roosevelt Dime – Phil. 149.50 M 640.00 M
Quarters – Denver 99.40 M 697.20 M
Quarters – Phil. 104.80 M 662.20 M
Kennedy Half – Denver 0 2.30 M
Kennedy Half – Phil. 0 2.30 M
Native Am Dollar – Denver 0 2.24 M
Native Am Dollar – Phil. 0 2.80 M
Pres Dollar – Denver 1.96 M 14.56 M
Pres Dollar – Phil. 0 20.86 M
Total 1,459.86 M 7,377.00 M

The cent accounted for more than half of all production, with 818.8 million pieces struck across the Philadelphia and Denver mint facilities. For the year to date, cent production is now above 4 billion pieces.

The next most produced denomination for the month was the dime at 300.5 million pieces, followed by the quarter at 204.2 million pieces, and the nickel at 134.4 million pieces. There was a minor amount of 1.96 million Presidential Dollars struck during the month.

In response to increased demand for circulating coins, the US Mint recently announced the conversion to three-shift operations at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities. This will require the addition of new personnel at both facilities. Based on demand forecasts from the Federal Reserve, the Mint expects to deliver more than 14 billion new circulating coins this year.

2015 US Mint Coin Production by Design
Denver Phil. Total
Homestead 248.60 M 214.40 M 463.00 M
Kisatchie 379.60 M 397.20 M 776.80 M
Harry S. Truman 3.36 M 4.90 M 8.26 M
Dwight D. Eisenhower 3.64 M 4.90 M 8.54 M
John F. Kennedy 4.20 M 6.16 M 10.36 M
Lyndon B. Johnson 3.36 M 4.90 M 8.26 M

There were two new additions to the tables showing preliminary production totals by design for America the Beautiful Quarters and Presidential Dollars.

The Kisatchie National Forest Quarter had production of 379.6 million pieces at Denver and 397.2 million pieces at Philadelphia for a total of 776.8 million pieces, up sharply from the total production of the previous design.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar had production of 3.36 million pieces at Denver and 4.90 million pieces at Philadelphia, for a total of 8.26 million pieces. This matches the production of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Dollar from earlier in the year.

As mentioned in the past, these figures should be considered preliminary as the US Mint has reserved the right to resume production during the year of release based on demand and production capacity.

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  1. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    This just makes the ’09s, ’10s, and ’11s more valuable and fun to look for in change.

  2. Billy the kid says

    Received the 50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Gold half dollar last week.
    The coin is a real beauty. It should look good with the Jackie Kennedy gold coin.

    “The Kid” from Bean town.

  3. Dustyroads says

    Billy, Where’s Bean Town? Sierra Madre Ca.?

    That 50 will also go well with a gold 2016 Walking Liberty. The Jacquelin O Kennedy 1/2 oz. should be around for a while, so we shouldn’t feel the need to rush out and buy it, but I agree, it will go nicely with the 3/4 oz. John gold. With a little positive thinking, maybe a dream can come true.

  4. Billy the kid says

    Bean Town?

    Boston. If you visit Boston, eat at the Union Oyster house. Ask to be seated upstairs at the Kennedy table if it’s available or if you enjoy fresh oysters sit at the street side bar where Daniel Webster and Ben Franklin ate lunch. Don’t forget the fresh strawberries with whip cream or the tasty Indian Pudding for dessert.

    “Billy the kid”

  5. says

    Given that your bean town Red Sox are now entrenched in last place in the American League East, the Kennedy golds should temporarily take your mind off the team’s recent poor performance on the field.

  6. says

    Billy,
    Ever hear of Windmill Hill in the Charlestown section of Boston? I’m the 10th generation descendent of the guy who came to Charlestown from England and erected a windmill there in 1636.

  7. paddy says

    Yeah and I am a descendent also only my forefather’s are a little better known for transportation. The Paddy Wagon..haha

  8. Tom P. - MA says

    Lets make this an all Mass. board.
    I received my MOD set today. I ordered late – 7:13PM on the first day.

  9. says

    Paddy,
    Did some of your Irish forefathers get free rides in the back of Paddy wagons? How about free room and board in a facility with many bars?

  10. Ikaika says

    I wonder when the JFK gold coin will sellout or the US mint pull the plug on it. Not sure if it was a good decision on paying the $1240 on the release date. Prices have been tanking. A 70 grade can be purchased for just under $1200 and a ungraded below $1000.

  11. Jafmidtx says

    Perhaps sales of the JFK gold coin will continue as long as the JK first spouse gold coin is sold in order to insure that the pair could be purchased together.

  12. Two Cents says

    I just received this email, dated June 15, 2015, from Brent Whitesell, Sr. Operations Manager, US Mint:

    Survey by Naxion Research Consulting for the U.S. Mint

    The United States Mint is considering producing 3 special coins for the 100th anniversary of its classic designs in 2016. To celebrate this centennial occasion the United States Mint will strike the original coin designs, as they first appeared in 1916, in .9999 Platinum. These special 100th anniversary coins would be released over the course of 2016, with approximately 1 month between the releases of each coin. These coins would be:

    • A ½ oz. Platinum 1916 Walking Liberty coin with a proof finish and a mintage limit of 25,000 for $745.

    • A ¼ oz. Platinum 1916 Standing Liberty coin with a proof finish and a mintage limit of 35,000 for $385.

    • A 1/10 oz. Platinum 1916 Mercury Dime with a proof finish and a mintage limit of 70,000 for $165.

    The U.S. Mint is also considering offering a special three-coin set that features all three coins (Platinum 1916 Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Coin, and 1916 Walking Liberty Coin) together in a custom-designed presentation case accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. The price of the set would be approximately $1,350.

    The United States Mint is considering a redesign of the American Eagle Platinum coin in 2017 to commemorate its 20th anniversary. The coin would feature an original rendition of Liberty (first utilized in 1997) on the obverse and a singular, iconic Eagle on the reverse. The coin would be produced with a reverse proof finish with a special 20 year privy. The price of this coin would be approximately $1,500.

    The United States Mint is considering a number of different, multi-year American Eagle Platinum coin series programs to begin in 2018. Each program would celebrate a different aspect of American History and would be minted in a proof finish. The current programs being considered are:

    • A 5 year series centered on the 1st Amendment

    o Freedom of Religion
    o Freedom of Speech
    o Freedom to Peacefully Assemble
    o Freedom of the Press
    o Freedom to Petition the Government for Perceived Grievances

    • A 4 year series derived from FDR’s speech during WWII that would feature designs based on his four freedom principles

    o Freedom to Worship
    o Freedom of Speech
    o Freedom from Fear
    o Freedom from Want

    • A 3 year series that celebrates the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence

    o “Life”
    o “Liberty”
    o “The Pursuit of Happiness”

    The price of each coin would be approximately $1,500.

    The United States Mint is also considering producing high-end custom packaging for purchase in the first year of these proposed programs. Each high-end package would have empty spaces (3, 4, or 5 depending on the program) intended for the platinum coins from the program as they are released. The packaging would cost $20-$40.

  13. says

    Wasn’t there an assumption among MNB commenters that these 100 year anniversary classic coins
    would be done in gold? Using platinum certainly changes the game.

  14. Tinto says

    @Two Cents

    I just checked my email and I got the survey too. Haven’t opened it yet but should be the same as yours.

  15. Tinto says

    @Hawkster

    Yeah, I thought so too. Maybe the Mint is using platinum to preserve the original “look” of the coins, just thinking aloud.

  16. Tinto says

    I am taking the survey right now and for me it says “GOLD” version of the coins …

  17. D Rittenhouse says

    The purity level of .9999 pure platinum for the possible coins in that survey is unusual. All platinum coins issued by the Mint so far have been .9995 pure. The only .9999 pure coins issued by the Mint so far have been gold (Buffalo and First Spouse).

  18. Two Cents says

    Tinto,

    I think the US Mint is feeling people out on gold and platinum versions of these 100-yr anniversary coins. Did your survey mention any prices for the gold versions?

    I know silver is probably out, as that would require congressional action, but I would prefer these coins to be in silver. Imagine them in practically perfect proof with cameo frosting (or even sharp uncirculated).

  19. Tinto says

    @Two Cents

    Yeah, the Walker was $770 , Standing Liberty $397 and Mercury Dime $170 . And if one prefers to buy them all in a special set with a custom presentation case, the set would cost $1,350

  20. Tinto says

    I’d prefer the Mint use platinum, because it would closely approximate the original look of the coins and platinum is cheaper today than gold (of course it might be revered by the time 2016 rolls around)

  21. GoldFishin says

    The 2016 proposed mintages would be more in line with platinum offerings. If they were to use yellow gold I believe the mintages are too low, it will be a scramble to get them. Although both metals are comparable in price, platinum is about $100 cheaper at the moment, but I am not sure if consumers will go for the platinum like they would gold or silver. I personally like the idea of platinum coins, at least keeping in line with the original colors. I like what the US Mint is doing and welcome changing up some things, but keeping in line with traditional design themes. I’m in for what my wallet can afford.

  22. Tinto says

    @Hawkster

    Just finished the survey …. but the Walker was 1/2 oz., , the Standing Liberty 1/4 oz. and the dime was 1/10 oz. all in .9999 .

    And 25k, 35k and 70k mintages

  23. Two Cents says

    Thanks Tinto,

    It would appear that the GOLD 3-coin set would be a better deal (at currently stated prices) — individual priced, the Platinum coins would retail for $1,295 vs. the Gold set at $1,337, while both sets would sell for the same price of $1.350.

    I still hope they make silver versions — much more affordable, and more closer to the look of the original coins. Platinum looks too much like the copper-nickel clad coinage, while silver has more of a creamy white finish.

  24. D Rittenhouse says

    In order for the Mint to make the .9999 gold 50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 half-dollar coin with the same diameter as the silver & clad versions, they had to bump the mass up to 0.75 troy ounce. So, if the Mint wants these new .9999 gold 100th anniversary coins to be the same widths as the coins being commemorated, the gold weights will have to rise to:
    dime – 3/20 (0.15) troy ounce
    quarter – 3/8 troy ounce
    half-dollar – 3/4 troy ounce

  25. John c says

    Just got my MOD set that I ordered late in the first day, btw also a beantown boy myself.

  26. Tinto says

    @Two Cents

    Hopefully the Mint is considering a silver version ….. but from looking at their planned mintages … probably not … I have some platinum coins so I don’t mind … but if it’s gold so be it .. ..

  27. says

    Tinto,
    Thanks. I do think that gold versions of the classic coins would have more of the “wow” factor than the platinum, especially as a 3 pc. Set. As D Rittenhouse pointed out, though, the weight of the gold coins would have to be bumped up to better approximate the diameters of the original 1916 silver offerings. Obviously, there would be a corresponding price increase if the Mint did opt to do this.

  28. ABC says

    Regardless of whether it’s going to be done in platinum or gold, I think all three will sell out quickly. Especially the Walking Liberty half and the Standing Liberty quarter. I wonder why I never receive any of these mint surveys?

  29. Jerry Diekmann says

    Here’s a novel idea for the special coins for 2016. Why not issue them in silver, as they were originally minted? It wouldn’t matter to me if they were 90% silver or 99.99% silver, but they should be issued in both proof and uncirculated condition. This would allow a lot more collectors and other interested people to be able to buy these beautiful coins. Issue them min gold and/or platinum too, if you must, for the weqalthier collectors, but since this country is more than just the 1%, there are another 99% of us too, that would like to acquire these coins too. Silver is a beautiful metal, the whitest of all the metals, and it strikes up wonderfully. Mint – think of the rest of us too. Thank you!

    Oh, and do NOT issue them as reverse proofs. We have had enough of this type of coin for awhile now, I think.

  30. Ends in Error says

    At least with Platinum vs Silver there will be no milk spots. And ahem I hate to grab credit but oh … never mind. 😉 Nice to imagine the Mint following good ideas when they see em.

  31. Ends in Error says

    If they wanted an inexpensive really cool alloy for the Coins, they could go with Aluminum. Now wouldn’t that be special !

  32. Dustyroads says

    This means the Mint is keeping with it’s tradition of not over doing ideas. Also, doing the coins in platinum could turn off many would-be buyers, I can’t think of a better way to avoid the heard.

  33. Louis says

    2 points: 1.) the CCAC would like to see silver versions but Congress would have to authorize it because the Mint has much more latitude with gold and platinum coins and 2.) the Mint is suggesting so far at least that the 1916 anniversary coins be 1/10th for the dime, 1/4 for the quarter, and 1/2 for the half dollar, which could be achieved by reducing the thickness, so if they stick to that it would not be like the JFK. I heard the entire meeting and this is what the proposed, but the coin media has not done a good job of explaining this, and of course it could change. The point is they can keep the diameter and alter the thickness to achieve any weight.

  34. cagcrisp says

    I’ve never bought a Platinum coin and don’t plan too. IF they do the 2016 in Platinum, they just saved me a LOT of money…

    IF they don’t plan on doing the Walking Liberty in 3/4 oz Gold then the JFK will be the one and only 3/4 oz Gold. Just made my JFK Gold’s more interesting… Thanks Mint…

  35. says

    Is there any indication as to how the classic coins will be dated? Will 2016 be used solely, or will the coins be dual dated (1916-2016)?

  36. A Bob says

    The mint could produce the 100th anniversary tributes as one ounce silver medals. I can’t imagine the mint producing these in silver in original sizes.

  37. Jerry Diekmann says

    Louis – Since platinum is almost twice as heavy as silver, the platinum coins would be very thin, like a golf marker (but I don’t play golf). I think platinum is a bad idea – go with silver, please! The Mint caters too much to the rich collectors anyway, those that can buy every gold and platinum coin they churn out. The rest of us can’t afford platinum,and gold. Like I said, make platinum or gold, for those that can afford these expensive metals, but for the rest of us, please stay with silver – this is the metaql these coins were struck in all their existence – the Winged Liberty Head dime for 30 years, the Standing Liberty quarter for 15 years, and the Walking Liberty half dollar for 32 years.

  38. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @Ends in Error says on June 15, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    LOL!

    They could alloy some Titanium with that — hmmm, would be interesting, eh?

  39. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    I’m not rich, however, I do own a fair amount of gold and some platinum.

    Yeah — stick with gold or silver.

  40. Louis says

    There is no proposal to make them in platinum. Either just gold or gold and silver if the silver were authorized. Realistically, I would assume only only for now. The date vs. dual date has not been decided.

  41. Two Cents says

    Here’s an idea: instead of minting the anniversary coins in the original diameters in gold or platinum, how about in a 3-inch size in silver like the America The Beautiful quarters?

    That way, the silver (5 oz.) would be substantial enough in value to warrant making them in the first place, and it would still be more affordable than gold or platinum coins. As a bonus, the large size would bring out more detail and/or higher relief.

    Or, If they wanted, they could mint the Walking Lib half in 5 oz., with the Standing Lib quarter in 2-1/2 oz., and the Mercury dime in 1 oz., with the diameters coinciding with the original ratios of the original coins.

  42. Zaz says

    Kilo size in unobtainium for me! Seriously much ado about nothing. if they don’t appeal to you dont bother to buy. These anniversary coins are kind of ho-hum anyway if they’re just going to copy the old designs line for line. Nothing innovative there.

  43. Ends in Error says

    If they really wanted to they could lower the cost by a substantial amount. They could strike these proposed Coins in an Aluminum / Chocolate Clad composite material. This of course would have the added benefit of drawing many young people into the fold. 🙂

  44. JBK says

    Minting in gold is a done deal as the Treasury already has the authority to do that. Silver would require Congressional action and would likely never get done.

    A dual date is a terrible idea. Just keep it simple/original. I am not even loving the inclusion of the weight and fineness, but if done discretely and tastefully and in the style of the coins existing text style, it might be OK.

    A 1/10 ounce dime? First I thought that was outrageous, but I looked it up and the dime is 17.9 mm diameter and the 1/10 ounce eagle is 16.50, so it is not that far off. I appreciate the mint’s attempt to keep the cost down, but might be better to just mint to original size.

    I might be an apprehensive (because of the cost) buyer if the designs are true to the originals, l but any sort of shenanigans such as double date and I am out.

  45. Matt says

    I have a question about the design for the Standing Liberty? Are they going to use the original exposed breast 1916 design, or the reworked covered 1917?

  46. Dave SW FL says

    I would really, really, really like to see these done in SILVER. there are so very very few proofs and exceptional examples of the walker and standing Liberty that most of us would never get an opportunity to view, let alone own them. This would present that opportunity .
    If we are celebrating the most iconic designs, could we at least make them affordable to the common man? We’ve had enough of the expensive stuff ( which I believe discourages the hobby of collecting.)

    Please, please mint, at least TRY to get it through Congress in silver.
    The 5 oz example as bullion – would that also require Congressional approval?

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