November 2015 Circulating Coin Production: Saratoga Totals Released

2015-Saratoga-National-Historical-Park-Quarter-for-New-YorksmallThe U.S. Mint has issued its figures for November circulating coin production, including the first and final mintage totals for Saratoga National Historical Park quarters.

Overall production last month came to 1.2 billion coins, down 29% compared to October, which saw over 1.75 billion pieces struck.

The chart below details production numbers for the coins, broken down by denomination and mint facility. The first numerical column lists figures for the month of November, while the “Year to Date” numbers represent totals for all of 2015.

2015 US Mint Coin Production Figures
Nov-15 YTD 2015
Lincoln Cent – Denver 343.20 M 4,424.80 M
Lincoln Cent – Phil. 348.40 M 4,464.10 M
Jefferson Nickel – Denver 57.36 M 802.08 M
Jefferson Nickel – Phil. 57.36 M 713.52 M
Roosevelt Dime – Denver 111.50 M 1,465.00 M
Roosevelt Dime – Phil. 104.51 M 1,428.02 M
Quarters – Denver 106.80 M 1,555.60 M
Quarters – Phil. 116.60 M 1,438.62 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 0 16.67 M
Pres Dollar – Phil. 0 20.86 M
Total 1,245.73 M 16,338.90 M

The table below presents cumulative 2015 production numbers for America the Beautiful quarters and Presidential dollars, differentiated by design.

As noted above, these are the first totals for the Saratoga quarter, which has now concluded its production run. With a total of 436.4 million coins struck, Saratoga has the lowest mintage of all 2015 America the Beautiful quarters.

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
Blue Ridge Parkway 505.20 M 325.60 M 830.80 M
Bombay Hook 206.40 M 280.80 M 487.20 M
Saratoga 215.80 M 220.60 M 436.40 M
Harry S. Truman 3.50 M 4.90 M 8.4 M
Dwight D. Eisenhower 3.64 M 4.90 M 8.54 M
John F. Kennedy 5.32 M 6.16 M 11.48 M
Lyndon B. Johnson 4.20 M 4.90 M 9.10 M

In other news, the U.S. Mint has issued a statement saying it will stop issuing mail order forms after January 1, 2016. Orders by mail will be accepted and processed until September 30, 2016, after which time mail orders will be returned to customers with a request to resubmit the order by telephone or via the Mint’s Web site.

The Mint says this change stems from a desire to improve efficiency and consistency, as “orders placed through the mail are increasingly not accepted” due to rapid changes in inventory caused by faster-paced Web and phone transactions. Mail orders also take longer to “receive, process, and fulfill,” according to the statement.

The next mailing of brochures for Mint products will go out in January and will be the first batch issued without mail order forms.

Update (12/17/15): Adam Stump of the U.S. Mint has sent out the following notice amending the Mint’s prior statement on mail orders: 

“The United States Mint is currently analyzing a policy change to discontinue the distribution of mail order forms in 2016. Although the next mailing of U.S. Mint product brochures scheduled for January will highlight the online and phone ordering process, mail orders will continue to be accepted as usual. Updates on the policy will be announced in 2016.”

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  1. KEITHSTER says

    Seems We all might have to take a shot at becoming main jewelry artist’s! As that’s where I think that maybe this hobby is heading? All these wonderful coins we all are collecting will someday be just someone’s bling! A ring or necklace a pin or earring coin bracelet anyone??? Mine will be an FS for sure ! I know a collectors nightmare but hey on the roadshow it’s a favorite and if it had not been made into jewelry it be worth holy —- So get over it and start taking lessons we may need to get the most out of them. So start wearing a few and get this party started”>”>”> Got 4 rolls of the bombays in D from the bank yesterday already have way more than I need but they won’t have the saratogas. And they are the lowest oh and the ring thing!!! And what with the 12 countdowns of Christmas who’s playing who beanheads don’t like to play fair . knock it off!!! Well Good Luck All”>”>”>”>”>

  2. So Krates says

    Seems most were melted (much more than coins) pre-1990 as there was not much else to do with them back then. The tricky part I would think is figuring how much rock is in some of them. While too much rock lowers the value, some have embedded quartz crystal that brings the price way up

    From a nugget seller’s site:

    The larger the gold nugget is, the more rare it is. The following figures are estimates of the number of gold nuggets that exist above 16 grams (approx. 1/2 ounce).

    Above 1000 ounces � 1 or 2
    Above 500 ounces � Fewer than 12
    Above 250 ounces � Fewer than 50
    Above 100 ounces � Fewer than 150
    Above 50 ounces � Fewer than 300
    Above 25 ounces � Fewer than 700
    Above 10 ounces � Fewer than 3,000
    Above 5 ounces � Fewer than 10,000
    Above 2 ounces � Fewer than 50,000
    Above 1 ounce � Fewer than 200,000
    Above 16 grams � Fewer than 750,000

  3. Erik H says

    Crystalline gold is cool too, sometimes you can find it close to spot but otherwise the premium is high.

  4. Larry says

    I have a feeling something will happen and the mint will be allowed to sell the Limited Edition Silver Proof Set in 2016. If not, I wonder what will happen to all the coins they set aside for the sets?

  5. cagcrisp says

    Exactly 2 weeks before New Years Day and no product schedule for 2016. Not even a partial. hmmm…

  6. So Krates says

    @ Gary – Yes, I have a few Australian Nugget coins which feature famous huge nuggets on the reverse. The largest ever found, the “Welcome Stranger” nugget ,weighed in at over 3500 oz. and is depicted on the back of the 1987 $100 coin. See a pic of them pulling it out of the ground in 1869. What a scrappy looking bunch!,_Unearthing_the_Welcome_Stranger_Nugget,_H13298_original.jpg

  7. Dave SW FL says

    PMs pretty volitle lately. It’ll be interesting to see if CMF (a measure of money flow into/ out of tradable issues) continues upward as people liquidate for tax loss purposes. A great time of the year for those in the know to take advantage of those dumping losers.
    How low will she go? Hard to tell! But as said before, bears are brutal. They maul the opponent and chew them up. Death by a thousand swipes😢

    At the time of the lows being reached, there may be little PM mint product available. Don’t believe me? Just check out the 2016 product release schedule…….NOT !!!!

  8. So Krates says

    Yeah, Erik H, I see that the crystalline stuff brings large premiums. They are considered specimens and I guess are sought after by mineral and gemstone collectors? I’ve gotta know what I’m looking at before I drop some hard earned FRNs on some rocks. It also seems that (like Jesus appearing on a piece of toast) if you can convince someone that the gold nugget is in the shape of something recognizable then the value skyrockets. This “nuggets in the shape of (insert animal here)” business makes coin TPGs look like choir boys.

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