US Mint 2009 Coin Production Through May


As mentioned in one of yesterday’s posts, the US Mint has updated their coin production figures to reflect coins minted in May. With production down drastically from prior years, many collectors have been closely watching these numbers to identify low mintage key date coins.

This year has been a perfect storm for creating low mintage circulating coins. The slow economy has caused lower demand for newly minted coins as hoards of old coinage reentered circulation. The lower demand translated into lower production, which was further reduced due to the rotating designs of the cent, quarter, and dollar coins. Coin production is not only a fraction of the norm, but for three denominations, it must be split between four, five, and six different designs.

The Guam Quarter has gotten the most attention following the release of the production figures. There were 42.6 million coins produced by the Philadelphia mint and 45 million produced by the Denver Mint. Both of these numbers fall below the previous low point reached with the 2009-P Puerto Rico Quarter. A commenter provided the interesting observation that if the US Mint sells the same number of Guam Quarters through their bags and rolls program, it would represent a whopping 10% of the entire mintage.

The number of 2009 Lincoln Cents produced moved up to 1,145,600,000. The Birthplace design had a total of 634.8 million coins produced comprised of 284.8 million Philadelphia minted coins and 350 million Denver minted coins. Backing out these numbers means that that 510.8 million of the Formative Years Cents have been minted so far. With the next design release not until August, it’s likely that the Formative Years will continue to be produced and possibly bring the total mintage above the level of the first design.

Figures for the 2009 Native American Dollar took a big jump over the prior month. Under the authorizing legislation, the US Mint is required to produced at least 20% of all dollar coins with the Native American design. They are now ahead of their quota on a percentage basis.

Production figures for the Jefferson Nickel and Roosevelt Dime remain unchanged from the prior month. No new Presidential Dollar production figures are available this month. The totals for William Henry Harrison and John Tyler Dollars had been known from prior updates.

Figures from the US Mint’s coin production page are listed below.

2009 Coin Production January 2009 to May 2009
Philadelphia Denver Total
Lincoln Cent 596.00 M 549.60 M 1,145.60 M
Jefferson Nickel 39.84 M 39.36 M 79.20 M
Roosevelt Dime 96.50 M 49.50 M 146.00 M
District of Columbia Quarter 83.60 M 88.80 M 172.40 M
Puerto Rico Quarter 53.20 M 86.00 M 139.20 M
Guam Quarter 45.00 M 42.60 M 87.00 M
Kennedy Half Dollar 1.70 M 1.70 M 3.40 M
W.H. Harrison Dollar 43.26 M 55.16 M 98.42 M
John Tyler Dollar 43.54 M 43.54 M 87.08 M
Native American Dollar 27.30 M 23.80 M 51.10 M
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Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Are they finished minting the Guam quarters or will those numbers grow when June figures come out?

  2. Scott says

    Just as an amusing side note, the Harrison Dollar has been minted longer than he was president (33 days)!

  3. What's says

    "Are they finished minting the Guam quarters or will those numbers grow when June figures come out?"

    For the coins with multiple designs, once the US Mint has posted a production number, it has usually been the final number.

  4. Eric says

    why dont they sell 2009 rolls of everything, nickels , dimes etc,
    why wouldnt the mint sell the dimes and nickels in rolls,
    it would seem there would be a market for those, for collector who want special wrappers, they sell them for everything else

    $.01,$.50,$1.00

    they would only have to add 2 more rolls

    kinda of a duh !!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous says

    Not related to this post, but I just noticed an interesting and certainly unexpected tidbit: The Anna Harrison individual bronze medal is now listed as sold out. Who in the world saw that one coming?

    The Presidential Coin and First Spouse Medal set is still available, backordered to August 1 as it practically has been since right after going on sale, but this is the first sellout of an individual medal in the program.

    I wonder what will happen to those on eBay now?

  6. Anonymous says

    Eric, don't know if you remember, but in 2003 the Mint sold bags of BU nickels (both P & D) of the last of the old Monticello reverse design. Then of course since they also sold both 500 and 1,000 coin bags of the 2004 – 2006 nickel series.

    Strangely, some of my long time collector friends are completely unaware of the 2003 offering as they are rarely found advertised for sale. It's nice to have the first of any series, but also rewarding to have the last. Yes the Mint could very well sell bags in various quantities of anything they produce, you wonder why it never occurs to them.

  7. Pablo Naruda says

    The '09 Kennedy Halves don't seem to be getting much love; wuwt? It's like the fifth-lowest mintage or something including the series proofs; only the proof halves of the late 90s have lower mintages and go for $50-90. Are the '09 halves just being overlooked with all the fooforah about all the udder 2009 issues?

  8. Anonymous says

    Ssshhhhh! Don't tell everybody. Just stock up on the JFKs and wait a few years. When all of the hooplah subsides and everybody realizes they didn't finish teir JFK books…list on ebay…sell…retire.

  9. Anonymous says

    Just curious, but what happens to all of the halves that are produced, but not sold? Will they be melted?

  10. Anonymous says

    Does anyone know the current production figures for the 2009 UHR $20 gold coin or a site to find the production figures?

  11. matt says

    From my research it is speculated that only 87 million of the Guam coins will be minted this year.

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