Updated circulating coin production figures are now available from the United States Mint. The latest monthly total once again exceeds the production of the the year ago period.
For the month of November 2013, total circulating coin production at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities fell just short of the billion mark at 991.14 million pieces. This amount was down from the previous month when 1.22 billion pieces were struck. However, it was up by 29.43% compared to the year ago period of November 2012 when production had reached 765.76 million pieces.
For the year to date, production has now reached 11.62 billion pieces. This amount exceeds the full annual production of the prior year by a fairly wide margin. During 2012, total annual production had reached 9.34 billion pieces.
The table below displays the latest production figures broken down by denomination and mint facility. The first number column represents the production for November 2013, while the second number column represents production for the year to date.
|2013 US Mint Coin Production Figures|
|Oct 2013||YTD 2013|
|Lincoln Cent – Denver||230.80 M||3,242.80 M|
|Lincoln Cent – Phil.||332.80 M||3,624.40 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Denver||40.32 M||602.40 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Phil.||60.72 M||595.68 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Denver||77.00 M||1,001.00 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Phil.||90.50 M||1,056.00 M|
|Quarters – Denver||75.00 M||801.20 M|
|Quarters – Phil.||78.00 M||650.80 M|
|Kennedy Half – Denver||2.80 M||4.60 M|
|Kennedy Half – Phil.||3.20 M||5.00 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Denver||0||1.82 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Phil.||0||1.82 M|
|Pres Dollar – Denver||0||14.01 M|
|Pres Dollar – Phil.||0||19.45 M|
|Total||991.14 M||11,620.98 M|
The stand out within the current figures is the new production of circulating half dollars. According to the figures provided, the US Mint struck an additional 2.8 million pieces at the Denver Mint and 3.2 million pieces at the Philadelphia Mint. Before this month, the US Mint had only struck 1.8 million pieces at each mint facility during March and April. This amount had effectively matched the 2012 half dollar production of 1.7 million pieces at Denver and 1.8 million pieces at Philadelphia.
Currently, the half dollar is not distributed for circulation, but only sold within numismatic bags and rolls. Current bag and roll sales suggest around 2.5 million half dollars have been sold across both mints, which makes the additional production seem unnecessary.
Although I have not been able to confirm, it is possible that the latest half dollar production is for 2014-dated coins. In the coming year, production would presumably be higher due to the 50th anniversary of the coin and the offering of potential special products. The 2014 product schedule released earlier this week shows the 2014 Kennedy Half Dollar bags and rolls going on sale in February.
2013 Mount Rushmore Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins
In other news, the 2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins have sold out. The US Mint is now completely sold out of the 2013-dated numismatic five ounce silver coins.
The White Mountain design had sold out on October 9, followed by the Great Basin design on November 19, the Perry’s Victory design on November 25, and the Fort McHenry design on December 3.
The Mount Rushmore design was available for the shortest amount of time, having gone on sale November 7 and selling out on a little over a month later on December 12.
This week’s sales report indicated total sales of 23,477 units with the pace of sales accelerating following the other sell outs. It seems likely that the US Mint may have sold the entire maximum mintage of 25,000 pieces.
In contrast, the other four designs for this year sold out at levels below the 25,000 maximum. Last reported sales range from a low of 17,716 for Perry’s Victory to a high of 20,530 for White Mountain.