US Mint Circulating Coin Production March 2013

quartersThe latest figures on the United States Mint’s circulating coin production are available. For the third month in a row, production levels come in ahead of the year ago period.

For the month of March 2013, the US Mint struck 932.56 million circulating quality coins at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities. This is basically flat from the previous month which had production of 939.98 million, but up 18.58% from the year ago period when 786.46 million coins were produced.

For the first quarter of 2013, production has reached 3.096 billion coins. This is up by 43.07% from the production of 2.164 billion in the first quarter of 2012.

The table below shows the break down of circulating coin production for each denomination at each mint facility for the month of March, along with total production for the year to date.

2013 US Mint Coin Production Figures
Mar 2013 YTD 2013
Lincoln Cent – Denver 285.20 M 881.20 M
Lincoln Cent – Phil. 274.00 M 902.40 M
Jefferson Nickel – Denver 56.88 M 183.84 M
Jefferson Nickel – Phil. 24.72 M 130.80 M
Roosevelt Dime – Denver 84.00 M 269.50 M
Roosevelt Dime – Phil. 90.50 M 302.00 M
Quarters – Denver 56.00 M 230.80 M
Quarters – Phil. 56.40 M 163.80 M
Kennedy Half – Denver 0 0
Kennedy Half – Phil. 0.80 M 0.80 M
Native Am Dollar – Denver 0 1.82 M
Native Am Dollar – Phil. 0 1.82 M
Pres Dollar – Denver 1.54 M 8.12 M
Pres Dollar – Phil. 2.52 M 19.32 M
Total 932.56 M 3,096.22 M

As is typically the case, the cent accounted for more than half of the month’s production with 559.20 million pieces struck across the two facilities.

Quarter production continues to show a sharp increase from the prior year. During 2012, the average monthly quarter production was 47.33 million. For the past two months, production has been running more than double this amount, with an even larger increase in January.

The US Mint struck their first half dollars during 2013, starting with 0.80 million at the Philadelphia Mint. Bags and rolls of circulating quality 2013 Kennedy Half Dollars are scheduled to go on sale at the Mint in June.

There was minor production of Presidential Dollars during the month.

2012 US Mint Coin Production by Design
Denver Phil. Total
White Mountain Quarter 107.60 M 68.80 M 176.40 M
McKinley Dollar 3.36 M 4.76 M 8.12 M
Roosevelt Dollar 3.92 M 5.18 M 9.10 M

Preliminary production totals by design are available for three different coins. The White Mountain National Forest Quarter had production of 176.4 million across both facilities. After initial years of low production for the America the Beautiful Quarter Program, figures have recently been moving higher.

The total for the William McKinley Presidential Dollar is indicated at 8.12 million, and the Theodore Roosevelt Dollar at 9.10 million. The latter is scheduled for release within numismatic bags and rolls later this week.

These production totals by design should be considered preliminary. In the past, the US Mint has reserved the right to restart production based on demand and production capacity.

Facebook Twitter Email


  1. says

    I was hoping I would start to see some of the AtBs in circulation, particularly White Mountain, given the rising production numbers. No luck yet.

    Anyone else having better luck? By better luck I mean “finding them in loose change” as opposed to systematically going to banks and searching through quarter rolls to find them.

  2. simon says

    I picked up a Denali in change. It is a nice clean mint state coin and I have added it to my collection.

  3. Boz says

    There was a Olympic in change last year. Otherwise nada. Getting bank rolls netted a Yellowstone out of $60 worth. For that matter I have never found any 2009 quarters in bank rolls or change. I have spent 5 years looking for 07 Utah D and 08 new Mexico P and Alaska D in change with no success either.

    Evidently the Chicago area is not in the mainstream of commerce at the present time.

  4. Kraw says

    I have saved every ATB I come across in change. That is literally 8 of them. The only multiples have been yellowstone and chickasaw. Still no HI coin, but I have a friend who said she found one but spent it on an ’emergency soda’

    I am wondering if this will change with the Perry quarter since I live in Cleveland. doubt it though. And even if it did, its an ugly coin anyway. Just a more phallic version of the Massachusetts state quarter.

  5. hi ho silver says

    Got 2 or 3 of each of last years ATB’s from a worker in a hobby shop that I requested she look out for. My change I got 1 volcano late last year.

  6. VABEACHBUM says

    I use cash for nearly 90% of my daily transactions, and the latest, production ATB quarter I have received out of circulation is the 2011 Glacier. I’ve actually received more pre-’63, Silver Quarters and Dimes (8) in the past 3 years than I have ATB Quarters (6).

    With regards to the current production numbers, in what world do we need another 2 Billion pennies in circulation?? Especially when we all know that the penny and nickel are black holes within the US Mint revenue stream.

    Also kind of surprised by the Denver – Philly quarter disparity. Granted, it’s early, but Philly almost always has the higher production numbers across every denomination.

  7. Pool Shark says

    The only AtB’s I’ve gotten in change were 2 Hawaii’s (while I was actually on Maui last October), and a Denali here in California.

  8. icsopris says

    From Western CO in the last month I have gotten 1 HI Volcano and 1 AK Denalli in change. I did not think those were released. I used to get quarters and dollar rolls at my bank. Now they don’t get them any longer and I purchase rolls from the mint now.

  9. SmallPotatos says

    I found a Denali on Monday. My total of AtB’s in change has been no more than a dozen, if that.

  10. KEITHSTER says

    Here’s a tip go to a local casino play a penny machine that let’s you play 1 at a time put in a dollar play the penny and cash out.Then take your stack of tickets to the cash redemption machine and let them ride clink clink clink just like the old time machines lot’s of atb’s and many of the state one’s in mint shape also. Yes it cost you a penny on the dollar but you’ll find them. JUST don’t stay and play that’ll cost you.

  11. stephen m says

    I’ve found a total of 4 or 5 in my pocket change since the atb’s have been out. Georgia USA

  12. myth says

    Got 3 white mtn the other day. Don’t see many atb but I have come across all of them in change.

  13. simon says

    Best way to find out is to send it to PCGS and wait for the grade. They’ll take anything for your hard earned $$$ 😉

  14. Brad says


    I think that’s the first comment you’ve ever made that didn’t end with some variation of “good luck.” It seems you broke your own trademark!

  15. thePhelps says

    Well heck..I can confirm I found my first ATB today at lunch. I got a 2012 Acadia P. It is a pretty beat up – and it must have traveled because I seldom see coins from the P mint for the first couple of years.

  16. Broooster says

    I have not found any in change, but I do have a few extra 2012 rolls that I have been spending, a little here and there. I would imagine someone is saving them as they come across them. Chaco Culture is the latest that I have been dumping, so who knows, maybe some day I will get one back in change. No luck so far.

  17. Brent says

    Here in South Florida the atb’s are starting to pop up at an increasing rate. Over the last 6 months I’ve found in my change some of the 2010’s (except for Hot springs and Grand Canyon), 2012 Acadia, Chaco, and Hawaii Volcanoes. For some reason the Hawaii is common here since I’ve found 9 so far, all P’s though. Recently I went to a laundromat to wash some comforters and blankets. I got $15 in quarters for the machines and started to load everything. Then I noticed the quarters were pretty new and proceeded to look through them. I picked out all of the 2011 atb’s P mint except for Gettysburg. They were all clean with minimal marks on them. I plan to go back to that laundromat soon.

  18. KEITHSTER says

    Ya Brad your right not feeling all that lucky now for the rest of the story.the reason I KNOW ABOUT THE CASINO’S is because now that’s the only way to change my hard made tip money into coin is to run it threw the cash redemption machines. They use to let me get roll’s of nickels for my tip money but cut me off on Good Friday.Used atb’s don’t need them get all the unc roll’s I could want from the bank but still keep um. But three day’s ago I come home there’s a big fu note in red on my bed and there gone baby gone 25 half gallon jars of nickel rolls. O also all my nice sealed mint boxes only missed a few glad she didn’t look there 11 75th’s 6 denali 5ozer’s3volcano’s on and on you guy’s know my order habit’s or can look um up atleast 20,000 gone.Missed some nice one’s THANK GOD!!! but still you can know I was up set.THE GOOD LUCK THING is I knew who stoled all my gold and silver and cash.SO GOT MOST BACK but still feeling a little down over some of the damage done so sorry MAY THE GOD LUCK BE WITH YOU ALL*^*

  19. george glazener says

    Well then where on earth are all the 2013 (and 2012, 2011, etc…) ATB quarters that they’re making tens upon tens of millions of? How is it possible that they turn up in everyday commerce so rarely? Are they being held back in storage until some later date?

  20. Dan in Fla says

    Keithster- Sorry that happened but it sounds like you got most of it back. But that doesn’t help the fact that you were betrayed. Get a bigger safe or buy a Smith & Wesson for protection.
    I got a couple of 2013 dimes the other day from the store and maybe a dozen total ATB quarters over the last few months.

  21. hi ho silver says

    I’m also not seeing as many 2009 pennies these days.Once in a while I come across some 2005 nickels.

  22. Dustyroads says

    Wow Keithster, for your sake I hope she got it out of her system, sounds like she wanted to hit you where it hurts. Don’t forget the magic words…yes dear!
    Here in the southern most tip of Texas I have only come across one atb. I imagine their just sitting in the back of the vault waiting for circulation, or maybe their going to Japan.
    As for keeping things safe, I actually built a safe to keep my safe in. Mine is an American Security which conforms to CDOJ standards, so I trust the door, I don’t trust the top and sides though, being twelve gauge. I welded together a 5/16 in. solid steel cabinet with custom heavy hinges and a duel locking mechanism. Two doors to go through, but I feel good about it.

  23. KEITHSTER says

    Ya thanks it was scary till I got them back been keeping them in the mint sealed boxes a little trick I learned here so no safe is large enough unless you have a old walkin.? Did get a red log cabin 6 mint state and 10 atb’s with the 39 – 99 cent cashout tickets. seem to still be missing 10 mint wrapped rolls from one of the boxes I did open and put in a jar to see how that toned them. So if anyone finds any unreleased dollars in circulation please let us know.Untill I pull an inventory from my order forms who knows? She opened some of the boxes to see what the boxes had my dollar unc. sets the limited silver proofs and she had taken 1 of each out so the ogp got dented but atleast I got a peek at them they look nice. And many other’s also were opened but luckly some important one’s were left sealed.As for the 2013’s only the White Mountains roll’s from the bank nothing else the Perry’s should be in the bank’s now also? Good Luck As Always *^*

  24. Dustyroads says

    HI Ho, I have one and it’s full of other things, plus coins take up a lot of space.
    I like to have the PM’s close.

  25. hi ho silver says

    Dustyroads : I got four of them. The largest they offer…. And if I pass away tomorrow, I know who will pay all those taxes when they are opened.

  26. TomP. says

    I get the ATB quarters in spurts. Sometimes a whopping 3 in a week, then nothing for a few weeks. I’m also not helping the situation by hoarding any that aren’t scratched or dented. I do find more ATB quarters than 2009 pennies though.

    I too have had a little success with the casino option. I try to get the cash out tickets to produce the maximum amounts of pennies and nickels. When it does spit out an ATB quarter it unfortunately isn’t from a solid roll.

  27. Ray says

    I may have used cash twice this year. 99% of my coins are coming from the us mint now. Interesting idea with the casinos. And good info on the safes, thx.

    I def need to see what banks charge for a safety deposit space. Anybody have a ballpark amount for the smaller safety deposit boxes? Is it a yearly or monthly charge?

  28. Brian says

    My bank is $35.00 per year for a 5″ x 5″ box. I’m not sure how deep it is, but I would guess 24″.

  29. KEITHSTER says

    Ya to much stuff for the bank unless you can find an old one for sale cheap? Maybe if we don’t bail them out next time we’ll all find one for cheap.How about insurance anyone have all their coins in a policy and what’s the cost of that? Yep find a penny machine that’ll play one line dollar in 99 cents out at our that ticket will get you 4 pennys 4 nickels and 3 quarters they go thru alot so the seem to have some better ones and you can’t put them back in to lose. Just take the ones you don’t back to the teller to cash in and start your atb gamble party all over heck bring your buddys along and see who finds the most? They’ll be wacthing you but as you gamble that penny don’t think they can kick you out? If they say anything tell them you are joining in the peacefull protest of the coin valet and to please let him back in the cash vault to buy his lousy nickels*^* Thanks all good luck and many happy finds*^*

  30. Dustyroads says

    Ray, my bank charges slightly less than $100.00 per year for a box approximately 1×2 ft.
    Most safes sold here in the States are UL listed for fire only and are made in China. Twelve gauge steel which is most typical in safe construction keeps weight down but can be ripped into. Safes really need to be at least 1/8 in. ,not to mention the door. You can watch Youtube all day long and have a panic attack seeing all the different ways a thief can break into a safe. In my search I have found few really good safes under $3000.00, the CDOJ standard was much cheaper and specific about the storage of guns. The standard implements the use of at least 5/16 in. steel on the door with additional hardened steel plates protecting the locking mechanism.

  31. Ray says

    I was originally thinking of buying a new gun safe and turning the old one into some sort of floor safe. But, it seems like housing valuables is a huge unnecessary risk to me and my family. I’m going to take the info I found here and check out a few banks. Thx!!

  32. Mark in Florida says

    I take my coin capsules out of the OGP boxes and put them in 2x2x10 boxes in my bank safe deposit box. Lots of gold and platinum proof sets fit in a small space.

  33. Jim_D says

    I have seen a total of three ATBs since they started minting them and the three that I did see were in my son’s mini hoard of change. Where he got them, he had no idea. The weird thing is I almost always look at any change I get, but about a month ago I found an 1896 penny in change I received earlier in the week and I had no idea where I got it. I’m still hitting myself for not noticing sooner.

  34. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    I’m based overseas, I don’t get to see many quarters as you can imagine, so it’s good to sit here for a spell and rest to hear all of your stories. Abt 2 yrs ago flew thru Frisco on the way to Chicago was stranded there for 16 hrs due to a storm on the east coast. Not thinking about it got change for a coke and got 2 shiny quarters, Yellostone D and State Q ’09 PR. In Chicago ATBs and state Qs pretty sparse, but found a 47S nickel.

  35. hi ho silver says

    Dustyroads: I never looked into a living trust, never know when I’m gonna get in them and take anything out. My safe boxes are about 2 1/2 foot long by 1 foot deep for $75 a year with Fed Credit Union, Filled with Kennedy & quarter bags ,2011 ann set boards, Ikes, PCGS boxes and various things I’ve purchased over the last 2 decades. I will get rid of 1 of them before next year, but they will be very heavy when I do.I keep the saving account @ $400 and they take out once a year.

  36. 64 US Marine says

    I’ve always understood if the bank goes out of business, if you have anything in a safety deposit box, you are SOL as the bank keeps everything to pay off who ever they owe………

  37. hi ho silver says

    64: A bank box doesn’t work like that show ‘Storage Wars’. Most people keep Deeds , Car titles, burial accounts and various personal papers in them.The worst that can happen is if its not paid for over years you will need a Lawyer. As far as the Fed Credit Union going out of business…..Most will turn to their guns.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *