Circulating coin production at the United States Mint reached 1.04 billion coins during October. This represents the highest monthly total since Mint News Blog started tracking the monthly numbers nearly three years ago.
The total production of 1.04 billion coins at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities represents an increase of 14.92% from the 905.34 million coins struck in the previous month. It represents a more sizable increase of 50.51% from the 690.66 million coins struck in the year ago period of October 2011.
Total production for the year to date has now reached 8.325 billion. This already exceeds the full year total from 2011, which was 8.20 billion.
The table below includes the production figures broken down by denomination and mint facility. The first number column represents production for October 2012, while the second number column represents year to date production though October 31, 2012.
|2012 US Mint Coin Production Figures|
|Oct 2012||YTD 2012|
|Lincoln Cent – Denver||338.80 M||2,580.00 M|
|Lincoln Cent – Phil.||299.20 M||2,831.20 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Denver||42.48 M||486.00 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Phil.||42.24 M||409.20 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Denver||122.00 M||785.50 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Phil.||78.00 M||719.00 M|
|Quarters – Denver||62.40 M||267.41 M|
|Quarters – Phil.||55.00 M||193.40 M|
|Kennedy Half – Denver||0||1.70 M|
|Kennedy Half – Phil.||0||1.80 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Denver||0||3.08 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Phil.||0||2.80 M|
|Pres Dollar – Denver||0||16.24 M|
|Pres Dollar – Phil.||0||27.80 M|
|Total||1,040.12 M||8,325.13 M|
As typical, the cent accounted for more than half of all production. For the month, the Philadelphia and Denver Mints struck a combined 638 million cents. Next in line was dime production at a combined 200 million for the month. This was followed by quarter production at 117.4 million and nickel production at 84.72 million.
The US Mint did not produce any Kennedy Half Dollars, Native American Dollars, or Presidential Dollars during the month.
No changes have been made to the production totals by design for the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters and 2012 Presidential Dollars. The same figures as last month are reproduced once again below. As in the past, I will mention that the US Mint reserves the right to restart production of any design within the calendar year, based on collector demand and production capacity.
|2012 US Mint Coin Production by Design|
|El Yunque Quarter||25.00 M||25.80 M||50.80 M|
|Chaco Culture Quarter||22.00 M||22.00 M||44.00 M|
|Acadia Quarter||21.606 M||24.80 M||46.41 M|
|Hawaii Quarter||78.60 M||46.20 M||124.80 M|
|Arthur Dollar||4.06 M||6.02 M||10.08 M|
|Cleveland Dollar||4.06 M||5.46 M||9.52 M|
|Harrison Dollar||4.20 M||5.64 M||9.84 M|
|Cleveland (2) Dollar||3.92 M||10.68 M||14.60 M|
Although a production total has not been posted for the Denali National Park Quarter, a preliminary total can be determined by backing out the totals for the four other quarter designs. The overall year to date quarter production of 460.81 from the first chart, less the 266.01 million indicated for the first five designs above, leaves 194.80 million quarters. This amount presumably represents the production for the Denali National Park Quarters.
As mentioned in the past, it seems that quarter production is finally on the upswing after years of subdued production.