US Mint Coin Production May 2011

Circulating coin production at the United States Mint jumped to its highest monthly level in nearly a year. Across all denominations, there were a total of 807.41 million coins produced at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints during May 2011.

The breakdown by denomination shows a heavy concentration in the lower denominations. Cents, nickels, and dimes made up 97.64% of all circulating coinage struck during the month. Small amounts of quarters and Presidential Dollars accounted for the remaining production.

The table below shows the production for each denomination by mint location. The first number column represents the monthly production, while the second column represents year to date production through May 31, 2011.

2011 US Mint Coin Production Figures
May 2011 YTD 2011
Lincoln Cent – Denver 236.14 M 983.74 M
Lincoln Cent – Phil. 204.80 M 911.20 M
Jefferson Nickel – Denver 65.76 M 198.48 M
Jefferson Nickel – Phil. 67.68 M 158.88 M
Roosevelt Dime – Denver 93.00 M 289.50 M
Roosevelt Dime – Phil. 121.00 M 315.50 M
Quarters – Denver 16.80 M 92.20 M
Quarters – Phil. 0 91.60 M
Kennedy Half – Denver 0 1.70 M
Kennedy Half – Phil. 0 1.75 M
Native Am Dollar – Denver 0 18.06 M
Native Am Dollar – Phil. 0 9.66 M
Pres Dollar – Denver 1.11 M 75.04 M
Pres Dollar – Phil. 1.12 M 73.64 M
Total 807.41 M 3,220.95 M

With five months of the year completed, the US Mint is on pace to exceed the production levels of the prior year. For all of 2010, there were 6.37 billion coins struck for circulation.

The production level for the nickel is setting a faster pace than the previous year. The year to date total of 357.36 million compares to last year’s annual total of 490.56 million.

The Native American Dollars are on a slower pace. However, the US Mint will be legally required to increase production at some before the close of the year. By law, at least 20% of all dollar coins produced for each year must be Native American Dollars. The current percentage is 15.71%.

Final production figures for the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Dollar were released with the latest data. For coins with rotating designs, the US Mint has generally provided figures following the end of production. (Although production of America the Beautiful Quarters may be restarted at any point during the year of issue.)

There were 76.02 million Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Dollars struck across both facilities. This is slightly greater than the number of coins struck for the previous release featuring Andrew Johnson.

Shown below are all of the production levels by design that have been released by the US Mint so far.

2011 US Mint Coin Production by Design
Denver Phil. Total
Gettysburg Quarter 30.80 M 30.40 M 61.20 M
Glacier Quarter 31.20 M 30.40 M 61.60 M
Andrew Johnson Dollar 37.10 M 35.56 M 72.66 M
Ulysses S. Grant Dollar 37.94 M 38.08 M 76.02 M
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  1. Anonymous says

    It's frustrating to see these numbers of millions of circulating coins and not be able to find them. In the past one and a half years, I have only found one America the Beautiful quarter in circulation. None of my friends and family, who know to look out for them, have found any at all.

    What is happening to these quarters after they are minted? Are collecting fanatics and flippers just vacuuming them up the minute they come out, or are they just being left to rot in Federal Reserve and bank vaults?

  2. Anonymous says

    @ June 10, 2011 10:31 AM

    You must live in a small city or rural area.

    Where I live on the East Coast, there are plenty of the new releases, including the ATB quarters.

  3. Anonymous says


    Were you able to get the first day sales numbers for the Yelowstone P coin?

  4. Anonymous says

    No offense, but there is one individual here who seems to be anal retentive about China. He is probably the same individual who has an unusual attraction to Mr. Moy as well.


  5. Anonymous says

    Anon @ 11:05

    I also live on the outskirts of a large East coast city. I've found plenty of 2010 and 2011 pennies, and a few dimes, but I've only ever found one AtB quarter (a Grand Canyon). I only rarely come across the 2009 territory quarters as well (have never seen a Northern Marianas as well). The only place I seem able to get AtB quarters is from buying Mint rolls.

  6. Anonymous says

    I guess I am able to see many of the new coins, including the ATB quarters, because the economy is fairly good in the DC area. People are spending money and I often receive a lot of quarters in change.

    Remember that banks are the primary source of new rolls of circulation-made coins. And banks will not order new rolls of coins unless they need them for transactions….

  7. Anonymous says

    I guess in your DC area you see a lot of fresh hot off the press $100 bills too. In my area we all use old bills and coins that were saved for rainy days. The economy outside DC area seems to be slowing down these days.

  8. Anonymous says

    The Mint site's Upcoming Products list just temporarily displayed (probably by mistake and w/o picture) the Sept 11 Commem dollar versions. Both were listed at $56.95.

  9. Anonymous says

    everything right now is bad. except the first spouses dated from 2008w to 2010w. those 1/2 oz gold coins keep going up. i remembered 1995w 5 pc AGE proof set. nobody like it to. the mint even give away free 1995w ASE one ounce proof. still the sales is quite bad. well maybe just keep buying nobody like. it might be better. now come to 2010p ATB 5 oz. same problem. nobody like them. i will go for it. and see what will happen after two to three years.

  10. Anonymous says

    I'm sure you are doing everyting in your power to get the first day sales figures from the Yosemite release, but thought I'd chime in and hope to get some 411 today. Thanks for all you do for us!

  11. Anonymous says

    The government will eventually stop printing the dollar bill to force us to use the dollar coins. Then
    l bet they pull all the pennies and nickels from circulation…

    Maybe it is time to start saving "five cent pieces", older pennies and one dollar paper before it comes to pass.

    Heads they win, tails you lose…

    Spare Change

  12. Mint News Blog says

    I requested information on the opening sales for the Yosemite 5 oz, but it doesn't look like I am going to receive anything. In the worst case scenario, figures will be available on Tues in the weekly report.

  13. Anonymous says

    Where are all those billions and billions of pennies going each year? They are not worth saving for the metal value.

  14. Anonymous says

    There was an article a few days ago that someone was disgusted with the Bank fees or something and decided to bring in pennies as a cash payment. He was arrested. No kidding.

  15. Anonymous says

    @3:16 6/10. The pre 82's are getting pulled for copper.

    The post 82's are a mystery to me too. Coinstar machines will take them (poor people make poor decisions), and most don't want them. Since billions are produced maybe they are in the same warehouse as the Shell dollar coins?

  16. Anonymous says

    @ Anonymous said…
    @3:16 6/10. The pre 82's are getting pulled for copper.

    The post 82's are a mystery to me too. Coinstar machines will take them (poor people make poor decisions), and most don't want them. Since billions are produced maybe they are in the same warehouse as the Shell dollar coins?

    June 10, 2011 8:12 PM

    I go through 100 rolls of cents every week from the bank and I average about 40 wheats. I only keep the nice pre 82 copper cents.
    There is still about a third of copper cents in every box of cents
    about 3 months ago I found 2 very nice MS DD 1995 and have found over a roll of of wide AM's in the last 2 years

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