Updated figures are available for United States Mint circulating coin production. These new figures cover production at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints through the end of May 2012, and include some updates for specific designs of the America the Beautiful Quarters and Presidential Dollars series.
For the month of May 2012, circulating coin production reached 819.86 million at both facilities across all denominations. This is down from the prior month total of 858.04 million, but up from the year ago period which had production of 807.41 million.
A breakdown of production by denomination and mint facility is included below. The first number column represents the total production for May 2012, while the second column represents total production for the year to date.
|2012 US Mint Coin Production Figures|
|May 2012||YTD 2012|
|Lincoln Cent – Denver||305.60 M||1,154.40 M|
|Lincoln Cent – Phil.||228.00 M||1,336.80 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Denver||65.52 M||252.72 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Phil.||38.40 M||232.08 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Denver||73.50 M||344.00 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Phil.||42.00 M||330.50 M|
|Quarters – Denver||22.00 M||69.00 M|
|Quarters – Phil.||24.80 M||72.60 M|
|Kennedy Half – Denver||0||1.70 M|
|Kennedy Half – Phil.||0||1.80 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Denver||0||2.80 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Phil.||0||2.80 M|
|Pres Dollar – Denver||5.88 M||12.88 M|
|Pres Dollar – Phil.||14.16 M||27.88 M|
|Total||819.86 M||3,841.96 M|
Production was dominated by cents, nickels, and dimes, but not to the extreme extent seen in the previous two months. The start of production for latest ATB Quarter and Presidential Dollar designs served to increase production of these two denominations. Even so, the cents, nickels, and dimes still accounted for 91.8% of all circulating coin production.
For the year to date, total coin production has reached more than 3.8 billion coins, which is tracking ahead of last year’s pace of production.
Production totals for certain America the Beautiful Quarters and Presidential Dollars have been provided or updated. As stated in the past, the US Mint has specifically reserved the right to restart production of any design within the year of issue based on demand and production capacity. This has already occurred for each of the 2012 Presidential Dollars.
|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||22.00 M||24.80 M||46.80 M|
|Arthur Dollar||2.80 M||6.02 M||8.82 M|
|Cleveland Dollar||2.66 M||5.46 M||8.12 M|
|Harrison Dollar||4.20 M||5.682 M||9.882 M|
|Cleveland (2) Dollar||3.22 M||10.722 M||13.942 M|
Numbers for the recently released Acadia National Park Quarter have been provided with 22 million coins struck at the Denver Mint and 24.8 million coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint. The overall total of 46.8 million is just above the low level established for the previous release featuring Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
For the Presidential Dollars, production totals have increased for each of the three designs that previously appeared on the chart. The Chester Arthur Dollars show an increase of 1.96 million coins from the Philadelphia Mint. The Grover Cleveland (first term) Dollars show an increase of 1.4 million coins from the Philadelphia Mint. The Benjamin Harrison Dollars show an increase of 0.082 million from the Philadelphia Mint and 2.66 million from the Denver Mint.
The Grover Cleveland (second term) Dollar makes its first appearance at an unusually high 13.942 million coins. This amount is higher than the production totals for each the first three designs and well above the total demand experienced (so far) for the 2012 Presidential Dollars that have been offered in numismatic bags, rolls, and boxes. Is the US Mint trying to anticipate the total demand for the expected one year duration of the offering? Or will there be another outlet for this greater number of coins?