The US Mint has updated their coin production figures to reflect coins produced through the end of September. The update also includes the final mintage figures for the 2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter.
The table below presents the coins produced by the US Mint for the month of September and for the entire year to date.
|2009 US Mint Coin Production Figures|
|Sept 2009||Jan 2009 – Sept 2009|
|Lincoln Cent – Denver||74.00 M||1,050.00 M|
|Lincoln Cent – Phil.||19.20 M||976.40 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Denver||0||46.80 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Phil.||0||39.84 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Denver||0||49.50 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Phil.||0||96.50 M|
|Quarters – Denver||24.00 M||237.40 M|
|Quarters – Phil.||3.80 M||232.12 M|
|Kennedy Half – Denver||0.20 M||1.90 M|
|Kennedy Half – Phil.||0||1.70 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Denver||10.08 M||33.88 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Phil.||10.08 M||37.38 M|
|Pres Dollar – Denver||12.46 M||152.88 M|
|Pres Dollar – Phil.||28.14 M||161.84 M|
|Total||181.96 M||3,118.14 M|
The additional following table shows US Mint Coin Production by design. Several denominations feature rotating obverse or reverse designs. When the US Mint posts production figures for individual designs, these have been the final mintages.
|2009 US Mint Coin Production by Design|
|Birthplace Cent||350.00 M||284.80 M||634.80 M|
|Formative Years Cent||363.60 M||376.00 M||739.60 M|
|Harrison Pres Dollar||55.16 M||43.26 M||98.42 M|
|Tyler Pres Dollar||43.54 M||43.54 M||87.08 M|
|Polk Pres Dollar||41.72 M||46.62 M||88.34 M|
|DC Quarter||88.80 M||83.60 M||172.40 M|
|Puerto Rico Quarter||86.00 M||53.20 M||139.20 M|
|Guam Quarter||42.60 M||45.00 M||87.60 M|
|Am Samoa Quarter||39.60 M||42.60 M||82.20 M|
|US Virgin Islands Quarter||41.00 M||41.00 M||82.00 M|
Overall, the US Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver produced 181.96 million coins during the month of September. This is down significantly from the prior month when more than 350 million coins had been produced. Production took place for Lincoln Cents, Quarters, Kennedy Half Dollars, Presidential Dollars, and Native American Dollars.
Production of additional Kennedy Half Dollars was surprising. Last week, I wrote a post that explored the fact that the US Mint’s supply of half dollars was getting close to exhaustion. The Kennedy Half Dollar is not produced for circulation, but the coins are sold directly to collectors in premium priced bags and rolls. It appears that the US Mint will produce additional coins to keep the sale of bags and rolls going. Last year, the 2008 Kennedy Half Dollar had a combined mintage of 3.4 million coins, split evenly between Philadelphia and Denver coins. The new production will push 2009 Kennedy Half Dollars above this level.
The final combined mintage of 82 million for the US Virgin Islands Quarters marks another new low for overall quarter mintage this year. When I covered last month’s coin production update, I noted that declines in mintages seemed to be flattening out and may have been setting up to rise. Perhaps the Northern Mariana Quarter mintage will finally break the trend. Notably, the lowest 2009 quarter mintage for an individual coin remains as the 2009-D American Samoa Quarter with a mintage of 39.6 million.