Circulating coin production at the United States Mint for the year to date has topped 5 billion, following the release of the September 2010 figures. Also of note, the US Mint struck additional Hot Springs National Park Quarters last month.
Total production during September across the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities was 690.02 million. This marks the third consecutive drop in monthly output since peaking in June when more than 900 million coins were struck.
The table below shows the breakdown of circulating coin production by denomination and mint. The first column shows the number of coins produced during September 2010, while the second column presents the total for the year to date.
|2010 US Mint Coin Production Figures|
|September 2010||YTD 2010|
|Lincoln Cent – Denver||256.80 M||1,562.80 M|
|Lincoln Cent – Phil.||170.80 M||1,622.43 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Denver||49.68 M||147.36 M|
|Jefferson Nickel – Phil.||35.04 M||182.88 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Denver||86.50 M||409.50 M|
|Roosevelt Dime – Phil.||44.00 M||446.00 M|
|Quarters – Denver||5.80 M||139.00 M|
|Quarters – Phil.||5.00 M||139.20 M|
|Kennedy Half – Denver||0||1.70 M|
|Kennedy Half – Phil.||0||1.80 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Denver||0||42.98 M|
|Native Am Dollar – Phil.||0||32.06 M|
|Pres Dollar – Denver||26.18 M||151.06 M|
|Pres Dollar – Phil.||10.22 M||152.46 M|
|Total||690.02 M||5,031.23 M|
Once again, the Lincoln Cent accounted for the heaviest portion of production at a combined 427.6 million. More than 3 billion cents have now been struck for the year to date. Personally, I have only seen two of the 2010 Lincoln Cents in circulation.
The US Mint has continued to strike nickels and dimes in quantity. Although the year to date totals are still below typical levels, they have now far exceeded the relatively tiny mintages experienced during 2009.
A scant 10.8 million quarters were struck last month. Based on updates to the preliminary production figures for America the Beautiful Quarters, this amount seems to be made up of an additional 10 million Hot Springs National Park Quarters and 0.8 million Grand Canyon National Park Quarters.
The table below shows the preliminary production figures by design for the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters and 2010 Presidential Dollars.
|2010 US Mint Coin Production by Design|
|Hot Springs Quarter||34.00 M||35.60 M||69.60 M|
|Yellowstone Quarter||34.80 M||33.60 M||68.40 M|
|Yosemite Quarter||34.80 M||35.20 M||70.00 M|
|Grand Canyon Quarter||35.40 M||34.80 M||70.20 M|
|Fillmore Dollar||36.96 M||37.52 M||74.48 M|
|Pierce Dollar||38.36 M||38.22 M||76.58 M|
|Buchanan Dollar||36.54 M||36.82 M||73.36 M|
There are no new entries to the table this month, but the totals for the Hot Springs Quarter have increased by 5 million each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, and the total for Grand Canyon Quarters struck at the Denver Mint has increased by 0.8 million.
As mentioned in previous posts, the US Mint has indicated that they may restart production of previously released America the Beautiful Quarters if demand exists through their bulk purchase program. Under this program, the coins can be ordered in bags of 200,000 for the $50,000 face value plus a 3% handing fee.
The Hot Springs Quarter was once the lowest mintage issue of the series, but now that title rests with the Yellowstone Quarter- at least for now.