US Mint June Coin Production Surges, 2010-D Nickel Mintage Added

by Mike Unser on July 9, 2010 · 6 comments

2010 Jefferson NickelThe United States Mint published coin production figures for June that soar past prior months, capping four straight monthly gains.

If coin production reflects the U.S. economic landscape as it seems to have in the past, it would suggest mounting improvement. The Mint’s coinage output in June was more than four times that of January, and 1.4 times more than its May’s run.

With six months of 2010 now in the history books, nearly 2.83 billion coins have been struck. In contrast, 3.548 billion were minted in all of 2009, suggesting 2010 could top last year’s production in a few short weeks. Still, levels would have to greatly increase to match the just over 10.14 billion coins produced in 2008.

As the following table illustrates, the only coins not pressed were Kennedy Half Dollars. Those have been silent since January.

Circulating Coins Produced in June 2010

Denver Philadelphia Total
2010 Lincoln Cents 296,000,000 289,200,000 585,200,000
2010 Jefferson Nickels 36,240,000 46,800,000 83,040,000
2010 Roosevelt Dimes 82,000,000 64,500,000 146,500,000
2010 Quarters 24,600,000 29,200,000 53,800,000
2010 Kennedy Half Dollars 0 0 0
2010 Native American $1 1,400,000 0 1,400,000
2010 Presidential $1s 24,500,000 24,500,000 49,000,000
Total 464,740,000 454,200,000 918,940,000

June was the busiest month in well over a year for the Mint with 918.94 million coins manufactured for circulation. And the monthly leap was the biggest of the year, following a surging May. In looking at it another way, for every coin that was minted in February — the slowest 2010 month, 4.7 coins were struck in June.

2010 Monthly Mintages Totals

January February March April May June
218.41 M 194.40 M 384.42 M 451.96 M 657.22 M 918.94 M

2010 Lincoln cents continue to win the monthly mintage title. A whopping 585.2 million were made in June alone, which is one-fourth of the entire supply of 2009 cents.

2010 Roosevelt dimes came in second with a monthly run of 146.5 million, which is exactly 500,000 more than May’s level. Only 146 million were struck in all of 2009.

2010 Jefferson nickels ranked third with just over 83 million produced in June, which is nearly the amount of the entire 2009 nickel mintage (86.64 million). And for the first time since July 2009, 2010-D nickels were pressed to the tune of 36.24 million.

America the Beautiful Quarters™ earned the fourth position, rising 53.8 million in June as compared to the 46 million increase in May. Yellowstone National Park Quarters mintages are now available. They are higher than the first 2010 issue. Hot Springs quarters remain scarcest over the decades, but Yellowstone quarter-dollars are right behind. The second coin in the series has a preliminary combined mintage of 68.4 million. 34.8 million are from Denver while 33.6 million orginate from Philadelphia.

There has been 177.2 million 2010-dated quarters struck this year, with 88.4 million from Denver and 88.8 million from Philadelphia. Subtracting the first to quarters out leaves 49.2 million remaining, which will be a portion of the Yosemite National Park Quarters set to launch into circulation on July 26, 2010.

2010 Year-to-Date Coin Production by Design

Denver Philadelphia 2010 Total
Lincoln Cents 911,600,000 939,630,000 1,851,230,000
Jefferson Nickels 36,240,000 76,080,000 112,320,000
Roosevelt Dimes 186,500,000 219,500,000 406,000,000
Hot Springs National Park Quarters 29,000,000 30,600,000 59,600,000
Yellowstone National Park Quarters 34,800,000 33,600,000 68,400,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 1,700,000 1,800,000 3,500,000
2010 Native American $1 42,980,000 32,060,000 75,040,000
Fillmore Presidential $1 36,960,000 37,520,000 74,480,000
Pierce Presidential $1 38,360,000 38,220,000 76,580,000

No new breakouts by Presidential dollar were provided in last month’s figures but 49 million more were struck, broken out equally between Denver and Philadelphia. Those are a portion of the James Buchanan $1s expected to be released into circulation on August 19, 2010.

A small batch of 1.4 million Native American dollars were also produced in Denver.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Vachon July 9, 2010 at 11:04 am

The dream’s over for 2010 nickels. They were the last hope for beating last year’s low totals and now Denver is poised to pass last years probably this month. I was also hoping either mint would come in below a billion for the cents this year. That’s not gonna happen either. Sigh… 2009 it is…

Michael July 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I think the Yellowstone quarter numbers are off…

34,800,000 Denver 33,600,000 Philly and 38,400,000 total

(should be 68,400,000 ?) July 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

Thanks Michael, the body of the copy was right, but the table total was not. We made the correction.

John September 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Yes the 2010 NIckels and dimes will be regular run of the mill coins. But 2009 will continue to shine for years to come. I have some tubes on my desk, and as I search coins each day in my spare time I keep ALL 2009 nickels and dimes I can find. Which is NOT MUCH. Less than a roll of EACH denomination, and i don’t even separate by mint. Over $15,000 in nickels searched this year alone (2010) and I’ve found THREE TOTAL 2009 nickels. Just starting to find some 2010 D nickels 9Since they started making them again) but three total of the 2009. One every $5,000! (one every 50 boxes!!) I find more silver WAR nickels than I do 2009 nickels. Yep, keep every one you can luckily find! Same for the 2009 dimes.

Vachon September 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

@John : A customer paid me with a 2009-P nickel late in November 2009. To date, that is the only 2009 dated nickel I have seen. It’s been fun searching through change again.

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