Breaking a string of four consecutive monthly gains, the coin production pace in July retreated 15.98 percent from June according to newly published United States Mint mintage figures.
Coin levels fell across the board, with the exception of Roosevelt dimes which shot 33.5 million higher than the increase in June. Three major coin production events occurred in July:
Total production hit 3,597,430,000, topping the entire 3,548,000,000 output reached in all 12 months of 2009
James Buchanan Presidential $1 coin mintages were solidified (see bottom table). Their numbers are the lowest in the series which began in 2007. The 2010-D Buchanan dollar is the most scarce, followed by the 2010-P Buchanan dollar.
Yosemite National Park Quarter figures were released (read CoinNews article Yosemite Quarter Mintages Revealed, or see bottom table)
As the following July 2010 numbers illustrate, the only coins not minted during the month were Kennedy Half Dollars which have been silent since January, and Native American Dollars which were struck the prior month in Denver.
Circulating Coins Produced in July 2010
|2010 Lincoln Cents||212,800,000||242,800,000||455,600,000|
|2010 Jefferson Nickels||36,240,000||43,680,000||79,920,000|
|2010 Roosevelt Dimes||75,500,000||104,500,000||180,000,000|
|2010 Kennedy Half Dollars||0||0||0|
|2010 Native American $1||0||0||0|
|2010 Presidential $1s||12,040,000||12,320,000||24,360,000|
Yet, despite the overall slowdown in July, it easily ranks as the second busiest month for the U.S. Mint in more than a year. It trails behind the monthly surge in June.
2010 Monthly Mintage Totals
|218.41 M||194.40 M||384.42 M||451.96 M|
|657.22 M||918.94 M||772.08 M|
2010 Lincoln cents are again top dog. The 455.6 million struck in July adds to a 2010 total that is just 47.2 million short of surpassing all the pennies produced in 2009.
July 2010 Jefferson nickel production nearly equals the entire 5c supply from 2009.
2010 Roosevelt dimes are in demand. The 180 million run in July is 34 million more than all of the dimes minted in 2009.
America the Beautiful Quarters™ jumped to 209.4 million for the year, with 110 million from Denver and 99.4 million from Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s level exactly matches the combined total of the first three 2010-P quarters — Hot Springs, Yellowstone and Yosemite. Denver’s total is higher by 11.4 million, suggesting that the mint is already producing Grand Canyon National Park Quarters in preparation for their release into circulation on September 20, 2010.
The following is a breakout of the published mintages by coin design:
2010 YTD Coin Production by Design
|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|
|Yosemite National Park Quarters||34,800,000||35,200,000||70,000,000|
|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|
|Buchanan Presidential $1||36,540,000||36,820,000||73,360,000|
As previously mentioned and shown in the table above, James Buchanan $1s mintages represent a new low. The Buchanan dollar will be released into circulation on Thursday, August 19, 2010 — rolls of the coins from the Mint will be available on the same day. Abraham Lincoln dollars will be the final Presidential $1 released this year.