US Mint May 2011 Coin Production Surges, Grant $1 Mintages Revealed

by Mike Unser on June 10, 2011 · 0 comments

Ulysses S. Grant $1

The amount of coins coming out of the United States Mint surged in May 2011, according to the latest coin production figures from the bureau.

The totals were the highest of the year, the second best over the past twelve months, and revealed the final mintages for the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 which launched into circulation May 19.

The Mint pressed 807.41 million coins for circulation in May, topping the previous month by 26.1 percent and year ago levels by 22.9 percent.

Monthly US Mint Coin Production Figures / Mintages

Month Mintages Rank
May 2011 807.41 M 2
April 2011 640.17 M 9
March 2011 485.5 M 12
February 2011 523.14 M 11
January 2011 764.73 M 4
December 2010 80.200 M 13
November 2010 531.46 M 10
October 2010 730.22 M 6
September 2010 690.02 M 7
August 2010 743.78 M 5
July 2010 772.08 M 3
June 2010 918.94 M 1
May 2010 657.22 M 8

 

The production gap grew wider last month between the two United States Mint facilities responsible for striking American circulating coins, which are the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. The lack of Philadelphia quarters was a deciding factor in the balance.

Both Kennedy half dollars and Native American $1 coins were silent for a second straight month. The United States Mint again focused its attention on smaller denominated coins. The combined Philadelphia and Denver Mint totals for the cent, the Jefferson nickel and the Roosevelt dime were easily the highest of the year. As always, Lincoln cents led the pack. They accounted for 55 percent of the entire coin output.

May 2011 US Mint Coin Production

Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cents 236,140,000 204,800,000 440,940,000
Jefferson Nickels 65,760,000 67,680,000 133,440,000
Roosevelt Dimes 93,000,000 121,000,000 214,000,000
2011 Quarters 16,800,000 0 16,800,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 0 0 0
Native American $1s 0 0 0
Presidential Dollars 1,110,000 1,120,000 2,230,000
Total 412,810,000 394,600,000 807,410,000

 

As mentioned, the latest coin production figures reveal Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 mintages. Including the Grant dollar, there have been 18 Presidential $1 coins released since the series debuted in 2007. The Grant $1s rank fourth in terms of least produced. Their combined 76.02 million mintage falls behind the:

  • 2011 Andrew Johnson $1 (72.66 million)
  • 2010 James Buchanan $1 (73.36 million)
  • 2010 Millard Fillmore (74.48 million)

How the Grant $1 compares against past Presidential $1 coins may be seen in the table below.

Circulating Presidential $1 Mintages

  Denver Philadelphia Total
2007 George Washington $1 163,680,000 176,680,000 340,360,000
2007 John Adams $1 112,140,000 112,420,000 224,560,000
2007 Thomas Jefferson $1 102,810,000 100,800,000 203,610,000
2007 James Madison $1 87,780,000 84,560,000 172,340,000
2008 James Monroe $1 60,230,000 64,260,000 124,490,000
2008 John Quincy Adams $1 57,720,000 57,540,000 115,260,000
2008 Andrew Jackson $1 61,070,000 61,180,000 122,250,000
2008 Martin Van Buren $1 50,960,000 51,520,000 102,480,000
2009 William Henry Harrison $1 55,160,000 43,260,000 98,420,000
2009 John Tyler $1 43,540,000 43,540,000 87,080,000
2009 James K. Polk $1 41,720,000 46,620,000 88,340,000
2009 Zachary Taylor $1 36,680,000 41,580,000 78,260,000
2010 Millard Fillmore $1 36,960,000 37,520,000 74,480,000
2010 Franklin Pierce $1 38,360,000 38,220,000 76,580,000
2010 James Buchanan $1 36,540,000 36,820,000 73,360,000
2010 Abraham Lincoln $1 48,020,000 49,000,000 97,020,000
2011 Andrew Johnson $1 37,100,000 35,560,000 72,660,000
2011 Ulysses S. Grant $1 37,940,000 38,080,000 76,020,000

 

Based on current coin production levels, the United States Mint had not yet started producing the next coin in the series, the Rutherford B. Hayes $1. That dollar is scheduled to launch into circulation on August 18.

Surprisingly, the latest figures from the Mint did not break out the preliminary mintages for the Olympic National Park Quarter. The quarter is set to enter circulation beginning on Tuesday, June 14. Extrapolating from the current data does provide an estimation. The Olympic quarter mintage is extremely close to 61 million. That total is arrived at by subtracting the known mintages of the already issued 2011 Gettysburg quarters (61.2 million) and 2011 Glacier quarters (61.6 million) from the current 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters® year-to-date production figure of 183.8 million.

For reference, the following table summarizes the latest annual United States mintage figures by coin design and denomination.

YTD 2011 Coin Production by Design

Denver Philadelphia 2010 Total
Lincoln Cents 911,200,000 706,400,000 1,617,600,000
Jefferson Nickels 158,880,000 91,200,000 250,080,000
Roosevelt Dimes 315,500,000 194,500,000 510,000,000
Gettysburg Park Quarters 30,800,000 30,400,000 61,200,000
Glacier Park Quarters 31,200,000 30,400,000 61,600,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 1,700,000 1,750,000 3,450,000
Native American $1 18,060,000 9,660,000 27,720,000
Johnson Presidential $1 37,100,000 35,560,000 72,660,000
Grant Presidential $1 37,940,000 38,080,000 76,020,000

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