US Mint Coin Production Retreats in November 2012

by Mike Unser on December 11, 2012 · 2 comments

2012-P Jefferson Nickel

U.S. Mint coin production in November was down for all coins but the nickel

The pace of striking American coins in November was the slowest for a month since August, coin production figures released Monday by the United States Mint show.

While more nickels were minted compared to the previous month, far fewer pennies, dimes and quarters crossed U.S. Mint presses. The outcome was a November production total of 765.76 million coins versus the more than 1 billion coins in October. But then October was a monster month — the strongest since early into the Great Recession.

Last month did rank higher than the same period one year ago, as highlighted in the following table.

2011-2012 November Coin Production Figures / Mintages

Month Mintages Rank
November 2012 765.76 M 9
October 2012 1,040.12 M 1
September 2012 905.34 M 4
August 2012 655.55 M 11
July 2012 906.62 M 3
June 2012 975.59 M 2
May 2012 819.86 M 6
April 2012 858.04 M 5
March 2012 781.70 M 8
February 2012 579.86 M 12
January 2012 802.50 M 7
December 2011 431.78 M 13
November 2011 715.96 M 10

 

U.S. Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia strike all circulating coins used in commerce. Jefferson nickel production picked up at both mints by an overall 10.2%, but the pace for other coins slowed by:

  • 28.5% for Lincoln cents,
  • 44.0% for Roosevelt dimes and
  • 11.4% for America the Beautiful Quarters

Circulating quality 50-cent pieces and dollars are minted only for coin collectors. They are no longer released into circulation. These coins posted no gains last month.

The following table lists November circulating coin production figures by U.S. Mint facility and coin type.

Circulating Coinage Production in November 2012

Denomination Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cents 201,600,000 254,800,000 456,400,000
Jefferson Nickels 47,760,000 45,600,000 93,360,000
Roosevelt Dimes 45,500,000 66,500,000 112,000,000
2012 ATB Quarters 46,000,000 58,000,000 104,000,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 0 0 0
Native American $1s 0 0 0
Presidential Dollars 0 0 0
Total 340,860,000 424,900,000 765,760,000

 

A total of 9,090,890,000 coins were produced through the first eleven months of 2012. The amount is already the highest for a year since 2008 when more than 10.1 billion coins were manufactured. Splits by U.S. Mint facility are standing at 4,480,790,000 for Denver and 4,610,100,000 for Philadelphia.

The following table offers a breakdown of mintages by coin design.

2012 Circulating Coin Production / Mintages by Design

  Denver Philadelphia 2012 Total
Lincoln Cents 2,781,600,000 3,086,000,000 5,867,600,000
Jefferson Nickels 533,760,000 454,800,000 988,560,000
Roosevelt Dimes 831,000,000 785,500,000 1,616,500,000
El Yunque Quarter 25,000,000 25,800,000 50,800,000
Chaco Culture Quarter 22,000,000 22,000,000 44,000,000
Acadia Quarter 21,606,000 24,800,000 46,406,000
Hawai’i Quarter 78,600,000 46,200,000 124,800,000
Denali Quarter not yet reported not yet reported not yet reported
Kennedy Half Dollars 1,700,000 1,800,000 3,500,000
Native American $1 3,080,000 2,800,000 5,880,000
Arthur Presidential $1 4,060,000 6,020,000 10,080,000
Cleveland (1st Term) Presidential $1 4,060,000 5,460,000 9,520,000
Harrison Presidential $1 4,200,000 5,640,001 9,840,001
Cleveland (2nd Term) Presidential $1 3,920,000 10,680,000 14,600,000
Total 4,314,586,000 4,477,500,001 8,792,086,001

 

Figures by design have been unchanged since September for Native American $1 coins, since August for America the Beautiful Quarters and since July for Presidential $1 coins.

More Denali National Park quarters continued to be produced, however. The U.S. Mint’s year-to-date total of 564,810,000 quarters is well above the 266,006,000 total that results from summing up coin production figures by quarter design. The difference is 298,804,000 million coins. The only 2012 America the Beautiful Quarter that does not have mintage numbers assigned to it is the Denali National Park Quarter. This quarter started entering circulation on November 5, 2012.

Coin production figures are based on data aggregated from the U.S. Mint webpage located at: http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/?action=coin_production.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Vachon December 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I really hope all those quarters being produced are for the Denali design. I would hate to see the previous ones added to.

Munzen December 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

As the year ends I’ve found piles of 2012 cents and nickels in my change, a handful of 2012 dimes, but no ATB quarters at all.

And of course thanks to Treasury’s spinelessness and Crane Paper, no 2012 dollars. Ever.

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