American coin production hurdled atop 1 billion coins for a third straight month in June to end the first half of 2013 at just over 6.3 billion coins, figures from the U.S. Mint show.
The data also revealed mintages of the Great Basin National Park quarter, the third America the Beautiful Quarter released this year with two more ahead.
In June, the Mint pressed more than 1.07 billion coins for circulation, a milestone almost common this year but had only happened once last year and not before then since 2007. The pace marks a pick up of 9.7% from a year ago, though it’s down 1.3% from May.
2012 – 2013 June Coin Production Figures / Mintages
|June 2013||1,070,12 M||4|
|May 2013||1,084.36 M||3|
|April 2013||1,117.23 M||2|
|March 2013||932.56 M||8|
|February 2013||939.98 M||7|
|January 2013||1,223.68 M||1|
|December 2012||245.34 M||13|
|November 2012||765.76 M||11|
|October 2012||1,040.12 M||5|
|September 2012||905.34 M||10|
|August 2012||655.55 M||12|
|July 2012||906.62 M||9|
|June 2012||975.59 M||6|
America’s smallest denominated coin is always the one in most demand. 652 million pennies were minted last month, representing 60.9% of all circulating-quality coins produced.
Polar opposite, Native American $1 Coins have not been struck since January and Kennedy half-dollars and Presidential $1 Coins have been silent since April. These particular coins, however, are no longer released into circulation. They are made only for coin collectors.
In denominations used every day by Americans, the production level last month fell from the previous one by:
- 6.3% for Lincoln cents and
- 7% for Roosevelt dimes
Conversely, coinage that notched higher mintages from the previous month were:
- Jefferson nickels by 0.9% and
- America the Beautiful Quarters by 43.5%
Here is breakdown of last month’s coin production figures by denomination:
US Circulating Coin Production in June 2013 by Denomination
|2013 ATB Quarters||78,400,000||58,200,000||136,600,000|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||0||0||0|
|Native American $1s||0||0||0|
Coin Production Through First Half of 2013
United States Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia strike all circulating-quality coins intended for commerce. In the January through June period, the Denver Mint produced 3,132,780,000 coins and the Philadelphia Mint produced 3,226,470,000 coins.
Through the first half of 2013, circulating coin production reached 6,359,250,000 coins. That’s a 32% increase over the 4.8 billion coins minted through the first half of 2012. The current pace would place this year’s annual coin production total above 12.7 billion coins — the most since 2007’s run of 14.4 billion coins.
The following table offers the latest production breakdown by U.S. Mint facility:
Circulating Coin Production from January 2013 through June 2013
|1 ¢||5 ¢||10 ¢||25 ¢||50 ¢||N.A. $1||Pres $1||Total:|
2013 Great Basin National Park Quarter Mintages
As mentioned, June figures offer mintages for the Great Basin quarter. Mintage splits are 141.4 million from Denver and 122.4 million from Philadelphia for a total of 263.8 million coins. In addition to entering circulation on June 10, 2013, the U.S. Mint on the same day began selling Great Basin quarters in bags and rolls.
The totals show that circulation demand for quarter-dollars continues to rise. Of the previous 17 America the Beautiful Quarters issued since the series kicked off in 2010, only the 2012 Denali National Park quarter has higher mintages. It has splits of 166.6 million for the 2012-D and 135.4 million for the 2012-P for a combined total of 302 million coins.
The following grid offers 2013 mintages by coin design.
2013 Circulating Coin Production / Mintages by Coin Design
|White Mountain Quarter||107,600,000||68,800,000||176,400,000|
|Perry’s Victory Quarter||131,600,000||107,800,000||239,400,000|
|Great Basin Quarter||141,400,000||122,400,000||263,800,000|
|Fort McHenry Quarter||0||0||0|
|Mount Rushmore Quarter||0||0||0|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||1,800,000||1,800,000||3,600,000|
|Native American $1||1,820,000||1,820,000||3,640,000|
|William McKinley $1||3,360,000||4,760,000||8,120,000|
|Theodore Roosevelt $1||3,920,000||5,310,700||9,230,700|
|William Howard Taft $1||3,360,000||4,760,000||8,120,000|
|Woodrow Wilson $1||0||0||0|
When comparing the above totals by coin design from the overall denomination totals, two differences are found.
America the Beautiful Quarters are higher by 41.6 million. These are very likely a portion of the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarters. This fourth 2013 America the Beautiful Quarter launches next month on August 26.
- For a third straight month, Presidential $1 Coins were higher by 4,619,300. The amount likely represents a portion of Woodrow Wilson Presidential $1 Coins. There is no particular rush in getting Wilson dollars completed since they will not make an appearance in U.S. Mint rolls, bags and boxes until October.
All coin production figures above are based on data aggregated from the United States Mint webpage found at: http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/?action=coin_production.