Philadelphia Mint Produces Record 42.44M Coins in One Day

by Mike Unser on August 21, 2014 · 3 comments

The United States Mint in Philadelphia was abuzz with activity last month, more so than ever before on July 24 when it delivered a record 42.44 million coins for circulation.

Coining Division Staff at United States Mint in Philadelphia

Photo of Philadelphia’s Coining division staff

That hurdled over the old record of 32.28 million coins set in October 2013, and contributed to a strong production month in which 1.33 billion coins were struck for circulation with more than half of them from Philadelphia.

"Beating the old record by over four million coins with the same number of presses was a tremendous achievement," said Joe Falls, Coining Division Manager. "There were many key factors — first and foremost was the dedication and hard work of our employees. But we also had outstanding die life, great blanks from BAU and near-perfect press availability."

Two facilities are responsible for producing all United States coins for commerce, making over 8.3 billion coins through the first seven months of 2014 alone. In addition to the plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, there is the facility in Denver, Colorado.

US Mint in Philadelphia

The front view of the Philadelphia Mint. The building sits on an entire city block.

Both plants are huge, but the Philadelphia Mint has the distinction as the largest coin manufacturing facility in the world. To strike circulation coins, it employs 5 production lines of blanking, annealing and upsetting machines and 9 production lines of 7 coining presses each. It also has a number of other presses for numismatic coins and medals.

Read: How the Philadelphia Mint Makes Coins for Circulation

Read: How the Denver Mint Makes Coins for Circulation

While the production of 30 million coins per day is not uncommon at the Philadelphia Mint, making more than 40 million in one day is described by the bureau as "an amazing accomplishment" requiring "every employee, department, machine, part, die, tool, and blank has to be perfect and perform flawlessly."

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Boz August 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Must be sand dunes or everglades quarters.

bobby August 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I got 5 kennedy 50th. sets the Ds. have a clear gap between the bottom of the R and the top of the head. the Ps vary from the bottom of the R being full of hair to a small gap between the bottom of the R and the head.
the difference is obviose but I realy don’t no is this a variation or what is it?
are they worth the cost of having them graded or do all the Ps have this.
has anyone else seen this?
maybe philly should slow down ?

bobby August 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I have looked for other coin sites but this one comes up quite often. either you are very good or you pay google well? I have made some improper statements about the differences between the D and P 50th ann. coins that I have on this site. I should have been better prepaired before making any statements. this does not change that I am asking for help. I can not comment on any other coins I have not personaly seen. all I am asking is has anyone else seen or can comment about these coins
this is what I have the Ps have a clear gap between the lower part of the R and the hair on the top of the head each hair is clear the tail of the R tail dosnt touch the top of the head.
the R on the Ds sets on top of the head with the hairs filling the bottom of the R.
are all the P and Ds this way?

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