US Coin Production Most Since 2007, Everglades 25c Mintages

by Mike Unser on December 10, 2014 · 0 comments

Everglades Quarters

The US Mint revealed mintages for the Everglades National Park quarter

United States Mint coin production in November retreated from the previous month and from a year earlier but the month lifted the total for this year to over 12.4 billion coins, the most since 2007.

U.S. Mint figures published Tuesday, Dec. 9, show facilities in Philadelphia and Denver struck 958,780,000 in cents, nickels and dimes for a 18% decline from the previous month and a 3.3% drop from a year ago. Here’s how the month stacks up against others over the past year:

2013 – 2014 November Coin Production Figures

Month Mintages Rank
November 2014 958.78 M 10
October 2014 1,168.78 M 5
September 2014 1,004.24 M 8
August 2014 913.38 M 12
July 2014 1,331.34 M 2
June 2014 1,279.82 M 4
May 2014 1,326.80 M 3
April 2014 1,007.96 M 7
March 2014 1,025.40 M 6
February 2014 939.04 M 11
January 2014 1,449.38 M 1
December 2013 285.96 M 13
November 2013 991.14 M 9

 

As an always provided sidebar in our monthly coin production articles, the U.S. Mint does not decide how many coins to make for circulation. It’s the Federal Reserve that orders them based on usage trends and requests from financial institutions around the country.

Lincoln cents always top coin production figures even as it takes about 1.8 cents to strike and distribute each one. The U.S. Mint made 661.6 million pennies in November which accounts for 69% of the circulating coins produced for the month. That’s well higher than most months when the mark is closer to 60%.

For coins used every day by Americans and in month-over-month comparisons, November saw:

  • 6.1% fewer Lincoln cents,
  • 2.3% fewer Jefferson nickels, and
  • 2% fewer Roosevelt dimes

No quarters were minted last month. In fact, the Mint reduced the previous quarter total from the Philadelphia Mint by 2.8 million.

Presidential $1 Coins, Native American $1 Coins and Kennedy half-dollars are no longer ordered by Federal Reserve Banks and placed into circulation but the U.S. Mint still makes them for coin collectors. In January, the agency produced 2014 Native American $1 Coins and 2014 Kennedy half-dollars to the expected amounts needed for the year. Presidential $1 Coins were last minted in May with enough, likely, to support collector demand for all four 2014 designs.

Facilities in Denver and Philadelphia manufacture all U.S. circulating coinage for commerce. In November, the Denver Mint made 479.92 million coins and the Philadelphia Mint produced 478.86 million coins. Here’s a breakdown of the circulating-quality coins manufactured last month:

US Mint Circulating Coin Production in November 2014

Denomination Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cents 333,600,000 328,000,000 661,600,000
Jefferson Nickels 46,320,000 56,160,000 102,480,000
Roosevelt Dimes 100,000,000 97,500,000 197,500,000
2013 ATB Quarters 0 -2,800,000 -2,800,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 0 0 0
Native American $1s 0 0 0
Presidential Dollars 0 0 0
Total 479,920,000 478,860,000 958,780,000

 

In the January through November period, circulating coin production totaled 6,369,380,000 in Denver and 6,035,540,000 in Philadelphia. The two production facilities combined for 12,404,920,000 circulating-quality coins, which is a 6.8% increase over the 11,620,980,000 struck through the first eleven months of 2013. More significant for the year already, the amount is the most since 14,440,650,000 coins were made in 2007.

This next table lists 2014 coin production totals by denomination and by U.S. Mint facility:

YTD 2014 Circulating Coin Production by Denomination

1 ¢ 5 ¢ 10 ¢ 25 ¢ 50 ¢ N.A. $1 Pres $1 Total:
Denver 3832.4M 570.72M 1080.5M 862.8M 2.1M 5.6M 15.26M 6369.38M
Philadelphia 3677.6M 592.08M 1023M 717.4M 2.5M 3.08M 19.88M 6035.54M
Total 7510M 1162.8M 2103.5M 1580.2M 4.6M 8.68M 35.14M 12404.92M

 

This year’s monthly average of over 1.1 billion coins positions 2014 for an annual total that tops 13.5 billion coins. Last year’s total reached just over 11.9 billion coins.

Everglades National Park Quarter Mintages

Everglades National Park Quarters for Florida, the last of the five quarter designs for 2014 and the 25th issued America the Beautiful Quarter, entered circulation beginning on Nov. 3. The latest U.S. Mint data shows mintages of the Everglades quarter at 300 million with splits of 142.4 million from Denver and 157.6 million from Philadelphia. The amount is the sixth highest mintage of America the Beautiful Quarters, falling behind:

  1. 2013 Mount Rushmore Quarters at 504.2 million
  2. 2014 Arches National Park Quarters at 465.6 million
  3. 2014 Great Sands Dunes Quarters at 331.4 million
  4. 2014 Shenandoah National Park Quarters at 310.6 million
  5. 2012 Denali National Park Quarters at 302 million

The following table offers a breakdown of 2014 mintages by coin designs:

2014 Circulating Coin Production / Mintages by Coin Design

  Denver Philadelphia 2014 Total
Lincoln Cents 3,832,400,000 3,677,600,000 7,510,000,000
Jefferson Nickels 570,720,000 592,080,000 1,162,800,000
Roosevelt Dimes 1,080,500,000 1,023,000,000 2,103,500,000
Great Smoky Mountains Quarter 99,400,000 73,200,000 172,600,000
Shenandoah National Park Quarter 197,800,000 112,800,000 310,600,000
Arches National Park Quarter 251,400,000 214,200,000 465,600,000
Great Sand Dunes Quarter 171,800,000 159,600,000 331,400,000
Everglades National Park Quarter 142,400,000 157,601,200 300,001,200
Kennedy Half Dollars 2,100,000 2,500,000 4,600,000
Native American $1 5,600,000 3,080,000 8,680,000
Warren G. Harding $1 3,780,000 6,160,000 9,940,000
Calvin Coolidge $1 3,780,000 4,480,000 8,260,000
Herbert Hoover $1 3,780,000 4,480,000 8,260,000
Franklin D. Roosevelt $1 3,920,000 4,760,000 8,680,000
Total 6,369,380,000 6,035,541,200 12,404,921,200

 

Coin production figures in this coin news article are based on data aggregated from the U.S. Mint website at: http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/?action=coin_production.

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