US Coin Production in April; Reagan $1 Mintages Revealed

by Mike Unser on May 12, 2016 · 13 comments

2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coins

Dollar coins are no longer released into circulation but the U.S. Mint continues to strike them in the same quality as circulating cents, nickels, dimes and quarters. (Shown: 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coins.)

Production of U.S. coins for circulation slowed in April and from a year ago, according to United States Mint figures released on Tuesday, May 10.

The data also shows mintages of the 2016 Ronald Reagan dollar, the last release in the U.S. Mint’s series of Presidential $1 Coins which honors former and deceased U.S. Presidents.

Coining presses in April struck nearly 1.34 billion in cents, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars. The total marks decreases of 7.4% from March and 21.1% from the same month a year earlier.

The following table offers circulating coin totals by month and their rankings over the past year.

2015 – 2016 April Coin Production Figures

Month Mintages Rank
April 2016 1,339.06 M 9
March 2016 1,446.14 M 8
February 2016 930.26 M 12
January 2016 1,515.84 M 5
December 2015 707.79 M 13
November 2015 1,245.73 M 10
October 2015 1,757.64 M 1
September 2015 1,476.37 M 6
August 2015 1,142.46 M 11
July 2015 1,665.76 M 4
June 2015 1,673.95 M 3
May 2015 1,459.86 M 7
April 2015 1,696.56 M 2

 

The cost to make and distribute each Lincoln cent is 1.43 cents (in FY2015), making them money losers for the government, but the Federal Reserve always orders more of them than any other denomination. In April, the U.S. Mint produced 754 million cents, which is 56.3% of the circulating-quality coins made for the month.

In the latest month-over-month production comparisons for coins used every day by Americans, April saw:

  • 20% fewer Lincoln cents,
  • 7.5% more Jefferson nickels,
  • 0.4% fewer Roosevelt dimes, and
  • 63.1% more America the Beautiful Quarters.

Presidential $1 Coins, Native American $1 Coins and Kennedy half-dollars are no longer ordered by Federal Reserve Banks but the Mint continues to make them in circulating quality for coin collectors.

In January, the U.S. Mint struck Native American $1 Coins to the expected amounts needed for the entire year. That is usually how it works for Kennedy half-dollars but in February another 400,000 were pressed at the Philadelphia Mint and then in March another 400,000 were made at the Denver Mint. The agency in April continued to strike Presidential $1 Coins to support the final 2016 design featuring Ronald Reagan.

Here’s a summary of the circulating-quality coins produced last month:

US Mint Circulating Coin Production in April 2016

Denomination Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cents 437,600,000 316,400,000 754,000,000
Jefferson Nickels 81,120,000 66,240,000 147,360,000
Roosevelt Dimes 119,000,000 120,000,000 239,000,000
2016 ATB Quarters 113,600,000 84,400,000 198,000,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 0 0 0
Native American $1s 0 0 0
Presidential Dollars 700,000 0 700,000
Total 752,020,000 587,040,000 1,339,060,000

 

U.S. Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia manufacture all of America’s coins for commerce. Last month, the Denver Mint struck 752.02 million coins and the Philadelphia Mint produced 587.04 million coins.

Through the first four months of 2016, the Denver Mint made 2,558,200,000 coins and the Philadelphia Mint made 2,673,100,000 coins. That lifts the year to date total for both plants to 5,231,300,000 coins, representing a 11.6% decline from the 5,917,140,000 coins minted during the same period in 2015.

This next table lists 2016 coin production totals by denomination and by U.S. Mint facility:

YTD 2016 Circulating Coin Production by Denomination

1 ¢ 5 ¢ 10 ¢ 25 ¢ 50 ¢ N.A. $1 Pres $1 Total:
Denver 1534.8M 248.64M 438.5M 318.2M 2.1M 2.1M 13.86M 2558.2M
Philadelphia 1600.4M 260.16M 466.5M 324.2M 2.1M 2.8M 16.94M 2673.1M
Total 3135.2M 508.8M 905M 642.4M 4.2M 4.9M 30.8M 5231.3M

 

This year’s monthly average of 1.3 billion coins tracks over 12 months to nearly 15.7 billion coins. Last year, the U.S. Mint delivered more than 17 billion coins for circulation, representing a sixth straight year of growth and the quickest annual production pace since the 2001.

Ronald Reagan $1 Coin Mintages

Mintages of Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coins are 4.48 million from Denver and 6.02 million from Philadelphia for a combined 10.5 million.

The overall total matches the immediate prior release featuring Gerald R. Ford; is 700,000 higher than the first 2016-dated dollar commemorating Richard M. Nixon; and lies in the middle of last year’s issues which registered mintages ranging from 8.4 million for Truman dollars to 12.04 million in LBJ dollars.

2016 Reagan dollars will make their debut in July.

The following table offers a breakdown of this year’s mintages by coin design:

2016 Circulating Coin Production by Design

  Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cents 1,534,800,000 1,600,400,000 3,135,200,000
Jefferson Nickels 248,640,000 260,160,000 508,800,000
Roosevelt Dimes 438,500,000 466,500,000 905,000,000
Shawnee National Forest Quarter 151,800,000 155,600,000 307,400,000
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter
Fort Moultrie Quarter
Kennedy Half Dollars 2,100,000 2,100,000 4,200,000
Native American $1 2,100,000 2,800,000 4,900,000
Richard M. Nixon $1 4,340,000 5,460,000 9,800,000
Gerald R. Ford $1 5,040,000 5,460,000 10,500,000
Ronald Reagan $1 4,480,000 6,020,000 10,500,000
Total 2,391,800,000 2,504,500,000 4,896,300,000

 

In subtracting the totals by coin design from the overall production figures by denomination, there is one difference — mintages of America the Beautiful Quarters are higher by 335 million. These are most of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarters for Kentucky. Cumberland Gap quarters started to enter circulation in early April.

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

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Richard May 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

I see the mint has on its calendar a “date to be determined” Native American dollar Coin & Currency set (Item Number: 16RA)–the initial release date was in March. It probably will be an enhanced uncirculated coin like last year’s popular offering, now sold out. Wonder if it was also minted in January but not yet packaged.

Seth Riesling May 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Richard-

It is going to be a “S” Mint mark coin this year for that annual set according to the Mint’s website. Can’t wait to add them to the 2014 “D” & 2015 “W” sets. Wonder if the $1 FRN in the set will have a fancy serial number this year?

-NumisDudeTX

Jp May 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Does anyone know this? The Mint says they lose .43 producing penny’s, but how much do they profit / lose on all of the other coins they produce?
My suspicions tell me in the end the Mint is ahead in the coin game.

Seth Riesling May 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Jp –

Mike Unser on this blog reported the seigniorage profits on the Mint’s circulating coinage from the most recent annual report for fiscal year 2015 a couple of months ago. They lose a lot on the cent & nickel for many years now , but make many $ millions on the dimes & quarters issued for circulation. I had the figure from the report but lost it.

Mike Unser-

Can you help us with this question from the last US Mint annual report seigniorage figures please?
Thanks!

-NumisDudeTX

Vachon May 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

The Republicans have disappointed me. Where was the drive to push the Reagan dollar mintage higher than any of the post-2011 Presidential Dollars? One would think owning a roll or two of the patron saint of latter-day Republicans would be a requirement for continued party membership 😉

Jp May 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Ha Ha Ha . Vachon! Your cracking me up, and I’m a Reagan Conservative thru and thru. Of course us folks have the ability to laugh at ourselves.

Seth Riesling May 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Vachon & Jp –

The Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, California offers free admission, but to exit you have to go through the Republican National Committee & Reagan Foundation gift shop & purchase a roll of Reagan dollars since the parking vendor only accepts them as payment to get out! Lol

-NumisDudeTX

Seth Riesling May 13, 2016 at 6:18 pm

P.S.

On a serious note, I am a “Reagan Democrat” & I actually miss that kind, wise gentleman in these crazy times.

-NumisDudeTX

Jp May 15, 2016 at 11:43 am

There you go Seth…. Trickle down economics in ACTION!
You wouldn’t expect the attendant to accept Carter Dollars now would you? LOL!

Jp May 15, 2016 at 11:48 am

Oh yeah, I keep forgetting he’s still alive. Sorry folks. Jimmy’s a good guy in his heart I know. I can still recall the image of him at the White House sitting near the fireplace in his sweater telling us all to turn down our thermostats to save energy.
Kudos to a guy who started Habitat for Humanity. That truly is in my mind his greatest accomplishment.

Chris May 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm

I would like to know why a person can’t walk into the U.S. Mint in Washington D.C. The day the gold mercury dimes went on sale and buy one. They say you can do it via internet or phone but it’s absolutely impossible to get thru on either one. Dealers seem to get them all and then Jack up the prices to ridiculous amounts. Why can’t a coin collecting taxpayer have the same opportunity? Doesn’t seem very fair to me.

Seth Riesling May 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Jp –

LOL. I wish some $ would trickle down on me soon so I can get the next two US Mint centennial gold coins!
Jimmy wasn’t a top 10 prez for sure, but he can still build a heck of a house even at his advanced age. Bless his heart, as we say in Texas.
The new CNN special series on the 1980s had an hour show featuring Reagan’s presidency & I was in nostalgic nirvana!

Happy collecting Jp!

-NumisDudeTX

Seth Riesling May 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Chris-

The US Mint only has its administration headquarters in Washington, D.C. (no coin presses) & a small public sales area in the lobby that offers just a few very basic items. They used to have a gift kiosk in the historic Union Station, but closed it due to high rent fees. They have an outside vendor that runs their gift shops at the Philadelphia Mint & Denver Mint which are open to the public but also only offer basic coins & annual sets. In 2014 when they did offer the much-anticipated Kennedy gold coin at all 3 gift shops, the security problems it caused actually made national news! People were trampled in Denver & the police had to be called in to restore order. In fear of being sued for $millions, the Mint announced it will no longer offer special limited edition items at its 3 gift shops. At least online orders & phone orders are controlled for household limits. Gift shops can’t track how many times a person goes in & out making multiple purchases over any imposed limit. It is the fairest & safest way to do their business. Unless someone has a better idea.

-NumisDudeTX

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