Several coins received a fair share of attention in May while others were simply ignored, the latest US Mint production figures reveal. Nearly 300 million additional Lincoln Rail Splitter Cents were struck. Dime, nickel and half-dollar production remained flat. Guam quarters emerged for the first time and Native American $1 coins were minted in abundance.
Coin Production Totals by US Mint Facility – May Only
|Lincoln Formative Years Cent||154,400,000||126,800,000||281,200,000|
|Native American $1||20,020,000||11,900,000||31,920,000|
|Tyler Presidential $1||0||-1,680,000||-1,680,000|
There is no surprise in the skip over of Kennedy half dollars in the production tables. Public demand for the 50 cent pieces has never been high. Shocking, of course, are the missing Jefferson Nickels and Roosevelt Dimes. But then that is old news as the Mint forewarned of their stoppage in April (see CoinNews article: US Mint Halts 2009 Nickel and Dimes Production.)
Collectors will take note of the Lincoln cent and Guam production figures. The latter numbers show the quarters are the scarcest in the series with mintages not seen for quarter-dollars since the 1950s. As far as the Lincoln cents, if the May output trend continues, the amount of Formative Years pennies will exceed the 634,800,000 minted Birthplace cents by mid June. More than 281 million of the coins were struck in May alone for a new yearly total of 510,800,000 across Denver and Philadelphia.
Running in 3rd place for the month were Native American $1 coins. There has not been a noticeable outcry for more $1 coins, but law dictates that 20 percent of all dollar coins struck each year must be Native American $1s.
In terms of scarcity levels by comparison, the Guam and and Lincoln Formative Years coins from Denver are the winners — at least to date. Denver has minted 112.4 million less pennies and 2.4 million fewer quarters than Philadelphia.
For reference, here are total mintage figures up through May:
US Mint Circulating Coin Production (Jan. 2009 – May 2009)
|Denver||Philadelphia||May Increase||2009 Total||Total by Type|
|Formative Years Cent||199,200,000||311,600,000||281,200,000||510,800,000|
|Puerto Rico Quarter||86,000,000||53,200,000||0||139,200,000|
|Kennedy Half Dollar||1,700,000||1,700,000||0||3,400,000||3,400,000|
|Native American $1||23,800,000||27,300,000||31,920,000||51,100,000||51,100,000|
|Harrison Presidential $1||55,160,000||43,260,000||0||98,420,000||185,500,000|
|Tyler Presidential $1||43,540,000||43,540,000||-1,680,000||87,080,000|
See also 2009 Penny Mintages at http://2009lincolnpennies.com/.