Coin Production Down in September, US Virgin Island Quarter Mintages Known


The United States Mint on Monday released the latest circulating coin production figures through to September 2009.

US Mint Circulating Coin Production in September 2009

Denver Philadelphia Total
2009 Lincoln Cents 74,000,000 19,200,000 93,200,000
Jefferson Nickels 0 0 0
Roosevelt Dimes 0 0 0
Quarters 24,400,000 3,800,000 27,800,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 200,000 0 200,000
Native American $1 10,080,000 10,080,000 20,160,000
Presidential $1s 12,460,000 28,140,000 40,600,000
Total 120,740,000 61,220,000 181,960,000

In summary, the tallies reveal:

  • US Virgin Islands quarters have earned the lowest total mintage title for any 2009 quarter-dollar

  • The 2009-P US Virgin Islands quarter has the lowest mintage of any Philadelphia struck quarter

  • The US Mint facility at Denver in September was much busier than Philadelphia’s

  • No additional Jefferson nickels or Roosevelt dimes were made

  • There was a significant monthly drop in 2009 Lincoln cents and quarters

September production was down by nearly half when compared to August figures. Then the US Mint struck only pennies, quarters and Presidential $1 coins, but had added 164M coins from Denver and 187.64 million from Philadelphia for a total of 351.64 million.

The US Mint in September produced a larger variety of coinage, but fewer in total at 181.96 million. And for whatever reason, the facility at Denver was nearly twice as busy.

Also interesting, 2009 Lincoln cents dropped substantially last month. 93.2 million were struck in September while 228.8 million were minted in August. Quarter production was down by nearly half as well. 40.2 million were produced in Philadelphia during August while just 3.8 million were minted there last month, accounting for the biggest difference.

Here are the available mintage figures by coin design:

US Mint Circulating Mintages by Coin Design
(Jan. 2009 – Sept. 2009)

Denver Philadelphia 2009 Total
Birthplace Cent 350,400,000 284,400,000 634,800,000
Formative Years Cent 363,600,000 376,000,000 739,600,000
Jefferson Nickel 46,800,000 39,840,000 86,640,000
Roosevelt Dime 49,500,000 96,500,000 146,000,000
DC Quarter 88,800,000 83,600,000 172,400,000
Puerto Rico Quarter 86,000,000 53,200,000 139,200,000
Guam Quarter 42,600,000 45,000,000 87,600,000
American Samoa Quarter 39,600,000 42,600,000 82,200,000
U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter 41,000,000 41,000,000 82,000,000
Kennedy Half Dollar 1,900,000 1,700,000 3,600,000
Native American $1 33,880,000 37,380,000 71,260,000
Harrison Presidential $1 55,160,000 43,260,000 98,420,000
Tyler Presidential $1 43,540,000 43,540,000 87,080,000
Polk Presidential $1 41,720,000 46,620,000 88,340,000


Most fascinating are the quarter figures. The 2009-P US Virgin Islands quarter now holds the title as most scarce from Philadelphia, with its 41 million produced. Still scarcest of all quarters is the 2009-D American Samoa Quarter with its 39.6 million mintage. The 2009-D and 2009-P US Virgin Islands quarters share the second spot.

Final mintage figures are not yet available for the Lincoln Professional Life cent design.

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What I found most odd was the increase in half dollars from Denver. It seems quite anomalous, is a 200,000 increase over last month, and even an increase over last year when both mints struck 1.7 million of them. But, I saw no mention of that anomaly in this article.