US Mint 2009 October Coin Production: Lincoln Cents Jump

by Mike Unser on November 10, 2009 · 1 comment

The US Mint on Tuesday released circulating production figures from January through to October. Both the Denver and Philadelphia Mint facilities were busier during the month compared to September figures, but that was mostly due to the preparation for the final 2009 Lincoln cent release on Nov. 12.

US Mint Circulating October Coin Production

Denver Philadelphia Total
2009 Lincoln Cents 144,400,000 121,600,000 266,000,000
Jefferson Nickels 0 0 0
Roosevelt Dimes 0 0 0
Quarters 20,400,000 32,200,000 52,600,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 0 200,000 200,000
Native American $1 0 0 0
Presidential $1s 24,220,000 10,780,000 35,000,000
Total 189,020,000 164,780,000 353,800,000

Other than the new pennies, only quarters, Presidential $1 coins, and Kennedy Half Dollars were minted. No huge revelations were revealed in terms of final mintages for any of the types of coins.

The first three Lincoln penny mintages were made public back in October. Based on those and the latest figures, 266,000,000 of the 2009 Lincoln Presidency pennies have been struck as of last month.

Denver was again the busier mint for circulating change, but less so than in September when the difference was nearly 2-to-1. And like September and August figures, no additional Jefferson nickels or Roosevelt dimes were struck.

As expected, the Philadelphia facility minted 200,000 Kennedy Half Dollars in order to match Denver’s output from the month prior. 50c production increased due to rising demand. While the US Mint no longer produces the coins for general circulation, they do offer circulating strikes in bags and rolls for coin collectors — in equal quantities per mint facility, and that inventory was running low.

Over 20 million 2009 Native American Dollars were produced in September. None were minted in October. According to coinage law, they must be minted in equal proportions to the Presidential $1s. Walt Disney World announced in October that several of their merchandise and dining locations are using Native American $1s. With their over one million monthly guests, it will be interesting to see if there is any translation into November $1 production gains.

Here are the available mintage figures by coin design:

US Mint Circulating Mintages by Coin Design
(Jan. 2009 – Oct. 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
Professional Life Cent 336,000,000 316,000,000 652,000,000
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 1,900,000 3,900,000
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


Final mintage figures are not yet available for the Lincoln Professional Life cent, the Taylor Presidential $1 and the Northern Mariana Islands Quarter.

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quarters for October is very low. if the production for November is also low, the Northern Mariana Islands quarter would be the lowest mintage this year.