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
|2009 Lincoln Cents||144,400,000||121,600,000||266,000,000|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||0||200,000||200,000|
|Native American $1||0||0||0|
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)
|Formative Years Cent||363,600,000||376,000,000||739,600,000|
|Professional Life Cent||336,000,000||316,000,000||652,000,000|
|Puerto Rico Quarter||86,000,000||53,200,000||139,200,000|
|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.
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.