For the first month since early into the Great Recession, U.S. circulating coin production topped 1 billion coins, United States Mint data for October shows.
Levels compared to the previous month were down a bit for nickels but sharply higher across pennies, dimes and quarters — more of the recently released Denali National Park quarters. And while no other denominations were struck, production in October at 1.04 billion coins easily outpaced prior 2012 months.
2011-2012 October Coin Production Figures / Mintages
|October 2012||1,040.12 M||1|
|September 2012||905.34 M||4|
|August 2012||655.55 M||11|
|July 2012||906.62 M||3|
|June 2012||975.59 M||2|
|May 2012||819.86 M||6|
|April 2012||858.04 M||5|
|March 2012||781.70 M||8|
|February 2012||579.86 M||12|
|January 2012||802.50 M||7|
|December 2011||431.78 M||13|
|November 2011||715.96 M||9|
|October 2011||690.66 M||10|
Denver and Philadelphia Mint facilities are tasked with producing all circulating coins used in commerce. Pennies consumed most of their time with the 638 million made, accounting for 61.3% of the entire October production.
While the pace of striking Jefferson nickels fell 3.0% from September, other coins posted month-over-month increases of:
- 5.3% for Lincoln cents,
- 54.4% for Roosevelt dimes and
- 42.8% for America the Beautiful Quarters
In seven of the last eight months, the Denver Mint has logged the highest coin output. The following table lists circulating coin production figures for the location and types of coins minted in October.
Circulating Coinage Production in October 2012
|2012 ATB Quarters||62,400,000||55,000,000||117,400,000|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||0||0||0|
|Native American $1s||0||0||0|
U.S. coins produced year-to-date is 8,325,130,000. That surpasses the just over 8.2 billion coins minted through all of 2011. Splits by facility so far this year are 4,139,930,000 for Denver and 4,185,200,000 for Philadelphia. The following grid offers a breakdown of the mintages by coin design.
2012 Circulating Coin Production / Mintages by Design
|El Yunque Quarter||25,000,000||25,800,000||50,800,000|
|Chaco Culture Quarter||22,000,000||22,000,000||44,000,000|
|Denali Quarter||not yet reported||not yet reported||not yet reported|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||1,700,000||1,800,000||3,500,000|
|Native American $1||3,080,000||2,800,000||5,880,000|
|Arthur Presidential $1||4,060,000||6,020,000||10,080,000|
|Cleveland (1st Term) Presidential $1||4,060,000||5,460,000||9,520,000|
|Harrison Presidential $1||4,200,000||5,640,001||9,840,001|
|Cleveland (2nd Term) Presidential $1||3,920,000||10,680,000||14,600,000|
Figures by design for Presidential $1 Coins and America the Beautiful Quarters remain unchanged. But as stated earlier, the U.S. Mint is making more Denali National Park Quarters. The 25-cent pieces, which were placed into circulation exactly one week ago, could have the highest mintage of any America the Beautiful Quarter.
The U.S. Mint’s year-to-date production of 460,810,000 quarters is higher than the 266,006,000 total that results from summing up production figures by quarter design. The difference is 194,804,000 million — very likely the amount of Denali National Park Quarters produced through October.
That is not an absolute guarantee because the U.S. Mint does reserve the right to restart production of certain coin designs released during the current year. It has done so several times this year with the 2012 Presidential $1 coins. However, it has not for 2012 quarters after their mintages are published.