United States Mint coin production in April soared above the previous month and from the same time last year.
Newly released figures from the U.S. Mint also provide mintages for the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial quarter and the William Howard Taft Presidential $1 Coin.
In April 2013, circulation production totaled 1,117,230,000 coins for a 19.8% increase over March and a 30.2% surge over April 2012. The month ranks second busiest for the U.S. Mint through the last 12 months.
2012 – 2013 April Coin Production Figures / Mintages
|April 2013||1,117.23 M||2|
|March 2013||932.56 M||6|
|February 2013||939.98 M||5|
|January 2013||1,223.68 M||1|
|December 2012||245.34 M||13|
|November 2012||765.76 M||11|
|October 2012||1,040.12 M||3|
|September 2012||905.34 M||8|
|August 2012||655.55 M||12|
|July 2012||906.62 M||7|
|June 2012||975.59 M||4|
|May 2012||819.86 M||10|
|April 2012||858.04 M||9|
Many collectors have already noted finding shiny 2013 Lincoln cents in pocket change. The smallest denominated coin is always the most produced. The latest total of 691.6 million pennies in April alone accounts for 61.9% of all circulating-quality coins minted for the month.
Like the previous month, no Native American $1 Coins were struck. And the month-over-month pace slowed only for America the Beautiful Quarters, down 15.7%. Every other denomination experienced a sharp up-tick with monthly increases of:
- 23.7% for Lincoln cents,
- 55.9% for Jefferson nickels,
- 8.6% for Roosevelt dimes,
- 250% for Kennedy half-dollars and
- 179.1% for Presidential $1 Coins
Here is breakdown of coin production figures by denomination for last month:
US Circulating Coin Production in April 2013
|2013 ATB Quarters||47,600,000||47,200,000||94,800,000|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||1,800,000||1,000,000||2,800,000|
|Native American $1s||0||0||0|
Year-To-Date 2013 Coin Production Total
U.S. Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia are responsible for producing all circulating coins for commerce. Through the January through April period, the total output for the Denver Mint was 2,073,840,000 coins and that of the Philadelphia Mint was 2,130,930,000. They combined for a total of 4,204,770,000 coins. This is the strongest four-month start for a year since 2007. Here is a year-to-date breakdown by U.S. Mint facility:
2013 Circulating Coin Production (in millions) January 2013 through April 2013
|1 ¢||5 ¢||10 ¢||25 ¢||50 ¢||N.A. $1||Pres $1||Total:|
|Denver||1190.80 M||236.88 M||353.50 M||278.40 M||1.80 M||1.82 M||10.64 M||2073.84 M|
|Philadelphia||1284.40 M||204.96 M||407.50 M||211.00 M||1.80 M||1.82 M||19.45 M||2130.93 M|
|Total||2475.20 M||441.84 M||761.00 M||489.40 M||3.60 M||3.64 M||30.09 M||4204.77 M|
2013 Perry’s Victory Quarter Mintages
Demand continues to surge for new circulation quarters. Preliminary mintages were published this month for the second 2013 America the Beautiful Quarter commemorating Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio. Mintage splits for the Perry’s Victory quarter are 131,600,000 from Denver and 107,800,000 from Philadelphia for a total of 239,400,000.
Of the previous sixteen America the Beautiful Quarters, only the 2012 Denali National Park and Preserve quarter has a higher per Mint facility and combined total. Mintages for it are 166,600,000 for the 2012-D and 135,400,000 for the 2012-P for an overall tally of 302,000,000 Denali quarters.
Kennedy half-dollars were produced for a second month in a row. In March, 2013-P Kennedy halves started at 800,000. In April, another 1 million of the 2013-P’s were added for new total of 1.8 million. Denver joined in their striking for the first time this year with the 2012-D 50c Kennedy also at 1.8 million.
These half-dollars are only produced for collectors with rolls and bags of them scheduled to go on sale next month. The new 3.6 million total should be enough to satisfy collector demand, which means no more are likely to be minted this year. Last year the Mint produced a total of 3.5 million half-dollars. Rolls and bags of the 2012-dated halves remain available today with U.S. Mint sales as of last Monday at 2,817,000 coins, equally split between Denver and Philadelphia strikes.
William Howard Taft Presidential $1 Coin Mintages
Preliminary mintages for the William Howard Taft Presidential $1 Coin, the third of four 2013 Presidential dollars, have been called by the Mint. Splits are 3,920,000 from Denver and 4,760,000 from Philadelphia for a total of 8,120,000 dollars. This exactly matches coin production figures for the first 2013-dated Presidential $1 Coin honoring former president William McKinley. Taft dollars are scheduled for a July release in numismatic rolls, bags and boxes.
In related coin news, Philadelphia minted Theodore Roosevelt Presidential $1 coin mintages rose slightly, by 130,700. Roosevelt dollars in rolls, bags and boxes were released on April 11, 2013.
The following table offers updated mintages by 2013 coin designs.
2013 Circulating Coin Production / Mintages by Coin Design
|White Mountain Quarter||107,600,000||68,800,000||176,400,000|
|Perry’s Victory Quarter||131,600,000||107,800,000||239,400,000|
|Great Basin Quarter||0||0||0|
|Fort McHenry Quarter||0||0||0|
|Mount Rushmore Quarter||0||0||0|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||1,800,000||1,800,000||3,600,000|
|Native American $1||1,820,000||1,820,000||3,640,000|
|William McKinley $1||3,360,000||4,760,000||8,120,000|
|Theodore Roosevelt $1||3,920,000||5,310,700||9,230,700|
|William Howard Taft $1||3,360,000||4,760,000||8,120,000|
|Woodrow Wilson $1||0||0||0|
In subtracting the above totals by coin design from the overall production figures by denomination, two differences are found.
America the Beautiful Quarters are higher by 73,600,000. These are likely early Great Basin National Park quarters with many more in the works. This fourth quarter for the year has a release date of June 27, 2013.
Presidential $1 Coins are higher by 4,619,300. The amount likely represents the start of Woodrow Wilson Presidential $1 Coins. Woodrow Wilson dollars will be available in U.S. Mint sold rolls, bags and boxes in October.
Coin production figures are based on data aggregated from the U.S. Mint webpage at: http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/?action=coin_production.