U.S. Mint Produces Nearly 900 Million Coins for Circulation in November

by Mike Unser on December 13, 2019 · 0 comments

2019-Dated U.S. Coins

In November, the Unites States Mint produced 898.38 million coins for circulation

U.S. coining presses slowed significantly in November compared to the previous month and a year ago, according to the latest manufacturing figures from the United States Mint.

In the headline monthly figure, the U.S. Mint produced 898.38 million coins for circulation, marking declines of 22.2% from October and 12.9% from November 2018.

Here’s how the month stacks up against others in the past year:

November 2018 to November 2019 Circulating Coin Production

Month Mintages Rank
November 2019 898.38 M 10
October 2019 1,154.94 M 5
September 2019 939.66 M 9
August 2019 767.32 M 11
July 2019 1,202.10 M 4
June 2019 1,021.654 M 8
May 2019 485.24 M 13
April 2019 1,253.76 M 3
March 2019 1,054.90 M 6
February 2019 1,256.10 M 2
January 2019 1,507.30 M 1
December 2018 560.64 M 12
November 2018 1,031.24 M 7

 

The Federal Reserve always orders more 1-cent coins than any other denomination even as data shows it costs the U.S. Mint 2.06 cents to make and distribute each one. The bureau produced 568.4 million Lincoln cents last month, representing 63.3% of the circulating-quality coins produced in November.

Month-Over-Month

In month-over month comparisons for coins used daily by Americans, production figures in November saw:

  • 20.3 fewer Lincoln cents,
  • 29% fewer Jefferson nickels,
  • 45.9% fewer Roosevelt dimes, and
  • 0.5% more America the Beautiful quarter dollars.

Native American $1 Coins and Kennedy half-dollars are no longer ordered by Federal Reserve Banks but they are still made in circulating finish for coin collectors. In January, the U.S. Mint tends to strike both coins to the expected amounts needed for the entire year.

That said, the bureau’s data for February did show an increase of 140,000 in 2019-D Native American dollars. Reported mintages for the space-themed piece are at 1.54 million for Denver and 1.4 million for Philadelphia for a combined 2.94 million coins — up from last year’s dollar mintages by the added 140,000.

Mintages for the 2019 Kennedy half-dollar remained the same for a tenth straight month, totaling 3.4 million coins with equal splits between the Denver and Philadelphia Mints. Last year’s half-dollar was the most produced since the one from 2001. It saw 6.1 million from Denver and 4.8 million from Philadelphia for a combined 10.9 million coins.

Here’s a summary of all circulating-quality coins produced last month:

US Mint Circulating Coin Production in November 2019

Denomination Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cents 281,600,000 286,800,000 568,400,000
Jefferson Nickels 26,400,000 37,680,000 64,080,000
Roosevelt Dimes 45,000,000 56,500,000 101,500,000
ATB Quarters 79,200,000 85,200,000 164,400,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 0 0 0
Native American $1s 0 0 0
Total 432,200,000 466,180,000 898,380,000

 

U.S. Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia manufacture all of America’s coins for commerce. In November, the Philadelphia Mint produced 466.18 million coins and the Denver Mint produced 432.2 million coins.

YTD Totals

In year to date production figures, the Philadelphia Mint struck 5,932,354,400 coins and the Denver Mint struck 5,609,000,000 coins for a combined 11,541,354,400 coins — 8.2% fewer than the 12,564,774,000 coins minted through the first eleven months of 2018.

This next table lists 2019 coin production totals by denomination and by U.S. Mint facility:

YTD 2019 Circulating Coin Production by Denomination

1 ¢ 5 ¢ 10 ¢ 25 ¢ 50 ¢ N.A. $1 Total:
Denver 3352M 497.56M 965M 791.2M 1.7M 1.54M 5609M
Philadelphia 3486.4M 559.4544M 1130M 753.4M 1.7M 1.4M 5932.3544M
Total 6838.4M 1057.0144M 2095M 1544.6M 3.4M 2.94M 11541.3544M

 

The 2019 monthly average of about 1.05 billion coins tracks over 12 months to roughly 12.6 billion coins. The U.S. Mint made over 13.1 billion coins for circulation in 2018.

Mintages by Unique Design

The U.S. Mint released production figures for six annually issued coins with one-year-only designs. They include:

The following table offers a breakdown of this year’s mintages by coin design:

2019 Circulating Coin Production by Design

  Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cents 3,352,000,000 3,486,400,000 6,838,400,000
Jefferson Nickels 497,560,000 559,454,400 1,057,014,400
Roosevelt Dimes 965,000,000 1,130,000,000 2,095,000,000
Lowell National Historical Park Quarter (MA) 182,200,000 165,800,000 348,000,000
American Memorial Park Quarter (MP) 182,600,000 142,800,000 325,400,000
War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter (GU) 114,400,000 116,600,000 231,000,000
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter (TX) 129,400,000 142,800,000 272,200,000
Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter (ID) 0 0 0
Kennedy Half-Dollars 1,700,000 1,700,000 3,400,000
Native American $1 Coins 1,540,000 1,400,000 2,940,000
Total 5,426,400,000 5,746,954,400 11,173,354,400

 

There are 368 million in quarters that the U.S. Mint has yet to officially assign to a design. These are likely Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness quarters.

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