U.S. Mint Produces Nearly 1.2 Billion Coins for Circulation in August

In August, the U.S. Mint struck 1.187 billion coins for circulation
In August, the U.S. Mint struck 1.187 billion coins for circulation

U.S. coin production in August topped the billion level for a seventh straight month, although the actual amount ranked toward the lower end for those months, manufacturing figures from the United States Mint show.

U.S. Mint production facilities in Philadelphia and Denver shipped nearly 1.2 billion coins to Federal Reserve Banks for distribution into the economy, marking declines of 21.1% from July and 28.4% from August 2020.

Here’s how August compares to others in the past year:

August 2020 to August 2021 Circulating Coin Production

Month Mintages Rank
August 2021 1,187.32 M 8
July 2021 1,505.24 M 2
June 2021 1,348.60 M 6
May 2021 1,473.06 M 3
April 2021 1,320.28 M 7
March 2021 1,134.84 M 11
February 2021 1,163.40 M 10
January 2021 919.52 M 12
December 2020 903.50 M 13
November 2020 1,165.10 M 9
October 2020 1,404.69 M 5
September 2020 1,422.59 M 4
August 2020 1,657.06 M 1


The Federal Reserve orders more 1-cent coins from the U.S. Mint than any other denomination even as data shows it costs 1.76 cents to make and distribute each one. The Mint made 753.2 million Lincoln cents last month, representing 63.4% of the circulating-quality coins produced.


In month-over month comparisons for coins used daily by Americans, production totals in August declined:

  • 12.2% Lincoln cents,
  • 24.3% Jefferson nickels,
  • 36.4% Roosevelt dimes, and
  • 34.9% quarters.

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

That wasn’t the case for 2021 halves. Mint data shows none were produced until February, and then only 1.6 million from Denver. Philadelphia finally showed up in March at 1.9 million. Then in April, amounts for both facilities advanced by 5.2 million from Denver and 2.9 million from Philadelphia. In May, production increased by 900,000 from Denver and 300,000 from Philadelphia. Finally, in August the Philadelphia Mint produced another 300,000.

Together, the months add to a combined 13.1 million halves — the most for a year since 2001. Last year’s half-dollar ended with 3.4 million from Denver and 2.3 million from Philadelphia for a total of 5.7 million halves.

Published mintages of 2021 Native American dollars have remained unchanged since January with equal splits of 1.26 million from Denver and 1.26 million from Philadelphia for a combined 2.52 million coins. In contrast, the 2020 dollar saw 1.26 million for Denver and 1.4 million for Philadelphia for 2.66 million coins.

The U.S. Mint started selling rolls and bags of 2021 Native American dollars on Feb. 16. Rolls and bags of 2021 Kennedy half dollars debuted on May 11.

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

US Mint Circulating Coin Production in August 2021

Denomination Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cents 312,800,000 440,400,000 753,200,000
Jefferson Nickels 52,080,000 66,240,000 118,320,000
Roosevelt Dimes 77,000,000 100,500,000 177,500,000
Quarters 62,400,000 75,600,000 138,000,000
Kennedy Half Dollars 0 300,000 300,000
Native American $1s 0 0 0
Total 504,280,000 683,040,000 1,187,320,000


U.S. Mint plants in Denver and Philadelphia manufacture all of America’s coins for commerce. Last month, the Denver Mint made 504.28 million coins and the Philadelphia Mint made 683.04 million coins for the combined 1,187,320,000 coins.

YTD Totals

Year to date, the Denver Mint has struck 5,126,620,000 coins and the Philadelphia Mint has struck 4,925,640,000 coins for a combined 10,052,260,000 coins, which is 1.8% more than the 9,878,480,000 coins minted through the same period in 2020.

This next table lists 2021 coin production totals by denomination and by U.S. Mint facility:

YTD 2021 Circulating Coin Production by Denomination

1 ¢ 5 ¢ 10 ¢ 25 ¢ 50 ¢ N.A. $1 Total:
Denver 2670.8M 588.96M 1066.5M 791.4M 7.7M 1.26M 5126.62M
Philadelphia 2663.6M 586.78M 987M 681.6M 5.4M 1.26M 4925.64M
Total 5334.4M 1175.74M 2053.5M 1473M 13.1M 2.52M 10052.26M


If the current production pace stretched through to December, the annual mintage for 2021 would near 15.1 billion coins. The U.S. Mint made over 14.77 billion coins for circulation in 2020.

Mintages by Unique Design

In addition to the Native American dollar, the U.S. Mint released (on Feb. 8) another coin with a one-year-only design — the 2021 Tuskegee Airmen quarter for Alabama. Its mintage remained unchanged in August.

This last table offers a breakdown of this year’s mintages that have been reported by coin design:

2021 Circulating Coin Production by Design

Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln Cent 2,670,800,000 2,663,600,000 5,334,400,000
Jefferson Nickel 588,960,000 586,780,000 1,175,740,000
Roosevelt Dime 1,066,500,000 987,000,000 2,053,500,000
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter (Alabama) 304,000,000 160,400,000 464,400,000
George Washington Crossing the Delaware Quarter 0 0 0
Kennedy Half-Dollar 7,700,000 5,400,000 13,100,000
Native American $1 Coin 1,260,000 1,260,000 2,520,000
Total 4,639,220,000 4,404,440,000 9,043,660,000


There are 1,008,600,000 in quarters that the U.S. Mint has yet to officially assign to a design. These are 2021 George Washington Crossing the Delaware quarters. Hundreds of millions more of them will be made until the first American Women quarters are issued in 2022.

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sam tweedy

We “NEED” more ugly designed TYPE 2 ASE’S<<<<>>>>> “PENNIES” are from “HEAVEN” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pure Genius those words ripped his beating heart from his chest


What coin shortage??? When the Quarters program started I bought a $500.00 box of quarters fresh from the mint at my local bank for each release – those coins are still in the mint -bank boxes and in uncirculated condition Hmm what should I do……..


My local Dollar Store offered me .30 cents for every quarter no limits


Senza, at a 20% markup those coins are doing better than some of the Junk Silver I’ve purchased.

Go for it.

Larry T


20% sounds great, until you use your brain and realize that’s over a 22 year time period. When you factor inflation in, it’s not only ‘dead money’, it’s losing money. I bought a little AMZN in ’96 and still own it…now that is a ROI!


It did nothing for the first 20 years but I admire your patience – I have a singular opinion about Amazon


Every time I worked overtime so I could cash my check and carry one of those heavy boxes out of the bank as a bonus to my earnings – I had a picture in my mind that computed to more than 20% but so far it’s been a good way to save as it is difficult to just try and cash in $500 quarters at least before the Plandemic. And strippers do take quarters so I found that to be a bonus.

Larry T


You can get rid of the cents. just don’t take my pennies!


They don’t care the FED prints their pay checks since there are not enough jobs to pay enough taxes to fund the huge Government anymore. The future is clear; if you have a Government job you will thrive otherwise it’s just the American Dream.


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Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sam tweedy

POS !!!! <<<<<13>>>>> Semper Fi !!!!


Are you a Marine? What does this have to do with coins or the US Mint?


Right on – the true colors and limited intellect of some are beginning to show but my mission here has been accomplished so all else is irrelevant and it’s been an pleasure meeting and exchanging views and humor with you as much as I enjoy exposing Government Fraud and exposing Government Fraudsters.


We have had a housing boon in our area since the Plandemic began – while millions of Americans lost jobs – home builders are employing illegal labor and these laborers worked 7 days a week thru the entire Plandemic. I think these illegals should be forced to go into the military and legal American Citizens should be building houses but the building companies won’t pay a livable wage to Americans thus I’m living in the middle of pretty much what your describing = Corporate Greed. Unfortunately, the sheeple need to wake up and fight back before this will ever change… Read more »


Hey guys & gals we did it my prediction has come true US Mint Director to be replaced effective October 1st

Larry T


Be careful what you wish for! If this is indeed true, his replacement will be a Biden appointee. Looking at crazy Joe’s spectacular picks for his cabinet positions, I’ll bet he chooses a black transgender female or someone especially talented like Beto O’Rourke! Maybe they can change the $1 designs to honor all ‘progressive leaders’ of our time? OH, I can’t wait!


So True! Sadly , we all just want our coins timely and without price gouging hopefully someday that will be a reality but your warnings are valid and the replacement is a female if my source is accurate.


Introducing A Doone. (Likes the Pee Wee H haircut)

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Geez why do they all look like that? Are all Government employees Aliens or do only Aliens have Government jobs?

Is her middle name Butch? Is she a member of The Man Haters Club? Will Ellen be on the next US Mint coin?

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Maybe a box of rocks


This is the tip of the Ice Burg that Director and those special dealers and graders have all participated in organized crime – a massive plot to price gouge us via fake scarcity and shady back door deals and this tiny little blog helped in exposing this fraud and of course years of suffering and complaining by me, all the other collector – victims anyone else I could get to on baord.


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Return to Kaiserdome…


It all started here for many of us and look at us now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY-XDQN6ipE