The just released 2008 United States Mint Annual Report offers a candid assessment on the performance of the US Mint that highlights both the good and the bad, and mixes in challenges and strategies. At the end of the fiscal year, the agency generated sales of more than $2.8 billion and made history in creating 126 coin designs -- both good. But the Mint also earned less than it did in 2007 -- one of several disappointments for the year.
2008 proved to be robust for the Mint's numismatic and bullion coin programs. Each realized an increased net income of 22.7 percent and 295.6 percent. Demand for bullion coins popped with total sales registering an impressive $948.8 million. Collector coins came in second, pulling in $527.6 million.