U.S. Coin Production Reaches 801 Million in April; Connecticut Quarter Mintages Published

2020-Weir-Farm-National-Historic-Site-Quarter prices coin price guide 2020U.S. coin production slowed and registered under 1 billion for a second month in a row, according to United States Mint manufacturing figures for April.

U.S. Mint data also revealed mintages for Connecticut’s Weir Farm National Historic quarter, the second of this year’s five quarters with unique designs.

In the headline figure for the month, the Mint produced just over 801 million coins for circulation — spread across nickels, dimes, and quarters, marking declines of 10.8% from March and 36.1% from April 2019.

 

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

 

April 2019 to April 2020 Circulating Coin Production

MonthMintagesRank
April 2020801.84 M10
March 2020898.86 M8
February 20201,094.30 M5
January 20201,228.08 M2
December 2019400.88 M13
November 2019898.38 M9
October 20191,154.94 M4
September 2019939.66 M7
August 2019767.32 M11
July 20191,202.10 M3
June 20191,021.654 M6
May 2019485.24 M12
April 20191,253.76 M1

 

The Federal Reserve orders more 1-cent coins than any other denomination despite data that shows it costs the U.S. Mint 1.99 cents to make and distribute each one. The Mint produced 403.2 million Lincoln cents last month, for 50.3% of the circulating-quality coins produced in April.

Month-Over-Month

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

  • 20.8% fewer Lincoln cents,
  • 18.9% fewer Jefferson nickels,
  • 61.6% more Roosevelt dimes, and
  • 30% fewer 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 quality for coin collectors. Usually in January, the U.S. Mint tends to strike both coins to the expected amounts needed for the entire year. That wasn’t the case for halves at least until the second month of this year.

In February, mintages of Philadelphia Mint-struck Kennedy half-dollars rose by 1.8 million after none were reported out of the plant in January. That adds to the earlier 1.8 million produced Denver halves for a combined 3.6 million. Last year’s half-dollar ended with equal splits of 1.7 million for Denver and Philadelphia for a combined 3.4 million.

Published mintages of the Native American dollar remained unchanged — 1.26 million from Denver and 1.4 million from Philadelphia for a combined 2.66 million coins. Last year’s dollar had splits of 1.54 million for Denver and 1.4 million for Philadelphia for a combined 2.94 million coins.

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

US Mint Circulating Coin Production in April 2020

DenominationDenverPhiladelphiaTotal
Lincoln Cents208,400,000194,800,000403,200,000
Jefferson Nickels33,360,00031,680,00065,040,000
Roosevelt Dimes107,000,00099,000,000206,000,000
ATB Quarters66,000,00061,600,000127,600,000
Kennedy Half Dollars000
Native American $1s000
Total414,760,000387,080,000801,840,000

 

U.S. Mint plants in Denver and Philadelphia manufacture all of America’s coins for commerce. Last month, the Denver Mint made 414.76 million coins and the Philadelphia Mint made 387.08 million coins for the combined 801.84 million coins.

Year-to-date, the Denver Mint struck 2,120,360,000 coins and the Philadelphia Mint struck 1,902,720,000 coins for a combined 4,023,080,000 coins — 20.7% fewer than the 5,072,060,000 coins minted through the first four months of 2019.

This next table lists 2020 coin production totals by denomination and by U.S. Mint facility:

YTD 2020 Circulating Coin Production by Denomination

1 ¢5 ¢10 ¢25 ¢50 ¢N.A. $1Total:
Denver1158.8M202.8M333.5M422.2M1.8M1.26M2120.36M
Philadelphia1029.6M160.32M316M393.6M1.8M1.4M1902.72M
Total2188.4M363.12M649.5M815.8M3.6M2.66M4023.08M

 

If the current production pace stretched through to December, the annual mintage for 2020 would near 12.1 billion coins. Usually, however, the production pace slows significantly in December as the Mint prepares for newly dated coinage for the upcoming year. The U.S. Mint made over 11.9 billion coins for circulation in 2019.

Mintages by Unique Design

The U.S. Mint has released to date three annually issued coins with one-year-only designs. They include:

The following table offers a mintage breakdown for it and other denominations:

2020 Circulating Coin Production by Design

DenverPhiladelphiaTotal
Lincoln Cents1,158,800,0001,029,600,0002,188,400,000
Jefferson Nickels202,800,000160,320,000363,120,000
Roosevelt Dimes333,500,000316,000,000649,500,000
National Park of American Samoa Quarter212,200,000249,200,000461,400,000
Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter (Connecticut)135,400,000113,200,000248,600,000
Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve Quarter (U.S. Virgin Islands)000
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter (Vermont)000
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter (Kansas)000
Kennedy Half-Dollars1,800,0001,800,0003,600,000
Native American $1 Coins1,260,0001,400,0002,660,000
Total2,045,760,0001,871,520,0003,917,280,000

 

There are 105.8 million in quarters that the U.S. Mint has yet to officially assign to a design. These are a portion of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Salt River Bay quarters set to enter circulation on June 1.

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