Mintage Drops Sharply
By David C. Harper
2009 District of Columbia quarters fell even
further than was at first speculated from the
February mintage report in last week's paper.
Only 172,400,000 pieces were struck, according
to final mintage figures provided by the U.S.
This total is divided almost in half between the
Philadelphia and Denver Mints.
Philadelphia struck 83,600,000 coins and Denver
Even lower is the final mintage figure for the
Puerto Rican quarter, which is the second of six
designs to be released in 2009.
The combined output of Philadelphia and Denver
is just 139,000,000 pieces, but rather than
being divided evenly, with this design,
Philadelphia significantly lagged the Denver
output with just 53,000,000 quarters being
produced. Denver, on the other hand, struck
86,000,000 Puerto Rico quarters.
Both of these designs have mintage totals
drastically less than the totals for the
scarcest state quarters.
The Denver output for the 2008 Oklahoma quarter
was 194,600,000, which is almost four times the
number of Philadelphia Puerto Rico quarters.
For additional comparisons, consider the
Philadelphia output for the 2004 Iowa quarter
was 213,800,000 pieces. The P-mint 2002 Ohio
output was 217,400,000 coins and the P-Mint
Maine output in 2003 was 217,400,000.
With a production trendline like this,
collectors will have to pay attention to the
rest of the six-coin Territories quarter series.