Cut in Latest Month
By David C. Harper
September coinage production fell by half from
August, there were fewer zeroes in the monthly
U.S. Mint box score than the month before.
Coin presses were completely inactive in
September for dimes and nickels. Also,
Philadelphia’s presses remained at rest where
half dollars were concerned. For the other
denominations, the presses were given something
More than half of the overall 181.96 million
coins struck in September were cents. The 93.2
million coins recorded during the month pushed
the overall 2009 cent total to 2.0264 billion
A small output of 200,000 Kennedy half dollars
at Denver nudged the total so far this year from
that facility to 1.9 million coins and raised
the question in collector minds as to whether
there will be a balancing 200,000 production in
Philadelphia in October.
Presidential dollar output was 40.6 million
coins, with Philadelphia producing more than
two-thirds of the total.
Denver turned the tables on Philadelphia with a
far higher quarter output of 24 million coins as
compared to the mother mint’s 3.8 million, but
this becomes more understandable when looking at
the figures for the full year. For the first
nine months output was 232.12 million quarters
at Philadelphia and 237.4 million at Denver.
A perfect balance was achieved between the two
mints as far as production of the 2009 Native
American dollar was concerned with 10.08 million
being struck at each facility in September. The
nine-month tally also is fairly evenly split.
When looking at 2009 production overall, both
Denver and Philadelphia have produced more than
1.5 billion coins apiece and fewer than 30
million coins separates one total from the
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