Mint Production Lowest Since 1950s
By Numismatic News
coins were struck for circulation by the U.S.
Mint in December 2009, leaving overall
production totals for the year at low levels
last seen in the 1950s.
That means the 2009 Lincoln cent sets just got
scarcer. The mintage numbers for the fourth
design, which marks the Lincoln presidency, have
come in far below the totals for the first
Complete sets are limited in number to the coin
with the lowest mintage in it.
Only 129.6 million of the Philadelphia
Presidency coins were struck. Denver had a
higher total at 198 million, but because it did
not crack the 200 million mark, it will be
perceived as scarcer than it perhaps really is.
In calendar year 2009 only 1.106 billion
Philadelphia cents were produced. For Denver,
the total was a larger 1.248 billion.
Breakdown of the other totals are:
Birth P: 284.4 million
Formative Years P: 376 million
Professional Life P 316 million
Birth D: 350.4 million
Formative Years D: 363.6 million
Professional Life D: 336 million
As low as these numbers are, still two out of
every three coins struck in 2009 were cents.
Overall, 3.548 billion coins were struck for
circulation in 2009. The paradox, of course, is
that the cents, nickels and dimes especially
were rarely encountered in circulation by the
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