Production Off to Slow Start
By Numismatic News
production at the U.S. Mint got off to a weak
start to the year in January when little more
than half a billion coins were struck.
If production continues at the same rate for the
next 11 months, overall production would drop to
fewer than 6.2 billion coins from over 10.1
billion in 2008.
Some surprisingly low numbers were recorded for
nickels at the Philadelphia Mint where only
3,360,000 were struck.
The new Native American dollar saw only 700,000
coined in Denver.
Quarter production at the pace set in January
would not even hit 900 million by year end,
compared to over 2.5 billion struck in 2008.
Naturally, one month does not tell the story for
an entire year, but for collectors used to
counting by the billions, January's numbers seem
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