Newly released circulating coin production figures from the United States Mint indicate that there were significantly less coins minted in August 2012 than during the previous month.
Production of cents, nickels, dimes, and quarters summed to 655,500,000 last month. In contrast, circulating coin production accumulated to 906,620,000 in July.
As shown in the following grid, the U.S. Mint did not strike any halves or dollar coins last month.
US Mint Circulating Coin Production Figures – August
|Denver Total||Philadelphia Total||August Total|
|2012 ATB Quarters||31,000,000||10,800,000||41,800,000|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||0||0||0|
|Native American $1s||0||0||0|
The next slowest production month over the past year was August 2011 when the United States Mint delivered 604,540,000 coins for circulation. Slower months from there were February 2012 at 579,860,000 and December 2011 at 431,780,000.
Year-to-date circulating coin production figures are at 6,379,660,000. From that, 3,116,130,000 were struck in Denver and 3,263,540,000 came from Philadelphia — the two United States Mint facilities tasked with producing American coinage for circulation. The pace is nearly 15% faster than during the same period last year.
Aside from the above numbers, the other interesting details gleaned from the data were mintages for the Hawaii Volcanoes quarters. These quarters were released into circulation on August 27, 2012. The U.S. Mint’s circulating coin production figures shows 124,800,000 were made, with 78,600,000 from the Denver Mint and 46,200,000 from the Philadelphia Mint. The total is the second highest of the 2010-2012 America the Beautiful Quarters, behind the 143,200,000 minted 2011 Chickasaw quarters. The other quarters do not come close to these totals.
For a more detailed report on coinage minted during August, read this coin news article.