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Mint Strikes 11.9 Billion Coins
By David C. Harper, Numismatic News
January 23, 2014

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Paced by a huge recovery in quarter production, U.S. Mint output in calendar year 2013 surged by 28 percent to 11.9 billion pieces.

The number of quarters struck for circulation jumped 256 percent to 1.5 billion coins.

Smaller gains were registered by the other circulating denominations.

Dime production grew by 26 percent compared to 2012. Nickel output was up by 19 percent.

Cent production rose a comparatively small 18 percent, but the 7.07 billion coins comprised 59 percent of all circulation quality coins produced in 2013.

The usual rule of thumb for cent output is it runs approximately two-thirds of annual coin output, so the 2013 figure is lower.

Half dollar production leaped by 174 percent to 9.6 million pieces, but because it is such small number it has little impact on the Mint’s overall output.

Dollar figures declined. Native American coins were down by 40 percent while the Presidential dollars fell by 24 percent.

Perhaps nothing shows the renewed vigor of quarters than the individual mintage figures for the five designs.

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White Mountain quarters had 107.6 million struck in Denver and 68.8 million in Philadelphia.

The Perry quarter numbers were 131.6 million for Denver and 107.8 million for Philadelphia.

Great Basin output was 141.4 million at Denver and 122.4 million in Philadelphia.

Fort McHenry numbers are 151.4 million for Denver and 120 million for Philadelphia.

Mintages for the final design of the year for Mount Rushmore jumped to 272.4 million Denver pieces and 231.8 million Philadelphia.

Breakdown of Presidential production saw Denver strike 3,365,100 McKinley dollars and 4,760,000 Philadelphia pieces.

For Theodore Roosevelt Denver coined 3,920,000 and Philadelphia 5,310,700.

William Howard Taft was honored with 3,360,000 Denver dollars and 4,760,000 Philadelphia pieces.

Woodrow Wilson’s totals were nearly identical to Taft’s at 3,360,000 Denver dollars and 4,620,000 Philadelphia.

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