The United States Mint on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, released April coin production figures.
For many watchers of the monthly numbers, most interesting was the fact that the US Mint struck new nickels for the first time in 2010.
The economic downturn has resulted in a huge reduction in circulating coins. Jefferson nickels had not been produced since July 2009, and then only a small quantity of them.
Second on the interest factor scale was how many more America the Beautiful Quarters were minted. Mint numbers from March revealed that the first batch of Hot Springs National Park Quarters produced hit 42.4 million, with 19 million made at its facility in Denver and 23.4 million struck at its plant in Philadelphia.
The big questions for the 25-cent pieces was whether those mintages were finalized in April and whether the next Yellowstone quarters had begun to get pressed. Based on the latest round of data, it appears the answers to both questions are "no" and "no."
The Mint has not broken out production of America the Beautiful Quarters by design, indicating the most recent updated numbers apply to a portion of the Hot Spring quarters alone. So with that, to the latest numbers…
The latest America the Beautiful Quarter mintages indicate they jumped up another 35 million in April. The Mint facility at Philadelphia was a bit busier than Denver with respective increases of 18.6 million and 16.4 million.
To date, 77.4 million 2010-dated quarter-dollars have been produced, with 35.4 million from Denver and 42.0 million from Philadelphia.
As a reminder, the Mint showed that no quarters were struck in January, so April production was lower than March.
Given the release of the Yellowstone National Park Quarter on June 1, 2010, there is a strong chance that the Mint has now begun striking them, and that the Hot Spring quarter figures should be finalized in next month’s report which will show May production.