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Once again, another late night post where I'm too tired to elaborate. Check out the "low" mintages!! That's why we saw so few 2009 coins! More info and better table here: http://www.coinnews.net/2010/01/20/2009-us...cut-production/



Denver Philadelphia 2009 Total

Birthplace Cent 350,400,000 284,400,000 634,800,000

Formative Years Cent 363,600,000 376,000,000 739,600,000

Professional Life Cent 336,000,000 316,000,000 652,000,000

Presidency Cent 198,000,000 129,600,000 327,600,000

Jefferson Nickel 46,800,000 39,840,000 86,640,000

Roosevelt Dime 49,500,000 96,500,000 146,000,000

DC Quarter 88,800,000 83,600,000 172,400,000

Puerto Rico Quarter 86,000,000 53,200,000 139,200,000

Guam Quarter 42,600,000 45,000,000 87,600,000

American Samoa Quarter 39,600,000 42,600,000 82,200,000

U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter 41,000,000 41,000,000 82,000,000

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter 37,600,000 35,200,000 72,800,000

Kennedy Half Dollar 1,900,000 1,900,000 3,800,000

Native American $1 33,880,000 37,380,000 71,260,000

Harrison Presidential $1 55,160,000 43,260,000 98,420,000

Tyler Presidential $1 43,540,000 43,540,000 87,080,000

Polk Presidential $1 41,720,000 46,620,000 88,340,000

Taylor Presidential $1 36,680,000 41,580,000 78,260,000

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Wow, usually low for full year-round mintages. I'm somewhat shocked at the nickel and dime numbers especially. Given the hoarding that typically happens (think 1931S 1c) actual number entering circulation must be pretty low.


Didn't some state quarters have combined P/D mintages of >1B?


The lowest mintage Canadian circulation piece in recent years was the 2000-P 5c (2.3m), but that was a issued only for a few weeks at the end of the year, and of course Canada is only 1/10 the size of the U.S. populationwise.

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Sure, those are low compared to most mintage figures since the 1960s. But they're not that low. From that list, I never saw the Prez. cent, nickel, dime, Mariana Islands, or Polk in circulation. Now, those are scarce. But I have found scarcer. Over the past (nearly) two years of scourging my till at the end of every work day, I've put together nearly an entire roll's worth of S pennies, some old nickels with less than 20 M mintages, and various other little oddities that should be significantly more difficult to find than half the coins on that list.


I blame the ebay tycoons.


I have seen people selling '09 pennies on ebay by the case. Some were even making a nice $200 profit on the deal, too. I would venture to guess that most of these people probably had direct access to the coins and were probably ready with some quick change to make sure the coins never made it into circulation. Thankfully, a few managed to make it to my little wholesale store before they were snatched up and put on ebay. Here's what I was able to find since the coins came out:


(almost all of these were P mints)

Birthplace: ~400

Formative: ~1500 (0.0004% of the total figure sitting in my closet next to me)

Professional: ~50 (these never came in rolls and I had to recruit my fellow cashiers to be on the lookout)

Presidential: 0


Nickels/dimes: 0


DC: ~85 (we got a number of rolls, but I wasn't able to afford too many... quarters are expensive)

Puerto Rico: 3

Guam: 4

American Samoa: 3

Virgin Islands: 2

Mariana Islands: 0


Native American: 2

Harrison: 4

Tyler: 1

Polk: 0

Taylor: 14


For comparison's sake, I also found:

1 Buffalo Nickel, date unknown

3 1920's wheaties

1946 dime

4 War nickels

2004 Sac

Nickels: 1950, 1951-S, 1951-D, 1947-S (2), 1948-S, 1946-S, 1940-S (2), 1954-S, 1938

Walking liberty half, 1936

'89 proof nickel

George V Canadian nickel, 1927


Now that should say a thing or two about just how many coins I see on a yearly basis. It seems like I should have found a few more '09 coins simply by the law of averages, if nothing else.

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I search cent boxes from time to time and have turned up quite a few 2009 dated cents, the only ones I haven't seen yet are the LP-4s that were the last released. I have seen several of the territorial quarters, but I don't care or collect them. I have not seen any 2009 dated nickels or dimes.

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