The United States Mint recently released the preliminary production figures for the Yellowstone National Park Quarter. The combined production of 68,400,000 coins across both the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities marks the first increase in production for the denomination compared to the prior design since 2008.
Following the conclusion of the popular 50 State Quarters Program, the United States Mint had a one year program featuring the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. Not only were mintages for the six issues of this series a fraction of the levels for the prior State Quarters, they also underwent a continual decline that lasted for the entire series. Each subsequent release had a lower overall mintage than the one before.
The trend continued into the first release of the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program. These coins will depict a National Parks or other national site from each of the fifty states, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories over the course of the next twelve years.
The Hot Springs National Park Quarter had a preliminary production of 59,600,000 coins. The figures for the most recently released Yellowstone National Park Quarter exceed this amount by 8,800,000 or 14.7%.
Production Figures for Recent US Mint Quarters
|2008 Hawaii Quarter||263,600,000||254,000,000||517,600,000|
|2009 District of Columbia Quarter||88,800,000||83,600,000||172,400,000|
|2009 Puerto Rico Quarter||86,000,000||53,200,000||139,200,000|
|2009 Guam Quarter||42,600,000||45,000,000||87,600,000|
|2009 American Samoa Quarter||39,600,000||42,600,000||82,200,000|
|2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter||41,000,000||41,000,000||82,000,000|
|2009 N. Mariana Islands Quarter||37,600,000||35,200,000||72,800,000|
|2010 Hot Springs Quarter||29,000,000||30,600,000||59,600,000|
|2010 Yellowstone Quarter||34,800,000||33,600,000||68,400,000|
In recent months, US Mint coin production figures have been rising nearly across the board. In the most recent month, circulating coin production across all denominations and mint facilities was nearly one billion coins. As recently as February 2010, monthly production had been below 200 million.