US Mint Produces Over 1.2 Billion Coins for Circulation in January

US circulating coin production topped 1.2 billion in January

US coin production rebounded in January with the United States Mint striking over a billion coins for the eleventh time in 12 months after fewer than 954 million were made in December.

Minting facilities in Philadelphia and Denver are tasked with making all US coins for commerce. The pair last month struck more than 1.2 billion coins for circulation — spread across cents, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars and dollars, representing increases of 31.1% from December and 35.9% from January 2021.

Here’s how last month compares against others in the past year:

January 2021 to January 2022 Circulating Coin Production

Month mintage rank
Jan 2022 1,249.84m 5
December 2021 953.37 m 12
November 2021 1,104.7m 11
October 2021 1,213.86m 6
Sep 2021 1,169.28m 8th
Aug 2021 1,187.32m 7
July 2021 1,505.24 m 1
June 2021 1,348.60 m 3
May 2021 1,473.06m 2
April 2021 1,320.28m 4
March 2021 1,134.84m 10
February 2021 1,163.40 m 9
Jan 2021 919.52 m 13

The US Mint’s main mission is to manufacture coins, based on the nation’s demand, and transport them to Reserve Banks and their coin terminals for distribution into circulation.

The Federal Reserve orders more 1-cent coins from the US Mint than any other denomination even as data shows that it costs 2.1 cents to make and distribute each one. The Mint struck 748 million Lincoln cents last month, representing 59.8% of the circulating-quality coins produced last month.


In month-over month comparisons for coins used daily by Americans, production totals in January increased:

  • 23.9% for Lincoln cents,
  • 69.1% for Jefferson nickels,
  • 42.5% for Roosevelt dimes, and
  • 28.4% quarterly.

Native American $1 coins are no longer ordered by the Federal Reserve, but they are still made in circulating quality for coin collectors. The same is true, or was until last year, for Kennedy half-dollars. Traditionally in January, the US Mint produces both denominations to the expected amounts needed for the entire year. That turned true in 2021 for Native American dollars, but not for halves which saw their mintage increase in February, March, April, May and August.

Published mintage of 2022 Native American dollars show equal splits of 980,000 from Denver and 980,000 from Philadelphia for a combined 1.96 million coins. In contrast, the 2021 dollar logged splits of 1.26 million for Denver and 1.26 million for Philadelphia for 2.52 million coins.

Mintages for the 2022 Kennedy half-dollar currently stood at 1.6 million from Denver and 1.6 million from Philadelphia for a total of 3.2 million. Last year’s half-dollar ended with a mix of 7.7 million from Denver and 5.4 million from Philadelphia for a combined 13.1 million. (Mint 2021 fiscal year data shows 12 million halves shipped for distribution into circulation.)

The US Mint started selling rolls, bags and boxes of 2022 Native American dollars on Feb. 9. Rolls and bags of 2022 Kennedy halves are scheduled for release sometime this spring.

This next table shows 2022 circulating coin mintage by production facility, denomination, and design.

US Mint Circulating Coin Production in January 2022

Denver Philadelphia Total
Lincoln cents 406,400,000 341,600,000 748,000,000
JeffersonNickel 61,920,000 53,760,000 115,680,000
Roosevelt dime 105,500,000 96,500,000 202,000,000
quarters 95,200,000 83,800,000 179,000,000
Kennedy Half Dollar 1,600,000 1,600,000 3,200,000
Native American $1 coin 980,000 980,000 1,960,000
Total 671,600,000 578,240,000 1,249,840,000

In addition to the Native American dollar, the US Mint so far has released one other coin with a one-year-only design and that is the first issue from their four-year program of American Women Quarters™. 2022 Maya Angelou quarters started circulating in January. (The Mint started selling collectible Maya Angelou quarters in rolls and bags on Feb. 7.) The circulating quarter figures above show just a portion of those minted to date. Final minutes for the quarter should be available by March.

In overall production totals for January, the Denver Mint made 671.6 million coins and the Philadelphia Mint made 578.24 million coins for the combined 1,249,840,000,000. If the current production pace stretched through to December, the annual mintage for 2022 would be near 15 billion coins. The US Mint manufactured nearly 14.5 billion coins for circulation in 2021.

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