Entries from March 2009 ↓

Puerto Rico Quarter Launch

The Puerto Rico Quarter was officially released yesterday March 30, 2009, but it will probably be difficult to find the coins in circulation.

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Even though the coins have only just been released, the US Mint has posted the final production figures for the coin. They come in at a very low 86 million coins produced by the Denver Mint and 53 million coins produced by the Philadelphia Mint. To put this in perspective, the mintage for a single quarter has not been this low since the 1960s.

The US Mint began selling bags and rolls of the coins directly. This offering includes a two roll set and 100-coin bags and 1000-coin bags from the Philadelphia or Denver Mints. These rolls might be the best chance for collectors to easily acquire examples of the new coin.

An official launch ceremony for the 2009 Puerto Rico Quarter will be held later this week on April 2. The ceremony will take place at La Arcada, Paseo La Princesa #2, Viejo San Juan. It will be attended by Edmund Moy the US Mint Director and Luis Fortuno the Governor of Puerto Rico.

William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollar Mintage

Wialliam Henry Harrison DollarThe US Mint recently posted the mintage information for the William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollars. The trend of lower mintages for the Presidential Dollar series continued. Since the start of the series, each subsequent release has shown a lower mintage than the previous, except for the Andrew Jackson Dollar, which showed a small uptick before the trend resumed.

The 2009 William Henry Harrison shows coin production of 43,260,000 at the Philadelphia Mint and 55,160,000 at the Denver Mint. This makes a total mintage of 98,420,000 across both Mints.

While this is the lowest on record for the series, the amount is still relatively high.

Due to the slowing economy, there is a reported glut of coinage, which causes fewer new coins to be produced. This has impacted other denominations to a greater extent. For example, there were only 53 million nickels produced across both Mints though February 2009.

Does it make sense that we need more dollar coins than nickels for circulation?

US Mint Product Schedule Update

The US Mint has updated their product schedule again. Since it was first released, they have periodically added new products or changed vague dates to specific dates.

The latest round of updates includes some great news for anyone looking to get their hands on the 2009 Lincoln Cents. The US Mint will be offering two roll sets of the coins. The first set featuring the Log Cabin design will be offered for sale on March 13, 2009.

The partial US Mint schedule for unreleased products with specific release dates known appears below.

3/5/2009 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Proof Coin – Anna Harrison
3/5/2009 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin – Anna Harrison
3/13/2009 Lincoln Cent Birthplace Roll Set
3/17/2009 William Henry Harrison $1 Coin Cover
3/19/2009 Anna Harrison Bronze Medal 1 5/16”
3/23/2009 United States Mint 2009 District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Quarters Silver Proof Set™
3/26/2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar
3/30/2009 Puerto Rico Bags and Two-Roll Set
4/2/2009 2009 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set (P&D)
4/7/2009 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set™ – William Henry Harrison
4/14/2009 District of Columbia Official First Day Coin Cover
4/28/2009 Puerto Rico First Day Coin Cover

2009 Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coins

The US Mint will soon offer the 2009 Anna Harrison First Spouse Coins. This will be the first release for the third year of the program created to honor the First Spouses of Presidents. In 2009 there will be a total of five First Spouse Coins issued since John Tyler had a first and second wife.

Anna Harrison First Spouse Coins

The Anna Harrison coin features an obverse designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and suclpted by Charles Vickers. The obverse shows a portrait of the First Lady. The reverse shows Mrs. Harrison sharing her love of education and learning with a group of children.

The coins have been limited to a mintage of 40,000 coins and will be offered in both proof and uncirculated versions. The ratio of proof to uncirculated coins will be determined based on customer demand. The coins are expected to remain on sale for approximately one year or until the coins have sold out. The official release date is March 5, 2009.

Each coin contains one half ounce of 24 karat gold. The next spouse to be honored will be Letitia Tyler, which should be released during the spring.