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Fillmore Continues Slow Decline
March 09, 2010

The first final mintage total for a 2010 dollar coin issue is out. The Millard Fillmore coin, which was introduced to the public in February, continues the slow slide in dollar mintage totals.

I do mean “slow” slide.

The 74,480,000 number that came out of the Denver and Philadelphia mints combined is just 3,780,000 coins lower than the last design struck in 2009.

There is a fairly even split between the two mints. Philadelphia’s 37,520,000 pieces outpaced Denver’s 36,960,000 contribution.

Obviously, the Mint continues to stride to fulfill a public demand that does not really exist at such high levels.

Perhaps someday the public will be glad the coins exist and happily begin to use them as the late 1990s saw the final drawdown of the Anthony dollar supply overhang and a new 1999 coinage struck after a lapse of 28 years.

Or perhaps the Mint will build up such a supply that there will be a Treasury Presidential dollar coin release in 50 or 100 years that will excite the collectors of the future with pristine issues from the early 21st century.

What’s your take on such a large mintage number?

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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