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Quarter Mintage Extends Decline
May 28, 2010

The long decline in quarter production continues. Just as every design in last year’s District of Columbia and U.S. Territories program was lower than the prior one, so too is the first design of the America the Beautiful series.

Quarter production for the Hot Springs, Ark., coin dropped 18 percent to 59.6 million pieces as compared to the Northern Mariana Islands total of 72.8 million.

Output for the Hot Springs design was evenly divided. Philadelphia cranked out 30.6 million coins and Denver came it at 29 million.

If production stabilizes at this level, the 2010 quarter total would fall just short of 300 million pieces divided among five designs and two mints.

However if the rate of decline were to match that of 2009 where the six-design series saw almost 58 percent fewer quarters produced at the end as at the beginning that would result in the final design of 2010 coming in at just over 25 million coins, or roughly 12.5 million apiece from each mint.

How low can quarter mintages go before collectors start nibbling?

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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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