The U.S. Mint reports that production of dimes began at Philadelphia during the month of February.
A small total of 19 million of the denomination was produced at the East Coast facility.
Philadelphia also struck 84 million of the new Union Shield cents and 12.6 million Presidential dollars.
The overall February monthly total of 115.6 million coins produced in Philadelphia was down slightly from the January figure of 115.75 million coins.
For Denver, the production decline was even greater. It struck only cents in February and that total of 78.8 million pieces was it. In January Denver produced 102.66 million coins overall.
The combined February production total for the two minting facilities at 194.4 million was 24.01 million coins fewer than were produced in January.
If the present production pace is maintained, fewer than 2.5 billion coins would be struck in calendar year 2010. However, the late introduction of the America the Beautiful quarter series has kept output down so far this year.
The new quarter series is scheduled to be released to the public in April. Designs will be unveiled by U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios March 24 in a Washington, D.C., ceremony.
The Mint also reported final totals for the 2010 Millard Fillmore Presidential dollar. Philadelphia struck 37,520,000 and Denver 36,960,000 for a combined 74,480,000 pieces.