It is considered bad form to run up the score in some sports, but there was no such constraint on the Coining Division at the United States Mint in Philadelphia July 24 when it delivered 42.44 million coins.
That single-day total is a record, beating the old one of 38.28 million by more than 10 percent.
Might we see more days like this?
Since the old record was set just a few short months ago in October 2013, a new record might be forthcoming soon with annual coin demand ramping back up after the Great Recession.
The Mint has a choice of setting more daily output records or hiring more staff.
As the Mint noted, production of 30 million coins per day is not uncommon at the Philadelphia Mint, but coining over 40 million pieces in one day is a an amazing accomplishment. Every employee, department, machine, part, die, tool and blank has to be perfect and perform flawlessly.
“Beating the old record by over four million coins with the same number of presses was a tremendous achievement,” said Joe Falls, Coining Division Manager. “There were many key factors – first and foremost was the dedication and hard work of our employees. But we also had outstanding die life, great blanks from BAU and near-perfect press availability.”