There are two government organizations responsible for creating currency in the United States. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is responsible for printing paper money, while the U.S. Mint produces coins. In 2020, there were 5,795,200,000 paper bills and 14,774,400,000 coins produced.
The researchers at WizardPins looked at coin production statistics over the last 100 years to see which years had the most coins produced. According to data from the U.S. Mint, these are the years which saw the most coins produced:
- 2000: 28.1 billion coins ($5.7 billion)
- 1999: 21.9 billion coins ($2.9 billion)
- 1995: 19.8 billion coins ($1.8 billion)
- 1996: 19.5 billion coins ($1.7 billion)
- 1982: 19.45 billion coins ($1.6 billion)
The years that had the lowest coin production were 1931-1933. This was the lowest point of the Great Depression in America, and many banks were failing. This makes coins minted during the Great Depression very valuable to coin collectors as so few were produced during that time.