2009 Lincoln Penny Mintages

You can't tell by looking at your daily pocket change, but the United States Mint actually produced more than 2.3 billion pennies during 2009.

Despite all the freshly minted 2009 Lincoln cents, finding the pennies in circulation can be quite the challenge. Why? Economic pressures have forced many to break the old penny jars and use otherwise hoarded change to buy groceries and other necessities.

The result is that pocket change is actually flowing back into the banking system instead of the other way around, like most years. And that's why it can be so difficult in certain regions of the U.S. to find 2009 coins, including the new pennies.

The following mintage tables provide a glance into how many cents the US Mint has struck by cent design. These are actually the coins minted in Denver and Philadelphia for circulation purposes only -- they do not include proof or uncirculated collector coins the Mint produces.

For reference, here are total mintage figures that are known:

2009 Lincoln Penny Mintages

Denver Philadelphia 2009 Total
Birthplace Cent 350,400,000 284,400,000 634,800,000
Formative Years Cent 363,600,000 376,000,000 739,600,000
Professional Life Cent 336,000,000 316,000,000 652,000,000
Presidency Cent 198,000,000 129,600,000 327,600,000
Total 1,248,000,000 1,106,000,000 2,354,000,000


The fourth and final 2009 redesigned Lincoln Presidency penny was launched on Nov. 12, 2009.