Circulating coins are the coins that the United States Mint produces for everyday transactions. Circulating coins are also included in the United States Mint’s annual coin sets, which are the staple of coin collecting.
Find measurements and metal content information on the Coin Specifications table.
Watch the video below to see how the Mint makes circulating coins. Explore the production process further with articles about coin design, die making, and coin production.
Coins in Circulation
The penny, nickel, dime, and quarter are the circulating coins that we use today. To learn more about the history of these coins, read The History of U.S. Circulating Coins.
Circulating Coin Collectibles
Half dollar and $1 coins are produced as collectibles. However, they may still be ordered by the Federal Reserve for circulation and used as legal tender.
Previous Circulating Coins
- Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program (2009)
- Lincoln Penny (1959-2008)
- Westward Journey Nickel Series (2004-2005)
- General George Washington Crossing the Delaware Quarter (2021)
- America the Beautiful Quarters® Program (2010-2021)
- DC and U.S. Territories Quarters (2009)
- 50 State Quarters Program (1999-2008)
- George Washington Bicentennial Quarter (1975-1976)
- George Washington Quarter (1932-1998)
- Presidential $1 Coin Program (2007-2016, 2020)
- Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin (2000-2008)
- Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin (1979-1999)