September 11, 2012 – Plans by the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank to invest $650,000 facility in expanding its coin storage area from 3,000 to 6,000 sq ft to store excess Presidential $1 coins has been shelved, following the decision by the US Treasury Department to suspend production of the coins for circulation.
The Federal Reserve estimated in its 2011 annual report that it could end up holding more than $2 billion in $1 coins as inventory. As of the end of May, inventories totaled more than $1.4 billion. However, the growth of these inventories has slowed substantially since the decision to suspend minting was taken last December. They grew by 14 million coins for the first three months of this year, compared with an average growth rate of 66 million coins per quarter for the first five years of the program. According to the Federal Reserve, growth continued to slow in April and May, with the addition of 2 million coins.
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