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While the Denver Mint began coinage in 1906 and increased production in 1907 and 1908, the New Orleans Mint was slowing down, with its final coinage just two years later in 1909. With the exception of the 1906-O eagle and the 1909-O half eagle, Barber coins were the only pieces minted in New Orleans during its final four years. Its big production years were 1907 and 1908, with about $8 million in coinage. In 1909 the total was just over $1 million, including $171,000 in half eagles. Coinage momentum was clearly leaning toward Denver, while efforts in New Orleans were geared more toward lowering expenses and closing the facility. The typical weak strikes during its closing years suggest that workmen in New Orleans were attempting to increase die life while reducing production costs.
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