After nearly six months of searching, I found a 2008-P Jefferson Nickel in pocket change. I noticed the shinier-than-usual nickel in the pile that was removed from my pocket on Thursday, June 12. Not including State Quarters, this is the latest I have seen circulating coins for any year.
The slow economy is also slowing coin production. Numismatic News is reporting that even the production of Presidential Dollars are slower than the equivalent time period after the introduction of the Sacagawea Dollar. Although the US Mint does not provide monthly production figures, the total mintage figures for 2008 through May is less than one-third of the 2007 totals.
Hopefully, I will find a penny and dime soon.