from 2004-2005 the Fed Reserve starded playing with changing distribution operations.
Around 2012, the Fed Reserve outsourced distribution completely to aromored carriers known as "operators" that run "depots" and do all of the supplying to financial institutions as contractors.
before then you could order specific State Quarter
or Presidential dollar
coins with your bank, and they would order it from the fed and it would go to the bank. under the new system, the armored carriers give what they have and will not be selective for a particular date or state orpresident, so being able to get a roll of washington or jefferson or whatever ended. you get what you get.
"NIFC" is a misnomer in some cases. Like the Sac dollars, NA dollars and Presidential dollars
. these were intended for circulation, but the sac dollar was stopped from 2002-2008 for circulation because too many and no demand. They made the NA dollar for circulation from 2009-2011, 2012 onward that was stopped.
From 2007-2011 they made a lot of Presidential dollars
and stopped making those in 2012 because of too many and not enough demand.
these continued on for collectors in bags and rolls bought direct from the mint each year. these 3 series were intended for circulation but due to making too many and not much demand, they just mint some each year for collectors.
A real, NIFC would be the American Innovation Dollar
coins. they will not be distributed to banks ever, only sold to collectors direct from the mint, and then they would have to release them to the public. The series is authorized to be minted, it's just not authorized as a circulating coinage. the legislation is written for the minting and issuance of non-circulating coinage for that series. some will get out eventually to circulation though.
The dollar coins aren't popular to hunt, I hunt when I can, but it's usually like $50 or so at a time when I can get to the bank by the train station where a lot of them get turned in. I can't get boxes of halfs or dollars where I am, the banks refuse to deal with them, so I can only get some when people turn them in somewhere.