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In Defense of The U.S. Mint

Numismatists are a peculiar lot. Collectors simply falls short in describing those strong in desire and passion for not only coinage but all things related. Desire in seeking out the best, albeit in many cases financially limited, coins for a collections. Passionate in displaying, sharing and discussing the same. In my many years of collecting, we are the sort which on occasion voice strong opposition to the goings on within the United States Mint. Sometimes for good reason, others out of frustration. The latter is what I wish to discuss, or rather convey an opinion.


On any given day, a search of the forums turns up such frustrated opinions entailing mintage figures, order limits and/or fast sell-outs. A few examples, but not limited to, are the West Point Quarters and 2019 West Point Enhanced Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle. Of which the former I also am guilty. What I find perplexing is why we are quick to complain of low mintages directly from the mint yet accept and sometimes praise the same from earlier years. Granted, earlier figures may have been for other reasoning yet they are one and the same.


Being an optimist by nature I wholly agree with the mint when issuing coinage. I find it a great thing to have coins of low mintage among those in the millions from year to year as this creates a thrill of the chase experience if you will. The brunt of my frustration lies with the secondary market driven by collectors with novel intent. The fad phase. Reverting back to my optimism, and the lessons learned from years of collecting, these high prices will drop. Without doubt I will still complain, yet with patience and perseverance I will acquire that which I could not through the United States Mint. Sometimes at or below issue price. And that's a win.              

1 year ago

I'm with you on the point of low mintages, particularly commemoratives as of late. What you have to accept with them, however, are usually uninspired designs or issues (Loin's Club centennial, etc.) because a lot of collectors find them dull. A good looking coin will always sell, whether it's old or as new as last week. And yes, the secondary market has a way of figuring things out in the end.

1 year ago

I havent bought anything directly from the mint in a while. Would love a 2019 enhanced Eagle. Would love to be one of those that could log in and order a limited edition. I am currently into so called dollars as they call them or medals. Also so called half dollars now. Hope to post my set of so called half dollars soon. 

1 year ago

I have no beef with the Mint but just feel things are usually cheaper on the secondary market, especially modern commemoratives and mint/proof sets.  Having said that, I do think they are trying to think outside the box and stir up a little enthusiasm.  I just hope they do right by us in 2026.

1 year ago

I am a guy frustrated with the mint. I don't think they should be making rarities. My opinion. I also feel they are simply lazy. The have a problem with some area like shipping and NEVER change that method. Designs I won't even get into..

1 year ago

I purchased the 2019 silver proof set for my son for his books. Nevervshiped. So i wrote an email telling them that my son would finish it he wanted to talk to the mint man!!! I weote hi mr mint man my dad yells allot.but i want my set for my books there really neat you shold see them!! I said that was my son. They shipped the same day. Coiendance. No way!

1 year ago

Ditto Longstrider.

1 year ago
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