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.