Author Archive: Louis Golino

Louis Golino is a numismatic journalist and writer specializing in modern coin issues. He has been writing a weekly column for Coin Week since May 2011 called "The Coin Analyst," which focuses primarily on modern U.S. and world coins and developments at major world mints, and is also a contributor to two magazines, American Hard Assets and the Numismatist, the American Numismatic Association's monthly publication. His work has also appeared in Coin World, Numismatic News, and various coin web sites. He collects classic and modern U.S. coins and modern world coins from a number of different countries. He first joined the ANA in the 1970's. He has also worked for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress and has been a syndicated columnist and news analyst on international affairs for a wide variety of publications. He has been writing professionally since the early 1980's.

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The Coin Analyst: 2014 Libertad Coin Mintages Revealed; Ghana Lunar Skulls Take-Off

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Libertad Coin Mintages Revealed; Ghana Lunar Skulls Take-Off

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… Libertad gold and silver coins from the oldest mint in North America, the Casa de Moneda in Mexico, have always appealed to buyers for a range of reasons.  This includes their gorgeous obverse design depicting the bare-breasted winged Victoria statue that many consider the finest to appear on an ongoing […]

By December 11, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2014 Native American Coin and Currency Set Becomes Surprise Hit

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Native American Coin and Currency Set Becomes Surprise Hit

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek…   Important Update:  The U.S. Mint has resumed accepting orders for the 2014 Native American coin and currency set. They are listed as backordered with an expected in-stock date of December 8.   On November 20 the U.S. Mint began accepting orders for the 2014 Native American $1 Coin and Currency Set.  This […]

By December 2, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Interview with Steve Estes, an Oregon Dealer Retiring After 50 Years

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Steve Estes, an Oregon Dealer Retiring After 50 Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   Steves Estes is a Portland, Oregon dealer who has run a mail order business for over 50 years.  He specializes in classic U.S. coins, both graded and raw, and probably knows more about Morgan silver dollars than most dealers.  As he told me back in 2011 in an interview for […]

By November 21, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Analyst: A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series

Coin Analyst: A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… The Austrian Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints with historical roots that date back to 1194.  The modern Austrian Mint dates to 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed.  It is best known for its Philharmonic silver and gold coins, which are among the world’s most widely traded bullion coins. […]

By November 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Update for November

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Update for November

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. As the end of the year approaches, there are some interesting new coins from various world mints on a wide range of themes.  Some are bullion, while others are numismatic issues, but all of them have low mintages and are intriguing in their own way.   Elephants instead of eagles? […]

By November 10, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst:  2014 Kennedy Silver Set Sales by US Mint at 85,670 in first 12 hours

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Kennedy Silver Set Sales by US Mint at 85,670 in first 12 hours

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… The launch of the 2014 four-coin Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary set on October 28 went much more smoothly than most people had expected it to go. Some buyers encountered minor issues when placing orders, but the vast majority said the process was much quicker and easier than it had […]

By October 29, 2014 15 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Silver Set Mintage Limited to 300,000

The Coin Analyst: Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Silver Set Mintage Limited to 300,000

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… For collectors of modern U.S. coins this has been an exciting year that has been dominated by the release of the curved baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins and the three-part Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary products.  These coins and sets included many unique modern issues that will continue to be […]

By October 24, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Jackie Kennedy Gold Coin Mintage Announced and Spouse Series Keys

The Coin Analyst: Jackie Kennedy Gold Coin Mintage Announced and Spouse Series Keys

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. Jacqueline Kennedy Coin Mintage On October 16 the U.S. Mint issued a news release to numismatic editors and writers regarding the maximum mintage limits for the 2015 First Spouse $10 gold coins.  Next year will mark the ninth and penultimate year for this series, with the final coins to be […]

By October 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst – World Coins Edition: Libertad Proof Sets and Interview with American Buffalo High Relief Coin Designer

The Coin Analyst – World Coins Edition: Libertad Proof Sets and Interview with American Buffalo High Relief Coin Designer

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. 7-piece Libertad proof sets released Last month, I discussed the extensive delays at the Mexican Mint (Casa de Moneda) with respect to production of the Libertad proof coins and sets.  The much-anticipated 7-coin proof set in a wooden box with a numbered certificate of authenticity has finally started shipping.  I received my set […]

By October 16, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update for October

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update for October

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… U.S. Mint News in October: A busy month… Silver Eagle rationing? Last week the U.S. Mint sold 2.742 million American silver eagles to its network of Authorized Purchasers, a level that appears to be unprecedented.  On October 1 alone it sold 1.150 million coins, which Mint officials said could be […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Silver Prices Could Reverse Soon

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Silver Prices Could Reverse Soon

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek It’s been quite a while since I devoted a column to the precious metals scene.  I feel now is an appropriate time to do so because recent developments in gold and silver prices seem to be significant enough that they may have longer-term implications for bullion investors.  Silver is at […]

First Read: 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins, Third Edition

First Read: 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins, Third Edition

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Essay by Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins, Third Edition by Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett For a number of years now Whitman Publishing has issued various books that identify and discuss the 100 greatest coins […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: World Mint News Update for September

The Coin Analyst: World Mint News Update for September

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. For this month’s modern world coin round-up we have some interesting developments at the Perth Mint, the Casa de Moneda in Mexico, and the Royal Canadian Mint. Perth Mint On September 1 the Perth Mint in Australia released its latest batch of new issues headlined by the silver and gold […]

By September 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update for September

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update for September

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   No JFK silver sets in Baltimore In the aftermath of the chaotic events surrounding the release of the JFK gold half dollar last month, which were discussed in this column last month and in the in-depth analysis by my CoinWeek colleagues, both the U.S. Mint and the American Numismatic […]

By September 8, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
First Read: Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin

First Read: Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin by Michael “Miles” Standish The mighty Morgan dollar, as Michael Standish notes in his important new reference book on the most widely collected classic American coin, is […]

By September 2, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Round-Up for August

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Round-Up for August

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. It’s been a busy summer for modern coin releases from major world mints, and the fall will bring even more new coins that will be dominated by the 2015 Year of the Goat program.  Here are some of the more significant new coins:   Orion takes flight One of the […]

The Coin Analyst: Are Coin Show Releases Good for Numismatics?

The Coin Analyst: Are Coin Show Releases Good for Numismatics?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… As the dust settles on the largest and most important coin show of the year, the ANA’s World Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois last week, it is a good time to take stock of the launch of the 2014 gold Kennedy half dollars, which has important implications […]

The Coin Analyst: A Second Look at the Prospects for the Gold Kennedy Coins

The Coin Analyst: A Second Look at the Prospects for the Gold Kennedy Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said: “”The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” That quote came to mind over the past week as I was thinking about the forthcoming release next […]

The Coin Analyst: CCAC Endorses U.S. Mint Proposal for 2015 Ultra High Relief Coin and Medal

The Coin Analyst: CCAC Endorses U.S. Mint Proposal for 2015 Ultra High Relief Coin and Medal

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… During a teleconference held on July 22 the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee’s ten members unanimously endorsed a proposal by the U.S. Mint to use existing statutory legal authority to issue an American Liberty ultra high relief gold coin and silver medal in 2015. The proposal is for a 24 […]

First Read: American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

First Read: American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs, by Edmund Moy Edmund C. Moy, who served as Director of the U.S. Mint from 2006 to 2011, has probably had […]

The Coin Analyst: Minting to Demand of JFK Gold Coins Raises Problems

The Coin Analyst: Minting to Demand of JFK Gold Coins Raises Problems

Once again the U.S. Mint, for reasons I fail to understand, made a major announcement via Facebook.  And this was not even a major Facebook post, but rather it was a comment made on July 9 in response to a question from a collector, who asked how many of the gold JFK half dollars will […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. and World Mint News Update for July

The Coin Analyst: U.S. and World Mint News Update for July

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek.com More JFK coin details The U.S. Mint issued a press release on July 1  with a couple important details about the upcoming John F. Kennedy half dollar tribute coins that are going to be the highlight of the summer for many modern U.S. coin collectors and attendees of the August […]

The Coin Analyst: Some Interesting New World Coins

The Coin Analyst: Some Interesting New World Coins

By Louis Golino Missing Works of Art- New Niue Series Amid the dizzying array of recent new world coin issues is an intriguing a new series from the Mint of Poland created for the island nation of Niue, which issues a lot of coins. The series is called “Missing Works of Art” and deals with […]

The Coin Analyst: Herbert Hoover Presidential Dollar Celebrates 31st President

The Coin Analyst: Herbert Hoover Presidential Dollar Celebrates 31st President

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. At 11:00 today, the new Herbert Hoover presidential dollar coin will be released at a ceremony to be held at the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch, Iowa.  The event is jointly sponsored by the library-museum and the Hoover Presidential Foundation and will take place in the Figge Auditorium. The key speakers at […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold Kennedy Half Dollar to be Sold at ANA Show August 5-8

The Coin Analyst: Gold Kennedy Half Dollar to be Sold at ANA Show August 5-8

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek At the ANA World’s Fair of Money held last August in Rosement, Illinois the U.S. Mint sold the 2013-W Buffalo reverse proof gold coin to show attendees not long after releasing the coin through normal Mint sales channels. Buyers had to wait in line for many hours both of the […]

The Coin Analyst: The Growing Popularity of Cup-Shaped Coins

The Coin Analyst: The Growing Popularity of Cup-Shaped Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. What is it about curved, or cup-shaped coins, that appeals so much to collectors? Various world mints have increasingly explored issuing coins in unusual shapes such as cylinders, cubes, squares, and so forth, but none of those shapes have been as successful as the convex/concave combination. In part it is […]

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint’s Launch of Poseidon Coin Frustrates Buyers

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint’s Launch of Poseidon Coin Frustrates Buyers

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Once again a limited-edition, high-demand modern coins’ release resulted in web site problems and frustration for many buyers, which then produced a chorus of criticism aimed at the issuing Mint that was accused of catering too much to dealers. But this was not a U.S. Mint release of a hot […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Update

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Update

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek   The U.S. Mint Comments on the Matter of Baseball Hall of Fame Coin Shipping Delays   LG- “As best I can tell orders placed during the first 30-60 minutes online have shipped, and the rest are waiting to be shipped.  I was told there is a computer glitch with the system […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Signature Labels

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Signature Labels

Third party grading services offer real and replica signature inserts for 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Coins. Do they add lasting value? By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. One aspect of the much-discussed 2014 baseball commemorative coins that has not received very much attention yet is the special labels from PCGS and NGC that are signed by Hall […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Prices Move Higher

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Prices Move Higher

The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program continues to perform well in the secondary market. Will this trend continue? By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Modern commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint frequently drop in price after initial interest in the coins fades.  When early prices for 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame coins sold and graded […]

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