Author Archive: Louis Golino

Louis Golino is an award-winning numismatic journalist and writer specializing on modern U.S. and world coins.

He has been writing a weekly column for CoinWeek since May 2011 called “The Coin Analyst,” which focuses primarily on modern numismatic issues and developments at major world mints. In August 2015 he received the Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Website Column for “The Coin Analyst.”

He is also a contributor to Coin World, where he writes a bimonthly feature and weekly blog, and The Numismatist, the American Numismatic Association’s monthly publication, where he writes a monthly column on modern world coins.

His numismatic writing career began in 2009, and his work has been published and discussed in many other coin publications and coin dealer web sites.

He is also a founding member of the Modern Coin Forum sponsored by Modern Coin Mart.

A coin collector since he was 10, he first joined the ANA in the 1970’s and is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists.

He previously served as a congressional relations specialist and policy analyst at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress and as a syndicated columnist and news analyst on international politics and national security for a wide variety of publications. He has been writing professionally since the early 1980s, when he began writing op-ed articles and news analyses.

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The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part II)

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part II)

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …….. Read Part I Here 7.) Are there particular modern world coin series or coins of a specific country or theme that tend to sell better than others? “Yes, well designed modern world coins and really topical series tend to sell well. These are almost always based on history, architecture, […]

The Coin Analyst –  Should the U.S. Return to the Gold Standard?

The Coin Analyst – Should the U.S. Return to the Gold Standard?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……   August 15 marks the 45th anniversary of the end of the gold standard. In 1971 President Richard M. Nixon ended the convertibility of the dollar with gold, which paved the way for the system of floating, fiat currencies that exists today. Ever since then the U.S. dollar has […]

The Coin Analyst: Australian Silver Kangaroo Series Began in 2015, Not 2016

The Coin Analyst: Australian Silver Kangaroo Series Began in 2015, Not 2016

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   On September 21, 2015 the Perth Mint began offering a new line of one-ounce silver bullion coins featuring a design that had appeared previously on Perth’s one-kilo and one-ton gold coins: a bounding red kangaroo against a background of stylized sun rays. The series is known as the […]

The Coin Analyst: 2015’s Most Profitable Modern Coins

The Coin Analyst: 2015’s Most Profitable Modern Coins

When it comes to modern coins, both U.S. and world issues, the goal of purchasing coins that will perform well in the secondary market is a key incentive for many buyers By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Coin collecting is best understood as a hobby that rewards the collector mainly in non-monetary ways, but […]

The Coin Analyst: Silver Art Rounds Now Widely Collected

The Coin Analyst: Silver Art Rounds Now Widely Collected

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Over the past couple of years, a newer type of collectible silver product has become very popular–specifically, silver art rounds with attractive designs and high-quality minting. In addition, silver art rounds are sometimes struck in high relief or ultra-high relief and often in limited numbers. And some of […]

The Coin Analyst – The 2016 GOP Presidential Race and the Gold Standard

The Coin Analyst – The 2016 GOP Presidential Race and the Gold Standard

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   As happened four years ago when Ron Paul and other GOP presidential candidates came out in support of a new gold standard–it was even included in the 2012 GOP platform–several candidates have expressed support for the idea during the current GOP presidential race. Ted Cruz and the gold […]

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Perhaps few topics are more central to numismatics than the designs that appear on the coins we collect. Some people like to study mintage levels, the physical characteristics of coins and other issues, but at the end of the day it is really all, or at least mostly, […]

Coin Books – First Read: American Gold and Silver by Dennis Tucker

Coin Books – First Read: American Gold and Silver by Dennis Tucker

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   As modern U.S. coins grew in popularity and became an important segment of the coin market over the last several decades, there was no real concomitant emergence of a significant numismatic literature about this burgeoning field. There are a few key works, like Eric Jordan’s Modern Commemorative Coins […]

The Coin Analyst – Domed Basketball Coins More Likely Miss than Hit if Issued in 2019

The Coin Analyst – Domed Basketball Coins More Likely Miss than Hit if Issued in 2019

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   As reported recently in CoinWeek, a bill (H.R. 4592) was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 23 that proposes issuing a set of three coins (half dollar, silver dollar, and $5 gold coin) in 2019 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall […]

The Coin Analyst: 2016 World Money Fair Highlights

The Coin Analyst: 2016 World Money Fair Highlights

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Each year the largest and most important coin show in Europe is held the first week of February in Berlin, Germany. From February 5 to 7, the 45th Annual World Money Fair was held in the eastern portion of Berlin, where it has been held for most of […]

By February 17, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst – The Trio of 2016 Liberty Centennial Gold Coins Likely to Remain in Demand for Years

The Coin Analyst – The Trio of 2016 Liberty Centennial Gold Coins Likely to Remain in Demand for Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …. *Updated to include remarks by former CCAC Chairman Gary Marks. My CoinWeek colleague, Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez, recently wrote about the upcoming Liberty centennial gold coins that will be issued to honor the 100th anniversary of the release of the Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, and Walking Liberty half dollar in […]

By January 28, 2016 6 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The First Spouse Gold Series (2007-2016) – A Requiem

The Coin Analyst: The First Spouse Gold Series (2007-2016) – A Requiem

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   The $10 First Spouse half-ounce gold coin series, which debuted in 2007 and ends this year, is a topic I have covered at length for this and other publications over the past six years. As the series begins its long-awaited final year–a year that includes the release of coins […]

By January 18, 2016 8 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2015 Sellouts of U.S. Mint Coins and Whether They Matter

The Coin Analyst: 2015 Sellouts of U.S. Mint Coins and Whether They Matter

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   2015, like 2012 before it, was a year in which numerous U.S. Mint products sold out of their maximum mintages or had their sales ended prior to reaching those levels. While this happens to one degree or another almost every year, the parallels with 2012 are considerable. In both […]

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Strategies and Modern Silver World Coins

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Strategies and Modern Silver World Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   A new modern coin collector can very easily become overwhelmed. Whether attending a coin show, perusing hobby web sites and periodicals, or checking out dealer stores and web sites, new collectors quickly discover that with so many coins out there it’s easy to become lost when you’re just starting […]

By December 12, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The American Silver Eagle Turns 30

The Coin Analyst: The American Silver Eagle Turns 30

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   The American Silver Eagle, authorized by the 1985 Liberty Coin Act and issued since October 1986, is a coin best described with superlatives. It is the world’s best-selling silver bullion coin; the U.S. Mint’s most important bullion coin program; the most widely collected modern silver coin of all time; […]

By November 30, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Mexican Silver and Gold Libertads – 2015 Overview and Analysis

The Coin Analyst: Mexican Silver and Gold Libertads – 2015 Overview and Analysis

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   Mexico’s sovereign bullion coin made of gold or silver is known as the Libertad, which means “freedom” in Spanish. The name is fitting since the key element of the obverse design is based on a side view of the winged Victoria statute that sits at the top of the […]

By November 16, 2015 13 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2016 Panda Coins and the Switch to Metric Weights

The Coin Analyst: 2016 Panda Coins and the Switch to Metric Weights

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   One of the most anticipated events of the modern world coin scene every year is the release in October of the design for the following year’s silver and gold Panda coins by the People’s Bank of China. Last year’s release of these coins shocked many people when the inscriptions […]

By November 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Highlights of 2014

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Highlights of 2014

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. So many countries are issuing so many numismatic coins today that collectors in this field need to be more selective than ever about what they buy and collect.  Just compare the number of pages in the 2015 edition of Krause Publications’ Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001- present with the […]

By December 31, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2014 Modern U.S. Coin Year in Review

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Modern U.S. Coin Year in Review

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. It’s been a noteworthy year for modern U.S. coins with some of the best releases and most compelling designs in many years such as the 2014 American Platinum Eagle proof coin that depicts a young Lady Liberty.  There were also a number of unexpected surprises like the 2014 Native American […]

By December 23, 2014 14 Comments Read More →
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 7 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 […]

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 1 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 […]

 
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