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.
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 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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
by Louis Golino for CoinWeek.com Ing Ing Jong, a Perth Mint coin designer, recently discussed with me her experience as a coin designer and her work on the new American Bald Eagle high relief silver proof coin, a stunning piece that depicts the bird’s profile in exquisite detail. The coin has a limited mintage of […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek I recently spoke with Gary Marks, Chairman of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission, about his involvement with coins, last week’s meeting on the silver eagle reverse design, the committee’s approach to balancing modern and classic coin designs, and related issues. Mr. Marks has worked as a city manager for decades […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. Editor’s Note: A complete rundown of designs considered by the CCAC are included at the bottom of this article. On April 8 the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (www.ccac.gov) held a two-hour telephone meeting to discuss what design should replace the Heraldic eagle that currently appears on the reverse of the American silver […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. 1. How much are the 2014 Baseball Commemorative Coins graded at the Baltimore Whitman Expo last week selling for? Will these coins hold their premiums? In the first few days after the Baltimore Whitman expo, coins with special show labels (“Opening Day Releases” for NGC and “First Pitch Baltimore” […]
The Coin Analyst: The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch Part II- Lessons for the Future
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. The success or failure of any commemorative coin program is a function of three main factors: the appeal of the design the extent to which the theme depicted resonates with buyers the promotion the coin receives from the Mint and outside organizations The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Series is […]
The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch a Great Success for Mint but Frustrating for Many Buyers
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. March 27, when sales of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin series began, will be remembered as an exciting but for many collectors frustrating day when the U.S. Mint had its most successful commemorative coin launch in decades. In somewhere between 6 and 8 hours, depending on which source is […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. BHOF Commemorative Series The most widely anticipated U.S. commemorative coin series in decades will be launched on Thursday, March 27. I expect there to be a feeding frenzy for the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame coins that will put a lot of stress on the Mint’s web site, though […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. 1.) Fortuna Redux revisited Last year perhaps the most unusual and innovative world coin ever issued was made by the Mint of Poland (founded in 1766) for the island nation of Niue. It is the six-ounce silver, 24 K selectively-gilded Fortuna Redux coin, the world’s first cylinder-shaped silver coin with amazingly intricate […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. American Platinum Eagles: Return of bullion coins On March 5 the U.S. Mint announced that in response to customer feedback it is resuming production of one-ounce American platinum eagle bullion coins after a hiatus that began in 2009. 2008 was the last year the coins were issued in four sizes (one-tenth, one-quarter, one-half, […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. Kennedy gold coin options The Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission met on February 11 to discuss a range of issues including designs for the 2015 America the Beautiful quarters, the possible issuance of a special 24 carat (.9999 fine) gold half dollar marking the 50th anniversary of the issuance of the John […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek In numerous pieces for this column over the past couple years, I have been to a large extent an advocate for the series of First Spouse Gold Coins. I have always believed America’s First Ladies deserve a series honoring them, though a strong argument can be made that the coins should have […]