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: From the Trenches of the Whitman Baltimore Expo

The Coin Analyst: From the Trenches of the Whitman Baltimore Expo

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Three times a year Whitman Publishing sponsors the Whitman Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, an east coast city with a storied history that is known to locals as Charm City. The show is held at the modern convention center located around the corner from Camden Yards, the home of the Orioles, and near the […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Graded Sets Moving Up; Baseball Coin Semi-Finals

The Coin Analyst: West Point Graded Sets Moving Up; Baseball Coin Semi-Finals

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… More on West Point graded sets While buyers of the 2013 West Point American Silver Eagle coin sets wait for the U.S. Mint to begin shipping their orders, which is expected to start on June 17, I have noticed that pre-order prices on e-Bay have increased substantially. This may be a sign that […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Sales End at the Mint, as Graded Set Price Wars Begin

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Sales End at the Mint, as Graded Set Price Wars Begin

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… On June 6 the U.S. Mint  ended sales of the special two-coin American Silver Eagle set marking the 75th anniversary of the West Point Mint. As of the previous day, 251,695 sets were sold, according to the Mint’s web site odometer, a number similar to the last day’s number for the 2012 San […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin News Round-Up

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin News Round-Up

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… New coins from Vatican City, Ireland, and Canada are featured in this installment of the modern world coin news round-up. Vatican City’s Sede Vacante Coins Released June 3 In an April column on Numismaster.com written after the inauguration of Pope Francis I, Patrick Heller commented that various world coins commemorating the new pontiff […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Coin News Round-Up

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Coin News Round-Up

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Allocations lifted on White Mountain coins and 1/10th ounce American Gold Eagles On May 28 the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) announced to its network of Authorized Purchasers that it is lifting restrictions on sales of the 5-ounce silver America the Beautiful coin for the White Mountain National Forest. Prior to the launch of sales […]

The Coin Analyst: Eurozone Considers Eliminating One and Two Cent Euro Coins

The Coin Analyst: Eurozone Considers Eliminating One and Two Cent Euro Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… The 17 members that share the euro, known as the Eurozone, are considering eliminating the two lowest denomination circulating euro coins, according to a new report from the European Commission. The European Commission is the European Union’s executive branch. The proposals put forth in the May 14 report would need to be crafted […]

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Sell Precious Metal Coins at Face Value?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Sell Precious Metal Coins at Face Value?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… For years collectors and buyers of modern precious metal coins issued by the U.S. Mint have been puzzled and a bit annoyed by the unusually low face values of such coins, both bullion and collectible. A one-ounce American gold eagle, for example, has a face value of only $50, but is currently worth […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Silver Eagle Set Sales Break First-Day Records

The Coin Analyst: West Point Silver Eagle Set Sales Break First-Day Records

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Sales of the West Point Silver Eagle sets began at noon on May 9. According to David Harper of Numismatic News , during the first two hours 88,000 sets were sold, which is more than during the entire first day of sales of last year’s San Francisco sets. The 2012 sets sold 85,341 […]

The Coin Analyst: Coins are Not Investments; They are Assets and Collectibles to Be Enjoyed

The Coin Analyst: Coins are Not Investments; They are Assets and Collectibles to Be Enjoyed

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, in their recent “Open Letter to Wayne Homren ,” drew attention to wildly inflated predictions of future prices of classic U.S. commemoratives by Anthony Swiatek in his major reference book on the field, which was updated last year. I strongly agree that far too many coin dealers and other […]

The Coin Analyst: White Mountain Five-Ounce Silver Numismatic Coin Available May 16, as America the Beautiful Series Strives to Reach Series Maturity

The Coin Analyst: White Mountain Five-Ounce Silver Numismatic Coin Available May 16, as America the Beautiful Series Strives to Reach Series Maturity

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… After a three-month delay while the Mint determined mintage levels for the coins, the first 2013 five-ounce silver America the Beautiful coin for the White Mountain national park will be released on May 16. The next two coins in the series will follow on June 6 and 27. The last two for this […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint to Release West Point Silver Eagle Set May 9

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint to Release West Point Silver Eagle Set May 9

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… This spring is shaping up as a busy period for the U.S. Mint and an exciting, albeit expensive one for collectors of modern U.S. coins because so many coins are being released in rapid succession. On the heels of the release of the regular and silver proof sets, new presidential and Native American […]

The Coin Analyst: American Liberty Circulating Commemorative Proposal Aims to Revitalize Modern American Coinage

The Coin Analyst: American Liberty Circulating Commemorative Proposal Aims to Revitalize Modern American Coinage

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… If there is one idea for improving American coin designs that appears to command a broad consensus among collectors of American coins, it is that the U.S. should mint more coins with images of Liberty on them. That is a recurring them in recommendations from collectors that appear in online forums and elsewhere. […]

The Coin Analyst: 2013 Gold Libertads a Great Choice for Buyers

The Coin Analyst: 2013 Gold Libertads a Great Choice for Buyers

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As regular readers of this column probably know, I believe one of the best ways to acquire gold and silver is to buy coins that are semi-numismatic. In my view, semi-numismatic precious metal coins are primarily modern bullion coins that have low mintages yet sell for a relatively small premium over melt value. […]

The Coin Analyst: Bullion Coin Sales Go Parabolic, and U.S. Mint Announces Suspension of Sales of One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles

The Coin Analyst: Bullion Coin Sales Go Parabolic, and U.S. Mint Announces Suspension of Sales of One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… In the week since precious metal prices suffered their biggest decline since the 1980’s, buyers of silver and gold coins and bars have been taking advantage of the lower prices at a frenzied pace.  That bodes well for those looking for higher prices. There are all kinds of factors that show there is a […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Surveys Customers about Possible Special Sets in 2014 to Mark 50th Anniversary of JFK Half Dollar

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Surveys Customers about Possible Special Sets in 2014 to Mark 50th Anniversary of JFK Half Dollar

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… John F. Kennedy remains one of the most admired and beloved presidents in American history as the 50th anniversary of his assassination, which will be on November 22, approaches. Already the Republic of San Marino, the oldest constitutional republic in the world and one of the smallest countries, is […]

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the course of the last two trading days, April 12 and 15, gold has suffered its worst decline in dollar and percentage terms since 1983, going from almost $1600 to about $1350 in the past week . A drop of 10% and $250 definitely gets the attention not […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint’s New Laser Frosting Technique Pushes the Envelope in Coin Design Process

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint’s New Laser Frosting Technique Pushes the Envelope in Coin Design Process

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Modern U.S. numismatic coins have until recently tended to be more conservative in their use of newer technologies. But major change is brewing at the U.S. Mint today. Steve Antonucci, who serves as branch manager for digital process and development at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia, is at […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Commemorative Coins Expected to Draw Widespread Interest

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Commemorative Coins Expected to Draw Widespread Interest

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… The U.S. commemorative coin program has been in the doldrums to some extent for the past couple of years. That can be seen in declining sales and mintage numbers, especially of the $5 gold coins, which have seen lower lows for each of the past three years. Moreover, the […]

The Coin Analyst:  Texas Wants Its Gold Back, but to What End?

The Coin Analyst: Texas Wants Its Gold Back, but to What End?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… At first blush Texas might not seem to share much in common with Germany. But in addition to being the largest states in their respective unions, Texas, like Germany, now wants to take physical possession of its physical gold reserves stored outside the state. A few years back the […]

The Coin Analyst: Royal Canadian Mint Dazzles Collectors with New Coins for April, But Distribution Method Shuts Out Many Buyers

The Coin Analyst: Royal Canadian Mint Dazzles Collectors with New Coins for April, But Distribution Method Shuts Out Many Buyers

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… I recently became a member of the Royal Canadian Mint  Masters Club, which confers some special benefits on those who spend $1,000 in a year on coins from the mint.  One of the benefits is advance notice about forthcoming numismatic coin releases, and the chance to pre-order them before […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Creates New Finish for American Silver Eagles

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Creates New Finish for American Silver Eagles

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… In May or June the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) will begin taking orders for a special two-coin West Point American silver eagle set that will mark the 75th anniversary of the Mint’s facility at West Point. The set will include two coins that will only be sold in the special […]

The Coin Analyst:  Could Cyprus Be the Catalyst for Upward Momentum in Gold?

The Coin Analyst: Could Cyprus Be the Catalyst for Upward Momentum in Gold?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the weekend we learned that the EU was giving the small country of Cyprus, with an economy smaller than that of any U.S. state, a bailout of 10 billion euros, or 13 billion dollars. Then we found out that based on an initial plan by European authorities that holders […]

The Coin Analyst: Palladium Eagle’s Future Uncertain Following Release of Report to Congress

The Coin Analyst: Palladium Eagle’s Future Uncertain Following Release of Report to Congress

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… On March 1 the U.S. Mint delivered to the Senate Banking Committee and House Committee on Financial Services a marketing study prepared by the CPM Group on the feasibility of minting American eagle coins made of palladium. The report was completed at the end of August, but additional time […]

The Coin Analyst: What’s Going on with Precious Metals?

The Coin Analyst: What’s Going on with Precious Metals?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… So far this year gold and silver have really been underperforming. Both have been stuck in a trading range for most of the past two months, and they have erased last year’s gains, which were already modest compared to their performance in the preceding decade. Precious market bulls keep […]

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments at the U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments at the U.S. Mint

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Update on U.S. Mint Price Increases On March 5 the U.S. Mint’s Michael White, who serves in the Mint’s Office of Public Affairs, provided some clarification regarding the issues discussed in my last column , which concerned the recent increase in premiums on gold and platinum numismatic coins at […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Premiums on Precious Metal Coins as Metal Prices Decline

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Premiums on Precious Metal Coins as Metal Prices Decline

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Last year the U.S. Mint saw its numismatic revenue decline by a third as a result of declining sales of gold and platinum coins due to higher underlying precious metal prices and strained collector budgets because of a still-struggling U.S. economy. Silver coins, on the other hand, continued to be […]

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Ola Borgejordet on the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Ola Borgejordet on the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… From February 1-3 the largest world coin show in the world, the World Money Fair, was held in Berlin, Germany. This was the 42nd WMF, and the sixth time it was held in Berlin. 15,000 people attended the show, and there were 320 exhibitors, highlighted by the presence of major […]

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The Coin Analyst: Mexico’s Silver Libertad Coins Offer Great Opportunity for Collectors

The Coin Analyst: Mexico’s Silver Libertad Coins Offer Great Opportunity for Collectors

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… There is, quite simply, no better world bullion coin from a long-term value perspective than the Mexican Silver Libertad, in the opinion of the Coin Analyst. Silver Libertads are minted of .999 silver and come in 1/20th, 1/10th, ¼, ½, 1 ounce, 2 ounce, 5 ounce, and kilo sizes in […]

By February 25, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Silver Maple Leaf Supplies Dwindling and Other World Bullion Coin News

The Coin Analyst: Silver Maple Leaf Supplies Dwindling and Other World Bullion Coin News

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… With all the excitement surrounding the U.S. Mint recently, some modern coin enthusiasts may not be aware of important new developments in the world bullion coin field. Canada: On the heels of the U.S. Mint’s recent announcement of a temporary halt in sales of American silver eagles due to very […]

By January 28, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Sells Out of 2013 Silver Eagles and Keeps Collectors Guessing About Early Numismatic Sell-Outs

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Sells Out of 2013 Silver Eagles and Keeps Collectors Guessing About Early Numismatic Sell-Outs

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Collecting modern U.S. coins just got a lot more interesting. During the past week there have been a series of rather dramatic developments involving the U.S. Mint, whose origins and implications remain unclear at this point. First, on January 17, just ten days after the opening of sales to its […]

By January 21, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
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