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.
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Heritage Auctions, a major player in the sale of higher-end coins, is today the largest collectible auction company in the world, and the third largest overall auction company. The company was co-founded by Jim Halperin, who got into the coin business at a young age like some other legendary dealers […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy half dollar, and the Mint has plans to issue special coins and sets to honor the occasion. This is an important anniversary for collectors of American coins because of the longstanding popularity of the JFK halves. President Kennedy is […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Multiple Versions of Wedge-Tailed Eagle Probably the most widely discussed modern world coin at the moment is the Perth Mint’s 2014 wedge-tailed silver and gold eagles that I covered recently and which my colleagues, Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, also discussed in a chat with the coin’s designer , […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… After the worst year in three decades for gold and silver prices, the outlook for precious metals is currently a subject of even greater interest than usual to investors. I believe 2014 will be a critical year for the metal markets, a possible turning point, leading either towards a […]
The Coin Analyst: Lackluster Girl Scouts Coin Demand Shows Need to Reform U.S. Commemorative Coin Program.
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… On January 2 U.S. Mint official Tom Jurkowsky, who is director of the Office of Corporate Communications, told numismatic media sources that the Girl Scouts of the USA will not be receiving any surcharges from the sale of Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial commemorative silver dollars. The reason […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. The iconic American Silver Eagle, the most widely collected and traded silver coin in the world, now has an Australian cousin that was created by the same person who designed the American eagle, retired U.S. Mint coin sculptor-engraver, John Mercanti. On January 7 the Perth Mint in Western […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As we approach the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, what changes and developments can collectors of U.S. modern coins look forward to in the coming year? For starters, the U.S. Mint has provided a preliminary online product schedule that focuses on core products by month and […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Those who do the best with their coins financially are not necessarily the most well off, but rather tend to be the most well-informed, especially who also act on their knowledge. One major purpose of this column is to help make collectors and buyers of modern coins better informed […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As was the case about this time last year, many U.S. Mint coins issued in the past year are selling out at a quick pace and creating quite a buzz in the modern coin collecting community. And sales of a number of coins from the past two years will […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… I recently met a new coin collector and spent a little time giving him some advice about how to get the most out of his new hobby. He and wife had decided to put some money into silver bullion and some modern coins like American silver eagles and silver […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… A string of recent sell-outs of 2013 five-ounce silver America the Beautiful coins, especially the unexpected end of sales for several of the numismatic versions, is helping to drive increased interest in this series. All but three coins — two bullion and one numismatic – of this year’s ATB […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As the end of the first year in two decades in which gold prices are down for the year to the tune of 29%, it is a good time to review the outlook for precious metals and whether it is time to rethink one’s perspective. After all, if one […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Unlike American silver eagles which are always issued in January, many world bullion coins are released during the final months of the preceding year. For example, the Perth Mint rolls out its Lunar bullion coins and Kookaburras around Labor Day. The Koala coins are usually released a little later […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Here is a round-up of news developments from the U.S. Mint and some recommendations for 2013 coins to watch. Commemorative coins Unlike in years past when sales ended in mid-December, this year the U.S. Mint has decided to sell its 2013-dated commemorative coins until the last day of the […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. West Point set sales revised lower On October 25, late in the day on a Friday, the U.S. Mint confirmed what many astute collectors have suspected for the past several weeks: that substantially fewer 2013-W West Point Sets were sold than the number the Mint provided at the end […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Krause Publications recently came out with its annual list of nominations for best world coins of the year, which is based on coins released in 2012, and is divided into numerous categories. Not surprisingly the Royal Canadian Mint topped the list with more nominations (eight) than any other country […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Although there are not as many new releases being issued by the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) as there were earlier in the year, there are plenty of other developments of interest to collectors of modern U.S. coins. Here are three of the more noteworthy ones: First Spouse gold coins coming […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As the 30th anniversary of both the silver and gold American Eagle Coins in 2016 approaches, it may be helpful to review the numismatic component of the eagle program and try to draw some lessons from this experience for the future. The collectible versions of both coins have witnessed […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Gold spot prices have been very volatile lately. During the weeks preceding the current Federal government partial shutdown, prices had been up, reaching almost $1400 an ounce, and gold posted its only quarterly gain for the year, though it remains down about 17% for the year to date. Then […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Since the summer when the first Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 coin was issued by the small nation of Tokelau, which is near New Zealand, horse-themed coins have largely dominated modern world coin collecting. The Lunar series coins are issued by more countries than any other coin, and […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Longtime Numismatic News editor David Harper likes to write provocative columns and online posts. I do too, as they can help get debate going. In a “The Buzz” blog post dated September 10th, he noted that the U.S. Mint plans to close its coin sales kiosk (really just a […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Leo Freese wrote recently about the 2013-W Buffalo reverse proof gold coins, specifically those sold and graded at the recent ANA World’s Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois and asked if he should buy those coins. He suggested that because no more than 1500 of the total mintage […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Probably no modern U.S. coin series divides collectors as much as the gold First Spouse coins issued by the U.S. Mint since 2007. The debate over these coins focuses on two main issues: whether the coins should have been issued in the first place and their long-term outlook. Some […]
The Coin Analyst: ANA Convention Highlights Include Buffalo Gold Coins and Future Plans of the U.S. Mint
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… At the recently-concluded American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, the most important coin show of the year, a major highlight was the fact that the US Mint was selling the 2013-W American Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin in person to show attendees. From the start […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As expected, the most anticipated U.S. gold coin of the year, the 2013-W $50 Reverse Proof Buffalo, is selling at very brisk pace On Thursday, August 8, the day the coin was launched, CoinNews.net reported that 2,641 orders for 12,630 coins were received during the first half hour of […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… West Point set delays A large number of purchasers of the 2013-W West Point silver eagle sets have been frustrated by ongoing delays in the shipment of their orders. Although they found out as soon as their orders were placed that the sets would not ship right away, many […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… Modern world coin collectors have to be selective because so many different releases are issued regularly all over the world. Even if you only collect the coins of one country, most people find it necessary to zero in on the coins and series that have the most appeal to […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… On June 27 Rep. Andrew Barr (Republican of Kentucky) introduced H.R. 2535, the American Liberty Coinage and Deficit Reduction Act of 2013. So far the bill has four co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Committee of Financial Services. If the bill continues to garner support in the […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… Summer used to be a slower time for coin collecting, but it is increasingly becoming just as busy as the rest of the year is. There are many interesting recent developments at the U.S. Mint. These include lower prices on its silver coins, the release of some exciting new […]
By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… West Point set shipments Last year when the Mint launched the 2012-S San Francisco two-coin American silver eagle set on a minted to demand basis, the fulfillment of orders took several months from the time sales ended in early July. That caused a lot of collectors to cancel their […]