Louis Golino

The Coin Analyst: 2011-2012 Bullion Overview

The Coin Analyst: 2011-2012 Bullion Overview

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the second part of my year-end  review and outlook for the coming year. The first part addressed the numismatic market. This one covers precious metals. Bullion market 2011 has been a roller coaster of a year for precious metals. This article only addresses gold and silver, but it […]

By December 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2011 Year in Coins and the Outlook for 2012

The Coin Analyst: 2011 Year in Coins and the Outlook for 2012

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the first of what will be a yearly column in two parts. The first will review the key developments in coins for the previous year and will discuss how I see the coin market developing in the coming year. The second will provide the same year-end review and […]

By December 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2012 American Silver Eagles Available for Pre-Order

The Coin Analyst: 2012 American Silver Eagles Available for Pre-Order

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Every year about this time collectors of American silver eagle coins have their own holiday ritual, namely, pre-ordering the next year’s issue. Bullion dealers are currently taking pre-orders for delivery during the second week of January 2012. If you believe that silver will be higher next year, now may be […]

By December 21, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Analyst Special Report: Circulation-Strike Presidential Dollar Program Halted by Obama Administration

Coin Analyst Special Report: Circulation-Strike Presidential Dollar Program Halted by Obama Administration

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek On December 13 Vice President Biden and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced that the presidential dollar coin program will be suspended immediately, which they claim will result in a savings of $50 million annually in production and storage costs over the next decade. But according to non-governmental groups and experts, […]

By December 14, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Time to Cool the Rhetoric on the Mint’s Handling of Anniversary Sets

The Coin Analyst: Time to Cool the Rhetoric on the Mint’s Handling of Anniversary Sets

Commentary By Louis Golino for CoinWeek In a recent online comment Numismatic News editor David Harper suggested that it was time to “dial down the rhetoric” when it comes to how coin collectors view the Mint. Mr. Harper asked “Has Mint bashing simply become a form of social greeting among collectors for whatever the problem […]

By December 13, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Grading Service Guidelines and Clarification on Bullion Coin in 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

The Coin Analyst: Grading Service Guidelines and Clarification on Bullion Coin in 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Since my last column on the 25th anniversary silver eagle sets was published, there have been a couple more significant developments that merit discussion. Collectors who ordered their sets during the first couple hours of sales on October 27 have either already received their sets, or their sets have […]

By November 11, 2011 9 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Update on 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

The Coin Analyst: Update on 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Collectors who ordered 25th anniversary silver eagle sets from the Mint on October 27 are eagerly awaiting shipment of their sets. A waiting list for the sets was posted about 4 ½ hours after the start of sales on October 27, which was one of the fastest sells-outs in U.S. […]

By November 8, 2011 59 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Series Still Has Legs

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Series Still Has Legs

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek It’s been an interesting year for collectors of the five-ounce silver America the Beautiful (ATB) coin series. The bullion versions, which were hard to obtain when the 2010 coins were released, are now readily available, and relatively few people seem interested in them, although bullion sales did pick up a […]

By November 3, 2011 6 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets Sell Out in 4 ½ Hours Amid Widespread Ordering Problems

The Coin Analyst: 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets Sell Out in 4 ½ Hours Amid Widespread Ordering Problems

by Louis Golino for Coin Week The widely and eagerly anticipated 25th anniversary American silver eagle sets sold out on October 27 in 4 ½ hours, but large numbers of collectors were unable to place orders because of problems with the Mint’s web site and telephone order options. The sets are limited to 100,000 units […]

By October 28, 2011 65 Comments Read More →
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 coin series or coins of a specific country or theme that tend to sell better than others? “Yes, well designed coins and really topical series tend to sell well. These are almost always based on history, architecture, or art. Personalities also sell […]

By October 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Laura Sperber Discusses Plans to Run for the ANA Board of Governors: “It’s Time to Shake Things Up ”

Laura Sperber Discusses Plans to Run for the ANA Board of Governors: “It’s Time to Shake Things Up ”

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Laura Sperber has been a major force in numismatics and a full-time dealer since 1979.  She has a strong passion for the hobby and a love of classic American coins like Morgan dollars and rare pre-1933 gold coins. She also has what I would call a direct, no nonsense […]

By October 25, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part I)

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

By Louis Golino for Coin Week Ola Borgejordet is the founder and owner of Royal Scandinavian Mint (http://www.rsmint.com), a Salt Lake City, Utah company that specializes in modern world coins from almost 50 countries. It is the official North American representative for the Mints of Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland. RSM carries the full […]

By October 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Lowers Prices on Some Silver Coins for First Time

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Lowers Prices on Some Silver Coins for First Time

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Perhaps it just comes with the territory when you are the world’s largest coin dealer, but the U.S. Mint just can’t seem get a break from coin collectors and investors no matter what it does. Pick up any leading print coin publication, or read the typical coin blog or […]

By October 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
2012 Colorized Australian Dragons To Be Issued as Proof Coins for First Time

2012 Colorized Australian Dragons To Be Issued as Proof Coins for First Time

by Louis Golino for Coin Week On Monday, October 3 I spoke with a representative of Talisman Coins (http://www.talismancoins.com), which is the authorized U.S. distributor of Perth Mint coins from Australia as well as those of several other world mints. He explained that for the first time the Perth Mint will release the colorized silver […]

The Coin Analyst: How to Sell Your Coins and Work with Coin Dealers

The Coin Analyst: How to Sell Your Coins and Work with Coin Dealers

by Louis Golino for Coin Week There is little doubt that along with the U.S. Mint coin dealers are probably the most frequently criticized players in the coin industry. Many collectors seem to believe that dealers are unnecessary in the online age and many question their ethics. The Coin Dealer Newsletter recently published a fascinating […]

By September 30, 2011 6 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Why Did Gold and Silver Sell Off?

The Coin Analyst: Why Did Gold and Silver Sell Off?

By Louis Golino for Coin Week During the week that ended September 23, gold and silver saw their biggest declines in decades. Gold suffered its largest one day drop (5.9%) in five years, and for the week it lost 10%, the most since the early 1980’s. Silver dropped even more, declining by 18% on September […]

By September 26, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
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 Coin Week August 15 marked the 40th 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 continued […]

By September 21, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Finding the Best Silver Values in Today’s Heated Metals Market

The Coin Analyst: Finding the Best Silver Values in Today’s Heated Metals Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Gold and silver have experienced a dramatic bull run this year that probably has more room to go, which is driving the cost of precious metal coins ever higher. But it is still possible to find good value in this supercharged market. This column address silver bullion coins and a […]

By September 15, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: China’s Gold Policy and Alleged U.S. Government Suppression of Gold Prices

The Coin Analyst: China’s Gold Policy and Alleged U.S. Government Suppression of Gold Prices

by Louis Golino for Coin Week On September 3 the financial web site, ZeroHedge , ran an important story on a U.S. government memo recently made available by WikiLeaks that is from the U.S. Embassy in China and which deals with China’s gold policy (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/wikileaks-discloses-reasons-behind-chinas-shadow-gold-buying-spree). This document is eliciting interest among gold analysts, who feel […]

By September 7, 2011 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Announces Release of Gettysburg 5 oz Coin as Collectors Ponder Future of the ATB Series

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Announces Release of Gettysburg 5 oz Coin as Collectors Ponder Future of the ATB Series

by Louis Golino for Coin Week On August 30 the U.S. Mint’s online list of upcoming products was updated to include the first 2011 collector version in the five-ounce silver America the Beautiful (ATB) coin series. The coin, which will be released on September 22, is the 2011-P Gettysburg coin, which honors the national military […]

The Coin Analyst: Ten Reasons Why Gold is Not Yet a Bubble

The Coin Analyst: Ten Reasons Why Gold is Not Yet a Bubble

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Many people say gold is a bubble about to burst, but is that really the case? One of the problems with identifying bubbles is that one is not certain one exists until it has already begun to burst. I do not think that is the case with gold today, […]

U.S. Mint Announces October Release of 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set

U.S. Mint Announces October Release of 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set

by Louis Golino for Coin Week For several years collectors of American silver eagles have speculated about whether the U.S. Mint would issue a limited edition set of American silver eagles to mark the coin’s 25th anniversary in 2011. The coin was first produced in 1986. This issue has been on collector’s minds ever since […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Suspends Sales of Gold Commemorative Coins to Develop New Pricing Structure.

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Suspends Sales of Gold Commemorative Coins to Develop New Pricing Structure.

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Within hours of the publication on August 11 of my column on exploding gold prices (http://www.coinweek.com/bullion-report/the-coin-analyst-the-explosion-in-gold-prices-and-the-gold-coin-market/), the U.S. Mint removed the $5 gold commemorative coins that I recommended to readers from its web site (http://www.usmint.gov) for repricing. The spot price of gold had reached the point that the Mint […]

The Coin Analyst: The Explosion in Gold Prices and the Gold Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: The Explosion in Gold Prices and the Gold Coin Market

by Louis Golino for Coin Week In the past three days (August 8-10) the price of gold has seen the largest percentage and dollar increase ever in such a brief period. Gold has surpassed the $1800 level as I write this article.  This bullish trend shows no sign of abating any time soon. And an […]

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Stronger Abroad than in U.S.

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Stronger Abroad than in U.S.

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. numismatic press covers U.S. coins and the U.S. coin market in much greater depth than it devotes to the world coin market and world coins. Coin World’s monthly special edition and Krause Press’ World Coin News provide useful coverage, but in general world coins do not receive the […]

Coin Analyst Special Report: Congress May End Dollar Coin Program

Coin Analyst Special Report: Congress May End Dollar Coin Program

By Louis Golino for Coin Week Major print and broadcast media seldom focus on coins. But in the past two weeks the news media has devoted considerable attention to an issue that coin collectors are well aware of, namely, the oversupply of $1 coins. This includes both the presidential dollar coins created through a 2005 […]

The Coin Analyst: Focusing on Modern Key Coins

The Coin Analyst: Focusing on Modern Key Coins

by Louis Golino for Coin Week If you enjoy collecting modern U.S. Mint coins, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices available. Collectors frequently complain about how it is impossible to buy all of the Mint’s annual offerings unless one is very wealthy. But I have never understood why even a collector […]

The Coin Analyst: Are MS-70 Coins “Value Traps”?

The Coin Analyst: Are MS-70 Coins “Value Traps”?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek A quarter century after the establishment of the first professional coin grading companies, many coin collectors remain skeptical of the benefits of third party grading. For many of them buying raw, ungraded coins is a kind of badge of honor that shows they have not succumbed to the mania for […]

The Coin Analyst: Inaugural Column

The Coin Analyst: Inaugural Column

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the first article in a new regular column for Coin Week that will discuss issues and trends in U.S. and world coins. My goal is to keep readers informed about major developments and to provide suggestions for ways to get the most out of your hobby. I welcome […]

RARE COINS ARE ON SALE ?

RARE COINS ARE ON SALE ?

By Laura Sperber – Rare Coin Market Report No, Legend is not having a clearance sale or anything like it. However, after reading some very interesting articles we have come to the conclusion (actually reminded ourselves) how cheap rare coins really are. They are so cheap relative to other “collectible” areas it seems like they […]

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