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Modern Coin News Round-Up: U.S. Coins

Modern Coin News Round-Up: U.S. Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek 1.) Julia Grant Coin Now Lowest Mintage Proof First Spouse The proof version of the Julia Grant First Spouse $10 gold coin unexpectedly sold out on March 30.  Normally the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) keeps these coins on sale for one year unless they sell out of their maximum mintage before then. These […]

The Coin Analyst: Titanic Centennial Coins Popular with Collectors

The Coin Analyst: Titanic Centennial Coins Popular with Collectors

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s greatest maritime disasters, the sinking off the coast of Canada of the then largest and most luxurious ship in the world, the RMS Titanic.  1,517of the 2,229 passengers perished in the tragedy.  RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer.  None of the ship’s […]

Royal Canadian Mint Introduces a New Generation of One-Dollar and Two-Dollar Circulation Coins

Royal Canadian Mint Introduces a New Generation of One-Dollar and Two-Dollar Circulation Coins

Multi-ply plated steel composition and visible security features are latest evolutions for Canada’s Loonie and Toonie The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to announce that a new generation of one-dollar and two-dollar circulation coins, which incorporate advanced security features and are manufactured with the Mint’s patented multi-ply plated steel technology begins circulating today.  More cost-effective than their predecessors and […]

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker CoinWeek content Contributor Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

Two New Members Appointed to Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

Two New Members Appointed to Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).  These appointments fill two vacancies created by the expiration of the appointment of Arthur Houghton, the member specially qualified because of his education, training or experience in numismatic curation; and the resignation […]

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The Coin Analyst: ANA’s Rod Gillis Asks Members to Support World War I Veterans Commemorative Coin

The Coin Analyst: ANA’s Rod Gillis Asks Members to Support World War I Veterans Commemorative Coin

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. Mint has issued many commemorative coins over the year that have military themes on them. In the past year, for example, we have seen the issuance of coins honoring the Army, Medal of Honor recipients, Infantry soldiers, and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner at the end […]

Canada To Cease Producing Cents.  Will US Mint Soon Follow?

Canada To Cease Producing Cents. Will US Mint Soon Follow?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On March 29, the Canadian government announced that it would permanently cease minting 1-cent coins by the end of April 2012.  The final shipment of these coins to banks will occur in the fall.  After that, the Canadian government will start calling in the […]

The Coin Analyst: Canadian Mint Plans to Stop Making Cents, and the U.S. Should Do the Same

The Coin Analyst: Canadian Mint Plans to Stop Making Cents, and the U.S. Should Do the Same

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The Royal Canadian Mint‘s 2012 budget, which was issued on March 29, does not include funding for the production of one cent coins, according to Canadian and U.S. media sources. The cost to produce and store the coins, not to mention the hassle of dealing with them, finally drove our […]

The Coin Analyst: The U.S. Mint’s Spring 2012 Coin Program

The Coin Analyst: The U.S. Mint’s Spring 2012 Coin Program

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek In the past couple of weeks the U.S. Mint has finally started to put some bones on its upcoming product release schedule after a couple of months of leaving collectors largely in the dark about its plans for this year’s coins, as discussed recently in this column . The Mint […]

Congressional Inaction, Not Inflation, Is to Blame for the Diminishing Role of U.S. Coinage

Congressional Inaction, Not Inflation, Is to Blame for the Diminishing Role of U.S. Coinage

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker Coinweek Contributor On February 21, 1857, the United States Congress passed An Act relating to Foreign Coins and to the Coinage of Cents at the Mint of the United States. The Act set the rate at which foreign coins would be accepted by the Treasury, ended the Treasury’s practice […]

Egon Schiele Europa Silver Program “Artists” 2012

Egon Schiele Europa Silver Program “Artists” 2012

March 14, Vienna – The Austrian Mint will issue today a new 20 euro silver coin celebrating word-renowned artist Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918). The coin is Austria’s contribution to the European Union’s collaborative coin program in which 14 countries are participating this year. The common theme chosen for the European silver program is “Artists.” […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Remembers RMS Titanic With Commemorative Coins

Royal Canadian Mint Remembers RMS Titanic With Commemorative Coins

Coins produced to honour Canada’s role in aftermath HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – March 5, 2012 – Today at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a 99.99% pure silver collector coin with a $10 face value to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The […]

The Coin Analyst: Canadian Coins Widely Collected in the U.S.

The Coin Analyst: Canadian Coins Widely Collected in the U.S.

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek World coins are gaining in popularity in the U.S., and none are more popular than coins from Canada. Canada has been a pioneer in the use of color and alternative materials such as holograms, embedded crystals, enamel, and so forth. Coins with such materials have gained wider acceptance in recent […]

The Coin Analyst: Alice Paul Coin Ill Suited for First Spouse Series

The Coin Analyst: Alice Paul Coin Ill Suited for First Spouse Series

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. Congress frequently enacts legislation on coins that is misguided. One of the best recent examples is the provision in the legislation that created the First Spouse $10 gold coin series that specifically requires the issuance of a coin for Alice Paul, a suffragist and women’s rights leader, who […]

The Coin Analyst: How the U.S. and World Mints Are Dealing with Increased Precious Metal Price Volatility

The Coin Analyst: How the U.S. and World Mints Are Dealing with Increased Precious Metal Price Volatility

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Spot prices on the futures markets for precious metals have always been volatile, especially for silver. But since last year’s roller coaster ride, in which gold and silver reached previous or new nominal highs then plunged dramatically for months, spot price volatility has reach new heights. To be sure, circumstances […]

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Meets February 28

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Meets February 28

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at United States Mint Headquarters, 801 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20220.  The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes […]

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The Coin Analyst: Memo to the Mint: End the News Blackout and Other Recommendations

The Coin Analyst: Memo to the Mint: End the News Blackout and Other Recommendations

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek News blackout The U.S. Mint normally publishes a schedule of upcoming products on its web site (www.usmint.gov) that lists the majority of the year’s numismatic coins many months in advance of their release. But right now there are just three products listed on the Mint’s schedule, and none of them […]

By February 23, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2011 Low Mintage Key Coins Likely to Perform Well

The Coin Analyst: 2011 Low Mintage Key Coins Likely to Perform Well

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Determining which coins will be low mintage keys in their respective series is a significant part of the fun of collecting modern U.S. coins. As one year nears its end, astute collectors study sales figures and compare them with the final mintages for coins in the same series. It is […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Modern Commemorative Coin Program and the Launch of Infantry Soldier Dollars

The Coin Analyst: The Modern Commemorative Coin Program and the Launch of Infantry Soldier Dollars

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Critics often assert that too many modern U.S. commemorative coins have been issued, and that the program has been abused to raise money from surcharges. Each coin carries a surcharge that goes to non-profits groups that promote the interests of the constituency commemorated on the coins. In fact, the U.S. […]

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The Coin Analyst: Classic vs. Modern: Both Kinds of Coins Are Rewarding to Collect

The Coin Analyst: Classic vs. Modern: Both Kinds of Coins Are Rewarding to Collect

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The community of people who actively collect coins includes those who are mainly interested in classic coins, those who focus primarily on modern issues, and those who collect both. For the purposes of this column, classic coins will consist of American coins issued before World War II such as Morgan […]

By February 13, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Strong at 2012 Berlin World Money Fair

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Strong at 2012 Berlin World Money Fair

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Every year in February the most important international coin fair of the year is held in Berlin, Germany. It is known as the World Money Fair . This year’s event, held from February 3-5, drew over 15,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors. Unlike coin shows that mainly include a […]

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Interview with Dr. Michael Bugeja Part II: “Coins Are Art You Can Hold and Experience History in the Process”

Interview with Dr. Michael Bugeja Part II: “Coins Are Art You Can Hold and Experience History in the Process”

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the second part of the interview I did with Dr. Michael Bugeja, who serves on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The first part is available here: LG: 4.) What do you think of the artistic level of recent U.S. circulating and collector coins? Do you agree with […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Earns Most Historically Significant Coin Title at 2012 Coin of the Year Awards

Royal Canadian Mint Earns Most Historically Significant Coin Title at 2012 Coin of the Year Awards

Ottawa, Ontario, January 31, 2012 — The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to add a new title to its ever-growing list of Krause Publications Coin of the Year awards, as its 2010 14-Karat Gold Coin–400th Anniversary of the Discovery of Hudson’s Bay won the Most Historically Significant Coin award category. This award will be presented […]

The Coin Analyst: Possible New U.S. Collector Coins Suggested in Mint Survey

The Coin Analyst: Possible New U.S. Collector Coins Suggested in Mint Survey

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Last week a polling company hired by the U.S. Mint e-mailed some of its customers a fascinating survey that sought to gauge the level of interest in some new collectible coins. Few things get coin collectors, especially those who collect modern U.S. coins, more excited than the possibility of new […]

By January 23, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Market Analysis and Latest Developments on 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

The Coin Analyst: Market Analysis and Latest Developments on 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Late last year the 25th anniversary American silver eagle sets that were released at the end of November dominated the modern U.S. coin market. There was literally a frenzy of interest in these sets. Thousands of opened, unopened, and graded sets traded on e-Bay and elsewhere, and for a while […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Releases Coin Celebrating Canada’s Rare Wood Bison

Royal Canadian Mint Releases Coin Celebrating Canada’s Rare Wood Bison

Special 25-cent circulation coin is the third of five 2011 commemorative coins honouring Canada’s legendary nature Ottawa, Ontario, January 13, 2012 – The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to announce that Canadians can soon collect a new 2011-dated 25-cent circulation coin celebrating Canada’s Wood Bison. This coin, which enters circulation on January 16, 2012, has […]

2-New Sheqalim Israeli Coin Named Coin of the Year

2-New Sheqalim Israeli Coin Named Coin of the Year

IOLA, Wis. (Jan. 12, 2012) – A 2-New Sheqalim coin from the Bank of Israel has been named Coin of the Year by Krause Publications. The “Jonah In the Whale” silver coin was chosen the best of 10 individual category winners for coins minted in 2010 by an international panel of coin experts. The coin’s […]

The Coin Analyst: 2011 World Coins of the Year

The Coin Analyst: 2011 World Coins of the Year

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This article discusses world coins from 2011 that I believe are the best of the year either because they are significant and interesting issues, or because I think they will appreciate in value over time. It includes numismatic releases and collectible bullion coins with limited mintages. All were issued last […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Best 2011 U.S. Mint Coins Still Available at Issue Price

The Coin Analyst: The Best 2011 U.S. Mint Coins Still Available at Issue Price

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek I believe the following 2011 U.S. Mint coins offer the solid long-term potential for price appreciation based on supply and demand factors and secondary market trends of modern issues. Higher future precious metal prices will provide additional value appreciation for these coins. These coins are all still available from the […]

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 […]

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