Modern Coins

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 […]

By January 11, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By December 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Year in Modern Coins, Looking Back at 2011

The Year in Modern Coins, Looking Back at 2011

Posted by Scott Schechter, NGC Vice President Scott Schechter reviews new discoveries and new issues of modern US coinage in 2011. 2011 has been a very significant year for modern US coinage. A handful of new discoveries and new issues make that statement easy to prove. Here we’ll briefly discuss these coins and consider how […]

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, […]

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Austrian Mint Announces First New Coin Issue of 2012

Austrian Mint Announces First New Coin Issue of 2012

December 14, 2011 – The Austrian Mint will issue the first coin of 2012 today. The coin celebrates 200 years of the “Society of Music Friends, in Vienna”. This coin also marks the return of the classic coinage metal of copper, which was used for many centuries around the world. Pure copper was the choice […]

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 True State Of The Market

The True State Of The Market

By Jeff Garrett – Originally posted on NGC and re-posted on CoinWeek with Permission One of the most frequently asked questions in numismatics is about the state of the market… One of the most frequently asked questions in numismatics is about the state of the market. You can try to distill current conditions from the […]

Foundation Praises 11th Hour Medal of Honor Coins Purchase

Foundation Praises 11th Hour Medal of Honor Coins Purchase

(Mount Pleasant, South Carolina) — With the United States Mint’s mid- December sales cutoff deadline approaching, the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (www.cmohfoundation.org) is praising an 11th hour effort by a prominent Texas coin dealer to boost lower-than-anticipated sales of the commemorative 2011 Medal of Honor uncirculated silver dollars. By law, the […]

By November 15, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Canada’s Nature, Culture and History Boldly Displayed on Royal Canadian Mint’s Newest Collector Coins

Canada’s Nature, Culture and History Boldly Displayed on Royal Canadian Mint’s Newest Collector Coins

New gold and silver coins echo Boreal Forest, Wood Bison, Orca and Peregrine Falcon commemorative circulation coin program unveiled in October 2011; other collectibles feature a one-kilo pure gold Lacrosse coin; the Nova Scotia Coat of Arms in 14-karat gold; holiday themes in colour and pure silver; and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Loonie […]

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 →
Austrian Mint Issues Fourth Gold Coin in the “Crowns of the House of Habsburg” Series

Austrian Mint Issues Fourth Gold Coin in the “Crowns of the House of Habsburg” Series

9 November, Vienna – The Austrian Mint will issue today the fourth gold coin in the “Crowns of the House of Habsburg” series, featuring the mysterious crown of St. Wenceslas, crown of Bohemia. The crown is named in honor of St. Wenceslas, patron of Bohemia and the Czechs. The obverse of the coin depicts the […]

By November 9, 2011 1 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 →
Royal Canadian Mint Unveils Highway of Heros Silver Commemorative Coin

Royal Canadian Mint Unveils Highway of Heros Silver Commemorative Coin

Proceeds to be donated to the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial and the Military Families Fund TRENTON, ONTARIO – October 31, 2011 – Today in Trenton, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a silver coin to commemorate the Highway of Heroes. During the ceremony, the Mint also announced that $20 dollars from the sale of each Highway of […]

Perth Mint Announces the 2012 Year of the Dragon Gold Coloured Edition

Perth Mint Announces the 2012 Year of the Dragon Gold Coloured Edition

MAGNIFICENT NEW COLOURED PROOF LUNAR COINS CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON In 2012, The Perth Mint’s internationally renowned Australian Lunar Gold Proof Coin Series II celebrates the auspicious Year of the Dragon, the fifth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Meticulously struck from 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, no more […]

The Perth Mint – November Product Releases

The Perth Mint – November Product Releases

The Perth Mint is proud to showcase its array of stunning new product releases for November. The third release in the stunning Sea Life II – The Reef series features a spectacularly realistic portrayal of a surgeonfish. The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, and […]

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 →
Royal Canadian Mint Issues a Ten-Kilo 99.999% Pure Gold Coin Featuring the Spirit of Haida Gwaii

Royal Canadian Mint Issues a Ten-Kilo 99.999% Pure Gold Coin Featuring the Spirit of Haida Gwaii

Royal Canadian Mint’s ultra-high relief creation is the world’s first 10-kilo coin crafted of 99.999% pure gold Vancouver, British Columbia, October 21, 2011 – The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to announce it has crafted the world’s first 10-kilo 99.999% pure gold coin and that this exquisite numismatic creation has been dedicated to Bill Reid’s […]

The Royal Canadian Mint is hosting Online Coin Exchanges

The Royal Canadian Mint is hosting Online Coin Exchanges

Canadian Mint Did you know that the Royal Canadian Mint’s high-tech plant in Winnipeg produces over 1 billion circulation coins every year? That’s like 20 million coins per day or 750 coins per second! Even though the Mint has produced coins for more than 70 countries in the last 35 years, this post is all […]

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 →
2011 ANA Pittsburgh National Money Show Official Medal Features Mellon, Carnegie

2011 ANA Pittsburgh National Money Show Official Medal Features Mellon, Carnegie

Two philanthropists largely responsible for the growth and identity of the city of Pittsburgh will be featured on the official medal for the American Numismatic Association’s inaugural fall National Money Show. Andrew Carnegie, a businessman who revolutionized the steel industry and helped stake Pittsburgh as the “Steel City,” and Andrew Mellon, a former U.S. Secretary […]

Two Kinds of Royalty Shine in Royal Canadian Mint’s Newest Line of Collector Coins

Two Kinds of Royalty Shine in Royal Canadian Mint’s Newest Line of Collector Coins

Among many captivating themes and designs, new gold and silver coins celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the legacy of Wayne and Walter Gretzky As Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II prepares to celebrate an unprecedented 60 years as Canada’s monarch and after “The Great One” reached a new milestone by […]

The Perth Mint – New Product Releases for October 2011

The Perth Mint – New Product Releases for October 2011

October is proving to be another exciting month at The Perth Mint, with an immense range of highly anticipated new product releases. The Perth Mint is proud to showcase its internationally renowned Australian Lunar Series II this month, celebrating the auspicious 2012 Year of the Dragon. This month’s lunar releases include the stunning special edition […]

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 →
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