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The Coin Analyst: The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch Part II- Lessons for the Future

The Coin Analyst: The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch Part II- Lessons for the Future

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. The success or failure of any commemorative coin program is a function of three main factors: the appeal of the design the extent to which the theme depicted resonates with buyers the promotion the coin receives from the Mint and outside organizations The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Series is […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch a Great Success for Mint but Frustrating for Many Buyers

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch a Great Success for Mint but Frustrating for Many Buyers

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. March 27, when sales of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin series began, will be remembered as an exciting but for many collectors frustrating day when the U.S. Mint had its most successful commemorative coin launch in decades. In somewhere between 6 and 8 hours, depending on which source is […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Coins Launching March 27th and ATB Coins on the Way

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Coins Launching March 27th and ATB Coins on the Way

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. BHOF Commemorative Series The most widely anticipated U.S. commemorative coin series in decades will be launched on Thursday, March 27. I expect there to be a feeding frenzy for the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame coins that will put a lot of stress on the Mint’s web site, though […]

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Fortuna Redux and Other Notable World Coin Releases

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Fortuna Redux and Other Notable World Coin Releases

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………..  1.) Fortuna Redux revisited Last year perhaps the most unusual and innovative world coin ever issued was made by the Mint of Poland (founded in 1766) for the island nation of Niue. It is the six-ounce silver, 24 K selectively-gilded Fortuna Redux coin, the world’s first cylinder-shaped silver coin with amazingly intricate […]

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments in Modern U.S. Coins

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments in Modern U.S. Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. American Platinum Eagles: Return of bullion coins On March 5 the U.S. Mint announced that in response to customer feedback it is resuming production of one-ounce American platinum eagle bullion coins after a hiatus that began in 2009. 2008 was the last year the coins were issued in four sizes (one-tenth, one-quarter, one-half, […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News – Modern Coins Update

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News – Modern Coins Update

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. Kennedy gold coin options The Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission  met on February 11 to discuss a range of issues including designs for the 2015 America the Beautiful quarters, the possible issuance of a special 24 carat (.9999 fine) gold half dollar marking the 50th anniversary of the issuance of the John […]

By February 28, 2014 15 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek  In numerous pieces for this column over the past couple years, I have been to a large extent an advocate for the series of First Spouse Gold Coins. I have always believed America’s First Ladies deserve a series honoring them, though a strong argument can be made that the coins should have […]

By February 25, 2014 19 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Jim Halperin

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Jim Halperin

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 February 10, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: New Mint Survey on JFK Commemorative Coins Includes Possible Gold Half Dollar

The Coin Analyst: New Mint Survey on JFK Commemorative Coins Includes Possible Gold Half Dollar

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 February 4, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: World Coin News- Wedge Tailed Eagles Multiply and Latvian Euro Sets

The Coin Analyst: World Coin News- Wedge Tailed Eagles Multiply and Latvian Euro Sets

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 January 31, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Forces Shaping Precious Metals in 2014

The Coin Analyst: Forces Shaping Precious Metals in 2014

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 […]

By January 20, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Lackluster Girl Scouts Coin Demand Shows Need to Reform U.S. Commemorative Coin Program.

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 January 13, 2014 12 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Issues Wedge-Tailed Silver Eagle Coin Design by John Mercanti

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Issues Wedge-Tailed Silver Eagle Coin Design by John Mercanti

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 Australia […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Modern Coins in 2014

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Modern Coins in 2014

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 December 30, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2013 Low Mintage U.S. Modern Coins

The Coin Analyst: 2013 Low Mintage U.S. Modern Coins

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 December 26, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The 2013 Season of U.S. Mint Product Sell-Outs Continues

The Coin Analyst: The 2013 Season of U.S. Mint Product Sell-Outs Continues

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 December 11, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Should Modern Coins be Graded?

The Coin Analyst: Should Modern Coins be Graded?

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 December 9, 2013 8 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Silver Coin Series Gathers Steam

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Silver Coin Series Gathers Steam

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 December 5, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Precious Metal Bulls May Need to Rethink Their Position

The Coin Analyst: Precious Metal Bulls May Need to Rethink Their Position

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 December 1, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: News from the U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: News from the U.S. Mint

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 November 8, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2013 World Coins of the Year

The Coin Analyst: 2013 World Coins of the Year

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 October 28, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Update

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Update

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 October 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: “Numismatic” Gold & Silver American Eagle Coins – Lessons from the Past

The Coin Analyst: “Numismatic” Gold & Silver American Eagle Coins – Lessons from the Past

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 October 10, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Gold, the Government Shutdown, and the Coming Crisis Over the Debt Ceiling

The Coin Analyst: Gold, the Government Shutdown, and the Coming Crisis Over the Debt Ceiling

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 […]

The Coin Analyst – Modern World Coins: Will Lunar Horse Coins Perform More Like Dragons or Snakes?

The Coin Analyst – Modern World Coins: Will Lunar Horse Coins Perform More Like Dragons or Snakes?

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 September 26, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Stop Physical Coin Sales ?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Stop Physical Coin Sales ?

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 September 11, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Are the Chicago ANA Buffalo Reverse Proof Gold Coins Really That Special?

The Coin Analyst: Are the Chicago ANA Buffalo Reverse Proof Gold Coins Really That Special?

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 September 3, 2013 23 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2013 First Spouse Coins Coming Soon but Long-Term Series Demand Unclear

The Coin Analyst: 2013 First Spouse Coins Coming Soon but Long-Term Series Demand Unclear

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

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 […]

The Coin Analyst:  Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin Sales Quickly Double Those of Regular Proof

The Coin Analyst: Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin Sales Quickly Double Those of Regular Proof

 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 […]

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