Louis Golino

The Coin Analyst: What’s Going on with Precious Metals?

The Coin Analyst: What’s Going on with Precious Metals?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… So far this year gold and silver have really been underperforming. Both have been stuck in a trading range for most of the past two months, and they have erased last year’s gains, which were already modest compared to their performance in the preceding decade. Precious market bulls keep […]

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments at the U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments at the U.S. Mint

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Update on U.S. Mint Price Increases On March 5 the U.S. Mint’s Michael White, who serves in the Mint’s Office of Public Affairs, provided some clarification regarding the issues discussed in my last column , which concerned the recent increase in premiums on gold and platinum numismatic coins at […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Premiums on Precious Metal Coins as Metal Prices Decline

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Premiums on Precious Metal Coins as Metal Prices Decline

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Last year the U.S. Mint saw its numismatic revenue decline by a third as a result of declining sales of gold and platinum coins due to higher underlying precious metal prices and strained collector budgets because of a still-struggling U.S. economy. Silver coins, on the other hand, continued to be […]

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Ola Borgejordet on the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Ola Borgejordet on the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… From February 1-3 the largest world coin show in the world, the World Money Fair, was held in Berlin, Germany. This was the 42nd WMF, and the sixth time it was held in Berlin. 15,000 people attended the show, and there were 320 exhibitors, highlighted by the presence of major […]

By February 27, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Mexico’s Silver Libertad Coins Offer Great Opportunity for Collectors

The Coin Analyst: Mexico’s Silver Libertad Coins Offer Great Opportunity for Collectors

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… There is, quite simply, no better world bullion coin from a long-term value perspective than the Mexican Silver Libertad, in the opinion of the Coin Analyst. Silver Libertads are minted of .999 silver and come in 1/20th, 1/10th, ¼, ½, 1 ounce, 2 ounce, 5 ounce, and kilo sizes in […]

By February 25, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Silver Maple Leaf Supplies Dwindling and Other World Bullion Coin News

The Coin Analyst: Silver Maple Leaf Supplies Dwindling and Other World Bullion Coin News

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… With all the excitement surrounding the U.S. Mint recently, some modern coin enthusiasts may not be aware of important new developments in the world bullion coin field. Canada: On the heels of the U.S. Mint’s recent announcement of a temporary halt in sales of American silver eagles due to very […]

By January 28, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Sells Out of 2013 Silver Eagles and Keeps Collectors Guessing About Early Numismatic Sell-Outs

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Sells Out of 2013 Silver Eagles and Keeps Collectors Guessing About Early Numismatic Sell-Outs

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Collecting modern U.S. coins just got a lot more interesting. During the past week there have been a series of rather dramatic developments involving the U.S. Mint, whose origins and implications remain unclear at this point. First, on January 17, just ten days after the opening of sales to its […]

By January 21, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Prices on Some 2013 Silver Coin Products

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Prices on Some 2013 Silver Coin Products

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… On January 15 the U.S. Mint  published a notice in the Federal Register announcing new, higher prices for some 2013 silver coin products, including the five-ounce America the Beautiful silver coins, which will now be $244.95 instead of $229.95. The increase amounts to $3 per ounce of silver. The notice […]

By January 16, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2012 U.S. Mint Coin Sell-Outs Help Support Modern Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: 2012 U.S. Mint Coin Sell-Outs Help Support Modern Coin Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Modern U.S. coin collectors often seem to have what could be called a Rodney Dangerfield problem. They can’t get any respect from serious numismatists, coin experts, and dealers who specialize in classic coins. They are told that the Mint mainly sells over-priced and over-hyped coins that will only be worth their […]

By January 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: What to Expect from the 2013 Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: What to Expect from the 2013 Coin Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… As I did last year , I am providing CoinWeek readers with what I see as the main broad trends we can expect to see in the coin market and numismatics in the coming year. There is always a degree of hazard in making predictions or forecasting trends, and […]

By December 31, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The Year in Precious Metals

The Coin Analyst: The Year in Precious Metals

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… In 2012 gold and silver prices were up for the year, but they failed to retrace the record levels of 2011. Silver outperformed for the year, achieving an increase of 9.4% compared to gold, which was up 6.6%. It has been more challenging than usual to analyze the precious […]

By December 21, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Releases Report on Alternative Metallic Composition for Circulating Coins

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Releases Report on Alternative Metallic Composition for Circulating Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… For the first time since 1965 the U.S. Mint has done major research into possible alternative metallic composition and changes in the method of production for all circulating coins with the goal of reducing production costs. The study, which was conducted by an outside metallurgic research consulting company, found […]

By December 17, 2012 8 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Launches 2013 Coin Program and Increased Focus on Customer Relations

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Launches 2013 Coin Program and Increased Focus on Customer Relations

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Customers of the U.S. Mint have frequently complained that they do not have enough notice about upcoming U.S. Mint products. This year, in particular, there were several months when virtually no information was made available on forthcoming coin releases, which many customers found frustrating. To address those concerns, as […]

By December 12, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Trillion-Dollar coins? A provocative idea is currently being discussed in the mainstream press that you may not be familiar with. With the prospect of another fight in Washington over raising the federal debt limit coming up in February, right on the heels of the current fight over the fiscal […]

By December 10, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: John Mercanti’s Silver Eagle Guidebook

The Coin Analyst: John Mercanti’s Silver Eagle Guidebook

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… John Mercanti, who served as the U.S. Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver until his retirement in 2010, holds the distinction of having designed more U.S. coins and medals than any other employee of the Mint in its 220-year history. In his new book for Whitman Publishing, American Silver Eagles: A […]

By December 4, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Overview of House Hearing on The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense

The Coin Analyst: Overview of House Hearing on The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On November 29 the Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services, which is headed by outgoing Chairman Ron Paul, held a hearing on “The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense” that examined in detail the issues surrounding the replacement of paper dollars with coins and […]

By November 30, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Responds to Collector Concerns with New Mintage Policies

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Responds to Collector Concerns with New Mintage Policies

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Coin collectors and investors, especially those who purchase modern coins, love low mintages. And mints, foreign and domestic, are aware of that and use it as a marketing tool to drum up interest in their coins. Foreign mints in particular issue coins in small numbers to increase interest in […]

By November 28, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Reissue More Classic Coins?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Reissue More Classic Coins?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… As I have argued before, the U.S. Mint can learn from other countries’ mints. That does mean we should emulate all their practices, and I am well aware of the differences in the laws that our Mint has to follow, which tend to be more restrictive than those in […]

By November 25, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Are Low Mintage Collector Coins the New Normal ?

The Coin Analyst: Are Low Mintage Collector Coins the New Normal ?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… In the last couple of years, particularly this year and in 2011, an interesting trend has emerged in modern U.S. Mint collector coins. The trend is that many coin series have seen the emergence of new low mintage key coins. For example, the 2011 Army uncirculated half dollar, which […]

By November 15, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Collecting Vatican Coins Can Be Rewarding in Many Ways

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Vatican Coins Can Be Rewarding in Many Ways

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Located within the city of Rome in Italy, Vatican City, or the Vatican, is the smallest independent country in the world. The Vatican issues its own stamps and coins, and like several other European micro states such as San Marino and Monaco, it relies on the sales of those […]

By November 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Central Bank Gold Holdings Believed To Be Smaller Than Governments Claim

The Coin Analyst: Central Bank Gold Holdings Believed To Be Smaller Than Governments Claim

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… An important development about gold is not receiving the attention it deserves in the mainstream, non-specialized media. In particular, several reports have surfaced that the gold reserves of several Western countries are believed to be much smaller than previously estimated. That is a result of the fact that much […]

By October 30, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… First Spouse coin news Initial sales for the first 2012 First Spouse gold $10 coin have been strong. During the first week the coins were available from the Mint, buyers snapped up 1394 uncirculated coins, and 1808 proof coins for a total of 3202 units, or about 25% of […]

By October 26, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Don’t Let Frustrating Coin Buying Experiences Cloud Your Judgment

The Coin Analyst: Don’t Let Frustrating Coin Buying Experiences Cloud Your Judgment

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Coin collectors tend to have strong views, especially about the mints and coin dealers with whom they do business. After a bad or frustrating experience, they will often decide not to any more business with that particular company or mint. In certain cases that is perfectly understandable. But unless […]

By October 23, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. and Perth Mints Respond to Requests for Information

The Coin Analyst: U.S. and Perth Mints Respond to Requests for Information

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… I recently contacted the U.S. Mint  and the Perth Mint  in Western Australia for information on some issues that are of great interest to buyers of their numismatic coins, including in particular price increases and mintage levels. The questions for the U.S. Mint deal with the recent increase in prices […]

By October 18, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: PCGS First Strike Proof-70 San Francisco Sets Are On Fire

The Coin Analyst: PCGS First Strike Proof-70 San Francisco Sets Are On Fire

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… By the end of October the U.S. Mint plans to complete the process of fulfilling orders for the 2012 San Francisco two-coin American silver eagle proof set. Sometime after that it will announce the final mintage for the set, which will play a key role in shaping premiums for […]

By October 15, 2012 13 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Ends One-Week Suspension of Silver Coin Sales

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Ends One-Week Suspension of Silver Coin Sales

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On October 3 the U.S. Mint suspended sales of some numismatic silver coins because of the recent rise in silver spot prices and announced plans to increase prices for some silver coins by $5 per ounce. The Mint issued the following statement to the numismatic press: “Because silver has […]

By October 10, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin Update

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin Update

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… 2012 First Spouse series launch On October 2 the U.S. Mint finally announced the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated launch of the first 2012 First Spouse gold coin which honors suffragist Alice Paul. The coin is somewhat controversial because Ms. Paul was not a first spouse, and in previous years […]

The Coin Analyst: New Legislation Aims to Change U.S. Commemorative Coin Program

The Coin Analyst: New Legislation Aims to Change U.S. Commemorative Coin Program

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On September 21 legislation was introduced by Republican members of congress that could have a major impact on U.S. commemorative coin programs. If passed and ultimately enacted into law, such legislation would require that any funds raised by such coins beyond the cost to recoup production expenses would go […]

By September 28, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Interview with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) CEO Anna Maria Chavez

CoinWeek Interview with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) CEO Anna Maria Chavez

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Summary of the creation of the 2012 Girl Scouts commemorative coin program: Oct. 15, 2009 House bill H.R. 621 passed, calls for minting of 350,000 silver dollars, which will be issued in early 2013 Oct. 19, 2009 Senate bill S. 451 passed Oct. 29, 2009 President Obama signed legislation […]

By September 24, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: QE3 and the Outlook for Precious Metals

The Coin Analyst: QE3 and the Outlook for Precious Metals

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced a third major round of quantitative easing, or QE3. This follows last year’s Operation Twist program in which short-term bonds were sold and used to […]

By September 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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