Tag: US Mint

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Coin Sales in 2012

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Coin Sales in 2012

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …….. Sales of U.S. mint collector and bullion coin products have generally been trending lower since last year, especially for the 5-ounce America the Beautiful (AtB) silver coins. But the new coin that honors Acadia National Park in Maine is attracting a lot of interest based on the latest sales data […]

The Coin Analyst: What Can the U.S. Mint Learn From the Royal Canadian Mint?

The Coin Analyst: What Can the U.S. Mint Learn From the Royal Canadian Mint?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The Royal Canadian Mint has always issued a wider range of collectible coins that perhaps any other world mint.  For some of the Olympic games, for example, it minted a vast array of coins, of which some numismatic writers have said no one could afford to assemble a complete set.  It […]

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: So Much for Summer Doldrums

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: So Much for Summer Doldrums

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek It used to be the case that summer was a slower period for coin collecting. Numismatists would take a break from their obsession with coins and go to the beach, though they undoubtedly brought some coin books to read. But in recent years that has changed. Summer coin shows are often […]

Constantino Brumidi Posthumously Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Constantino Brumidi Posthumously Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON – A Congressional Gold Medal was presented posthumously today to Constantino Brumidi (1805-1880) during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building. The award, authorized by Public Law 110-259, was in recognition of his contributions to our Nation as a designer of murals in the U.S. Capitol, including those in the Senate Reception Room, the […]

By July 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Launch A Success

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Launch A Success

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint first proposed issuing a special American silver eagle proof set marking the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Mint in the spring, most collectors were excited about the new coins. They were especially intrigued by the prospect of the first “S”-mint reverse proof coin in the […]

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint issues a special silver eagle set, it is an important numismatic event. On June 7 the Mint launched the San Francisco Mint 2-coin proof American silver eagle set, and once again everyone clamored on the first day to get their orders in. Some people thought that […]

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Some U.S. Mint products have always been essentially made to demand, that is produced to whatever level buyers order, rather than set to a specific mintage level. Examples include proof and mint sets and proof and burnished American silver eagles. But in the wake of the widespread criticism the Mint […]

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. If coins are, as Michael Bugeja has argued “art you can hold and experience history in the process,” then the designs that appear on them are clearly are of paramount importance. In fact, for many collectors the aesthetic appeal of a coin’s design is what draws them to a particular […]

Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins: A Conversation with John Maben

Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins: A Conversation with John Maben

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek John Maben, owner of John Maben Rare Coins and Modern Coin Mart , and Eric Jordan, author of the book, Modern Commemorative Coins, are the authors of the new book, Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins (Krause, 2012), which zeroes in on the 50 modern U.S. coins that the authors […]

What Really Happened to the 1964 Denver Mint Peace Dollars?

What Really Happened to the 1964 Denver Mint Peace Dollars?

Michael Lantz, Denver Mint Foreman, Retired, 1961-1995 There is the tale of a legendary Peace dollar struck at the Denver Mint in silver and dated 1964. Rumors of this coin have been around for years. Was it really struck? Did any examples survive? Michael Lantz worked at the Denver during the 1960′s and knows what […]

The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles, Part 2, Casual Collecting in the 1840s

The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles, Part 2, Casual Collecting in the 1840s

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #108 As this is the second in a three part series, in the next two paragraphs, I provide an introduction for those who have not read part 1 or do not clearly remember it. The […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coins Outperforming U.S. Issues This Year

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coins Outperforming U.S. Issues This Year

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek 2012 has been a remarkable year for modern coin collectors in terms of the quality and range of products offered as well as the quick appreciation of sold-out, limited edition items. The U.S. Mint has provided hardly any information about planned releases of many of its major collectible series like […]

New Gold Bar Exhibit at the Denver Mint

New Gold Bar Exhibit at the Denver Mint

A ceremony was held at the United States Mint in Denver, Colorado exhibiting the first public display of gold bars in more than 10 years. The exhibit coincides with the 220th anniversary of the US Mint and the 150th anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. David Croft, Denver Mint Manager, introduced Treasurer Rosie […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Plans for 75th Anniversary San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Address Critics’ Concerns

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Plans for 75th Anniversary San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Address Critics’ Concerns

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. Mint has announced that it will honor the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco branch of the U.S. Mint with a special two-coin American silver eagle proof set. The set will include two proof silver eagles with San Francisco mint marks. One will be a regular proof coin, […]

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 […]

By April 9, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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 […]

1916 China Yan-Shih-kai Dragon Gold Dollar  Struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1921 for  Philadelphia Coin Dealer Henry Chapman

1916 China Yan-Shih-kai Dragon Gold Dollar Struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1921 for Philadelphia Coin Dealer Henry Chapman

by Ronald J. Gillio Special Submission to CoinWeek After years of research, and convincing evidence in the form of receipts for purchases, I believe that the famous 1916 Yan-Shih-kai Dragon gold dollars were struck in the United States in 1921 for Philadelphia coin dealer Henry Chapman, and not made in China.  The historic receipts will […]

By March 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By February 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
ModernCoinMart Responds to “Troubling” Guest Commentary

ModernCoinMart Responds to “Troubling” Guest Commentary

This is an open letter to the coin collecting and dealing community in response to a guest commentary by Richard Francis recently published by a major weekly coin publication entitled; “Firms’s acquisition of 2011 sets, while legal, is troubling” I am going to simply take the approach of answering allegations and presenting information one item […]

By February 22, 2012 35 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Announces Some Major Changes to the America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Series

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Announces Some Major Changes to the America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Series

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The America the Beautiful five-ounce silver bullion and numismatic program has faced problems since before the first coins were even released. And in the one and a half years since then, the Mint’s management of the program has continued to raise questions from collectors, dealers, and analysts. US Mint officials […]

By February 9, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By February 2, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Interview with CCAC Member Dr. Michael Bugeja Part I: “I Am There to Promote the Hobby”

Interview with CCAC Member Dr. Michael Bugeja Part I: “I Am There to Promote the Hobby”

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Dr. Michael Bugeja was appointed last year to serve on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury on U.S. coin and medal designs and themes. He is also a columnist for Coin World magazine, where he writes the “Home Hobbyist” column, and writes the […]

By January 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By January 20, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
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