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Louis Golino

Louis Golino is an award-winning numismatic journalist and writer specializing on modern U.S. and world coins. He has been writing a weekly column for CoinWeek since May 2011 called “The Coin Analyst,” which focuses primarily on modern numismatic issues and developments at major world mints. In August 2015 he received the Numismatic Literary Guild’s (NLG) award for Best Website Column for “The Coin Analyst.” He is also a contributor to Coin World, where he wrote a bimonthly feature and weekly blog, and The Numismatist, the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) monthly publication, where he writes a monthly column on modern world coins. He is also a founding member of the Modern Coin Forum sponsored by Modern Coin Mart. He previously served as a congressional relations specialist and policy analyst at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress and as a syndicated columnist and news analyst on international politics and national security for a wide variety of publications. He has been writing professionally since the early 1980s when he began writing op-ed articles and news analyses.
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The Coin Analyst: Collecting Modern Ukrainian Coins

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Modern Ukrainian Coins

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek .....   Until the current Russian Invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24, Ukrainian coins were most widely collected...
The Coin Analyst’s Guide to Post-Holiday Gifts for Modern World Coin Collectors

The Coin Analyst’s 2022 Gift Guide for Modern World Coin Collectors

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... It’s that time of the year again – time to look back on some highlights from the dizzying...
The Coin Analyst: NGCX - What NGC’s New Grading Scale Does and Doesn’t Do

The Coin Analyst: NGCX – What NGC’s New Grading Scale Does and Doesn’t Do

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... Third-party numismatic grading is currently experiencing its most significant period of change since the launch of PCGS and...
The Coin Analyst: Reflections of a Libertad Specialist

The Coin Analyst: Reflections of a Libertad Coin Specialist

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... Harry “Hernando” Bodine of Florida inherited from his late father both his coin collection and his love of...
US Mint Opens Order Window for Purple Heart Colorized Silver Dollar

The Coin Analyst: 2022 U.S. Mint Winners

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... 2022 was definitely a quieter year for U.S. Mint coins, especially compared to last year – a banner...

Collecting Morgan Dollars: An Overview

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... As a collectible, Morgan silver dollars, minted between 1878 and 1921, have no real peer in American numismatics....
The Coin Analyst: Extremely Rare Mexican Silver Pattern Coin Surfaces

The Coin Analyst: Extremely Rare Mexican Silver Pattern Coin Surfaces

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... A coin collector and part-time dealer named Adrian Coro, who specializes in circulating Mexican coinage, recently made the...
The Coin Analyst: US Mint Official Discusses Recent Sellouts, Enrollments, and Increased Demand

The Coin Analyst: US Mint Official Discusses Recent Sellouts, Enrollments, and Increased Demand

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... Almost every year, the United States Mint releases certain products that sell out quickly, especially if they have...

The Coin Analyst: 2021 Was a Banner Year for the United States Mint

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... The United States Mint recently released its 2021 Annual Report, which showed that last year the Mint had...
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Addresses Customer Feedback, 2022 Morgan and Peace Dollars

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Addresses Customer Feedback, 2022 Morgan and Peace Dollars

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... Continuing an initiative begun by former United States Mint Director David J. Ryder, new Acting Mint Director Ventris...
The Coin Analyst: California Coin Dealer Discovers Major 2021 Gold Eagle Error Coin

The Coin Analyst: California Coin Dealer Discovers Major 2021 Gold Eagle Error Coin

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... Gerald Medel, owner of Lakeside Coins in El Cajon, part of San Diego County, California, recently made the...
Ryder to Resign as U.S. Mint Director, Doone to Take Acting Director Role

The Coin Analyst: What Will Mint Director Ryder’s Long-Term Impact Be on the Numismatic...

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... In the aftermath of the resignation October 1 of David J. Ryder as Director of the United States...
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The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Officials Discuss Challenges of Demand Spike and Pandemic

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... On August 25, United States Mint Director David J. Ryder and several of his key staff members held...
A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium Coin Series

A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium Coin Series

Niobium Coin Article by Louis Golino and updated August 2021 by CoinWeek ..... The Austrian Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints, with historical roots...
The Coin Analyst: Comparing Today’s Booming Coin Market With the 1980s

The Coin Analyst: Comparing Today’s Booming Coin Market With the 1980s

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... Today’s Coin Market There is no doubt we are in the midst of a very bullish coin and bullion...

The Coin Analyst – What’s the Best Way to Invest in Silver?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ..... I often hear newer coin collectors and silver investors ask what is the best way to buy silver. There are...
How to Sell Your Coins and Work With Coin Dealers

How to Sell Your Coins and Work With Coin Dealers

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ..... There is little doubt that, along with the U.S. Mint, coin dealers are probably the most frequently criticized players...
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Products for the Second Half of 2021 – Part Two

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Products for the Second Half of 2021 – Part...

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... In the weeks since the first part of this piece--U.S. Mint Products for the Second Half of 2021...
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Products for the Second Half of 2021 – Winners and Losers

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Products for the Second Half of 2021 – Winners...

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ..... The second half of 2021 will be a busy period for U.S. Mint products. In particular, we will...
The Coin Analyst: US Mint Roundtable on 2021 Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

The Coin Analyst: US Mint Roundtable on 2021 Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek .....   In recognition of the high level of interest among collectors in the forthcoming 2021 Morgan and Peace silver...

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