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A new vision in buying and selling coins
GreatCollections was founded in 2010 by Ian Russell as a new marketplace to serve the rare coin and bullion community. Though there are many places to buy and sell coins, very few ensure that the transaction is conducted in a safe and secure manner while keeping both parties confidential.

GreatCollections offers collectors an extensive selection of certified coins ranging in price from $25 up to $10,000s. All coins have been professionally listed and imaged by GreatCollections expert staff and most are certified by the leading third-party grading companies. Since GreatCollections has possession of all items being offered for sale, GreatCollections will ship your auction winnings and purchases to you securely and promptly. Sellers consign to GreatCollections to take advantage of our low commission rates, which work out in most cases to be cheaper than if they did all the work themselves.

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Founders of GreatCollections:

Ian Russell at

Ian Russell - President
Ian is president and co-founder of From a young age, Ian was interested in collectibles and started working on weekends for a stamp dealer in Sydney, Australia at age 14. From there he learned about auctions at Stanley Gibbons Australia, personally handling many important sales including the Purcell Collection of Kangaroo and Map Series, the Mackey Collection of Australian States/Pacific Islands and the Morrison Hill China Collection. Ian also put together the company's first paper money auction featuring one of the finest New Zealand bank note collections ever formed.

In 2000, Ian was responsible for KISS The Auction, the multi-million dollar memorabilia auction conducted in June 2000 by a partnership of two major auction houses: Greg Manning Auctions and Butterfields.

From 2000 until 2010, Ian Russell held various positions at Spectrum Group International including President of Teletrade, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of Bowers and Merena Auctions, LLC, two of the largest coin auction houses in North America.

GreatCollections keeps Ian very busy, but in the rare event of spare time, he likes to watch tennis, play squash and travel to his wish-list of 32 countries.

Contact Ian Russell at 1.800.44.COINS (+1.949.679.4180) or via e-mail

Raeleen Endo at

Raeleen Endo - Director of Client Services
Raeleen started in collectibles in 1997, when she first joined PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) in their customer service division. Three years later, PCGS's parent company, Collectors Universe, purchased Bowers and Merena, a leading auction company in Wolfeboro, NH and Raeleen handled client requests, auction production and travelled to all of the auctions. She also helped oversee Collectors Universe's other collectibles divisions, including rare records, Hollywood memorabilia, currency and sports cards auctions.

Fast forward to 2004, Bowers and Merena Auctions was sold to Spectrum Numismatics and Raeleen made the transition. Over the following six years, she oversaw auction production and auction services for over 50 major numismatic auctions including two ANA sales which each sold over $15 million in coins and currency.

Raeleen graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA (go Bruins!) with a B.A. in Anthropology and has studied in Japan to hone her karaoke skills. She follows American Idol with a passion. On a recent George Michael tour, she went to not one, not two, but four concerts in four different cities!

Contact Raeleen Endo at 1.800.44.COINS (+1.949.679.4180) or via e-mail

Juliann Gim - Client Services
Juliann was the first addition to the GreatCollections team and brings with her a wealth of experience in online auctions, as well as editing images, packing and other skills in online sales.

Once a top-rated eBay Powerseller with 100% positive feedback, Juliann is quickly learning the intricacies of the coin business and GreatCollections. She is primarily responsible for entering all new consignments at GreatCollections and dealing with consignors and buyers by e-mail and phone.

Juliann is a California native, speaks Korean (as well as English) and studied at California State University, Fullerton.

Contact Juliann Gim at 1.800.44.COINS (+1.949.679.4180) or via e-mail

Ami Thai - Client Services
Ami joined GreatCollections after spending almost 10 years at Teletrade. She is responsible for the "Grade & Auction" program at GreatCollections, as well as private client viewing, customer service and special projects.

Contact Ami Thai at 1.800.44.COINS (+1.949.679.4180) or via e-mail