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Grade & Auction Program by GreatCollections

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If you have raw or uncertified coins for sale, our Grade & Auction Program offers grading by PCGS, NGC and ANACS at special discounted rates. GreatCollections will pay the grading fees up front, and these discounted fees will be deducted from your consignor check. Best of all, we'll review your coins, make recommendations on grading and which service level to use.


PCGS Grading Services & Rates (through GreatCollections Grade & Auction Program)


PCGS Economy Service - Normally $18 per coin - GreatCollections rate: $10 per coin
PCGS Regular Service - Normally $30 per coin - GreatCollections rate: $18 per coin
PCGS Express Service - Normally $50 per coin - GreatCollections rate: $30 per coin
Call us for details on grading coins worth $20,000 and over.


NGC Grading Services & Rates (through GreatCollections Grade & Auction Program)


NGC Silver/Copper Service - Normally $16 per coin - GreatCollections rate: $10 per coin
NGC Gold Service - Normally $30 per coin - GreatCollections rate: $18 per coin
NGC Express Service - Normally $50 per coin - GreatCollections rate: $30 per coin
Call us for details on grading coins worth $20,000 and over.


ANACS Grading Services & Rates (through GreatCollections Grade & Auction Program)


ANACS Regular Service - All coins qualify for the special GreatCollections rate: $10 per coin


Consign raw coins in two easy steps

1. Complete a Raw Coin Consignment Form
2. Send this consignment form and coins to GreatCollections via insured mail
GreatCollections will notify you the day your consignment arrives at GreatCollections.


If you have any questions about consigning or what your coins are worth, please do not hesitate to contact us. Telephone us at 1.800.44.COINS (+1.949.679.4180) or e-mail info@greatcollections.com.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Grade & Auction Program

Does GreatCollections make grading service/level recommendations??

Yes, just note on the consignment form the first option for "GreatCollections to choose the best grading service/level for my consignment", and we will take care of the rest. In addition, if we feel that your coins are not suitable to be graded, we will call you to discuss.

Do I send any money up front for the grading fees?

No, please do not send any money for grading fees up front. We will arrange and pay for the grading, and deduct these discounted rates from your consignor check after the auction.

Do you just arrange grading coins without auctioning them?

At present, we do not just grade coins for clients. All coins submitted raw through our special "Grade & Auction" program must be auctioned through GreatCollections after grading.

Do all coins qualify for these special grading rates?

The grading rates/services listed cover the most common coin submissions/consignments (over 99% of coins submitted to GreatCollections). At PCGS and NGC, certain errors, varieties or rarities (coins worth more than $20,000) may need to be graded under a different service at a different rate. Please submit the coins to GreatCollections and we will contact you if any do not fall under the discounted rates listed on this form prior to submitting to the grading services for your approval.

Is there any limit to the number of coins I can get graded?

No, there is no limit or minimum either. We have clients who will want to "Grade & Auction" one coin and also clients who submit hundreds of coins. Our company was built on servicing clients with both small and large collections/holdings.

How do I ship coins to GreatCollections?

We recommend shipping coins through the United States Postal Service via Registered Insured Mail or Priority Insured Mail. This is the safest way to transport coins. If you have coins worth more than $25,000 to sell, please contact us for special instructions. We will notify you the day your coins arrive.

Are my coins insured?

Yes, from the moment your coin(s) arrive at GreatCollections, they are fully insured through our extensive policy with Lloyd's of London. A copy of our insurance certificate is available by request.

When can I expect payment?

While our terms and conditions state that all consignors will be paid within 30 days, we routinely pay our consignors early (usually within 7-10 days). GreatCollections can also give you an instant cash advance of up to half of their value. For more information about cash advances, please call Ian Russell at 1.800.44.COINS (+1.949.679.4180).

What happens if my coins don't sell?

Our sell-through rate is very high at GreatCollections. In the unlikely event your coins do not sell, we will reoffer them in another auction. If they remain unsold, we will return them to you at our expense and invoice you for the grading fees.

About GreatCollections

GreatCollections was founded by Ian Russell as a 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.


Ian Russell at GreatCollections.com

Ian Russell - President

Ian is president and co-founder of GreatCollections. 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 ian@greatcollections.com