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Our experienced specialists are pleased to provide estimates on most coins, medals and paper money. Please use the form below to send us a list of your items, as well as upload images. We endeavor to respond to all estimate requests within 48 hours.

If you would like to research coin values yourself, please use our complete auction archive, which contains 701,739 prices realized from our coin and paper money auctions. It is easily searchable by country, denomination, grade and variety.

You can also make an appointment to bring your coins and paper money into our office in Irvine, California.

We regret we cannot provide estimates on items not suitable for our auctions. In this situation, we try to recommend other places you could contact.

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About GreatCollections

GreatCollections was founded by Ian Russell as an auction house to serve the rare coin, paper money and bullion community. Though there are many places to buy and sell coins and paper money, 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 and paper money ranging in price from $25 up to over $100,000. All coins/banknotes 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 Coin & Paper Money Auctions. 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. The auction set many records and is still regarded today as one of the most successful music memorabilia auctions in history.

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.

Ian manages all day-to-day operations at GreatCollections and is always available to discuss the advantages of GreatCollections with prospective consignors and bidders. He personally manages and advises advanced collectors on acquisitions, as well as prepares valuations of numismatic property for collectors, dealers, estates, trusts, accountants and law firms.

Ian is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild, member 785 and abides by the PNG Code of Ethics.

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