Collections was founded in 2010 by Ian Russell as a new coin auction house to serve the rare coin,
paper money, 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.Great
Collections offers collectors an extensive selection of certified coins and currency ranging in price
from $25 up to $10,000s. All coins and currency has been professionally listed and imaged by
Collections expert staff and most are certified by the leading third-party grading companies. Since
Collections has possession of all items being offered for sale, Great
Collections will ship
your auction winnings and purchases to you securely and promptly. Sellers consign to Great
take advantage of our low commission rates, which work out in most cases to be cheaper than if they did all the
Since 2010, Great
Collections has successfully auctioned over 600,000 certified coins, graded by PCGS,
NGC or ANACS, making it one of the leading certified coin firms in the United States. In addition to certified coins,
Collections also auctions certified paper money by PCGS and PMG. Our results are constantly
reported by the numismatic community and our complete auction archive
is available free of charge as a research tool for coin values.
The owner of Great
Collections, Ian Russell, is member 785 of the Professional Numismatists Guild.
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Suggestions? If you feel that the U.S. coin market is not fulfilling your collecting needs or you feel it can be done
better, please e-mail us at [email protected]
- we'd love to hear from you.The GreatCollections Team:
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]
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
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
Andy Wedding - Consignment Director
Andy's career in numismatics started back in 1993, when he started to work for Jack Hertzberg, and then U.S. Coin in Houston, Texas. He has developed long-standing relationships with some of the largest coin dealers in the United States, traveling to almost every major show over the past 20 years. He has also worked with top Registry Set collectors managing their wantlists and most recently, co-owned and managed a retail coin shop in Colorado.
At GreatCollections, Andy will be attending all major coin shows, including all FUN, Long Beach, Baltimore and ANA shows, as well as many of the PCGS Member Only shows. He will also be the key contact for
dealers, wholesalers and potential consignors from our office in Irvine, California.
Contact Andy Wedding at 1.800.44.COINS (+1.949.679.4180) or via e-mail [email protected]
Todd McKenna - Numismatist / Consignment Director
Todd began his career in numismatics in 2011, focusing on world coins, while employed by a leading world coin auction house. In particular, Todd researched machine-struck Chinese coins, British coinage of nearly all types and Crown-sized coins of Europe. At GreatCollections, Todd researches coin values and appraises U.S. and Foreign coins for collectors and dealers, values estates for law firms and accountants, processes uncertified coins for grading and works with consignors directly throughout the consignment process. He is always available to share his knowledge about numismatics.
Todd is Southern California native and in his spare time enjoys attending comic conventions to expand his collection of 1960s sci-fi and horror comics as well as playing large-format board game with friends.
Contact Todd McKenna at 1.800.44.COINS (+1.949.679.4180) or via e-mail [email protected]
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