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Professional Coin Advice, Whether Buying or Selling

Free Coin Appraisals & Professional Advice

If you are looking to buy or sell coins, GreatCollections offers free confidential advice and coin appraisals without obligation on all coins and numismatic-related items. We invite you to use our expertise and extensive resources on values of rare coins.

GreatCollections offers:

- Free Coin Appraisals and Advice
- Coin Auction Service
- Grade & Auction Program, with Discounted PCGS Grading Rates
- Wantlist Service

If you are considering selling your coins, we make it easy for everyone to sell coins through GreatCollections. Some of the advantages of selling through GreatCollections include:

- Sell your coins to the highest bidder at auction
- No minimum consignment
- The lowest fees - 0% for coins over $1,000 or 5% for coins under $1,000
- Instant cash advances available
- Fast professional service - Get a free auction estimate by our professionals

Consign in two easy steps
1. Complete a GreatCollections consignment form
2. Send this consignment form and coins to GreatCollections via insured mail

Download and Print a GreatCollections Consignment Form
- GreatCollections Consignment Form

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 [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions about Free Coin Appraisals and Advice

I have hundreds of coins... where do I start?
This is a question we get almost everyday. It's best to start by making a basic list of what is in the collection. Gold coins, silver coins, copper coins. All denominations? If you can, note down the years and fill out our Coin Estimate form. We'll always get back to you, even if we just need more information about the coins.

Can I e-mail you images of my coins?
Yes, and we encourage this. Although we receive pictures of coins in varying quality, we can usually determine an approximate value from images, and also advise whether it is worthwhile getting the coins graded or reviewed in person.

Does GreatCollections do formal insurance/probate valuations?
Yes, we can prepare a formal valuation at replacement value or auction value for your collection/holdings. We charge an hourly rate for formal valuations, which is refundable if you sell your coins through GreatCollections within three months of the valuation date.

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 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. In 2021, CoinWorld Magazine named Ian one of the most influential people in numismatics.

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