Category Archives: Ian Russell

GreatCollections to Auction Yellowstone Collection of U.S. Gold Coins

GreatCollections is pleased to announce the auction of the Yellowstone Collection of U.S. Gold Coins scheduled for Sunday, October 4. The collection comprises over 100 certified coins that were mostly acquired between 2000 and 2008. The collection includes many rarities, some of which are universally known, including a key-date 1929 Indian Half Eagle, graded PCGS […]

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Jim Bisognani: How Are New Highs for Gold Affecting the Coin Market?

Numismatic experts weigh in on the “gold rush” of 2020   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Gold trading above $2,000 is truly a significant milestone — one that finds the precious metal enjoying a huge amount of attention in the mainstream media. Many veteran numismatists knew this lofty summit would be […]

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GreatCollections to Auction $6 Million Catskill Collection of Rare U.S. Coins

200+ coins, including major U.S. rarities: 1794 $1 and $4 Stella   GreatCollections is pleased to announce the Catskill Collection of U.S. coins, the most valuable single collection ever consigned to our firm. The collection comprises of 240 certified coins graded by PCGS and NGC and includes many major rarities, such as a 1792 half […]

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NGC-Certified Franklin Half Dollars Highlight GreatCollections Auction

Online bidding ends soon for the May 31 sale   One of the leading auction houses, GreatCollections, currently has some of the finest-known NGC-graded Franklin half dollars listed in their auctions, including the single-finest 1953-S business strike with Full Bell Lines, as well as the single-finest 1951 Proof. Key Date 1953-S: a Rarity with Full […]

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Two Rare U.S. Coins to be Auctioned for Charity by GreatCollections

The silver and gold coins are valued at over $60,000   Two of the most famous U.S. coins ever minted are being auctioned by GreatCollections for the benefit of the Andre’ F. Toce Sr. Family Foundation, a non-profit that has donated to a variety of causes, including supporting orphaned children in Africa and safe houses […]

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PCGS 1938 Half Dollar Proof Sells for Record $81,562 at GreatCollections

After spirited bidding from 11 different collectors and dealers, the finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar ended up selling for a new all-time record price of $81,562 USD at GreatCollections on Sunday, April 26. The coin, graded PCGS PR68+ CAC, is the single finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar known from an original mintage of […]

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The Coin Analyst: How Might $100 Silver Impact the Coin Market?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Rising bullion prices have often been a boon for the numismatic coin market. They enable precious metal investors to direct some of the profits from the sale of their bullion holdings to numismatic pieces. This tends to have a substantial impact on the overall coin market because many large […]

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GreatCollections to Auction Ultimate Collection of Rattlers and Old Holders

GreatCollections is pleased to announce the Ultimate Collection of Rattlers and Old Holders. The collection comprises nearly 100 certified coins that were graded in the early years of PCGS and NGC and have resided with one owner ever since. The collection of important early U.S. coins includes a 1796 Draped Bust Quarter, graded PCGS MS-64, […]

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GreatCollections to Auction Ultimate Collection of Rattlers and Old Holders

GreatCollections is pleased to announce the Ultimate Collection of Rattlers and Old Holders. The collection comprises nearly 100 certified coins that were graded in the early years of PCGS and NGC and have resided with one owner ever since. The collection of important early U.S. coins includes a 1796 Draped Bust Quarter, graded PCGS MS-64, […]

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NGC-Certified Seated Liberty Half Dollar Mint Error Realizes Over $50,000

An incredible error coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized $51,754 USD at an auction by GreatCollections. The coin was erroneously struck on a smaller planchet intended for a quarter and is believed to be unique for the Seated Liberty half dollar series. The coin, struck in the 1870s, was recently discovered in a […]

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NGC Certifies Seated Liberty Half Dollar Error Struck on Quarter Planchet

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an incredible error coin: a Seated Liberty half dollar struck on a quarter planchet. This stunning error is believed to be unique for the Seated Liberty half dollar series. The coin was recently discovered in an old collection that had been held by the Wheeler Family of New Jersey […]

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PCGS First Discovery 2019-W Lowell Quarter Consigned to GreatCollections Auction

A Virginia coin collector is about to get his second windfall from finding one of the first, elusive West Point Mint 2019 Lowell National Historical Park quarter-dollars. Only two of those recently released 2019-W Lowell quarters have the distinctive Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) designation, PCGS First Discovery, and are the first 2019-W quarters certified […]

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GreatCollections to auction 1895 Proof Morgan dollar recently graded, last traded in 1960 for $500, expected to realize $150,000+

Irvine, California — On Sunday, April 7th, GreatCollections will be auctioning a recently re-discovered 1895 Proof Morgan dollar, which last traded in 1960 for just $500. The coin has been in one family for almost 60 years and was graded PR-67+CAM by PCGS at the January FUN Show in Florida

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GreatCollections to Auction 1895 Proof Morgan Dollar

Recently Graded, Last Traded in 1960 for $500; Expected to Realize $150,000+   On Sunday, April 7, GreatCollections will be auctioning a recently re-discovered 1895 Proof Morgan Dollar, which last traded in 1960 for just $500. The coin has been in one family for almost 60 years and was graded Proof-67+ CAMEO by PCGS at […]

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NGC Certifies Cherrywood Collection of Classic Chinese Coins

The late Imperial Era rarities will be displayed in Hong Kong in March before being sold in April Numismatic Guaranty Corporation™ (NGC®) is pleased to announce that it has authenticated and graded a major collection of vintage Chinese coins. Dubbed the Cherrywood Collection, the group of rare coins, including bronze and silver patterns, was housed […]

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CoinWeek: Cool Coins! 2019 Episode 1: Rare Lincoln Cents, Million Dollar 1933 Gold…

CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! returns with our first episode of 2019. We talk to David McCarthy, James Sego, Julian Leidman, and Ian Russell at the Winter FUN show and find out that they have some truly remarkable coins at their booths. Julian Leidman shows off a trio of original gold coins that were given at the […]

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Coin Collecting Eighth Annual Market Review: Part 1

Coin industry leaders share their thoughts on what’s working and what isn’t By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Well, I don’t know why it should come as a surprise to me, but 2018 is winding down quite rapidly. I know that time isn’t accelerating, but perhaps the aging process is. It has […]

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GreatCollections to auction Coldwater Creek Everyman Registry Set on April 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce that GreatCollections will be auctioning the Coldwater Creek Collection of AU-58 and AU-58+ type coins on Sunday, April 1st.
The collection is currently ranked #2 on the PCGS Set Registry and is the third all-time finest for the category of Everyman Complete U

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Wass Molitor Slug recently discovered in Australia to be sold by GreatCollections

An extremely rare $50 territorial gold coin, issued by the Wass, Molitor & Co. firm during the California Gold Rush, was recently rediscovered in Sydney, Australia and is being sold by the Irvine, California firm GreatCollections

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GreatCollections and honest numismatic photos

Before sharing an interview with GreatCollections President Ian Russell concerning his company’s practice of providing honest numismatic photos, I want to discuss the dishonesty and risk of buying coins with altered or poor photos.
Here’s a poor photo of a coin that I took a risk with, bidding based on a Proxibid lot that didn’t capture the true condition

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Record Prices for Sierra Madre Gold Collection at GreatCollections

The results are in for the Sierra Madre Collection of U.S. Gold Coins, sold by GreatCollections on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Comprised of 55 pieces, the sale of the classic gold coins set many records, helped by the older generation slabs they were housed in. “The theme of the collection: Exceptional coins bring exceptional money,” […]

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US Coins & Medals – Playing Cat and Mouse With Lady Liberty

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. Five minute sellout now claiming five times issue price; silver looking to take home gold; “The thing is gorgeous” Many kids have already gone back to school and those that haven’t will be heading in mass for the classroom after Labor Day. Wow, the summer has slipped […]

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Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Anaheim Auctions Stake Claim To Over $46 Million Another ANA World’s Fair of Money is history; this one a significant milestone as the ANA is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. This edition held in the Golden State, the first time since Los Angeles hosted the […]

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Classic US Coins – You Can’t Roller-Skate In This Buffalo Herd

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Online Auctions Tide Collectors Over – My Five–0 Season Continues Summer 2016 has certainly been busy and eventful. Numismatically speaking I can’t recall having enjoyed our hobby as much as I continue on my Five-0—fifty years as a collector-season. Things have changed in so many ways […]

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GreatCollections Auctions Yosemite Collection of U.S. Coins

Comprehensive 19th-Century PCGS-Graded Collection Being Sold Unreserved GreatCollections is currently auctioning the Yosemite Collection of 19th-century U.S. coins. The collection starts in 1794 and goes through the end of the Seated series with all denominations from half cents through silver dollars. Ian Russell, President/founder of GreatCollections commented: “There are over 600 PCGS-certified coins in the […]

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Coin Market Report – ANA World’s Fair of Money 2015 is Here!

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Stacks Bowers & Heritage Provide Auction Muscle In Midwest; Be Sure To Take Notes — I Used To Have A Photographic Memory But Even That Is Prone To Malfunction Well my fine collector and dealer friends, as this report goes to press it is one week before the […]

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Coin Shows – Rarity Reigns Supreme At 76th CSNS

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Heritage Auction Powers Over $46 Million; The Queen Of Gold – 1880 Coiled Hair Stella Reels in $1.8 Million; Lighter Attendance at CSNS Has Dealers Lobbying For New Venue; Collector Craves Classic Commems. Spring is definitely in the air! A series of delightful days with the temperature […]

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GreatCollections founder Ian Russell Interviewed by Larry King

Ian Russell, owner and president of GreatCollections, sat down in December with broadcast legend and Emmy-nominee Larry King to discuss the hobby of coin collecting. The 25-minute interview took place at King’s Los Angeles studio for his current TV show, Larry King Now About Ian Russell and Great Collections Ian Russell is president and co-founder […]

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GreatCollections co-founder Ian Russell Interviewed by Larry King

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTHO47aew-E Ian Russell, owner and president of GreatCollections, sat down in December with broadcast legend and Emmy-nominee Larry King to discuss the hobby of coin collecting. The 25-minute interview took place at King’s Los Angeles studio for his current TV show, Larry King Now About Ian Russell and Great Collections Ian Russell is president and […]

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