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GreatCollections, the official auction house of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), specializes in auctioning certified coins and banknotes, handling transactions from start to finish. Since its founding in 2010, GreatCollections has successfully auctioned over one million certified coins, making it one of the leading certified coin companies in the United States, with annual sales in 2021 exceeding $235 million. Ian Russell, owner/president of GreatCollections, is a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and a member of the National Auctioneers Association.
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1983 Lincoln Memorial Cent struck on transitional copper planchet. Image: GreatCollections.

Transitional Treasures: A 1983 Lincoln Cent Mistakenly Struck on Bronze Planchet up for Auction

The finest known 1983 Lincoln Cent mistakenly struck on a bronze planchet is being auctioned by GreatCollections on Sunday, July 28, with bidding already...
2022 Tiffany Gold Medal. Image: GreatCollections.

1st PCGS-Certified Gold TiffCoin by Tiffany & Co. in GreatCollections Auction

Only 499 Minted, Quickly Sold Out on Day of Issue in 2022   An 18k Gold TiffCoin by Tiffany & Co. is being auctioned by GreatCollections...
MyCollect announces Guess the Grade. An interactive photo grading game.

MyCollect Launches “Guess the Grade” Game for Coin Collectors

MyCollect.com has announced the official launch of Guess the Grade™, an online interactive game where members can grade coins online and compete with other...
1902 $5 National Bank Note - First National Bank of Eureka.

Eureka Banknote Discovery in GreatCollections Auction

Serial #1 of Iconic Town Name   A rare banknote from the First National Bank of Eureka, California is being auctioned by GreatCollections on Sunday, February...
Incredible cents from the Stewart Blay Collection. Image: GreatCollections.

Stewart Blay Collections of Flying Eagle Cents, Indian Cents, Barber Dimes Realize Almost $5...

1856 & 1877 Pennies Sold for Over $300,000 Each; Countless Records Set   (Irvine, California) November 28, 2023 – The Stewart Blay Collection continued to set...
Incredible cents from the Stewart Blay Collection. Image: GreatCollections.

Stewart Blay Indian Head, Flying Eagle Cent Collection to Be Auctioned by GreatCollections

Sale also to feature Blay Collection of Barber Dimes   When GreatCollections sold the Stewart Blay Collection of Lincoln Cents in January 2023, one of if...
First PCGS Encapsulated Coin.

Very First PCGS Encapsulated Coin to Be Auctioned to Benefit Witter Coin University

Donated by PCGS Cofounder John Dannreuther   What is believed to be the very first PCGS encapsulated coin--a prototype that changed the coin industry forever--is being...
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MyCollect Launches Free Social Network for Coin Collectors

New platform lets collectors and dealers interact, post news and comments, create set registries, and access TheftCheck database of stolen certified coins   MyCollect™, a new...
Elite Saint-Gaudens double eagles to be exhibited at the 2023 ANA World's Fair of Money.

Finest Set of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles at ANA Show

$25 million Elite Collection, the number-one Saints set at PCGS, will be displayed by GreatCollections at the 2023 World’s Fair of Money   The finest set...

Gem CAC 1837 Seated Liberty Half Dime at GreatCollections

Currently up for auction on GreatCollections.com is a nice example of an interesting transitional 19th-century U.S. silver coin. This MS 65 CAC-approved Small Date 1837...

GreatCollections to Offer 1943 Quarter on Steel Cent Planchet

An amazing error, a 1943 Washington Quarter Struck on a Steel Cent Planchet, is being offered for the first time in 80 years in...
Lincoln Cent Records Shattered With $7.7 Million Stewart Blay Collection at GreatCollections

Lincoln Cent Records Shattered With $7.7 Million Stewart Blay Collection at GreatCollections

The finest collection of Lincoln Cents has been auctioned for $7,731,811 USD by GreatCollections, setting all-time world records, including the first Lincoln Cent to...
High Mint State 1943-D Steel Cent Offered by GreatCollections

High Mint State 1943-D Steel Cent Offered by GreatCollections

GreatCollections is currently offering collectors the opportunity to purchase a superb example of the 1943-D steel cent. Graded PCGS MS 68 with a CAC...

GreatCollections Acquires Walton 1913 Liberty Head Nickel

The famed Walton 1913 Liberty Head Nickel has been acquired by GreatCollections for $4.2 million USD. It is the second of only five known...
GreatCollections to Auction Frosted Freedom $100 Platinum Eagle Trial

GreatCollections to Auction Frosted Freedom $100 Platinum Eagle Trial

Just 12 examples minted as production proofs   A rare production proof accidentally released by the United States Mint 15 years ago was recently discovered by...
All-Time #1 Koessl Matte Proof Gold Set on Display at ANA World’s Fair of Money

All-Time #1 Koessl Matte Proof Gold Set on Display at ANA World’s Fair of...

For the past 40 years, an advanced collector attended hundreds of major coin shows and spent countless hours on the phone with dealers trying...
All-Time #1 Lincoln Cent Proof Set Collection to be Auctioned by GreatCollections

All-Time #1 Lincoln Cent Proof Set Collection to be Auctioned by GreatCollections

For the past 20 years, the “Red Copper Collection” has won almost all of the top Registry Set awards for Lincoln Cents. The famed...
Competitive Bids for Gem 1895-O Morgan Dollar - Auction Ends Sunday.

Competitive Bids for Gem 1895-O Morgan Dollar – Auction Ends Sunday

Up for sale in GreatCollections’ current auction is a very high-quality 1895-O Morgan dollar. Graded MS65 by PCGS and certified by CAC, this is...
GreatCollections Offering One of Finest Certified 1913-S Barber Quarters

GreatCollections Offering One of Finest Certified 1913-S Barber Quarters

GreatCollections is currently offering interested numismatists a rare opportunity to acquire one of the finest certified examples of the 1913-S Barber Quarter Dollar. This...
Finest PCGS CAC Walking Liberty Half Dollar Collection Offered by GreatCollections

Finest PCGS CAC Walking Liberty Half Dollar Collection Offered by GreatCollections

The Rollo Fox Collection is Ranked #1 at PCGS   The #1 PCGS Registry Set of CAC-approved Walking Liberty Half Dollars formed by noted numismatist Mr....

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