Western Auction, operated by Dave Zwonitzer of Cheyenne, Wyoming–yet another top-ranked house through much of 2012 on Proxiblog–has won the category of “Best Consignments,” based not only on the caliber of rarities but also on raw coins that actually grade as described with PCGS.
Competition for best consignments was keen as anticipated, with Western Auction just nudging out Leonard Auction, which offered a rare raw shifted eagle 1901 Morgan dollar, which also made the cut at PCGS.
Other honorable mentions were Capitol Coin Auction, Fox Valley Coins, Kaufman Realty and Auctions, SilverTowne Auction, and Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction.
Western Auction also won the category in 2012, tying with James Peterson Auction.
To give you an example of a coin offered raw that holdered as described by PCGS, take a look at this beauty, which rated a coveted MS65 deep mirror prooflike from the toughest grading company on the planet.
Here are other coins from that same auction in September:
You just don’t see coins like this being regularly offered by auction houses, including many of our top-ranked ones. We should mention that excluded from consideration were high-dollar rarity auctions with near retail or above retail opening bids. Also, several coin auctions had superior lots but also allowed maximum-bid and ghost-bidding. No auction house permitting those latter questionable practices qualified for any of our awards.
Of all the coin auctions on Proxibid, in our nearly three-year bidding experience, none more than Western actually crossed over without dipping, alteration, cleaning or other flaws. Western, like Leonard Auction, schedules regular consignment and appraisal sessions with the local community, a surefire way to attract hitherto unseen estate collections.
And cherry coins can be had regularly in our Honorable Mention houses: Capitol Coin Auction (look for Morgans here), Fox Valley Coins (incredibly large selections across denominations), Kaufman Realty and Auctions (offering more NGC and PCGS coins), SilverTowne Auction (one of the best sites for rarities and hard to find coins such as California Fractional Gold), and Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction (for seldom-seen rarities such as PCGS Regency-Holdered coins).
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