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Certified Rare Coin Auctions

Specializing in stunningly rainbowed coins with the world-class eye appeal


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Certified Rare Coin Auctions has one of the strongest numismatic ethics in the business, creating a brand known for trust, integrity and expertise. While other Proxibid auctioneers struggle with shipping, using third-party companies or ridiculous formulas, Auctioneer Shane Jennings ships his coins for free. But that is only one aspect of Certified Rare Coin Auctions’ exemplary service.

Certified Rare Coin Auctions has a select inventory of some of the most beautiful coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint, especially Morgans, with so-called “monster toning.” Of all metals used in coinage, silver is the most reactive to environment, especially when mixed with 10% copper, the common alloy in most American coinage. Advanced collectors especially pay high premiums for monster toning because it tells the journey of the metal–where it was mined (i.e. Comstock Lode discovered in 1859), where it was minted (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Carson City, New Orleans, etc.), where it traveled (provenance: history of ownership).

Then there is the natural beauty of decades or centuries of toning with spectacular colors that blend seamlessly from one hue to another or form unique snowflake patterns that qualify as metallurgic art. When combined with a high grade, coins like the one below–offered in a recent Certified auction–gain in value far beyond normal premiums, validating each masterpiece as an investment in beauty.

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Certified Rare Coin Auctions features some of the finest numismatic photography on the portal. You not only get a sharp photo of the slabbed obverse and reverse of the coin, but also expanded views so that condition and tone can be verified.

Proxiblog has purchased coins from Certified Rare Coin Auctions and can attest to the company’s promise of service. This beauty was purchased with a bid of $229 and resides now in a bank box:
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As its name suggests, Certified Rare Coin Auctions offers coins from the top holdering companies (PCGS, NGC, ANACS, ICG). We encourage you to bid in Certified Rare Coin Auctions through Proxibid. You will never find a hidden reserve. You’ll benefit by reading the company’s lot descriptions. The company has a low buyer’s premium of 15% and a generous 5% cash discount for invoices totalling $3,500 or more.

For more information, contact the company by clicking here.

We thank Shane Jennings and Certified Rare Coin Auctions for sponsoring Proxiblog’s scholarship fund to help ease student debt and create the next generation of auction-house bidders!

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Fox Valley Coins

Be sure to check out the March 22 auction on Proxibid!

Be sure to check out the March 22 auction on Proxibid!

Check out Fox Valley’s upcoming Proxibid auction slated Saturday, March 22, featuring a wide variety of Coin, Currency, Antique & Collectibles.

Fox Valley Coins, specializes in selling and buying coins, currency, gold, silver, select antiques, and more. The company also hosts coin and antique auctions throughout the calendar year.

We are excited every time Fox Valley posts a catalog because we can be sure that it is offering top collectibles. We wrote about that excitement in a post last year. We noted that this top-rated auction house takes no shortcuts, sees no maximum bids, forbids auctioneer and consignor bidding, doesn’t hype or even offer self-slabbed coins–and combines all that with Proxibid state-of-the-art technology. In sum, you get what we have been advocating for at Proxiblog throughout our three years’ existence: an even playing field with honest-to-goodness competition.

And as an added premium, in this auction Fox Valley has again upgraded its photography. This promises to be one of the best and biggest coin auctions of the year!

Fox Valley is always looking for choice consignments. Click the photo below for information on how to consign.


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Fox Valley Coins continuously looks for consignments that include but are not limited to Precious Metals (Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium), Foreign Coins, US Coins, Rare Currencies, Commemorative Mints, Coin Collections, Antiques, Rare Collectibles, Coins for Auction Consignment, Antiques for Auction Consignment, and more.

You can begin the consignment process by visiting this page, which shares contact and offers an online contact form for your convenience.

Fox Valley Coins is a full service coin shop selling Collector’s Supplies, US and Foreign Coins, Rare Currencies, Precious Metals, Commemorative Mints, Reference Manuals, Rare Collectables, Educational Materials, and much more. Click here to view the types of coins and collectibles on sale at Fox Valley. The company offers Colonial Rarities, ½ Cents, Platinum Coins, Cents, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters, Halves, Dollars, Commemorative Coins, Proof & Mint sets, Coin Collections, Carson City Mint Coins, Territorial Coinage, Error Coins, and much more.

We thank Marlon Mathre and Fox Valley Coins for sponsoring Proxiblog’s scholarship fund to help ease student debt and create the next generation of auction-house bidders!

On the Block: Brad Lisembee, Capitol Coin Auction

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Brad Lisembee, numismatist and auctioneer, has propelled Capitol Coin Auction to the top of our ratings for two years running. We’re proud of his accomplishments because Proxiblog played a role in it. Long ago upon reading our blog Brad lowered his buyers’ premium and focused on photography to accompany his great customer service and accurate coin descriptions. We invited him to tell his own story about Capitol Coin and his success.



Greetings to all and thank you for your interest in Capitol Coin Auctions. We have been in business since 2006, and have been specializing in sales of coins and currency since the beginning. We hold auctions on generally a quarterly basis, and all of our auctions feature floor bidding as well as on-line bidding through Proxibid. Below are some highlights and tidbits regarding our March 1 Coin & Currency Auction.

All of the lots in our auctions come from one of three sources:

  • Estates (people who have passed away and their heirs want or need to sell).
  • Collectors (often older people who don’t have the desire to collect anymore or just want to cash in for retirement funds).
  • Dealers (usually in need of cash flow).

Capitol Auctions does not maintain an inventory for sale, nor do we make purchases for resale in our auctions. In a typical auction, we will have approximately 10 to 12 different consignors. Of those, usually about half are estates, a few are collectors, and a couple are dealers. While probably a fact in most types of auctions, usually the best material comes from estates and the weakest material comes from dealers.

In our upcoming March 1st auction, we have some really nice items that I would like to highlight. From a local estate comes nine consecutive uncirculated 1934 blue seal $10 silver certificates. These were put away decades ago and the heir actually was thinking about taking them to the bank for deposit. We also have 1941 and 1942 proof sets that are housed in old acrylic holders. A personal favorite of mine is the nearly-complete type set in a Dansco 7070 album. While the coins are nice, those albums have been discontinued and are extremely hard to find. I did go into great length describing all the coins in that set so bidders have a good idea what they are bidding on. From the same estate also comes a very attractive 1807 Draped Bust Half. If we had received it with a little more cushion of time, I would have submitted it for grading.

An elderly gentleman in our coin club consigned the unopened box of five 2011 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets. He bought several boxes when they came out and said that he needs the space. He also consigned the 1855-S $3 gold piece and the complete set of Mercury dimes (not to be overlooked, as it includes a very nice 16-D).

A California collector consigned the lovely 1878-CC MS64 DMPL VAM-11 Morgan dollar. It’s in an old ANACS holder. The last ANACS-slabbed 78-CC of this grade in a Heritage auction brought just over $1500. This collector also submitted the scarce 1895-O AU53 ($1000+) and the beautiful 1890-O Morgan NGC MS65 (should bring close to $2000). All of these coins are being sold without reserve.

On average, only about 1% of the coins in our auctions carry reserves, as we discourage sellers from placing them as they tend to discourage bidding. In this auction, only four coins have reserves, and three have already passed the reserves in the pre-bidding a week before the auction. While we have over $33k in pre-bids, there is still a lot of meat left on the bone for buyers who attend the live auction either on-site or on-line.

One final note, I was recently asked to be a presenter at the 2014 National Auctioneer’s Convention in Louisville in July. My topic: Selling Coins at Auction.

Proxiblog is an independent entity with no connection to the auction portal Proxibid. Our intent is to uphold basic numismatic standards as established by the American Numismatic Association and the National Auctioneer Association and to ensure a pleasurable bidding experience not only on Proxibid but also on similar portals such as iCollector and AuctionZip.

“Rare Commemoratives at Great Collections — Young Collection”

greatcollections Proxiblog sponsor GreatCollections is offering in auction top lots from the Young Collection of Classic Silver Commemoratives, the current #1 Registry Set at PCGS for the series.

This high-profile sale of the year is scheduled to take place in October, but bidding is going on now. CLICK HERE to view “Rare Commemorative Coins at GreatCollections – The Young Collection.”

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The coins are being featured in October Auctions, with bidding ending for 36 coins each on October 6th, October 13th, October 20th and October 27th. All coins are being sold unreserved!

Silver Commemoratives were issued from 1892 to 1954 to commemorate or memorialize a variety of events, including the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1892 and 1893, several U.S. State Centennials, the Hawaiian Sesquicentennial, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Opening, the Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary and the Battle of Antietam Anniversary, among others.

Highlights from the 144-coin set include:

  • 1892 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1893 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1893 Isabella Quarter PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar PCGS MS-66 CAC
  • 1937 Antietam Half Dollar PCGS MS-68
  • 1939 Arkansas Half Dollar PCGS MS-66+
  • 1939-D Arkansas Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1947-S Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. WPE)
  • 1950-D Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1951 Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. Heller)
  • 1936-D Cincinnati Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936-D Columbia Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936 Delaware Half Dollar PCGS MS-67+ CAC
  • 1922 Grant Star Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1928 Hawaiian Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1946 Iowa Half Dollar PCGS MS-68+ CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1920 Maine Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936 Long Island Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1921 Missouri Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1921 Missouri 2×2 Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1923-S Monroe Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1934-D Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-67+ CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1938-S Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 CAC
  • 1939-D Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1939-S Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 CAC (Ex. Heller)
  • 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1921 Pilgrim Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1935 Spanish Trail Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1927 Vermont Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1953 Washington-Carver PCGS MS-67
  • 1936 Wisconsin Half Dollar PCGS MS-68

To register to bid, view highlights or find out more information about the Young Collection, please visit www.greatcollections.com or telephone 1-800-44-COINS (1-800-442-6467).

We thank Ian Russell and GreatCollections for sponsoring Proxiblog’s scholarship fund to help ease student debt and create the next generation of auction-house bidders!

“Rare Commemoratives at Great Collections — Young Collection”

greatcollections Proxiblog sponsor GreatCollections is offering in auction top lots from the Young Collection of Classic Silver Commemoratives, the current #1 Registry Set at PCGS for the series.

This high-profile sale of the year is scheduled to take place in October, but bidding is going on now. CLICK HERE to view “Rare Commemorative Coins at GreatCollections – The Young Collection.”

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The coins are being featured in October Auctions, with bidding ending for 36 coins each on October 6th, October 13th, October 20th and October 27th. All coins are being sold unreserved!

Silver Commemoratives were issued from 1892 to 1954 to commemorate or memorialize a variety of events, including the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1892 and 1893, several U.S. State Centennials, the Hawaiian Sesquicentennial, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Opening, the Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary and the Battle of Antietam Anniversary, among others.

Highlights from the 144-coin set include:

  • 1892 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1893 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1893 Isabella Quarter PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar PCGS MS-66 CAC
  • 1937 Antietam Half Dollar PCGS MS-68
  • 1939 Arkansas Half Dollar PCGS MS-66+
  • 1939-D Arkansas Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1947-S Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. WPE)
  • 1950-D Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1951 Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. Heller)
  • 1936-D Cincinnati Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936-D Columbia Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936 Delaware Half Dollar PCGS MS-67+ CAC
  • 1922 Grant Star Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1928 Hawaiian Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1946 Iowa Half Dollar PCGS MS-68+ CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1920 Maine Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936 Long Island Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1921 Missouri Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1921 Missouri 2×2 Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1923-S Monroe Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1934-D Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-67+ CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1938-S Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 CAC
  • 1939-D Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1939-S Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 CAC (Ex. Heller)
  • 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1921 Pilgrim Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1935 Spanish Trail Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1927 Vermont Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1953 Washington-Carver PCGS MS-67
  • 1936 Wisconsin Half Dollar PCGS MS-68

To register to bid, view highlights or find out more information about the Young Collection, please visit www.greatcollections.com or telephone 1-800-44-COINS (1-800-442-6467).

We thank Ian Russell and GreatCollections for sponsoring Proxiblog’s scholarship fund to help ease student debt and create the next generation of auction-house bidders!

“Rare Commemoratives at Great Collections — Young Collection”

greatcollections Proxiblog sponsor GreatCollections is offering in auction top lots from the Young Collection of Classic Silver Commemoratives, the current #1 Registry Set at PCGS for the series.

This high-profile sale of the year is scheduled to take place in October, but bidding is going on now. CLICK HERE to view “Rare Commemorative Coins at GreatCollections – The Young Collection.”

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The coins are being featured in October Auctions, with bidding ending for 36 coins each on October 6th, October 13th, October 20th and October 27th. All coins are being sold unreserved!

Silver Commemoratives were issued from 1892 to 1954 to commemorate or memorialize a variety of events, including the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1892 and 1893, several U.S. State Centennials, the Hawaiian Sesquicentennial, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Opening, the Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary and the Battle of Antietam Anniversary, among others.

Highlights from the 144-coin set include:

  • 1892 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1893 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1893 Isabella Quarter PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar PCGS MS-66 CAC
  • 1937 Antietam Half Dollar PCGS MS-68
  • 1939 Arkansas Half Dollar PCGS MS-66+
  • 1939-D Arkansas Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1947-S Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. WPE)
  • 1950-D Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1951 Booker T. Washington Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. Heller)
  • 1936-D Cincinnati Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936-D Columbia Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936 Delaware Half Dollar PCGS MS-67+ CAC
  • 1922 Grant Star Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1928 Hawaiian Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1946 Iowa Half Dollar PCGS MS-68+ CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1920 Maine Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1936 Long Island Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1921 Missouri Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1921 Missouri 2×2 Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1923-S Monroe Half Dollar PCGS MS-66
  • 1934-D Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-67+ CAC (Ex. Scher)
  • 1938-S Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 CAC
  • 1939-D Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 (Ex. Scher)
  • 1939-S Oregon Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 CAC (Ex. Heller)
  • 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1921 Pilgrim Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1935 Spanish Trail Half Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC
  • 1927 Vermont Half Dollar PCGS MS-67
  • 1953 Washington-Carver PCGS MS-67
  • 1936 Wisconsin Half Dollar PCGS MS-68

To register to bid, view highlights or find out more information about the Young Collection, please visit www.greatcollections.com or telephone 1-800-44-COINS (1-800-442-6467).

We thank Ian Russell and GreatCollections for sponsoring Proxiblog’s scholarship fund to help ease student debt and create the next generation of auction-house bidders!

Fox Valley Coin to Sponsor Proxiblog

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Fox Valley Coins, one of the premier outlets in the country for rare coins, antiques and collectibles, will be sponsoring Proxiblog this week and other weeks in the year, thanks to a generous donation to our scholarship fund.

We are proud to have secured the patronage of this top-selling house whose owner, Marlon Mathre, understands our Midwest Iowan culture of honesty, integrity and numismatic knowledge, as Marlon grew up on a farm and opened his first coin shop fresh out of high school. (His family thought he was going to be a CORN dealer, not a coin dealer.)

We get that in the Heartland.

We also appreciate Marlon’s work ethic and exemplary staff. You can read about Marlon and his shops in three Illinois locations by clicking here.

Whenever Fox Valley Coin schedules a Proxibid auction, we get excited, because we often find top consignments that cross over to PCGS and please our own clients. See for yourself! Click here to view the company’s Saturday, Sept. 14, Proxibid catalog.

Fox Valley Coins pays top dollar prices – especially for rare coins and currencies. If you have a consignment, you might want to tell Marlon about it by visiting this page, which shares contact data for his stores and offers an online contact form for your convenience.

We thank Marlon Mathre and his companies for underwriting our scholarship fund. We provide Proxiblog for free, sharing news about Proxibid and best practices for auctioneers and bidders. Recently, our viewership tallied more than 40,000 page views on the day that we filed our 500th post!

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