“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!

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GreatCollections is offering discount grading with PCGS and NGC. You can save as much as 60%, and you don’t have to consign coins after you learn about their grades. Check out the details by clicking here.

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 including PCGS and NGC. 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.

For the month of November, Great Collections is expanding its grading program, giving you the opportunity to have coins graded at discounted rates, even if you don’t wish to consign them to auction. Once the coins have been graded, we will contact you to see if you would like to auction or have the coins returned.

This is valid for U.S. coins up to $20,000 in value. Crossovers and regrades welcome. Click here to download grading form.

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 info@greatcollections.com.

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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 including PCGS and NGC. 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.

Among the advantages of dealing with GreatCollections are these considerations:

  • Unlike all of our competitors, GreatCollections discloses the minimum bid/reserve from the moment the coin lists on our website. There are no hidden reserves, ever.
  • Professional images of every auction, no matter if it’s a $20 coin or a $75,000 coin.
  • The lowest fees, whether buying or selling, of any major house–10% buyer’s fee and low or zero seller’s fees.
  • Fast shipping of orders/auction wins. Most orders paid by 12:00 noon Pacific Time will ship same day.
  • For consignors, the fastest turnaround of any coin auction company. Coins list in a matter of days, and payment is routinely sent within 7-10 days of auction.

Why not visit GreatCollections today and register with them to have full access to their site?

Proxiblog thanks Ian Russell and GreatCollections for sponsoring this week’s Proxiblog and for donating to our scholarship fund. If you would like to sponsor a week’s worth of Proxiblog with a small or large donation–from $25 and up–than contact Michael Bugeja at mjbugeja@yahoo.com.

Nearly 20,000 Views, New Rankings!

Proxiblog’s audience keeps growing with close to 20,000 views worldwide in the past year, as bidders register to read about top coin auction houses. Speaking of which, after points were tallied for consignments, photography, lot descriptions, buyers’ fees, customer service, shipping and numismatic knowledge, we were as surprised as you might be in discovering 5 houses tied for highest scores. Listed alphabetically, they are Capitol Coin Auction, Key Date Coins, Silvertowne Auctions, Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction, and Western Auction.

Note: Regular postings to begin on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Beginning next week, we will do spotlight features on each of these houses, noting what makes them so special–including what practices they follow–so that bidders and auctioneers can benefit from our reviews.

Making her debut in our top rankings is Debra Johnson of Auctions Unlimited, which has one of the lowest buyer’s fees on Proxibid at 10% and which also dropped transparency notices. Midwest Coins also did likewise, and we’re happy to include this fine Iowa house in our rankings. Braden Auction Service also enters our top houses in the sidebar to the right.

While the competition in the Coins and Currency page on Proxibid continued to grow, Proxiblog’s audience also grew in the same five-month time period. Our audience is closing in on 20,000 views. The United States, by far, provided most of that audience; however, Proxiblog’s popularity is growing in Canada, Philippines, India, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The most accessed articles were “California Gold, real, replica and fake” and “Beware Dipped Coins.”

The most popular pages were “Boos and Booyahs!” and “Honor Roll.”

In the past five months we also had 18 total sponsors, with several sponsoring Proxiblog for several weeks and donating funds to our scholarship account. Sponsors include:

We thank these auction companies and numismatic publications for sponsoring Proxiblog’s scholarship fund to help ease student debt and create the next generation of auction-house bidders! If you would like to sponsor a week’s worth of Proxiblog, email mjbugeja@yahoo.com

Proxiblog Will Return in August

Typically at this time of year Proxiblog takes a few weeks off to recharge our numismatic batteries. You can explore our dozens of articles and more than 250 posts. Meanwhile, we would like to thank our sponsors who have been donating funds to our scholarship account to offset student debt. (If you have college-age children, or are interested in the quality of education, you should read about our concern by clicking here.)

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We thank these auction companies and numismatic publications for sponsoring Proxiblog’s scholarship fund to help ease student debt and create the next generation of auction-house bidders! If you would like to sponsor a week’s worth of Proxiblog, email mjbugeja@yahoo.com

More Viewers, New Rankings

As Proxiblog grew yet again to 18,000+ views since inception, and more than 4,000 in the past three months, competition in the Coin and Currency page of Proxibid has heated up significantly with top houses improving photography, lowering buyer’s fees and securing top consignments.

As far as audience goes, most views came from the United States followed by Canada, India, United Kingdom and the Philippines, with viewers from 60 other countries logging in at one time or another in the second quarter of 2012.

The five-part series on Proxibid vs. eBay by far was the most viewed item on the site followed by our Articles and Boos and Booyahs pages.

Moreover, several auction companies have donated $1000 for scholarships for the next generation of bidders, including Auctions Unlimited, ClickCoins, Coin Update, Engstrom Auction, GreatCollections, Kaufman Realty and Auctions, James Peterson Company, Key Date Coins, Krause Auctioneering, Leonard Auction, Matthew Bullock Auctioneers, Scott Auctions, Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction, and Western Auction.

Those and other houses are featured on our popular “On the Block” page.

Several of those houses also vied for top spots on our rankings. We judge companies by sharp and expandable photos, quick and inexpensive shipping, accurate lot descriptions, reasonable buyers’ fees, customer service and quality consignments.

Competition has never been keener. Silvertowne Auctions, which recently instituted timed auctions to accompany its several live sessions per month, held on to first-place status, but just barely, with five other auction houses only one point behind, essentially tied in second-place.

Rising toward the top was Southwest Bullion with its zero percent buyers’ fee, good photos, flat-rate quick shipping and numismatically savvy lot descriptions.

Consistently excellent sessions with choice consignments were held by innovative houses Weaver, Western and Key Date Coins. New to the top 10 is Capitol Coin Auctions, which lowered buyers’ fees and features some of the top consignments on the portal with numismatic lot descriptions, superior photography (among the best on the portal) and excellent service.

Leonard Auction shares many of the same attributes as Capitol. Six of the top 10 companies are run by auctioneers, and four by coin dealers.

Although several new houses are coming online in the Coins and Currency pages, including ones with 10% or lower buyers’ fees and flat-rate shipping, the rest of our top 20 have been competing now for months, with Honor Roll standards and cherry consignments. Fox Valley Coins makes its first appearance on our top rankings list.

Finally, you’ll note on top of the sidebar rankings an important observation concerning our criteria. Auction houses in our top 20 do not see maximum bids or allow ghost-bidding by auctioneers or employees. All rankings are based on Proxiblog buying experience to establish informed opinion. While other bidders’ experience may differ from ours or our mini-reviews, and while all such reviews are in part subjective, we wanted our bidders to know that we are ranking companies based on actual buying on the portal.

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.

Proxibid coin buyers to benefit from higher fees at Heritage, Stacks Bowers

Coin auctioneers on the portal should take advantage of a trend among top numismatic houses Heritage and Stacks Bowers Galleries, which each announced higher buyer’s fees of 17.5%. Combined with new eBay coin rules, which Proxiblog reported in this post, coin auctioneers on the portal should lower Internet buyer’s fees to take advantage of the trend.

Several Proxibid houses in the rankings to the right have 15% or lower buyer’s fees. Currently Teletrade has 15% and GreatCollections, capitalizing on the unfortunate trend of Heritage and Stacks–raising buyer’s fees during a recession–boasts 10% fees. Teletrade not only has a 15% buyer’s fee but also has 0% no reserve auctions every Tuesday.

We admire the competitive spirit of Ian Russell, GreatCollections owner, who also auctions raw collections and lots in addition to coins holdered by top companies. See his latest advertisement (click to expand picture).

We recommend coin auctioneers on the portal go against the trend of raising online buyer’s fees. It makes no sense for Heritage and Stacks to raise their fees when old gold–$5, $10, $20, etc.–is selling with a small premium over bullion.

When consignors get less for their money at houses with high buyer’s fees, because of lack of competition, they will migrate to GreatCollections, Teletrade and, of course, Proxibid.

A final note to Proxibid: Take out more advertisements in numismatic publications showcasing auction houses on the portal with low online buyer’s fees. That will begin the migration to Proxibid and yield results in today’s numismatic market!