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GreatCollections Named Official ANA Auctioneer

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The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has selected GreatCollections Coin Auctions of Irvine, Calif., as the exclusive official auctioneer of the ANA. The new three-year contract was effective as of March 8.

“We are pleased to welcome GreatCollections as the official auction partner of the ANA,” said Kim Kiick, ANA executive director. “GreatCollections and its president, Ian Russell, are very supportive of the ANA and its efforts to attract positive attention and attendance at our two annual shows.”

GreatCollections displayed the world’s most valuable rare coin, the legendary 1933 double eagle, at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in 2021.

“The Association has been exploring options to change the auction format at our shows,” Kiick explained. “GreatCollections has become a well-known and respected entity in the hobby with its weekly auctions offering thousands of certified coins and paper money. The benefits of this new relationship will be a plus for the Association, collectors, dealers and our shows.”

“We are proud and honored to have this multi-year agreement with the ANA, during these exciting times in numismatics when interest in coins is at an all-time high, said Russell. “And we take this responsibility seriously. We founded our business for the collector, and despite our growth, we continue to offer over 1,000 certified coins valued at less than $100 each week in our auctions, alongside coins in all other budgets right up to $1 million-plus.

“Our firm has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two years, including representing some of the biggest collectors in today’s market” Russell said. “In the past six months alone, we have sold three 1804 silver dollars, including the finest known example presented to the Sultan of Muscat that we acquired at last year’s ANA auction for $7.68 million. We have plans in place to greatly expand our presence at each ANA convention, with extensive auction lot viewing and direct marketing of our auctions to ANA members.”

The ANA and GreatCollections are encouraging other auction houses to conduct approved auctions in conjunction with the World’s Fair of Money and National Money Show events, the Association said.

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