David Lawrence, Great Collections or ?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Stevearino, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    Hey fellow CTers,

    Old Glory is flying high in front of our home this morning, and I am trying to decide how to sell a group of slabbed (mostly PCGS) US coins. I'm considering David Lawrence or Great Collections or ... ?

    Examples of what I'm selling: higher grade type coins such as Walkers up to MS67; Seated half 1859 MS64; 1834 O-111 Half AU58 (NGC); 1908 Barber quarter MS65; Standing Liberty quarter 1930 MS65FH; higher grade Commemorative halves; 1972 DDO Lincoln cent FS101 MS63RB; 1877-S Trade dollar MS61 (chop mark); 1909 Lafayette dollar Cleaned-AU Detail; 1893 Isabella quarter Cleaned-AU Detail; 1875-S Twenty Cent piece AU-53; a number of NGC-slabbed Norwegian commemoratives, etc.
    In addition I have a number of uncertified notes, US and foreign, and a very few ancients.

    What would you recommend? And why?
    - David Lawrence?
    - Great Collections?
    - eBay?
    - CoinTalk BTS
    - Somewhere else?

    This is part of my efforts to whittle down my collection (hoard, according to my wife) and narrow my collecting focus to Norwegian commemoratives, ancients & medievals with well-known historical connections and low-cost foreign coins (as a teaching tool for young people).

    Thank you, in advance, for chiming in.

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  3. C-B-D

    C-B-D Well-Known Member

    List them here and avoid the massive fees.
    I'd be interested .
  4. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    If I were selling, I would try listing them here first. Great Collections second and a few coins would go to Heritage.
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  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    First I'd try CT. No fees and the other options are still open.
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  6. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    I agree with listing them here at CT. I've recently been bidding on coins through BK Auctions, which seem to lean to higher prices received.
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  7. Keyman64

    Keyman64 Well-Known Member

    I always try to sell things myself without fees first and then the second choice would be Great Collections...while also promoting the coins yourself on BSTs with QUALITY photos so that you do not have to rely on GC photos.
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  8. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    The world coins you'll probably do better on eBay or selling them directly to another collector. The details coins are hard to say they're pretty unpredictable in the auctions

    Great Collections probably has more bidders, DL the process is quicker. What I would do is put together a list and see what terms you could get from each. If you have enough value you should be able to get better than normal terms from either and see about having them send to CAC etc. DL I believe you can set reserves, while GC doesn't allow reserves you can set opening bids to act like one. They're both really good venues but I would probably give the edge to GC. That said seeing the terms you could get from either could easily sway it.

    The raw notes you'd have to grade for GC, not sure about DL and notes haven't ever sold any of those there.

    EDIT to add regardless the real high value stuff I would use one of the houses and not deal with the risks of someone running a scam like the 1859 half
  9. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks everyone. I'm still open to more input. @baseball21, I'm not sure about the reference to the "scam like the 1859 half." I did a search on CT and didn't see any threads about it.

  10. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    I was saying because of the value of the coin it is a bigger target for scams. There's also the fact that PayPal no longer returns fees on returns. 4 figure coins like that can easily cost you over $50 if someone returns it. I prefer to just eliminate most of the possibilities for some scam with coins of that value
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