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Rare Coin Wholesalers is located in Irvine, California and specializes in United States Rare Coins. We have bought and sold over a billion dollars in rare coins, and owned or participated in the purchase or sale of over 70 of the "100 Greatest U.S. Coins." We are major auction participants and maintain important relationships with America's largest auction houses. RCW sustains a rotating inventory in the tens of millions of dollars’ worth of rare numismatic coins. In addition to our inventory of fine rarities, Steve Contursi, President of Rare Coin Wholesalers, is proud to be the current custodian of some of our country's national treasures. Major purchases to date include the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, the King of Siam Proof Set, and the Unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon.

In May 2010, RCW made international headlines with the sale of the Neil/Carter/Contursi 1794 Silver Dollar. The coin is believed to be the first silver dollar struck by the United States. The 1794 Silver Dollar sold for a record $7.85 million. In January 2005, Steve Contursi acquired the Brasher Doubloon (EB on Breast), the first gold coin minted for the young United States. The coin was recently insured for $7.5 million.

At RCW, our account representatives are responsible for educating you about the rare coin industry and market. We have assembled a great team of rare coin experts that work hard to serve dealers, collectors, and investors worldwide. RCW has expertise, financial resources, and knowledge of the marketplace. We sell, appraise, purchase, and trade rare coins and precious metals. We attend around 15 national coin shows and investment conferences a year, as well as all of the major coin auctions.. Put our expertise, professionalism, and integrity to work for you today.


"It has been my pleasure to act as a consultant for Rare Coin Wholesalers during its purchase of two of the most important numismatic rarities of all time. While researching the Carter/Contursi 1794 Silver Dollar and the King of Siam Proof Set with RCW President Steve Contursi, I came to appreciate his sincere love of these national treasures and his willingness to share his passion and expertise with both beginning collectors and advanced numismatists."

Kenneth E. Bressett
Former American Numismatic Association President
Editor of the Red Book

"The market place for tremendous rarities, great items, has been strong because there are lots of dollars chasing great items, just as there are in the art world. And one of the places you can find fantastic items on any given day and really the marketplace for those rarities is RCW. You go over to their booth at a given trade show and they have tens of millions of the greatest coins. It is a very tremendous effort to accumulate those sorts of items and they have them at any given time."

Mark Salzberg
Chairman of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)

"RCW's results have exceeded their suggested possible returns. Their expert skill in this field assures me that my account is in the very best hands. All transactions have been conducted in the most professional manner for customer satisfaction. I would recommend RCW with confidence to anyone who desires to have a rare coin collection."

B. Jones
Melrose Park, IL

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