About RCW

OUR STORY

Our firm is a multi-generational family business that handles the most elite and sought-after treasures in the United States rare coin market. We specialize in museum quality trophies and maintain the largest active inventory in the world.  

 

With over 45 years of experience, our family is a recognized leader in our industry and a primary source for locating these elusive items. Our firm has broken many world record sales, made many significant discoveries, and has always taken a forward looking approach when it comes to our business. 

 

Our founder, Steve Contursi, feels honored to have been the custodian of so many national treasures. Below are a few of these incredible acquisitions:

 

  • 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar- Believed to be the first dollar struck for America
  • King of Siam Proof Set- Diplomatic gift from Andrew Jackson to the King of Siam in 1836
  • Unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon- First gold coin struck in America by George Washington’s neighbor on 1 Cherry Street, NY
  • MCMVII (1907) Proof Ultra High Relief double eagle – Designed by famous American sculptor August Saint-Gaudens in 1907

 

Due to our firm’s private placement of billions of dollars of U.S. rare coins, we hold a unique market position as we are a trusted resource for many dealers and high-end collectors who are searching for the ultra rare U.S. coins. These relationships have been very beneficial to our firm over the years and we have developed many great friendships. 

 

As we look to the future, we have made it a priority to educate people about the many benefits of adding these historical assets to their families’ long-term holdings. Our family approaches all of our relationships based on mutually aligned interests. That means we listen to each client’s individual needs and develop a long-term strategy that makes sense for all parties. Ultimately, people who are new to this market test it out with our family because we are a trusted industry leader that can privately place museum quality coins with them at fair values.  

 

As we continue to bring more demand into our market, we are excited for the future benefits these strategic relationships will yield in a market where the supply of rare items is truly scarce.

 

Our firm is a multi-generational family business that handles the most elite and sought-after treasures in the United States rare coin market. We specialize in museum quality trophies and maintain the largest active inventory in the world.  

 

With over 45 years of experience, our family is a recognized leader in our industry and a primary source for locating these elusive items. Our firm has broken many world record sales, made many significant discoveries, and has always taken a forward looking approach when it comes to our business. 

 

Our founder, Steve Contursi, feels honored to have been the custodian of so many national treasures. Below are a few of these incredible acquisitions:

 

  • 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar- Believed to be the first dollar struck for America
  • King of Siam Proof Set- Diplomatic gift from Andrew Jackson to the King of Siam in 1836
  • Unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon- First gold coin struck in America by George Washington’s neighbor on 1 Cherry Street, NY
  • MCMVII (1907) Proof Ultra High Relief double eagle – Designed by famous American sculptor August Saint-Gaudens in 1907

 

Due to our firm’s private placement of billions of dollars of U.S. rare coins, we hold a unique market position as we are a trusted resource for many dealers and high-end collectors who are searching for the ultra rare U.S. coins. These relationships have been very beneficial to our firm over the years and we have developed many great friendships. 

 

As we look to the future, we have made it a priority to educate people about the many benefits of adding these historical assets to their families’ long-term holdings. Our family approaches all of our relationships based on mutually aligned interests. That means we listen to each client’s individual needs and develop a long-term strategy that makes sense for all parties. Ultimately, people who are new to this market test it out with our family because we are a trusted industry leader that can privately place museum quality coins with them at fair values.  

 

As we continue to bring more demand into our market, we are excited for the future benefits these strategic relationships will yield in a market where the supply of rare items is truly scarce.

 

RCW Team

Thomas Neptune General Counsel

Yutaka Blizman Director of Technology

Danielle Sullivan Executive Assistant

Kristen Harrington
Controller

Monica Moctezuma
Vault Manager

Thomas Neptune General Counsel

Yutaka Blizman Director of Technology

Danielle Sullivan Executive Assistant

Kristen Harrington
Controller

Monica Moctezuma
Vault Manager

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Awards & Recognition

We are pleased to be recognized for our business practices and values. These awards recognize the accomplishments of our employees and remind us of the value we create through our work.

Awards


ANA Lifetime Member Logo 2006 American Numismatic Association Presidential Award
Awarded to Steven Contursi for his achievements in the rare coin industry

2007 American Numismatic Association Award for Exemplary Service
Awarded to Steven Contursi in recognition of “a services on behalf of the American Numismatic Association that are above and beyond the call”

2018 American Numismatic Association Top Membership Recruiter Award
Awarded to Michael Contursi for his outstanding growth of membership in the association
1794 Flowing Hair Dollar 2010 World Record Coin Sale
Steve Contursi sold his 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, believed to be the first silver dollar made for the U.S., for a world record $7.85 million. The coin was re-sold in 2013 for over $10 million.
Red Book Contributor 2016 Logo Annual Red Book Price Contributor
Steven Contursi is an annual contributor, for the past 10 years, to the Guide Book of United States Coins (Red Book) and provides pricing for rare U.S. coins. The book has been published for 66 years.

Associations


BBB A+ Logo
Better Business Bureau, A+ Rating
Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau
ICTA Logo
Industry Council For Tangible Assets (ICTA) Member
National trade association for precious metals, rare coins, U.S. and foreign currency, and other numismatics. ICTA works to prevent laws that interfere with business and provides information on new laws affecting the industry. Steve Contursi was an inaugural member when it was founded in 1991.
ANA Logo
American Numismatic Association (ANA)
Founded in 1891, the American Numismatic Association is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. Steve Contursi is a lifetime member (#3041) of this organization.
CCE Logo
Certified Coin Exchange
Online trading market for rare coins. Rare Coin Wholesalers has been a seated member since the CCE was founded. Seat B17
NCA Logo
Numismatic Alliance Founding Member
Dedicates its resources and activities to the education and protection of the coin consumer and fights against consumer fraud.
Wikipedia Logo
Wikipedia
If you search for Rare Coin Wholesalers or Steven Contursi on Wikipedia, you can view third party resources on our company and CEO.
NGC Logo
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)
NGC is one of the two largest third-party grading services focused on the objective of providing a standard of consistent and accurate grading. Every coin is examined by at least two professional numismatists, where NGC guarantees each coin’s authenticity and condition. They have graded over 33 million coins. 
PCGS Logo
Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)
PCGS is the other third-party grading service that authenticates and grades coins that RCW recommends. They have graded over 32 million coins. PCGS also guarantees each coin’s authenticity and condition. RCW only carries coins graded by NGC or PCGS. 
Smithsonian Founding Members Stewards of Numismatics - The Contursi Family

We are pleased to be recognized for our business practices and values. These awards recognize the accomplishments of our employees and remind us of the value we create through our work.

Awards


ANA Lifetime Member Logo 2006 American Numismatic Association Presidential Award
Awarded to Steven Contursi for his achievements in the rare coin industry

2007 American Numismatic Association Award for Exemplary Service
Awarded to Steven Contursi in recognition of “a services on behalf of the American Numismatic Association that are above and beyond the call”

2018 American Numismatic Association Top Membership Recruiter Award
Awarded to Michael Contursi for his outstanding growth of membership in the association
1794 Flowing Hair Dollar 2010 World Record Coin Sale
Steve Contursi sold his 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, believed to be the first silver dollar made for the U.S., for a world record $7.85 million. The coin was re-sold in 2013 for over $10 million.
Red Book Contributor 2016 Logo Annual Red Book Price Contributor
Steven Contursi is an annual contributor, for the past 10 years, to the Guide Book of United States Coins (Red Book) and provides pricing for rare U.S. coins. The book has been published for 66 years.

Associations


BBB A+ Logo
Better Business Bureau, A+ Rating
Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau
ICTA Logo
Industry Council For Tangible Assets (ICTA) Member
National trade association for precious metals, rare coins, U.S. and foreign currency, and other numismatics. ICTA works to prevent laws that interfere with business and provides information on new laws affecting the industry. Steve Contursi was an inaugural member when it was founded in 1991.
ANA Logo
American Numismatic Association (ANA)
Founded in 1891, the American Numismatic Association is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. Steve Contursi is a lifetime member (#3041) of this organization.
CCE Logo
Certified Coin Exchange
Online trading market for rare coins. Rare Coin Wholesalers has been a seated member since the CCE was founded. Seat B17
NCA Logo
Numismatic Alliance Founding Member
Dedicates its resources and activities to the education and protection of the coin consumer and fights against consumer fraud.
Wikipedia Logo
Wikipedia
If you search for Rare Coin Wholesalers or Steven Contursi on Wikipedia, you can view third party resources on our company and CEO.
NGC Logo
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)
NGC is one of the two largest third-party grading services focused on the objective of providing a standard of consistent and accurate grading. Every coin is examined by at least two professional numismatists, where NGC guarantees each coin’s authenticity and condition. They have graded over 33 million coins. 
PCGS Logo
Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)
PCGS is the other third-party grading service that authenticates and grades coins that RCW recommends. They have graded over 32 million coins. PCGS also guarantees each coin’s authenticity and condition. RCW only carries coins graded by NGC or PCGS. 
Smithsonian Founding Members Stewards of Numismatics - The Contursi Family