Our Story

Over the last half century, our family has been acquiring, managing, and selling the most elite and sought-after treasures in the United States rare coin market. We have been at the forefront of this exciting and expanding market, breaking many world records along the way. With our founder Steve Contursi at the helm, our multi-generational business, Rare Coin Wholesalers, maintains the largest active United States Rare Coin Inventory in the world.

Primarily designed to supply high end collectors and dealers in the market, Rare Coin Wholesalers adapted to accommodate investor demand following the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

After over a decade of successfully working with private investors in mutually aligned structures, we created a new division, Contursi Rare Coin Investments, to exclusively work with high net worth clients who can benefit from adding these dynamic assets to their diversified holdings.

With a very high barrier to entry, the relationship gives non-collectors access to acquire the same elite assets that sophisticated collectors and dealers seek, while avoiding costly mistakes by working with our family and taking advantage of our track record of success.

To learn more about this market and how to get started, please Click Here to schedule an introductory call.

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Our Team

Company Timeline

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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