About International Auction Galleries   BACK  

International Auction Galleries has been a leading, family run Auction House since its establishment in 1985. We specialise in high quality "boutique" style live and online Coin and Banknote Auctions that whilst smaller in size, are big in quality and results, and our focus is always on selling the rarest and the highest quality Coins and Banknotes. Our Auction Sales, of which we do 2 specialised "Live" sales and 3-4 “Live Online” and Postal sales a year, are always seen as one of the yearly Numismatic highlights. As of 2018, IAG has held more than 250 Live, Online and Postal Sales over 34 years and achieved well in excess of $120 Million in sales.

Our Coin and Banknote Sales continue to be one of the market leaders in "rare and high end" numismatic items, and our auctions are continually setting new record prices. We also hold several current pricing World Records, including the Highest Price Ever for an Australian Numismatic Item at $1,909,000, as well as the highest price achieved for any item at any Numismatic auction in Australia. In 2008 we sold 2 single items in consecutive sales for over $1,000,000 each. Our last 20 signature live auctions have broken countless world records, and we have sold in excess of $40,000,000 in these sales alone!! (See Download section for our current or previous Catalogues and Prices Realised).

One of our recent auctions - Sale 78 - broke two new world record prices, and our signature live sales return of an average of over $3,000 for every item sold is higher than any of the other major Auction houses by an average factor of between two to ten times! This combined with our industry leading clearances rates (some auctions are even 100% sold), fastest and most secure payments for vendors, friendly and efficient customer service and the lowest sellers commission rates are why we are number one!

With our new, fully in-house developed Live Online Internet Auctions, we have expanded our reach and ability to deal in all aspects of Numismatics at all levels even further, expanding our market share considerably in the process, and providing innovative new ways to buy and sell. We are continuing to develop and refine our whole online process with a view to expanding this into new areas and markets.

The Team at IAG consists of:

Paul Hannaford: a Professional Numismatic Dealer for 33 years, he got his start in numismatics after helping out in his family business from the age of 6 years old. Paul is International Auction Galleries’ Managing Director and CEO, bringing the company that was started in 1984 to a prominent position as one of the top Auction Houses in Australia. He is considered one of the leading numismatic experts on Australian Coin and Banknote Rarities, and has been involved in providing information for many of the price guides in the Australian Numismatic Market. He is a former National President of A.N.D.A. (The Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association), having held the position for a record 5 years. Paul is also the longest ever serving ANDA Committee member, having stood for the last 20 years and counting, and in addition to being President, has also held the position of Vice President for numerous years. Paul has also chaired several specialised numismatic related committees including heading up the Ethics and Good Conduct Committee (E&GCC).

Moana Hannaford (Paul’s wife): Auction Coordinator, Art Director and responsible for all the high quality photography and auction catalogue production, client liaison, as well as daily overseer of pretty much everything relating to the complex process of running multiple live and online auctions.

Susan Clark: Office Manager, Head of Accounts and Head Client Liasion, has been with us for the last 11 years. She is responsible for all the day to day general running of IAG including all financial aspects, and handles all office and auction enquiries with her customary fantastic service.

Christo Mircev is our head of IT, and has been responsible for developing and implementing our fantastic Postal and Online Live Bidding systems as well as our stock control programs, graphic design, advertising material and catalogue production & implementation.

IAG recognises that people dealing through auction need to feel confident with the company they are dealing with. As such, we guarantee that all auction items are always expertly checked to ensure they are genuine, are correctly and fully described, and are accurately graded. All items are priced at a fair and current market price, to ensure our auction estimates are accurate. We take pride in every aspect of our business, and continually strive to better it. Currently we are also charging 0% (no) commission to all sellers, ensuring both sellers and buyers get a better deal in our sales.

All of this means that both Buyers and Sellers are the winners in our auctions. Combine this with the best range of Rare Coins and Banknotes around, and you can see why we are:

The Leaders in Numismatic Live and Online Auctions in Australia.