About Gillio Rare Coins

Western Coin and Antique (1971)

Gillio Coins, Serving Santa Barbara County since 1971. We are the areas oldest gold buyer and will pay top dollar for your unwanted gold, silver, and platinum. We are also Santa Barbara’s oldest precious metal dealer, specializing in gold, silver and platinum Bullion. Due to years of wholesaler relationships, we are able to offer very competitive pricing for all precious metals.

Ronald J. Gillio

Ronald J. Gillio is an internationally renowned rare coin dealer, auctioneer, author and researcher who has been active and influential in numismatics for more than 45 years. He joined Stack’s Bowers Galleries in early 2007 as Numismatic Acquisition Coordinator and U.S. and World Coin and Currency Specialist, a position that includes purchasing and obtaining consignments.

Ron’s involvement in numismatics literally spans the globe. In addition to his work with Stack’s Bowers Galleries, he continues as general chairman of the popular Long Beach and Santa Clara, California Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expos on behalf of the shows’ owner, Collectors Universe, Inc. He also continues his retail store in Santa Barbara, California — Gillio Rare Coins & Fine Jewelry, a division of Ronald J. Gillio, Inc. — one of the largest buyers/sellers/importers of rare coins in the United States. He has conducted nearly 80 multi-million dollar auction sales in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, and his résumé includes such well-known names as Pacific Coast Auction Galleries, Butterfield Auction Galleries, Robert R. Johnson, Inc., Baldwin’s Auctions of London, Spink London, Taisei Stamps & Coins of Hong Kong and Singapore, and Butterfield-Johnson-Gillio. He is an official appraiser to the State of California and served as an auctioneer for the United States Marshall’s Office.

A respected member of the most esteemed numismatic associations, Ron is a past president of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), as well as the recipient of the Founders Award, the highest honor of the PNG. He is a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), and has been a member of the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) for more than two decades. He is also founding charter member No. 11 of the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Well known for his writings and research in the field, Ron collaborated with Walter Breen in the writing and publishing of the new standard reference book California Fractional Gold. In 1984, he became a contributor to the 37th edition of A Guide Book of United States Coins (The Red Book), and has appeared as such in every subsequent edition. He has also been a contributor to the Standard Catalog of World Coins, the Official ANA Grading Standards for United States Coins, and the Coin World Almanac.