About International Auction Galleries   BACK  

International Auction Galleries - Queensland’s first and foremost numismatic auction house - was established in 1985 to fill the void of a smaller, high end ‘boutique style’ auction house. Our auction sales; of which we do two major Signature Live and two Live Online auctions a year, are always seen as numismatic highlights. As of 2024, IAG has held more than 280 Live, Online and Postal Sales, and now in their 39th year of operation, have achieved worldwide renown with numerous record breaking auctions totalling over $175 Million in sales. IAG has a proven track record with industry leading clearance rates and a reputation for honesty, integrity and service, treating each consignment with the upmost care and privacy.

Our Coin and Banknote Auctions continue to be one of the market leaders in rare and high end numismatic items, with our auctions often setting new record prices. We also hold several current pricing World Records, including the Highest Price ever realised for any Australian numismatic item at $1,909,000 (this is also the highest price achieved for any item at any numismatic auction in Australia). In 2008 IAG sold two 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 the download section for our current or previous catalogues and Prices Realised as well as past auction results and highlights).

One of our auctions - Sale 78 - broke two new world record prices, and our Signature live auction return of an average of $2,000 for every item sold is higher than any of the other major Auction houses! When you combine this with our industry leading clearance rates of up to 100%, the fastest and most secure 30 day vendor payments (with all funds held in our Trust Account), friendly and efficient customer service and ZERO sellers commission rates for all vendors, it proves why we are number one!

IAG is the number one Australian Numismatic Auction house. With regular live online auctions since 2012, IAG was the first auction house to run completely live online auctions, with a strong online auction presence dating back to 2004 and having offered hundreds of thousands of lots to tens of thousands of clients from right across the world. IAG’s proprietary in-house developed Live Online Internet Auction program is not only market leading it is FREE to use and bid with! As IAG has developed and run their own system independently, they are able to expand and evolve it in all aspects of numismatics whilst continuing to provide innovative and better ways to buy and sell as the market changes, whilst ensuring that your data is private and not shared anywhere or with anyone.

The Professional Team at IAG consists of:

Paul Hannaford: CEO, Managing Director, Head Numismatist and Head of Grading. Paul has been a Professional Numismatic Dealer for 39 years, and has brought IAG to a prominent position as one of the leading Auction Houses in Australia. He is considered a numismatic expert on Australian Pre Decimal Coins and Banknotes, and has been involved in providing information for numerous Numismatic price guides. Paul is a past National President of A.N.D.A. (The Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association), having held that position for a record 6 years, and is the longest ever serving ANDA Committee member having served for the last 26 years and counting. In addition to being National President, he has also held the position of Vice President for a number of years, as well as chairing other specialised numismatic related ANDA committees including the Ethics and Good Conduct Committee (E&GCC).

Moana Hannaford: COO, Auction Coordinator and Art Director. Moana is responsible for the high quality photography, auction catalogue production, vendor and client liaison, as well as daily overseer of pretty much everything relating to the complex process of running multiple live Online auctions.

Susan Clark: Office Manager, Head of Accounts and Head Client Liaison. Susan has been with us for 16 years. She is responsible for the day to day general running of IAG including all financial and accounting aspects, and handles all office and auction enquiries with her customary efficient and fantastic service.

Christo Mircev: Head of IT. Christo 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.

Willow Love: Willow has been involved with IAG since 2006, but has recently come on board in a more permanent role as Assistant Office Administrator and Assistant Photographer, and handles day-to-day enquiries with her friendly manner.

IAG recognises that during the auction process, either as sellers or buyers, people need to feel confident with the company they are dealing with. As such, we guarantee that all auction items are expertly assessed 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.

We also charge 0% (No) commission to all sellers, ensuring both sellers and buyers get a better deal in all of 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.