Gillio began his career in numismatics in 1959. He joined the ANA five years later, and attended his first ANA convention in Cleveland in 1964. Since then, he has never missed one of these events. “I’ve attended every ANA show since becoming a member and this August will be my 50th show — that’s 50 years in a row — which I feel is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Gillio. “And I can truly say that I have enjoyed each and every one.”
Since becoming a member, Ron Gillio has been involved with the ANA in many capacities. Through the 1980s, Gillio held grading and authentication seminars for the ANA and he has received many awards from ANA presidents over the years. In 1993 and 1995, he was appointed to consumer protection committees.
As president of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), he was part of a team that joined with the ANA to work on grading and encapsulating for American Numismatic Association Certification Service (ANACS). While at the PNG, Gillio served on the board of directors for 17 years and held various executive titles, including president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. In addition, he served on the consumer protection board and other committees. He is also recognized as the co-author of California Pioneer Fractional Gold — the most authoritative reference work on California pioneer fractional gold coins. For many years he has been a contributor to A Guide Book of United States Coins: The Official Red Book.
In addition to Gillio’s work with Stack’s Bowers Galleries, he has been general chairman of the popular Long Beach, Calif., and Santa Clara, Calif. Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo. He also runs a retail store in Santa Barbara Calif. — Gillio Rare Coins & Fine Jewelry — one of the largest buyers, sellers and importers of rare coins in the United States. He has conducted many multi-million dollar auction sales in the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. He is an official appraiser for the State of California and has served as an auctioneer for the United States Marshal’s Office.
“We are delighted to celebrate Ron’s extensive efforts with the ANA,” said Brian Kendrella, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. “We look forward to Ron’s continuing work with us and are appreciative of all his accomplishments with our firm, with the ANA and PNG, and elsewhere in numismatics.”
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Professional Numismatists Guild New York Invitational, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.