• Report: #729320

Complaint Review: Kenny's Country Coins

  • Submitted: Sat, May 14, 2011
  • Updated: Fri, October 26, 2012

  • Reported By: Lexus — Vancouver Washington USA
Kenny's Country Coins
12014 Se Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver, Washington United States of America

Kenny's Country Coins Blue Moon Coins, Country Coins, Ken Vilkin, bluemooncoins on eBay Coin trader's deal with widow raises questions Vancouver, Washington

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Setting the record straight

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Coin trader's deal with widow raises questions


by Wayne Havrelly, KGW Staff
Posted on May 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

today at 9:44 AM

PORTLAND - After a long painful illness, Donna Coonrod's husband Don passed away just a few weeks ago.  He collected
coins for 60 years.

"It was a fun family thing and he still was collecting until he got sick," said Coonrod at her Camas home overlooking Lacamas Lake. She claimed Ken Vilkin gave her a very hard sell after he was invited to the home to appraise the coin collection. "How about $30,000? And I mean he threw a check down so fast and started picking up the coins and out the door he's going fast, I mean on the run," said Coonrod. 

Coonrod's Collection was appraised one year ago by another Vancouver coin dealer. "I would have paid at least $50,000 for the collection I appraised," said Thomas Deering of Liberty Coins.   "The most important thing is when you get a collection bid on, it should always be a free estimate and you should be free to walk away at any time."

Donna's daughter Lynn Rockstad claimed to go to great lengths to get Ken Vilkin to simply return the coins and take back the $30,000 check that has not been cashed. "I even took our dear friend Gary Lucas the Sheriff of Clark County with me to talk to him and he basically said talk to my attorney," said Rockstad. 

An employee at Kenny's Country Coins gave me the number of Ken Vilkin's attorney who did not want to speak to KGW in person. He called a few hours later.  "I didn't know Donna Coonrod's husband had just died and actually thought she negotiated a fair price," said Vilkin.  "The attacks and accusations that I mislead a grieving widow are just flat out not true."

Unit 8 Investigates discovered that in 1989 Ken Vilkin was President of a company in Los Angeles  seized by the Federal Trade Commission for selling coins at greatly inflated prices. "I was young and foolish and learned my lesson," said Vilken.   Donna Coonrod doesn't believe he has. "I thought I was too smart to ever get caught in a situation like this." The Coonrods have hired an attorney and are pursing action. Vilken has been doing business in Vancouver since 1994.  He is a top-rated seller on E-bay.

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AUTHOR: Ken Vilkin - (United States of America)

This was a fight between two sisters Cheryl and Lynn, daughters of Donna Coonrod.

The article about the news story in question was retracted from the KGW site because it was fraudulent.

The reporter and Lynn were friends from church.

When I made the appointment to view the coins, I made it clear to Cheryl, Donna's daughter, that I was coming to buy them. Cheryl was present for the entire transaction. Lynn was never there.

According to Cheryl, my competitor had offered less than $18,000 for the same coins, and that is why they accepted my $30,000 offer.

That same competitor later said (in front of television cameras) that he 'would have offered' the family $50,000.

The network retracted the article as soon as they learned of it's fraudulent nature.

Rather than lower myself to the ethical standards of this platform. I welcome anyone with serious questions to call me directly. I can be reached at 888-655-2646.

The article did accurately report my company's Top-Rated Seller status with eBay. We have been
doing business with eBay since 2001. As of October 2012, we have conducted over 53,000 transactions for more than $17 million on eBay. Over 37,900 unique customers have left reviews, and 100% of those reviews are positive.

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