Cell Phone: 303-807-9916
U.S. Mail: P.O. Box 2811, Littleton, CO 80161
APRC specializes in Exceptional U.S. Type and Ancient Coins for collectors and investors. I travel to every major coin show from coast to coast and have developed a reputation for being the most selective buyer in the room. In addition, I am continually buying great coins from the personal collections of customers. When you deal with APRC, you deal exclusively with Evan Gale, sole proprietor and a professional numismatist for more than 35 years.
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New Purchases plus Part VI of the Henry Hamilton Collection Now Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory and Below
New Credit Card Acceptance Policy
Due to an increase in fraudulent credit card activity on my website, I will no longer accept credit card orders from new customers without a personal phone conversation and at least one active dealer reference. If you are not an established customer with Aspen Park RC, please call 303-471-6074.
Change in "Terms and Conditions":
I have raised the fee for returning a coin paid by credit card from 2% to 3%, reflecting my actual credit card processing costs. To explain, if you pay for a coin by credit card, I am charged a credit card processing fee which averages 3%. So a coin selling for $1000 which is paid by credit card nets me $970. If the coin is returned and I process a credit, I do not get a refund of the 3%. So I will either credit your CC 97% of the purchase price or send a refund check for the same amount.
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Introducing “The Henry Hamilton Collection” and other Newps
The coins listed below continue offerings of “The “Henry Hamilton Collection”. Mr. Hamilton (not his name) has been collecting United States rare coins for decades and has been the longest running customer of my career. He has been cherry-picking coins from the offerings of Aspen Park RC and a few select dealers for decades. His taste for superb technical quality combined with stunning eye-appeal will be evident as these coins are listed over the coming months.
New Purchases plus Part VI of the Henry Hamilton Collection
*NEW* 1802 Draped Bust Cent XF45 PCGS The problem I encounter most with the Draped Bust Cent series in circulated condition is that most coins have numerous significant hits and bumps. Here is an exception. Well struck with minimal surface distractions and pleasing mostly even brown color with lighter tan patina in and around the devices, mostly on the reverse…$1650
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1915 Buffalo Nickel Matte PR66 PCGS Combining superb technical quality with beautiful silvery rose and blue patina, this Matte Proof Buffalo is heads and tails above the majority of the grade. Immaculate surfaces and spot free with bright, sparkling surfaces…$2800
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1916 Buffalo Nickel Matte PR65 PCGS Sharp and original with attractive light silvery and golden rose patina on bright, spot-free surfaces. This key date Matte is absolute top of the grade…$3500
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1937 Buffalo Nickel PR67 PCGS Just a hint of silvery blue patina on this immaculate, bright and spot-free Superb GEM…$1950
*NEW* 1858 Liberty Seated Half Dime (Stars Obv.) MS66 PCGS Fully struck and basically flawless, this lovely little original shows very light silvery-rose-blue patina evenly overlaying both sides. Finished with bright, full luster. Tip-top of the grade and a pleasure to behold…1500
*NEW* 1888 Liberty Seated Quarter (w/Motto) MS65 PCGS A fully struck GEM with gorgeous intense turquoise blue and rose obverse. Reverse is mostly brilliant with light rose and blue peripheries. Incredible distraction free surfaces and finished with full glowing luster…$2350
*NEW* 1811 Cap Bust Half (Small *) MS63 PCGS This coin has been hidden in my safe for several years, a raw coin from a long ago trade deal. I discovered it and thought for sure it would grade MS64…not to be. Fully struck with wonderful silvery gray patina, with blue and golden rose at the peripheries. Incredible eye-appeal…$5350
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1940 Walking Half PR66 PCGS (Old Green Holder) A flashy, brilliant GEM, completely free of distractions with just the lightest hint of golden patina…$700
*SOLD - NEW* 1853 Gold Dollar (T-1) MS64 PCGS / CAC As always, I am extremely particularly when I decide to buy a coin. In the case of Type 1 Gold Dollars, the first disqualifying attribute is always weak strike. I want the hair to be hair and “Liberty” headband to be fully struck and well defined. This is the case with maybe 10-15% of the type. Beyond that I reject obvious marks and dull luster. This coin is top of the grade, easily in the top 5-10%. Crisp detail, basically free of marks and strong luster. Perfect for a type set. With CU Coin Prices at $3200 for a MS65, this just miss is real value at…$1375
*NEW* 1913 $5 Indian MS63 NGC A premium specimen, hand-picked and distraction free. Nice original skin and deep golden color. We have a window of opportunity to add gold coins at never before seen low levels. At some point in the not so distant future, the velocity of money will accelerate, and all the dollars the Fed has been printing over the past years will result in high inflation. You will wish you had purchased more US gold coins at current levels…$1485
*SOLD - NEW* 1904 $20 Liberty MS64 PCGS / CAC (Old Green Holder) The holder buyer’s dream…old green PCGS holder with a CAC sticker. No need to look at the coin….Well in this case the coin is a wonderful original, top of the grade with glowing original luster and deep golden color. Just purchased from a customer’s colletion…$1985
*ON HOLD - NEW* 1927 $20 St. Gaudens MS63 PCGS / CAC (Older Green Holder) An early PCGS graded Saint and easily a MS64 or plus coin. Well struck with great surfaces and full original luster. From the same collection as above. Spot free…$1650
*NEW* 1893 Isabella Quarter MS64 PCGS As close to the next grade as these get in MS64 holders. Perfect sharp strike with flashy, reflective, semi-prooflike fields and finished with light a hint of rose patina, deeper and going into violet and royal blue at the peripheries. Completely free of contact marks and other distractions…$1150
*Henry Hamilton Collection* California MS65 PCGS / CAC WOW!! What a coin for the lowly MS65 grade. California’s can sparkle and this one is a blaster. Fully struck and completely distraction free with intense glowing semi-prooflike luster. Finished with light violet patina, this coin will blow away most of the MS66’s…$695
*Henry Hamilton Collection* Missouri (Plain) MS65 NGC Incredibly sharp and detailed strike on this exceptional Missouri. Forget the usual pitted face, a result of weak strikes on virtually every example. This coin looks sculpted. Super clean, distraction free surfaces and lovely pale rose patina. Finished in an almost satin prooflike surface…$2335
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1936 Oregon MS65 PCGS (Old Green Holder) An even medium silvery-blue-violet patina overlays super clean original surfaces and full luster…$325
*Henry Hamilton Collection* Roanoke MS67 PCGS / CAC Another great early Commem from the HH collection. A Superb Gem in every sense of the grade. Fully struck with immaculate, flashy, fully lustrous surfaces and toned a gorgeous blend of deep rose, blue and violet. Reverse is mostly brilliant with a golden overall, going to deeper pale rose at the peripheries….$1450
*Henry Hamilton Collection* Sesqui Half MS65 PCGS (Old Green Holder) Certainly among the nicest of the type I have seen in a MS65 holder. Forget the photo, these simply do not photography well. Fully struck with light golden rose patina on glowing, super lustrous surfaces. The reflectivity combined with the natural low relief of the design make this coin virtually impossible to photograph. It just be seen in hand…$2350
1903 LA Purchase, McKinley Gold Dollar MS66 PCGS A Gorgeous original, fully struck with completely untouched skin and finished with lovely deep orange rose patina and glowing luster. Awesome eye-appeal…$1875
New US and Ancients from the Sept. Long Beach Expo, plus Part 5 of the Henry Hamilton Collection
1834 Classic Half Cent MS63BN PCGS / CAC Strong strike with virtually no contact marks or carbon spots. Even chocolate brown…$775.00
1814 Classic Cent MS63BN PCGS / CAC Fully struck front and back with no visible contact marks or spotting. Good luster on even chocolate brown coloration. Super pleasing example…$13,350
1882 Indian Cent PR66RB PCGS Beautiful violet rose and blue patina on this sharply struck and highly reflective Gem…$1675
*SOLD* 1909-S Lincoln Cent MS66RD PCGS / CAC A superb glowing original RED example. Well struck with super clean surfaces, carbon spot free and full cartwheel luster. Scarcer than the much higher priced 1909-S VDB, with a pop of 170 with 20 grading higher, compared to the S VDB pop of 210 with 32 grading higher. A non-CAC and considerably inferior specimen just sold at a July 2016 Heritage auction for $4113. This piece…$3450
1876 Shield Nickel PR66+ CAMEO PCGS / CAC A gorgeous CAMEO showing a needle sharp strike and deep, undisturbed fields…$1950
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1882 Shield Nickel A bright, fully struck Gem with a hint of rose patina overall…$875
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1900 Liberty Nickel PR67 PCGS An even blend of the silvery rose and light blue patina on this glowing Superb Gem proof…$1625
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1912 Liberty Nickel PR65 PCGS Sharply struck with light rose patina on bright proof surfaces…$525
1914-S Buffalo Nickel MS65 PCGS A fully struck Gem with glowing, lustrous surfaces under light silvery blue and golden-rose patina. Spot free…$1950
*SOLD* 1807 Draped Bust Dime AU50 PCGS A basically perfect original circulated example that is fully struck with problem free surfaces and even medium silvery gray toning, just the way you want it. I constantly search out early silver type and will not settle for the cleaned, poorly struck and adjustment marked examples that dominate the grade…$4150
1882 Liberty Seated Dime MS66 NGC A beautifully toned Gem showing a sharp strike front and back with a medium blend of blue-green and rose toning over full, flashy luster…$1375
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1905 Barber Dime PF68 NGC An immaculate Monster Gem Proof with a medium blend of rose and deep blue patina on flashy, deeply mirrored fields…$6500
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1909 Barber Dime PF66 NGC A light cameo with medium to deep rose and blue patina on bright, reflective surfaces…$1750
1942 Mercury Dime PR68 PCGS Beautiful bright Monster Gem with light rose going to sky blue to golden orange in the right fields. A gorgeous example of the type…$2500
1876-S Seated Liberty Quarter MS66 PCGS A beautifully toned original GEM example. Fully struck on both sides, mostly brilliant with violet and blue peripheral toning on glowing luster front and back. Pop is 7 with none grading higher. This awesome coin could very well be the finest…$3400
*ON HOLD* 1905 Barber Quarter PR66 PCGS / CAC Almost impossible to describe this AMAZING toned Barber proof. Intense violet rose and blue over the obverse. Reverse is mostly brilliant with golden rose and blue circling the periphery. Bright and fully relflective. A STUNNING wonder coin…$3500
1834 Cap Bust Half MS61 NGC Here is an affordable Bust Half type with the look of a much higher grade. Fully struck front and back with strong hair detail, complete drapery and sharp clasp. Reverse is equally well struck with all design details bold. Virtually free of contact marks and nothing at all distracting. Light silvery patina with some blue at the rims and finished with good luster…$1350
1856-O Liberty Seated Half (No Motto) MS64 PCGS As pleasing as it could possibly be, this New Orleans mint No Motto Half boasts a full, sharp strike on both sides with lovely light silvery rose and blue patina sitting atop glowing luster….$2350
1880 Trade Dollar PR66+ CAMEO PCGS Sharply struck GEM with gorgeous violet rose patina blending to bright royal blue around the peripheries. Lovely CAMEO devices contrast bright, fully reflective fields…$14,500
1849 T-1 Gold Dollar (No L) MS65 PCGS Needle sharp strike front and back. Basically contact mark free with glowing luster. At the absolute top of the grade, deserving of a “plus” designation IMO. Pop is 35 with only nine higher…$5500
1910-S $5 Indian MS63 PCGS A very strong example for the grade, well impressed with no distracting contact marks and full luster. Very tough date…$9750
*SOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection* 1907 $10 Indian MS64 NGC / CAC As many of you may know, 1907 dated $10 Indians can be the most beautiful of the series and this is one of those coins. Virtually superb, with immaculate surfaces, deep original golden color and glowing luster, this is the finest of the date I have seen in MS64 grade. A connoisseur’s coin for sure…$5000
1913 $10 Indian MS64 PCGS A lovely example, well struck and virtually devoid of contact marks with satiny luster finishing the superb eye-appeal…$2650
1910 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS A beautiful original with superb surfaces, deep golden patina and glowing luster. Top of the grade…$7350
1924 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 NGC A premium Gem St. Fully struck and lustrous with minimal marks for the grade and free of copper spotting…$1800
1893 Isabella 25c MS65 PCGS This beautifully toned Gem show mostly brilliant centers with golden rose and deep blue peripheral toning on both sides. Great satiny surfaces with full, bright luster…$2375
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1934 Boone MS66 NGC (Early NGC Holder) A medium blend of golden, russet, blue and rose overlays immaculate surfaces and full luster…$550
*SOLD* 1936 Elgin Half MS67 PCGS / CAC An incredible original Superb Gem with glowng luster. Light, even silvery blue patina overall with burnt orange and deep blue at the peripheries. An amazing Elgin with over the top eye-appeal…$1600
*SOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection* 1915-S Pan Pac Half MS67 PCGS (Old Green Holder) An Amazing original Superb Gem toned a gorgeous blend of rose, blue and green iridescence on intensely lustrous surfaces…$9500
1921 Pilgrim MS65 PCGS / CAC (Old Green Holder) Original flashy brilliant white with just a hint of golden peripheral patina. Very clean and lustrous…$350
*SOLD* 1925 Stone Mountain MS66 PCGS Just a hint of patina overall on this glowing Stone Mountain Gem. Deeper golden rose peripheral rim toning. Great eye-appeal…$390
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1936-D Texas MS66 NGC Medium silvery violet with splashes of rose and green on the reverse…$385
*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1936-S Rhode Island Half MS66 PCGS A beautifully toned RI and scarce as such by type. Brilliant centers with rose and deep blue peripheral toning on the obverse. Reverse is mostly brilliant with light golden rose peripheries. Fully struck and lustrous. Top of the type eye-appeal…$585
1763-78 W Italy-Venice 1 Ducat (Davis-1561, silver, 38mm) AU55 NGC A deeply toned virgin original with a solid strike on both sides. Obverse: St. Mark seated at left presenting staff with cross and pennant at top to doge kneeling at right. Reverse: Lion of St. Mark striding left. Very cool Venice taler-sized silver coin…$850
4th Century BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (18mm, 6.04g) XF*, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Nymph Larissa. Rev. Horse about to roll. Beautifully rendered facing slightly left head of Larissa, well struck and finished with lovely antique silvery gray patina. Fine artistic style and well centered composition…$1650
c.361-328 BC, Cilicia, Tarsus, Mazaeus, AR Stater (23mm, 11.20g) MS, Strike 4/4, Surface 4/4. Obv. Ba’al of Tarsus seated. Rev. Lion attacks bull. Very sharply struck with a clear rendering of all design details, unlike the majority of this type, which come with mushy detailing, often on the head of Ba’al…$1750
after c.281 BC, Calabria, Taras, AR Didrachm (20mm, 6.50g) AU, Strike 4/4, Surface 5/5. Obv. Rider crowns horse. Rev. Taras on dolphin. Well struck and perfectly centered, this lovely piece is finished with beautiful silvery patina, deeper in and around the devices, with fresh, lustrous surfaces. An exceptional example of the type…$1600
AD 132-135, Judea, Bar Kokhba, AR Zuz (13mm, 3.15g) Ch. AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Inscription in wreath. Rev. Jug with inscription surrounding. Very sharply struck for an issue that is generally mushy and uneven. Finished with antique silvery gray patina…$1475
AD 244-249, Roman Empire, Philip I, AE Sestertius (26mm, 17.80g) Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, Fine Style. Obv. Portrait right. Rev. Liberalitis standing left. Nicely struck and well made with a Fine Style portrait of Philip I…$375
The Fascinating World of Ancient Coins
I started looking at ancient coins seriously at the April, 2011 Chicago International Show, which is dominated by ancients. I looked at every coin at the show and auction and noticed that very few really drew my attention. There was lots of stuff…but few exceptional coins. I was also struck by the fact that the prices of the coins I liked seemed incredibly inexpensive, considering how few there were in the room that I wanted. So I began to buy coins, not knowing a Greek from a Roman from a Parthian……. Since that time, I have devoted more than a thousand hours to study, mostly by viewing every ancient at every show and auction and comparing prices and also pouring over major auction catalogs going back about 20 years. Any farther back and the photos and descriptions are so lacking that the catalogs are of no value to me. In this way I have viewed thousands of the best ancients sold over the past couple decades.
Every ancient is different and the artistry of the dies vary dramatically. Most types have hundreds, if not thousands of different dies, made by a myriad of different die cutters, some inept, some talented and some masters. In addition, every flan is different and every strike is different. Beyond these considerations, surface quality and toning also vary dramatically and those characteristics are seldom addressed by most dealers or auction catalogs when selling raw coins. Surface quality is extremely important in the valuation of ancients and it cannot be evaluated when viewing the great majority of photographs on dealer websites and auction catalogs. Like fingerprints, no two coins are the same. I am bringing the APRC eye into the fascinating arena of ancient coins and I plan to offer the best coins available on this website. There is more subjectivity to the evaluation of quality and value than in any other segment of numismatics...and I am well-known to excel in that evaluation.
My goal is to offer ancients of exceptional quality and beauty. I am hoping to buy and sell these wonderful relics for many years to come. After collecting rare coins for more than 50 years and dealing in them for more than 30, I have come to believe they are the most fascinating segment of the numismatic market. The historical significance and sheer artistry is unrivaled in my opinion by any other area of numismatics.
I try to price coins at "fair market" value. But as you will begin to understand as you enter the realm of ancient coins, that value can be somewhat difficult to ascertain. I encourage collectors to research values as best they can. There is a huge amount of information available on the internet if you dig for it. I also encourage collectors to check out the websites of other ancient dealers to see what is available on the market and get an idea of current pricing. Be aware that auction pricing can be out of date and that most photographs of raw coins convey little or no information about surface quality or patina.
My general policy is that once a coin is placed on hold, the price will remain the same. The exception to that rule is if I have made a mistake and priced the coin incorrectly when I listed it. I will not be held to any pricing errors or typos. I feel completely free to change the price after a customer has considered a particular coin and passed.
My conclusion is that it is the customer’s responsibility to research the values of any coin he is considering and to be comfortable with the purchase. Do your research before you buy. And I would apprciate it if you would do your research before I send a coin on sight approval. I understand you want to see the coin, but please be comfortable with the price before you ask me to send it.
A Quick Note About my Photographs: For some reason, many of my photos tend to have a reddish cast that is not on the coin. I have noticed that a photograph taken at a certain angle shows this characteristic and from another angle, it may not. So my conclusion is this is caused by some sort of prism effect in the plastic. Please read my descriptions when viewing a coin and keep this in mind. I try to edit the photo to match the coin as closely as possible, but it is not always possible to entirely negate this effect.
Another problem I encounter, particularly with ancients, is that the design is sometimes of such high relief, that I cannot get the entire design to be in focus with the Macro lens I use and its inherently narrow depth of field. What might look somewhat mushy or out of focus is probably a photography problem, not the coin.
One last point to keep in mind is that the color balance of your computer screen will not be exactly the same as mine, so each screen will present the photo with a slightly different look.
Sign Up for the New Ancients Email List
I have started a separate email list for Ancient customers. If you would like to receive an email notification when new ancient coins have been added to the web sight, please send me an email. The great majority of ancient coins I have been buying are raw and I send them to NGC for grading, which takes about 30-40 days turn around. So I will be photographing and uploading new purchases onto my web sight at different times than the US coins, which are added within one week of returning from a show.
I love coins and my website has always been a reflection of my personal interests in rare coins. I started collecting coins at the age of eight and have been a professional rare coin dealer for more than 33 years. This long, enjoyable journey seems to have found an end in ancient coins. I find all ancients interesting and Greek ancients in particular, fascinating. The history and artistry is unmatched in my opinion. Exceptional specimens of all ancients are scarce and I love the challenge of finding great coins. My interest has coincidentally coincided with NGC starting to grade them and I believe the market will grow considerably as collectors who are accustomed to "slabbed" coins become exposed to NGC ancients and grow more and more comfortable with this exciting area of numismatics.