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 30 years.
New Purchases of US & Ancient Coins from Baltimore Coin Expo and Private Treaty Now Photographed and Listed
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. If you are not an established customer with Aspen Park RC, please call 303-471-6074 to arrange another form of payment.
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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New Purchases from the November Baltimore Expo and private treaty
*SOLD* 1785 Nova Constellatio Copper (Lg. Date, Point Rays) A great colonial showing a full strike on both sides, in and of itself, a tough feature for this type, which is often found with a weak reverse, the “US” in the center often non-existent. Finding this piece in a problem-free Mint State level of preservation is virtually impossible. A truly great colonial that represent incredible value…$2650
1806 Draped Bust Half Cent MS63BN NGC Fully struck on both sides with even chocolate brown patina and no spots or distractions and strong, complete luster. Absolute top of the grade and probably net graded down for a tiny clip at the top, virtually unnoticeable. A stronger clip would have made this coin an “error” and increased its value. With CU Price Guide at $3900, this coin is a great deal…$3000
1857 Flying Eagle Cent MS63 NGC A full, sharp strike from beak to tail to wing tip, a feature seldom found on Flyers of any grade. Even bronze brown patina and very pleasing overall…$850
1877 Indian Cent VG08 PCGS Even strike and honest wear. Taken in trade…$700
*ON HOLD* 1910 Lincoln Cent PR65BN PCGS A beautiful Matte Proof showing bright golden brown surfaces with flashes of blue and golden. Reverse is chocolate brown with blue highlights. Spot free and top of the grade…$1450
1861 Liberty Seated Half Dime MS65 NGC A little Gem showing a needle sharp strike front and back and finished with beautiful aqua-blue and rose toning on both sides. Fully lustrous with superb Eye-appeal. Great type coin for the toning enthusiast…$900
1830 Cap Bust Dime MS63 NGC (Early holder) Fully struck with lovely deep blue toning on fully lustrous surfaces…$2475
1875-CC Twenty Cent MS62 PCGS So much nicer than you would expect for the grade. Fully struck front and back. Basically brilliant with great luster and just a bit of patina in and around the lettering and devices…$3000
1835 Cap Bust Quarter XF45 PCGS Nicely struck on both sides with even medium silvery gray patina…$685
1885 Seated Liberty Quarter PR65 CAMEO PCGS A gorgeous flashy CAMEO, mostly brilliant in the obverse center with beautiful rose and blue peripheral toning. Reverse is similar with a bit more light rose patina overall. A true beauty with bright, fully reflective fields…$2150
*SOLD* 1917 T-1 Standing Quarter MS65FH NGC Absolute full and complete strike showing strong head detail and fully struck and bordered shield. Super clean surfaces more like you would expect on a MS66 grade and fully capable of making that grade. Brilliant, bright white and blazing luster. Superb…$1200
1822 Cap Bust Half AU58 NGC Well struck for the date with just the lightest hint of rub, more reminiscent of Mint State. Beautiful light silvery rose and aqua-blue patina and finished with full luster…$1250
1832 Cap Bust Half AU55 PCGS Absolutely lovely original showing as full strike on both sides and finished with light to medium silvery rose toning with light blue peripheries. Virtually full luster…$690
1834 Cap Bust Half AU53 PCGS Another exceptional lightly circulated Bust Half, fully struck on both sides with medium to deep silvery gray toning over virtually full luster…$485
1834 Cap Bust Half (Sm. Date, Sm. Letters) MS62 PCGS Just superb for the grade. Fully struck with every design detail on both sides bold. Light even silvery rose patina on full luster. Completely distraction free with top-end eye-appeal. $1900
1799 Draped Bust Dollar VF30 PCGS I can’t resist a perfect circulated Draped Bust Dollar as there are so few of them residing in certified holders. Starting with a full and complete strike, this coin shows even wear, no distractions or marks of any kind and wonderful two-tone medium silvery gray patina. A fabulous original that still retains traces of luster in and around the stars and lettering…$3200
1887 Gold Dollar (T-3) MS64 PCGS A lovely, undipped, original gold piece, taken in trade and priced to move…$835
1925-D $2.5 Indian Gold MS62 NGC Very pleasing Mint State with no distracting marks and good luster. Taken in trade and priced to move at…$400
*SOLD* 1925-D $2.5 Indian Gold MS65 PCGS A true GEM, fully struck with virtually undisturbed, thick luster. Top of the grade and perfect for type…$1975
*SOLD* 1911-D $20 St. Gaudens MS66 PCGS The only Saint I wanted to buy at the entire Baltimore show. A super high end original with a great strike and lovely, rich, golden-rose patina on full, sparkling luster. Virtually free of marks and no distractions of any kind. If you know Saints, you know this date generally comes fairly dull with a matte-like surface. This piece is an exception with glowing, full luster. Superb!!...$4250
1900 Lafayette Dollar MS63 NGC I can’t remember the last time I bought a Lafayette Dollar in any grade. They are truly scarce devoid of distracting marks or unattractive toning and often have dull luster. This MS63 is top of the grade in every grade. Sharply struck and completely devoid of distracting marks, this coin is brilliant with full luster and just a hint of lovely rose patina. If you know You will be amazing at the quality for the grade…$1800
Ancient Greek and Roman:
c.530-500 BC, Bruttium, Croton, AR Stater (27mm, 7.05g) NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Tripod. Rev. Incuse of obverse type. A wonderful example of this large archaic Greek silver Stater. Very well struck and centered on good metal. Finished with medium to deep silvery gray cabinet patina, giving it the look it deserves. Scarce and desirable type…$2900
c.521-478 BC, Island of Lesbos, Mytilene, EL (electrum) Hecte (10mm, 2.55g) NGC AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Lion head. Rev. Incuse calf head. A well struck and perfectly centered example, leaving me wondering how it garnered a 4/5 for strike rather than 5/5. Whatever, the coin speaks for itself. Well detailed with a bit of deeper toning in and around the devices, giving it a great look. Designated “Fine Style” by NGC for the artistic rendering of both lion and calf…$1750
4th Century BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (13mm, 6.03g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style. Obv. Nymph Larissa. Rev. Horse prepares to roll. A highly desirable Larissa, beautifully engraved of high artistic style, sharply struck with clear piercing eyes and flowing hair, perfectly centered. Finished with light silvery gray cabinet patina on great surfaces…$1950
*ON HOLD* c.345-315 BC, Sicily, Siculo-Punic, AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 17.37g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Arethusa, dolphins. Rev. Horse and palm tree. An exceptionally beautiful Siculo-Punic Tetradrachm of fine artistic style. Sharply struck in high relief on glowing surfaces and light silvery patina. Fully deserving of a “Fine Style” designation. Fabulous artistry and eye-appeal…$10,650
336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 17.05g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Heracles. Rev. Zeus. A beautiful Alexander the Great Tetradrachm, sharply struck and finished with lovely medium silvery gray patina…$1500
*ON HOLD* 336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III AV (gold) Stater (18mm, 8.61g) NGC Ch. AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Although a relatively common type, the Alexander Gold Stater is probably the most sought after gold Greek coin. Hundreds of dies exist and most are of little artistic merit. I love this type and examine every piece I come across at shows and auctions. In the past five years I have purchased two coins. This piece comes from the private collection of a customer who has a great eye for beauty and technical quality. This piece is truly superb. Starting with a beautiful, feminine and elegant engraving of Athena wearing the Corinthian helmet, this piece is sharply struck with all details bold. Centering is absolutely perfect. The metal quality is simply superb with original surfaces and light patina, so unlike 99% of the coins I see that are simply over cleaned. Artistically this piece is excellent, certainly deserving of a “Fine Style” designation which it did not receive. Stylistically it is among the finest renderings of Athena I have seen on this type...$6000
*ON HOLD* c.300-280 BC, Lucania, Thurium, AR Stater (18mm, 7.85g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Athena with Skylla helmet. Rev. Bull butting, Nike above. Let me try to find the words to describe this MAGNIFICENT ancient Greek coin. To begin, “Fine Style” designation or not, the artistry of the engraving is wonderful. The portrait of Athena in helmet is finely detailed with every feather perfectly defined, highly detailed Skylla on helmet and sharp facial features with piercing eye. Centering is perfect front and back. On reverse, the bull shows powerful muscles, lowering its head and kicking at the earth, ready to charge. Nike flying above is complete as well as lettering in the exergue. The metal is perfect, bright and lustrous and the piece is finished with light silvery antique patina. Awarded the “Star” designation by NGC for exceptional eye-appeal…$4950
after c.281 BC, Calabria, Taras, AR Didrachm (18mm, 6.52g) NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Rider crowns horse. Rev. Taras on dolphin about to throw trident, owl in right field. A well detailed and well struck example of the type, which normally comes very mushy and ill-defined. Perfectly centered front and back with virtually full luster on light silvery patina…$1600
c.275-215 BC, Sicily, Syracuse, Hieron II, AE27 (bronze, 27mm, 17.32g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, lt. smoothing. Obv. Hieron II profile left. Rev. Horseman holding lance. Large Greek bronzes of exceptional style and strike are exceptionally scarce and undervalued. This piece shows a fine portrait of Hieron II, well struck and perfectly centered. The reverse is equally impressive…$900
c.147 BC, Roman Republic, L. Cupiennius, AR Denarius (18mm, 3.99g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Roma. Rev. Dioscuri on horseback. A well-made Mint State Denarius with the Dioscuri on rev. Well struck and centered on brilliant, lustrous metal…$1050
c.132 BC, Roman Republic, P. Maenius Antiaticus, AR Denarius (18mm, 3.90g) NGC Gem MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Roma. Rev. Victory in quadriga. An incredible GEM Mint State Denarius, featuring a needle sharp strike, perfect centering and flawless surfaces with sparkling luster. Garnering the top grade awarded by NGC, this amazing coin is a condition rarity of the highest magnitude…$2350
27 BC – AD 14, Roman Empire, Augustus, AE (bronze) As (27mm, 11.09g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Bust of Augustus, posthumous under Tiberius. Rev. Livia seated right, S C on either side (by consent of the Roman Senate). A remarkably preserved bronze of Augustus, issued posthumously by his successor, Tiberius. Well struck and centered with all details bold…$1550
AD 117-138, Roman Empire, Hadrian, AE Sestertius (34mm, 24.11g) NGC Ch VF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. A finely styled portrait of Hadrian on this well-preserved bronze Sestertius. Perfectly centered and very pleasing…$885
AD 222-235, Roman Empire, Julia Mamaea, AE Sestertius (30 mm, 20.47g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style. Obv. Bust right. Rev. Felicitas at column. A superior bronze sestertius of Julia Mamaea, mother of Emperor Severus Alexander. Julia became regent in the name of Alexander when he rose to Emperor at the age of 14 and effectively ruled Rome as her son came of age. A lovely portrait, engraved in fine artistic style, well struck and centered on superior metal. Exceptional in every way…$1300
AD 222-235, Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, AR Denarius (18mm, 2.41g) NGC MS, Strike 4/4, Surface 4/4. Obv. Bust right. Rev. Jupiter with fulmen. Sharply struck and perfectly centered, this coin deserves a 5/5 for Strike and could have easily received the same grade on surface. Brilliant, sharp and lustrous…$500
AD 235-238, Roman Empire, Maximinus I, AR Denarius (18mm, 2.96g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style. Obv. Bust right. Rev. Providentia standing. Sharply struck, lustrous and well centered, this denarius shows a finely detailed and artistic bust of Maximinus facing right. A couple deposits of green verdigris on obverse and priced accordingly…$450
AD 247-249, Roman Provincial, Syria, Antioch, Phillip II, BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 11.88g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Bust right. Rev. Eagle with wreath. A pleasing Mint State provincial Tetradrachm…$650
AD 247-249, Roman Provincial, Syria, Antioch, Phillip II, BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 13.26g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Bust right. Rev. Eagle with wreath. A second Mint State provincial Tetradrachm…$700
AD 457-474, Eastern Roman Empire, Leo I, AV (gold) Solidus (20mm, 4.48g) NGC Ch MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Facing military bust of Leo I. Rev. Victory with long cross. A very choice Mint State Example, certainly bordering GEM condition. Very sharply struck and perfectly centered on flawless, lustrous surfaces…$2400
*SOLD* 1847 Great Britain Gothic Crown PF63 NGC A gorgeous original Proof with blue and rose patina on superb, fully reflective surfaces. Undergraded by a full point IMO…$11,500
*SOLD* 1818 Great Britain, George III Half Sov Gold MS64 NGC Brilliant, choice and lustrous. Pop: 6, none higher…$2300
*SOLD* 1825 Great Britain, George III Half Sov Gold (Laureate Bust) MS64 NGC Fully struck and near GEM with fully lustrous surfaces. Pop: 9, none higher…$2590
*SOLD* 1937 Great Britain, George VI Half Sov Gold PF66 CAMEO NGC Gorgeous black and white cameo GEM. Pop: 14 with 3 higher…$1650
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.
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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.