Aspen Park Rare Coins
Toll-Free: 1-888-MTN-COIN (686-2646)
Cell Phone: 303-807-9916
Denver Metro Area: 303-471-6074
E-Mail:aspenparkrc@comcast.net
U.S. Mail: P.O. Box 2811, Littleton, CO 80161
 
APRC specializes in Choice and Gem Quality U. S., World and Ancient coins for collectors and investors. We travel to every major coin show from coast to coast buying the most exceptional coins for the grade, both in terms of technical quality and eye-appeal.   In addition, we are continually buying  great coins from the personal collections of our customers.  When you deal with APRC, you deal exclusively with Evan Gale, sole proprietor and a professional numismatist for more than 30 years.
 

July 20

Three Dozen New Ancients Back from NGC Grading.  All Photographed and Listed.

Visit My Table #833 at the ANA World's Fair of Money August 5-8 in Chicago

 

*CAC Coins Now Designated in Listings*

I have decided to designate CAC in my listings.  I am NOT an owner of CAC.  I DO NOT send coins to CAC and WILL NOT send coins to CAC. Many of the coins in my inventory were purchased with CAC stickers affixed.  

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.

New Shipping Policy:  From now on all packages will have to be signed for upon receipt. Please keep this in mind when giving me your mailing address.

Newps 6-9-14 New Purchases from the June Long Beach Expo

1853 Braided Hair Half Cent MS64BN PCGS / CAC  Fully struck and lustrous with even chocolate brown toning…$835

1851 Braided Hair Cent MS66BN NGC  A monster GEM, showing a full strike, immaculate surfaces and intense luster over even chocolate brown toning with beautiful blue highlights…$1950

1855 Braided Hair Cent (Upright 55) MS64BN NGC  Looks more like a MS66.  Superb in every way with blue and violet highlights on intensely lustrous surfaces…$850

1857 Flying Eagle Cent MS64 PCGS  Very sharply struck overall with lovely light brownish tan patina, lighter in and around the devices and lettering, giving this piece outstanding eye-appeal…$1850

1857 Flying Eagle Cent MS64 NGC  Very sharply struck with incredible bright copper red color and full luster.  Incredible bright and beautiful Flyer…$2050

1909-S Indian Cent MS64*RB NGC  Beautifully toned mint state Indians are a rarity for any date.  Combine violet and blue peripheral toning on a mostly RED Key Date and you have a once in a decade opportunity…$2450

1864 Two Cent (FS- 1.7, KF-L4-QPD, quadruple punched date) MS65BN PCGS / CAC  Very pleasing, fully struck, original GEM.  Quadruple punched date varieity…$750

1882 Three Cent Nickel PR67 CAMEO PCGS / CAC  A superb CAMEO Gem with snowy white devices contrasting nicely mirrored fields.  Top of the grade and CAC approved…$1850

1903 Liberty Nickel PR67 PCGS  Super flashy, blazing light cameo proof.  Brilliant and fully reflective Superb Gem…$1800

1875 Twenty Cent AU55 PCGS  Very pleasing original showing a full strike and lovely two-tone silvery gray patina, deeper in and around the devices, stars and lettering.  Much tougher P-mint has a pop of one-quarter that of the 1875 San Francisco issue…$885

1875 Twenty Cent AU58 PCGS / CAC Very pleasing original showing a full strike with wonderful silvery gray patina and considerable luster.  Tougher P-mint has a pop of one-fifth that of the 1875 San Francisco issue…$1085

1806 Draped Bust 25c F12 PCGS  Very pleasing original with attractive two-tone silvery gray patina.  Distraction free and strong eye-appeal…$1385

1835 Cap Bust 25c XF45 NGC A super attractive, perfect original circ.  Sharply struck with wonderful silvery gray two tone patina.  Distraction free with top end eye-appeal…$785

1917 T-1 Standing Quarter MS65FH PCGS  Brilliant white, very sharply struck with super clean surfaces and full blazing luster…$1200

1917 T-1 Standing Quarter MS65FH PCGS  Just the slightest hint of the golden patina on a full strike, great surfaces and blazing luster…$1200

1806 Draped Bust Half (Pt. 6, stems, O-115a) VF30 NGC  Very pleasing original, well struck overall, with just light even wear and lovely silvery gray patina…$1375

1838 Reeded Edge Half MS62 NGC  Perfect needle sharp strike on both sides with even deep silvery gray toning over mark free fields.  Somewhat subdued luster accounts for the grade on this super pleasing and affordable type…$1950

1833 Cap Bust Half (O-102) MS63 NGC  Very strong strike front and back with all design details bold.  Brilliant with just a hint of patina and strong luster on very clean, distraction free fields.  Great coin for the price…$2350

1916 Walking Half MS64 NGC  Very well struck and brilliant with beautiful golden-rose and blue peripheral toning framing both sides.  A great example for first year of type…$1675

1798 Draped Bust Dollar AU50 PCGS  One of the finest Draped Bust Dollar I have ever handled.  A perfect virgin original circ with superb surfaces, full strike and lovely patina.  As good as the type gets, easily in the top 1-2% of all Bust Dollars for their grade…$9850

1802 Draped Bust Dollar XF45 PCGS  Rounding out this newly purchased trio of exceptional early dollars is this fully struck 1802 specimen.  Another piece with top end surfaces and wonderful antique silvery gray patina…$6900

*SOLD*  1893 Isabella 25c MS65 PCGS  A beautifully toned Gem Isabella, showing light rose centers and ringed with bright blue peripheral toning on the obverse.  Well struck front and back with the reverse showing medium violet rose centers surrounded by turquoise blue.  The gorgeous gem is finished with strong cartwheel luster...$2950

1936 Delaware MS67 PCGS  A true Superb Gem showing a full strike and luster and finished with lovely silvery blue centers and ringed on both sides with golden-orange…$2350

Ancients:

*ON HOLD*  4th Century BC, Corinthia, Corinth, AR Stater (20mm, 8.52g) NGC AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Pegasus left.  Rev. Bust of Athena with Corinthian helmet left, trophy.  Well centered with all design details present and well struck.  Distinct double striking of Athena…$890

305-281 BC, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachus, Types of Alexander III, AR Drachm (17mm, 4.29g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv.  Profile of Heracles wearing lion skin, facing right.  Rev. Zeus seated left, holding staff and eagle.  Perfectly centered and well struck.  Not to be confused with the more common Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III drachm…$500

179-168 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Perseus, AR Drachm (14mm, 2.66g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Helios facing slightly right.  Rev. Rose.  A very nice, lightly toned mint state example of this Greek mercenaries issue…$1135

*ON HOLD*  126/5 BC – c. AD 65/6, Phoenicia, Tyre, AR Half Shekel (24mm, 7.06g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv.  Bust of Melkart right.  Rev. Eagle on prow.  A top quality example of this very scarce Half Shekel denomination from Tyre.  A lifelong ancient dealer told me you will encounter about 100 Shekels of this type for every one Half Shekel.  This piece is the first of the denomination I have seen.  To find it in such remarkable condition is a bonus.  You may not see another one offered of this quality for years…$2350

*ON HOLD*  c.81 BC, Roman Republic, C. Marius, C. f. Capito, AR Denarius Serratus (20mm, 4.00g) NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Bust of Ceres right.  Rev. Plowman guides yoke of oxen.  Superb quality, fully struck and well centered with even golden gray patina and considerable luster.  A condition rarity.  I am lucky to find one Roman Republic piece of this quality at any given coin show…$1200

*ON HOLD*  AD 98-117, Roman Empire, Trajan, AE (bronze) As (28mm, 10.24g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, lt. smoothing.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Two trophies.  A beautifully artistic Roman bronze of Trajan, perfectly centered and well struck…$1675

 A Word (Or More) About the Pricing of Ancient Coins

As you all know, I am relatively new to dealing in ancient coins.  Although I have viewed them at shows for decades, I never really studied them or dug into the values. On a rare occasion, I would buy a coin for myself.   I started looking at them 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 coins really drew my attention.  There was lots of stuff…but very few exceptional coins.  So I began to buy coins, not knowing a Greek from a Roman from a Parthian……. Since that time, I have devoted hundreds of hours to the study of ancients, 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.

So now I am beginning to feel comfortable with buying and selling, but I have just scratched the surface and will undoubtedly price some coins a little too high or a little too low. Possibly a lot too low.   Every ancient is different and the artistry of the dies vary dramatically.  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. In terms of numismatics, there is more subjectivity to the evaluation of quality 

This goes to the point that my pricing of any given coin may change while it is listed on the website, based on new knowledge or better understanding of the value.  I have changed the pricing of some coins after a customer has talked about the coin, but decided not to buy it.  Please don’t think I am doing that to influence you or to make you think you should have bought the coin at the past price.  What probably has happened is that you have brought that particular coin to my attention and further study or new pricing information or a recent price realized at auction, persuaded me to change the price, either up or down.

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 web sites 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 inheritly 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 plan to start 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 25-30 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.

 

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Aspen Park Rare Coins
P.O. Box 2811
Littleton, CO 80161
Phone:1-888-686-2646

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