Aspen Park Rare Coins
Office: 303-471-6074
Cell Phone: 303-807-9916
E-Mail:aspenparkrc@comcast.net
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.
     

Feb. 3-5

Visit My Long Beach Table # 939

Greek, Parthian and Roman Ancients from the "Aspen Park Collection" Now Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory & Below.

New Purchases from the January FUN Show, December PCGS Members Only Show and Private Collections Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory & 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.  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.

Signature Required on all Packages:

All packages will have to be signed for upon receipt. Please keep this in mind when giving me your mailing address.

New Purchases from the December PCGS Members Only Show, January FUN and private treaty:

1723 Hibernia (DEI. GRATIA) Farthing MS64BN PCGS  An exquisite piece, probably the best I have seen and have been buying and selling these for around 35 years.  I have no idea why this coin is not graded MS65.  Very sharply struck with perfect surfaces and lovely chocolate brown color with red tinges.  Keep in mind this is a Farthing, not a Halfpenny…half the size, but about 5X scarcer.  Pop of only 25 in MS64 with 2 grading MS65 Superb for type…$1850

1723 Hibernia Halfpenny MS65BN PCGS  Pretty much of a twin to the farthing.   Extraordinarily sharp strike on an issue that is often weak and mushy.  Hard, almost semi-PL surfaces and finished with lovely dark chocolate brown color.  The photo does not do this justice as the few minor darker spots of toning that appear so vividly on the photograph are barely noticeable in hand.  Superb…$2350

1794 Liberty Cap Cent (Head of 1794) VF30 PCGS  Very well detailed with a strong even strike front and back.  Some light porosity accounts for the VF30 grade as the details are closer to XF.  Even chocolate brown color and a great look overall…$2800

1802 Draped Bust Cent AU50 PCGS  Solid, even strike front and back.  Distraction free surfaces and even chocolate brown color finish this pleasing early large cent…$2275

1878 Three Cent Nickel (Proof Only issue) PR66 CAMEO PCGS / CAC   Brilliant, flashy CAMEO Proof Gem example of this Proof only issue.  Only 2,350 struck of the date…$1375

1881 Three Cent Nickel PF67 CAMEO NGC  A superb Gem in every sense.  Full struck with CAMEO devices contrasting perfect reflective fields.  Finished with just a hint of golden patina.  Completely free of distractions…

1882 Shield Nickel MS66 PCGS / CAC   Very sharply struck with semi-PL brilliant surfaces.  A true GEM example of the type…$1185

1882 Shield Nickel PR66+ NGC / CAC “Highland Collection”   I have seen and purchased many “Highland Collection” coins in the past year or so.  I don’t know who assembled this collection, but they had an exceptional eye for great coins.  This piece shows a needle sharp strike with flawless reflective surfaces and spot free.  Truly superb.  Awarded both the “plus” designation from NGC and a CAC sticker!!...$1100

1936 Buffalo Nickel Satin PF67 NGC  Another incredible piece from a customer’s collection, originally purchased from APRC and offered again here.  Gorgeous light blue, golden-rose and violet patina over basically flawless, sparkling surfaces.  Stunning!!!...$2850

1838 Seated Liberty Half Dime (No Drapery) MS65 NGC   A gorgeous little jewel.  Absolute needle sharp strike front and back with light violet rose patina going to deeper blue at the peripheries on both sides, and finished with full glowing luster.  Awesome eye-appeal…$2250

1866 Seated Liberty Dime PF66+ NGC / CAC   A beautifully toned GEM Proof.  Starting with a perfectly strong strike front and back, this gorgeous GEM shows bright rose centers and deep blue peripheral toning, basically matching on both sides.  Surfaces are bright and reflective.  Awarded a “plus” designation by NGC and a CAC sticker.  A Stunner with a low Proof mintage of only 725 pieces!!...$2900

1875 Twenty Cent PR64 PCGS  For some reason, attractive Proof Twenty Cent pieces at reasonable prices are flat out scarce.  I virtually never see appealing examples.  Here is a great exception.  Sharply struck front and back with lovely light silvery rose patina on bright, reflective surfaces on the obverse.  Reverse is brilliant white with cameo devices contrasting deeply reflective fields.  Tremendous eye-appeal…$5250

1873 Seated Liberty Quarter (Arrows at Date) MS65 PCGS  Sharply struck and brilliant white with full luster.  Virtually mark-free.  Looks like the moment it was struck…$4850

1882 Seated Liberty Quarter  MS67 NGC  Brilliant white with a full strike and virtually flawless surfaces.  Strong luster and basically as it looked as it dropped from the press more than 130 years ago…$4350

1861 Seated Liberty Half (No Motto) MS64 PCGS  A lovely original No Motto Half just purchased from a customer’s collection at the FUN show.  Solid strike with great luster.  Light silvery rose patina overall with some deeper blue at the top and bottom obverse….$2200

1797 Draped Bust / Small Eagle Dollar (9x7 Stars, Lg. Letters) "Highlander" Pedigree XF40 PCGS  A superb, original Small Eagle Dollar.  Very well struck overall with all design details bold.  Free of surface distractions and adjustment marks.  Lovely even original silvery gray patina, simply as nice as it could be for the grade...$9250

*SOLD*  1889 Gold Dollar (T-3) MS66+ PCGS / CAC   A shimmering GEM example, very sharply struck with lovely golden-orange color and full, unbroken luster.  A beauty…$2575

*ON HOLD*  1900 $2.5 Liberty Gold MS65 PCGS / CAC  A gorgeous example of the type.  Needle sharp strike, immaculate surfaces and full, glowing luster with deep golden-rose patina.  Stunning type coin that defies the grade…$1750

1878 $3 Gold MS64 PCGS  Just back from grading, this piece was purchased in a local collection.  Well struck and lustrous…$5250

1911 $10 Indian Gold MS63 PCGS  Sharply impressed and top of the grade with minimum marks and full luster…$1675

*ON HOLD*  1923-D $20 St. Gaudens  A true GEM with gorgeous original surfaces and absolute minimal marks for this grade.  Lovely original deep golden patina with an incredible look as only this date can offer…$2700

1925-S California Half MS67 NGC / CAC   An original Superb GEM showing a full strike with intensely glowing luster.  Light violet peripheral toning finishes this beauty…$1950

 New US from Two Private Collections Listed

The coins listed below were purchased from a local Denver collection and are just back from PCGS:

1907-D Barber Quarter MS63 PCGS  Well struck and despite the look of the photo, brilliant with just a hint of patina…$800

1872 Liberty Seated Dollar VF35 PCGS  A pleasing circulated dollar with light to medium original patina…$550

US Gold:

1925-D $2.5 Indian  MS62 PCGS  Brilliant mint state…$400

1928 $2.5 Indian MS63 PCGS  Top of the grade…$585

1901-S $10 Liberty MS63 PCGS  Brilliant, lustrous and spot free…$980

1910-D $10 Indian MS63 PCGS  Brilliant and lustrous…$1130

1912 $10 Indian MS63 PCGS  Brilliant and lustrous…$1380

1915 $10 Indian AU58 PCGS  Brilliant and lustrous with just a hint of wear…$735

The following three coins were sold by APRC years ago and recently bought back:

1760 Voce Populi Halfpenny MS62BN PCGS / CAC  A well struck and original early American copper.  Superb state of preservation which seems to defy the mundane grade…$2350

1787 Fugio Cent (State United) MS64BN PCGS / CAC  A superior Fugio that shows a solid, even strike, flawless planchet and strong luster…$5850

1904 Lewis and Clark Gold Commemorative Dollar MS64 PCGS  Wonderful original deep golden with an orange peel / rose peripheral patina.  A beauty…$2250

New Ancients from the Aspen Park Collection

Greek:

c.500-450 BC, Mysia, Cyzicus, EL Hecte (10mm, 2.69g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Gorgoneion over tunny.  Rev. Quadripartite incuse punch.  Among the best Gorgon head engravings I have seen on this type.  This coin is well struck with strong detailing of this wonderfully whimsical portrait.  Deeper toning in and around the devices give this piece extraordinary eye-appeal.  Awarded the “Star’ designation by NGC…$3900

c.386-336 BC, Thrace, Abdera, AR Tetrobol (15mm, 2.46g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Griffin.  Rev. Head of Apollo.  Superb quality and eye-appeal.  Perfectly centered and well struck on both sides, with highly detailed and artistic engraving.  Light, attractive silvery rose and golden patina on Uncirculated surfaces.  Exceptional in every way…$2750

after c.281 BC, Calabria, Taras, AR Didrachm (20mm, 6.44g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.  Obv. Rider crowns horse.  Rev. Taras on dolphin.  Owl in right field.  Wonderfully detailed portrait of Taras on dolphin about to throw trident.  Superb condition, brilliant and lustrous Mint State.  Awarded both a “Star” designation and Fine Style by NGC…$3200

c.214-203 BC, Bruttium, The Brettii, AE Double-Unit (25mm, 16.32g) NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.  Obv. Aries in helmet facing left.  Rev. Nike with trophy.  Top end Greek bronzes are few and far between.  In the five years I have been collecting and dealing in ancients, this is the finest Greek bronze I have come across.  Purchased from a private collection, this very scarce type is highly artistic and well struck with perfect centering and surfaces.  Awarded both a “Star” designation for exceptional eye-appeal and a “Fine Style” designation for top end artistry.  Truly amazing…$3250

1st Cen. BC, Achaean League, AR Triobol (15mm, 2.41g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.  Obv. Head of Zues right.  Rev. League monogram.  A wonderful coin with an artistic head of Zues, well struck and finished with deep silvery gray toning.  Awarded both the “Star” designation for strong eye-appeal and “Fine Style” designation for top end artistry….$1500

c.211-185 BC, Parthian Kingdom, Arsaces II, AR Drachm (16mm, 4.09g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Bust left.  Rev. Arsaces I with bow, eagle.  Absolutely superb example of this scarce type.  The finest portrait I have seen, compared to other engravings I have seen in books and online.  Well struck and centered with lovely silvery patina, deeper in and around the devices, giving this piece superb eye-appeal, earning it the “Star” designation by NGC…$2350

126/5 BC – c.AD 65/6, Phoenicia, Tyre, AR Half Shekel (22mm, 7.06g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5  Super pleasing, well struck and perfectly centered example of a Tyre Half Shekel.  Considerably scarcer than the Shekel denomination, I would guess 10 shekels for every half shekel of this type…$1950

Roman Republic:

c.132 BC, Roman Republic, P. Maenius Antiaticus, AR Denarius (20mm, 3.94g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Roma wearing winged helmet.  Rev. Victory in Quadriqa.   A superb denarius fully struck on a large flan, perfectly centered and struck in high relief.  Bright, brilliant uncirculated with full glowing luster.  Amazing coin…$1375

Roman Empire:

AD 286-310, Roman Empire, Maximian, AR Argenteus (18mm, 3.00g) NGC Gem MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5 “ex Jonathan K. Kern Coll.”  Obv.  Bust right.  Rev. Tetrarchs at camp gate.  The finest example of a Maximian denarius encountered by lifelong dealer and collector J. Kern.  Certainly among the finest extant.  Perfectly centered with a needle sharp strike and light, lovely champagne patina on flawless, bright, almost prooflike surfaces.  AMAZING…$3500

            My Journey into 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.

 

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