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.
     

     March 31

Baltimore Coin Expo Newps Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory and Below

37 New Ancients Listed

Stunning Toned Monster Gem Proof Indian Cents Added to Inventory 

 

Baltimore Newps

I spent the first four hours of Baltimore looking for some want list coins and by the afternoon, when I started buying for general inventory, I found very few exceptional coins.  I tried to buy the entire show and spent almost no time at my table.  The small number of new purchases is not based on lack of desire or attempt to buy new coins.  My next show is Central States in April and I will go in buying US coins starting the day before the show and from the opening bell.  The coins listed below, as always, are the absolute top of the grades for quality and eye-appeal.

*ON HOLD*  1820 Coronet Large Cent MS64RB PCGS  Out of a hundred-year-old Canadian collection, this Coronet Cent absolutely glows with violet rose patina on bright, cartwheel luster.  Virtually free of bag marks and fully struck with every design detail sharp and crisp.  Truly eye-popping and worth the premium price…$2750.

1852 Braided Hair Cent MS64BN PCGS  Super pleasing in every respect, this Braided Cent shows a full strike with lovely glowing areas of original RED in the around the devices, giving it wonderful eye-appeal.  Virtually free of marks and distractions and strong luster.  The look of a RB for the price of a Brown…$700

*ON HOLD*  1859 Copper-Nickel Indian Cent MS64 PCGS  Absolute top of the grade with a full strike, clean surfaces and good luster…$1950

*ON HOLD*  1861 Copper-Nickel Indian Cent MS64 PCGS  Another great Cop-Nickel Cent for the grade.  Very sharply struck with great surfaces and color and strong luster…$740

*ON HOLD*  1866 Indian Cent PR65RED CAMEO PCGS  From a private collection, this early RED Indian Proof is an eye-popper.  Lovely CAMEO devices contrast bright, reflective surfaces, but still retain originality.  Basically never seen this nice for the early date…$6100

*ON HOLD*  1910 Lincoln Cent PR65BN PCGS  Lovely even medium to deep chocolate brown with rose glow to the highlights.  Completely free of marks and distractions and finished with nice, glowing luster.  Top, top of the grade…$1450

*ON HOLD*  1914-D Lincoln Cent MS65BN PCGS / CAC  Very pleasing and totally original, this date is very scarce in this grade with only 11 graded, none higher…$9400

1941 Lincoln Cent PR66RB PCGS / CAC  As you may know, this piece is not what I normally buy, but it came in the same collection as the 1866 Proof Indian above and is just beautiful, showing orange and violet-rose highlights on bright proof surfaces…$750

1853 Liberty Seated H10c (Arrows at Date) MS64 NGC / CAC *Highland Collection*   A lovely little Half Dime, sharp as a tack with a beautiful blend of rose and blue toning front and back.  Mark free and lustrous.  As nice as it could be with great eye-appeal…$750

1875-S Twenty Cent MS63 NGC  Sharply struck and brilliant white with full blazing luster.  A great coin for the money and lots of eye-appeal…$1500

1930 Standing Quarter MS66FH PCGS  A beautiful original, mostly brilliant in the centers with glowing luster and finished with very cool, deep burnt orange and rose peripheral toning.  Great eye-appeal…$1675

1829/7 Cap Bust Half AU55 PCGS / CAC  A very appealing lightly circulated overdate.  Starting with a very strong strike front and back, this piece shows just a hint of wear and lovely light silvery blue and rose patina with considerable luster.  A great coin in every respect…$1450

1881 Seated Liberty Half PR64 CAMEO PCGS / CAC  Strong, snowy white, unbroken CAMEO devices on both sides contrast deeply mirrored fields on this mostly brilliant Proof Half.  Light silvery peripheral toning, mostly at the left on both sides at to the considerable eye-appeal…$2450

1795 Flowing Hair Dollar (2 Leaf, B-4, BB-14) AU50 NGC  A truly wonderful Flowing Hair dollar.  Starting with a full and complete impression from the dies, this coin shows sparkling fields overlaid with lovely silvery gray antique patina, perfectly original and superbly eye-appealing.  No distractions or adjustment marks.  A great example of our nation’s first dollar design…$17350

*ON HOLD*  1799 Draped Bust Dollar (B-12, BB-160) VF35 NGC  Nicely struck with amazing detail overall and particularly on the reverse.  Finished with deep two-tone antique gray patina…$3600

*ON HOLD*  1802/1 Draped Bust Dollar VF25 NGC  As pleasing and original as it could possibly be.  Nicely struck overall with lovely antique patina, deeper on the design elements and fields and lighter around the devices and stars, adding tremendously to the overall eye-appleal…$3200

 

 Deciphering Inscriptions on Roman Coins

I have begun delving into the translation of inscriptions on Roman coins, which are generally names and titles. I am attempting to translate the Latin inscriptions in my listings and will, no doubt, make mistakes.  I welcome any and all input and corrections.  Anyone wishing to offer their translation of any coin I have listed is more than welcome to email their efforts to me and I will incorporate that information into my listing descriptions. Virtually all bronze coinage has the letters SC on the reverse, Senatus Consultus (with the permission of the Senate).

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.

 

     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 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 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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