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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.
*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 2-16-14 New Purchases from the PCGS Members Only Show and Other Sources
1803 Draped Bust Cent (Sm. Date, Sm. Frac) XF40 PCGS A very solid strike on both sides with problem free surfaces and even deep chocolate brown color. Very pleasing in every way…$1650
*ON HOLD* 1881 Indian Cent PR66BN PCGS (“The Larry Shepherd Collection” Pedigree) Cherry picked from about 50-60 Indian proofs from Larry’s collection. Gorgeous bright blend of blue and violet on both sides. Superb surfaces and fully reflective. A STUNNER…$3600
1881 Indian Cent PF66RB NGC / CAC / Eagle Eye Sticker and Cert. Just mellowed softly from original RED, this Indian Proof is a lovely Gem with light rose patina...$1450
1883 Indian Cent PR66RB PCGS / Eagle Eye Sticker and Cert. Very unusual and beautiful Proof with full CAMEO devices (not designated) which appear to be floating on a pool of deeply reflective surfaces front and back. Even, light, somewhat "Copper-nickel" red coloration overall, without any spots or distractions. A very cool GEM Proof Indian...$2500
1901 Indian Cent MS67RB NGC / CAC A Monster GEM showing a full strike and bright rose-red color with flashes of violet. Reverse is similar with blue green and violet peripheries. Finished with BLAZING luster. Forget about the color designation, there is NO brown on this coin. With CU price guide for MS67RD at $22,500, this “Better Than Red” incredible type coin is real value at $4250
1903 Indian Cent MS66RD PCGS Better than most I have seen graded MS66 or MS66+. Superb strike, surfaces and rich red color with blazing luster…$2150
1864 Two Cent MS66RD PCGS Beautiful, bright, original RED with a full strike and blazing luster. Great surfaces and color without surface distractions...$4650
1865 Two Cent MS65RB NGC / CAC Very pleasing original Gem with an even blend of Red and Brown, full strike and full luster. Spot free…$875
1870 Two Cent PR66BN PCGS A fully struck, fully reflective GEM, with flashes of blue and violet rose. A top end, eye-appealing proof…$2350
*ON HOLD* 1870 Two Cent PR66RB PCGS Fully struck and fully reflective GEM, with a lovely blend of violet rose and chocolate brown. A top end, eye-appealing proof…$3450
1873 (Closed 3) Two Cent PR65BN PCGS Beautiful light cameo boasting flashes of orange-red and blue on immaculate, fully reflective surfaces. A beautiful example of this Proof only date…$4600
1866 w/Rays Shield Nickel MS65 PCGS An unusually sharp strike on both sides of this 2 year type. Very clean surfaces and free of carbon spots. Finished with full luster over just the slightest hint of original patina…$2250
1888 Liberty Nickel PR66 PCGS / CAC Beautiful light iridescent blue-green and violet-rose patina over immaculate Proof surfaces…$1150
1913-D T-1 Buffalo Nickel MS66 PCGS / CAC A well struck Gem. Great surfaces finished with silvery rose and blue iridescent toning and full luster…$1175
1914 Buffalo Nickel PF66 NGC / CAC A true GEM in every respect. Full, sharp strike, super clean original surfaces with light silvery blue and rose patina on bright, flashy surfaces. Free of the spots that usually plague Matte Proofs…$3575
1914-S Buffalo Nickel MS65 PCGS Fully struck with great surfaces and light patina over strong luster. A spot free GEM...2500
*ON HOLD* 1833 Cap Bust Half Dime MS63 PCGS Nicer than most MS64’s I see, this lovely little type coin shows a full, sharp strike, clean, problem free fields, brilliant centers with silvery blue-green and rose peripheral toning and full complete luster. Where’s the “plus”???? Whatever, this is a great type coin for the price…$1190
1841 Liberty Seated (Stars Obv.) Half Dime MS66 NGC Needle sharp strike with beautiful silvery blue toning, golden at the peripheries, flawless surfaces and blazing luster. Superb in every way and absolute top of the grade…$2500
1796 Draped Bust / Sm. Eagle Dime XF45 PCGS A completely wholesome, well struck and problem free example of the first United States dime. All design elements are complete and fully struck. No adjustment marks. Medium to deep even silvery gray toning finish this pleasing first year type…$13,500
1912-S Barber Dime MS64 PCGS / CAC Brilliant white with full strike, great, high end surfaces and full blazing luster. Top of the grade in every way…$690
1818 Cap Bust Quarter VF20 PCGS / CAC Very attractive two tone original. Completely wholesome and problem free…$825
1834 Cap Bust Quarter MS63 PCGS Fresh out of grading at the PCGS Members Only show, this example shows a full, sharp strike, virtually mark free, problem free fields, natural light to medium even silvery gray patina and complete original luster. A pleasing Mint State example at a reasonable price…$4850
1835 Cap Bust Quarter XF45 PCGS Very well struck with light even wear, nice, problem free surfaces and attractive original even silvery gray toning. Pleasing type coin…$785
1845 Liberty Seated Quarter (No Motto) MS64+ NGC Fully struck on both sides with all design details bold. A beautiful blend of silvery rose and blue toning front and back on fully lustrous surfaces. A wonderfully pleasing and eye-appealing example of this early No Motto type…$3350
1853 Arrows & Rays Liberty Seated Quarter MS63 PCGS Just graded at the Long Beach show, this one slipped through the cracks at my office and I am just now listing it for the first time. Fully struck and brilliant white with pleasing, distraction free fields and full luster. A pleasing and affordable representation of this one-year type. Very strong for the grade...$2750
1924 Standing Quarter MS65FH PCGS Very attractive light golden rose on a full strike and finished with bright, blazing luster…$1885
1818/7 (Lg. 8) Cap Bust Half XF45 PCGS A wonderful original with a strong strike, top end surfaces and medium to deep silvery gray patina, showing flashes of golden and blue at the lustrous peripheries…$1075
1824/1 Cap Bust Half VF25 PCGS Well struck, problem free original with lovely even silvery gray patina and great look overall…$300
*ON HOLD* 1824/4 Cap Bust Half XF45 PCGS Super pleasing original example of this popular overdate. Well struck overall with problem free surfaces, medium to deep silvery gray patina and some remaining luster in and around the stars and peripheral lettering. A standout Bust Half…$875
1829 Cap Bust Half AU55 PCGS The most beautifully toned and most incredibly eye-appealing circulated Cap Bust Half I have ever seen. Fully struck with silvery rose centers going to bright blue and fully lustrous peripheries on both sides. Must be seen to be believed. Yes, you are reading the price correctly. I paid $1500 for this coin…$1850
1833 Cap Bust Half AU50 PCGS Wow, this is a great looking type coin. Full, completely sharp strike, very light even wear and lovely deep silvery gray patina overall with lighter patina at the high points. Perfect for a “never need replacement” affordable type coin…$650
*ON HOLD* 1833 Cap Bust Half MS64 PCGS Fresh out of grading at the Long Beach show, this is another coin that ended up in the wrong box at the my office and missed being listed with the Long Beach Newps. Listed for the first time, this piece shows a complete strong strike on both sides with no weakness whatsoever. Lovely original with medium silvery patina which is graced with rose highlights overrall and lovely blue-green and golden rose around the peripheries. Full, strong, original luster...$3950
*ON HOLD* 1834 Cap Bust Half (Lg. Dt., Sm. Let) MS63 PCGS Just out of grading at the PCGS Members Only show, this original Bust Half shows a full strike, medium to deep silvery gray patina with golden peripheries and complete luster. Reverse is a lighter even silvery gray. Completely problem free surfaces, very attractive and very high end of the grade…$2650
1889 Liberty Seated Half MS64 NGC / CAC Awesome type coin. Fully struck with a beautiful blend of rose and blue on both sides. Reverse is rose in the centers blending to blue at the peripheries. Both sides are lovely and this piece is finished with full luster. Looking for one great type coin that won’t break the bank…$2450
1938 Walking Liberty Half PR67 PCGS / CAC An original Superb Gem, undipped with light patina and flashes and deep violet toning from the mint packaging…$1800
1942 Walking Liberty Half PR67 PCGS / CAC Mostly brilliant and flashy original Superb Gem with just a hint of patina from the mint packaging…$1200
1799 Draped Bust Dollar XF40 PCGS Solid, even strike overall with good hair and drapery details, full feathers and shield details, NO adjustment marks and deep original silvery gray color, finished with flashes of golden blue and considerable remaining luster, particularly at the peripheries…$5500
1803 (Small 3) Draped Bust Dollar F15 PCGS Starting with a strong, even strike, this virgin original shows even wear, problem free surfaces and wonderful medium to deep silvery gray toning, just like you want it…$2475
1881 Trade Dollar PR64 CAMEO PCGS Just out of grading at the PCGS Members Only show, this super flashy brilliant Proof shows unbroken snowy white CAMEO devices contrasting VERY deep (close to DCAM) fields. Great looking near GEM proof…$5850
1882 Trade Dollar PR64 CAMEO PCGS Borderline Deep Cameo obverse shows snowy white CAMEO devices contrasting very deeply fields and enhanced by a ring of gorgeous blue and violet peripheral toning. Reverse is light champagne golden patina over fully CAMEO devices and strong mirrors. A beauty...$6250
1926 $10 Indian MS64 PCGS Very pretty rose golden original Indian, finished with a somewhat satin prooflike luster as is often seen on this date...$1650
1936 Norfolk MS67 PCGS / CAC A true superb GEM. Brilliant, flashy white, perfect surfaces and light peripheral golden toning on both sides. Finished with blazing luster…$975
1799 Great Britain George III Halfpenny MS64RD PCGS Purchased raw some time ago, I finally got this coin into grading. Orignal bright RED and fairly scarce as such for this 200+ year old copper...$490
1799 Great Britain George III Halfpenny MS66BN PCGS A stunning Superb Gem, under graded IMO. Fully struck, with perfect surfaces and strong, glowing luster with gorgeous blue highlights overall. Stunning one-year type coin…$875.
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 and aesthetics and therefore pricing, than in any other area of the field.
Case in point, a small private collection came into the FUN show. Unfortunately it went back to the ancient section and was then referred to a long-time and extremely knowledgeable dealer who happened to be at FUN instead of the New York International show. That dealer bought the collection. I was able to buy a few coins from it, but he showed me one coin in particular which he was NOT selling, a Metapontum stater with a particularly beautiful and supremely artistic design. I could easily recognize that this was a great coin. The average NICE example of the type goes for $1000-2000. I could see myself buying this coin for $4000-5000 and selling it for a reasonable markup over my cost. Too my surprise the dealer told me it would probably fetch $25,000-$50,000 at auction. If I had purchased that collection originally, that Mentapontum could easily have been underpriced on my website at a small fraction of its value.
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.
Going forward, you may see a particular type of coin priced at a level that is less than you paid. I will not go back and reduce or refund a portion of the price on the coin you bought. I’m just not going there. Just as I would not expect you to send me more money months later after you bought a coin and I discovered I vastly under sold it, I will not go back and refund any money on a coin you believe you over paid for. 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.