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.
All New US and Ancient Coin Purchases from Last Week's Long Beach Coin Expo Photographed and Listed in Inventory.
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.
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.