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 35 years.
     

Sept. 20

New US and Ancient Coins From the September Long Beach Coin Expo and other Sources Listed Below.  

July 18 

I have been released from a week-long stay at the hospital July 18th following a heart attack.  Two stents later and I feel quite well.  It was a "massive" heart attack according to the doctor and a "miracle" that I survived according to the nurses.   I flat lined on the table during the initial emergency procedure.  I am back to work, but would appreciate communication via email rather than phone for a few weeks.  If you don't email, feel free to call my cell at 303-807-9916.  Please leave a message.

9-11-17 New Listings

1843 Braided Half Cent (Original) PR63BN PCGS/CAC    Cert. 84323991    Rare, 20-25 known.   Pop: 9, 7 higher    Under graded as a Proof 63 as this coin is basically without issues of any kind.  Well struck with immaculate original surfaces.  CAC approved.   The most recent comp, A NON-CAC example, realized $9988 in a March, 2016 Stacks Bowers auction.  This superlative CAC approved example…$11,000

1905 Liberty 5c PR67+ PCGS    Cert. 85196619    Pop: 4, 1 higher    Bright ice blue patina on immaculate, fully reflective surfaces.  Cameo on both sides, but I guess strong enough for the CAM designation.  A stunner!!!...$2850

1913 T-1 Buffalo 5c MS68+ PCGS    Cert. 34015336    Pop: 1, finest known    Gorgeous rose, violet, ice blue and golden patina on PERFECT surfaces and finished with BLAZING Luster.  This the one and only MS68+ of the date and T-1 Buffalo type.   A must have for the finest Buffalo set…$65,000

1928-D Buffalo 5c MS67 PCGS    Cert. 34012352    Pop: 1, none higher    Stunning silvery blue and rose on immaculate, fully lustrous surfaces.  The one and only MS67 of the date…$68,500

1948 Jefferson 5c MS67 PCGS   Cert. 85165168    Pop: 2, none higher    A beautiful blend of pastel golden, rose, blue and green on Superb Gem surfaces and full luster…$1950

1857-O Seated Liberty 25c (No Motto)    Cert. 25635997    Pop:7, one higher (MS65)    Light silvery rose with some light blue peripheral toning.  Well struck for the date and fully lustrous…$5900

1878-S Seated Liberty 25c “Eliasberg” Pegigree MS66 PCGS (Old Green Holder)    Cert. 2628671    Pop:2, none higher.  A rare coin in any mint state grade with only 15 examples achieving Mint State status at PCGS, this GEM is the Eliasberg specimen.  Medium original silvery rose patina on fully struck, immaculate surfaces and finished with full luster…$22,500

1960-D Washington Quarter MS67 PCGS    Cert. 84977093    Pop: 13, none higher    Among only 13 finest graded, this common date Washington is not so common in Superb Gem.  Light original patina with golden orange at the peripheries…$2950

1811/10 Cap Bust Half MS62 PCGS    Cert. 83923785    Pop: 8, 19 higher    On the top of the MS62 scale, this rare overdate looks better than most grading MS63.  Well struck with no distractions and full luster.  Mostly brilliant with just a hint of golden peripheral patina on both sides…$9250

1923-S Walking Half MS66 PCGS/CAC (Old Green Holder)    Cert. 8351402    All the accoutrements (Housed in an Old Green Holder and graced with a CAC sticker) and a truly superb original coin to boot.  Very well struck for the date with immaculate surfaces and full luster.  Some light silvery violet patina on both sides.  Top, top of the grade…$39,500

1877 Trade Dollar PR67+CAMEO PCGS/CAC    Cert. 84292687    Absolute Finest    Pop: 1, finest graded in CAM, DCAM or Non-CAM.  The finest of the date and the lowest mintage date of all Trade Dollars, with the exception of the ultra-rare 1884 (10 known) and 1885 (5 known).  Stunning deep blue from the original mint packaging.  Flawless and GORGEOUS…$63,500

1884 Morgan Dollar PR67CAM PCGS   Cert. 84323639    Pop: 2, with one higher (PR69CAM!!)   Just a hint of golden patina, deeper at the peripheries on this Superb Gem Cameo Proof, one of only two graded by PCGS…$21,500

1811 Cap Bust Left $5 Gold (Tall 5) MS64 PCGS    Cert. 83545373    Pop: 7, 3 higher    Fully struck and very pleasing Choice Uncirculated example…$42,500

1860 Mormon $5 Gold MS62 NGC     Cert. 3146116-003    NGC Pop: 6, 2 grading MS63    A pleasing uncirculated example of this very rare Mormon Gold piece.  The 1860 $5 gold denomination was the last of the gold coins produced by the Mormons, then the Utah Territory.  The obverse shows the lion of Judah surrounded by a legend in the Mormon alphabet that reads: HOLINESS TO THE LORD.  The reverse shows an eagle with wings spread behind a beehive; the legend: DESERET ASSAY OFFICE PURE GOLD.  Reported mintage is only 472, with survivors very scarce today…$150,000

More US to come.....

Ancients:

c.540-510 BC, Lucania, Metapontum, AR Stater (23mm, 8.24g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Barley ear.  Rev. Incuse of obverse type.  A pleasing example of this archaic style Metapontum Stater.  A must-have basic type for the Greek collector.  Well struck and centered with light silvery patina, deeper in and around the devices for top end eye-appeal…$1685

c.521-478 BC, Isle of Lesbos, Mytilene, EL Hecte (9mm, 2.56g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Lion head.  Rev. Incuse calf head.  Top end artistry, well struck and perfectly centered…$1985

c.405-370 BC, Sicily Syracuse, AR Decadrachm (35mm, 42.75g) NGC AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.  Signed dies by the most celebrated die engraver of all time, Euainetos of Syracuse.  Obv. Quadriga.  Rev. Arethusa.   In the heady world of Syracuse Decadrachms, there are unsigned dies usually described "in the style of Euainetos" or "in the school of Euainetos" and there are dies signed by the master engraver himself.  This example clearly shows the signature "EYAINE" ("Euainetos") under the dolphin below the bust and is among the most desired of all the dies.  Condition is exceptional with a strong, high relief strike front and back.  Surfaces are fresh with considerable remaining luster.   Recent comps include an example with "unsigned dies in the style of Euainetos" grading AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, but with multiple (at least 7) large craters in the face of Arethusa, that realized $70,500 in the August, 2017 Heritage ANA auction; and another with "unsigned dies in the style of Euainetos" grading Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style, which realized $340,750 in the Aug. 2014 Heritage ANA auction.  A choice Syracuse Decadrachm…$112,500

c.387 -326 BC, Ionia, Phocaea, EL Hecte (9mm, 2.56g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Omphale.   Rev. Incuse punch.  Well struck with strong detail and perfectly centered…$885

336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.04g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Early posthumous issue.  Obv. Heracles.  Rev. Zeus seated.  A wonderfully artistic rendering of Heracles on this exceptional Alexander Tet.  Perfectly centered and sharply struck in high relief, this is just a gorgeous example of the type.

336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.05g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style.  Early posthumous issue.  Obv. Heracles.  Rev. Zeus seated.  Highly artistic engraving and struck in sharp relief.  Exceptional Alexander…$1590

336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.05g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, Fine Style.  Early posthumous issue.  Obv. Heracles.  Rev. Zeus seated.  Highly artistic engraving and struck in sharp relief with all details bold, showing a sculpted look.  Exceptionally artistic reverse die complements the obverse and creates one of the most beautiful Alexander Tet’s I have seen…$2250

c.250-200 BC, Caria, Isle of Rhodes, AR Didrachm (20mm, 6.76g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Helio.  Rev. Rose in bloom.  Beautiful example of the type.  Sharply struck and well centered with even medium silvery gray patina…$2150

c.250-200 BC, Caria, Isle of Rhodes, AR Didrachm (20mm, 6.69g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Helio.  Rev. Rose in bloom.  Among the better dies of the type, well stuck in high relief with perfect, lustrous surfaces.  Don’t get the 4/5 grade.  Scarce in mint state, this example is struck from rust free dies, sharp and lustrous…$3150

c.221-188 BC, Pamphylia, P)erga, AR Tetradrachm (34mm, 16.50g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Types of Alexander III.  Heracles/Zues.  Awesome portrait of Heracles on huge flan.  Gorgeous deep silvery gray toning on perfect surfaces…$2150

c.167-148 BC, Macedon Under Rome, AR Tetradrachm (31mm, 17.02g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surfaces 4/5.  First Meris.  Artemis on shield / club in oak wreath.  Sharply struck and perfectly centered with sparkling, lustrous surfaces.  A premium example…$975

2nd-1st Centuries BC, Thessalian League, AR Double Victoriatus (25mm, 6.19g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Zeus.  Rev. Athena Itonia.  A splendid example, well struck and perfectly centered on superb metal.  Light silvery gray patina and sparkling, lustrous surfaces…$1050

Roman:

c.225-214/2 BC, Roman Republic, Anonymous, AR Quadrigatus (23mm, 6.73g) NGC AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. The Dioscuri (?) janiform.  Rev. Jupiter-Victory quadriga.   One of the more artistic janiform portraits for the type, well struck with perfect surfaces and finished with lovely medium silvery gray cabinet toning.  A premium specimen, worthy of a $3000+ price tag if not for the planchet crack at 9:30 on the obverse.  I personally think these unobtrusive cracks are very cool and just a part of ancient coinage.  A great early Roman Republic Quadrigatus at a very reasonable price…$1850

c.132 BC, Roman Republic, M. Aburius Gem., AR Denarius (18mm, 3.92g) NGC Ch MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  “Dr. Patrick Tan Coll.”  Obv. Roma.  Rev. Sol Quadriga,  From the Dr. Patrick Tan collection.  Hand selected by a great eye for ancients.  Well struck and centered with light golden-rose patina in and around the devices.  Glowing, lustrous surfaces…$1200

d.44 BC, Roman Imperatorial,  Julius Caesar, AR Denarius (18mm, 4.01g) NGC Ch VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Elephant and snake.  Rev. Implements.  Well struck and attractive elephant engraving, perfectly centered with great surfaces and light silvery gray patina, deeper in and around the devices.  I have no idea why this coin would be grade 4/5 for strike.  Fully deserving of a 5/5 IMO…$1550

AD 14-37, Roman Empire, Tiberius, AR Denarius (18mm, 3.65g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Livia as Pax.  Biblical “Tribute Penny”.  Very pleasing example, well struck and centered with lovely silvery gray patina with blue and rose highlights.  Star designated for strong eye-appeal…$1550

AD 244-49, Roman Empire, Otacilia Severa, AR Double Denarius (22mm, 3.92g) NGC MS, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Concordia seated.  Marcia Otacilia Severa was Empress of Rome and wife of Emperor Marcus Julius Philippus or Philip the Arab, who reigned over the Roman Empire from 244-249.  A lovely Mint State example with fresh, lustrous surfaces and light golden patina…$325

Pontic Kingdom

120-63 BC, Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, AV (gold) Stater (19mm, 8.30g) NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Callatis.  Lysimachus type.  Obv. Alexander III.  Rev. Athena.  Struck under the warrior Mithradates VI, one of Rome’s most enduring nemeses.    This die is certainly among the best of the type.  Well struck and centered with lovely, lustrous surfaces…$2185

Watch for more new ancients in the next few days....

                             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 without a personal phone conversation and at least one active dealer reference.  If you are not an established customer with Aspen Park RC, please call 303-471-6074.

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.

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 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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