Aspen Park Rare Coins
Office: 303-471-6074
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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. 23

 Part V of the Henry Hamilton Collection and ALL New Purchases from the Sept. Long Beach Expo now Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory.  All Newps Listed Below.  

All New Purchases from the ANA World's Fair of Money Aug. 8-13, Plus Part IV of the "Henry Hamilton Collection" now Listed Below and Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory.

    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.

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Introducing “The Henry Hamilton Collection” and other Newps

The coins listed below continue offerings of “The “Henry Hamilton Collection”.  Mr. Hamilton (not his name) has been collecting United States rare coins for decades and has been the longest running customer of my career.  He has been cherry-picking coins from the offerings of Aspen Park RC and a few select dealers for decades.  His taste for superb technical quality combined with stunning eye-appeal will be evident as these coins are listed over the coming months. 

New US and Ancients from the Sept. Long Beach Expo, plus Part 5 of the Henry Hamilton Collection

1834 Classic Half Cent MS63BN PCGS / CAC   Strong strike with virtually no contact marks or carbon spots.  Even chocolate brown…$775.00

1814 Classic Cent MS63BN PCGS / CAC   Fully struck front and back with no visible contact marks or spotting.  Good luster on even chocolate brown coloration.  Super pleasing example…$13,350

 1882 Indian Cent PR66RB PCGS   Beautiful violet rose and blue patina on this sharply struck and highly reflective Gem…$1675

*ON HOLD*  1909-S Lincoln Cent MS66RD PCGS / CAC   A superb glowing original RED example.  Well struck with super clean surfaces, carbon spot free and full cartwheel luster.  Scarcer than the much higher priced 1909-S VDB, with a pop of 170 with 20 grading higher, compared to the S VDB pop of 210 with 32 grading higher.   A non-CAC and considerably inferior specimen just sold at a July 2016 Heritage auction for $4113. This piece…$3450

1876 Shield Nickel PR66+  CAMEO PCGS / CAC   A gorgeous CAMEO showing a needle sharp strike and deep, undisturbed fields…$1950

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1882 Shield Nickel  A bright, fully struck Gem with a hint of rose patina overall…$875

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1900 Liberty Nickel PR67 PCGS   An even blend of the silvery rose and light blue patina on this glowing Superb Gem proof…$1625

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  1912 Liberty Nickel PR65 PCGS  Sharply struck with light rose patina on bright proof surfaces…$525

1914-S Buffalo Nickel MS65 PCGS   A fully struck Gem with glowing, lustrous surfaces under light silvery blue and golden-rose patina.  Spot free…$1950

*ON HOLD*  1807 Draped Bust Dime AU50 PCGS   A basically perfect original circulated example that is fully struck with problem free surfaces and even medium silvery gray toning, just the way you want it.  I constantly search out early silver type and will not settle for the cleaned, poorly struck and adjustment marked examples that dominate the grade…$4150

1882 Liberty Seated Dime MS66 NGC   A beautifully toned Gem showing a sharp strike front and back with a medium blend of blue-green and rose toning over full, flashy luster…$1375

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1905 Barber Dime PF68 NGC   An immaculate Monster Gem Proof with a medium blend of rose and deep blue patina on flashy, deeply mirrored fields…$6500

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1909 Barber Dime PF66 NGC   A light cameo with medium to deep rose and blue patina on bright, reflective surfaces…$1750

1942 Mercury Dime PR68 PCGS   Beautiful bright Monster Gem with light rose going to sky blue to golden orange in the right fields.  A gorgeous example of the type…$2500

1876-S Seated Liberty Quarter MS66 PCGS   A beautifully toned original GEM example.  Fully struck on both sides, mostly brilliant with violet and blue peripheral toning on glowing luster front and back.  Pop is 7 with none grading higher.  This awesome coin could very well be the finest…$3400

1905 Barber Quarter PR66 PCGS / CAC   Almost impossible to describe this AMAZING toned Barber proof.  Intense violet rose and blue over the obverse.  Reverse is mostly brilliant with golden rose and blue circling the periphery.  Bright and fully relflective.  A STUNNING wonder coin…$3500

1834 Cap Bust Half MS61 NGC  Here is an affordable Bust Half type with the look of a much higher grade.  Fully struck front and back with strong hair detail, complete drapery and sharp clasp.  Reverse is equally well struck with all design details bold.  Virtually free of contact marks and nothing at all distracting.  Light silvery patina with some blue at the rims and finished with good luster…$1350

*ON HOLD*  1856-O Liberty Seated Half (No Motto) MS64 PCGS   As pleasing as it could possibly be, this New Orleans mint No Motto Half boasts a full, sharp strike on both sides with lovely light silvery rose and blue patina sitting atop glowing luster….$2350

1880 Trade Dollar PR66+ CAMEO PCGS   Sharply struck GEM with gorgeous violet rose patina blending to bright royal blue around the peripheries.  Lovely CAMEO devices contrast bright, fully reflective fields…$14,500

*ON HOLD*  1882 Morgan Dollar MS66 PCGS   Fully struck with super clean surfaces and complete cartwheel luster.  Mostly brilliant with light golden and blue patina at the peripheries, mostly on the obverse…$1375

1849 T-1 Gold Dollar (No L) MS65 PCGS  Needle sharp strike front and back.  Basically contact mark free with glowing luster.  At the absolute top of the grade, deserving of a “plus” designation IMO.  Pop is 35 with only nine higher…$5500

1910-S $5 Indian MS63  PCGS   A very strong example for the grade, well impressed with no distracting contact marks and full luster.  Very tough date…$9750

*ON HOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection*   1907 $10 Indian MS64 NGC / CAC   As many of you may know, 1907 dated $10 Indians can be the most beautiful of the series and this is one of those coins.  Virtually superb, with immaculate surfaces, deep original golden color and glowing luster, this is the finest of the date I have seen in MS64 grade.  A connoisseur’s coin for sure…$5000

1913 $10 Indian MS64 PCGS   A lovely example, well struck and virtually devoid of contact marks with satiny luster finishing the superb eye-appeal…$2650

1910 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS   A beautiful original with superb surfaces, deep golden patina and glowing luster.  Top of the grade…$7350

 1924 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 NGC   A premium Gem St.  Fully struck and lustrous with minimal marks for the grade and free of copper spotting…$1800

US Commemortives:

1893 Isabella 25c MS65 PCGS   This beautifully toned Gem show mostly brilliant centers with golden rose and deep blue peripheral toning on both sides.  Great satiny surfaces with full, bright luster…$2375

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  1934 Boone MS66 NGC (Early NGC Holder)   A medium blend of golden, russet, blue and rose overlays immaculate surfaces and full luster…$550

1936 Elgin Half MS67 PCGS / CAC   An incredible original Superb Gem with glowng luster.  Light, even silvery blue patina overall with burnt orange and deep blue at the peripheries.  An amazing Elgin with over the top eye-appeal…$1600

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  1915-S Pan Pac Half MS67 PCGS (Old Green Holder)   An Amazing original Superb Gem toned a gorgeous blend of rose, blue and green iridescence on intensely lustrous surfaces…$9500

1921 Pilgrim MS65 PCGS / CAC (Old Green Holder)   Original flashy brilliant white with just a hint of golden peripheral patina.   Very clean and lustrous…$350

*ON HOLD*  1925 Stone Mountain MS66 PCGS   Just a hint of patina overall on this glowing Stone Mountain Gem.  Deeper golden rose peripheral rim toning.  Great eye-appeal…$390

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1936-D Texas MS66 NGC   Medium silvery violet with splashes of rose and green on the reverse…$385

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  1936-S Rhode Island Half MS66 PCGS   A beautifully toned RI and scarce as such by type.  Brilliant centers with rose and deep blue peripheral toning on the obverse. Reverse is mostly brilliant with light golden rose peripheries.  Fully struck and lustrous.  Top of the type eye-appeal…$585


1763-78 W Italy-Venice 1 Ducat (Davis-1561, silver, 38mm) AU55 NGC   A deeply toned virgin original with a solid strike on both sides.  Obverse:  St. Mark seated at left presenting staff with cross and pennant at top to doge kneeling at right.  Reverse:  Lion of St. Mark striding left.  Very cool Venice taler-sized silver coin…$850


4th Century BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (18mm, 6.04g) XF*, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.  Obv. Nymph Larissa.  Rev. Horse about to roll.  Beautifully rendered facing slightly left head of Larissa, well struck and finished with lovely antique silvery gray patina.  Fine artistic style and well centered composition…$1650

c.361-328 BC, Cilicia, Tarsus, Mazaeus, AR Stater (23mm, 11.20g) MS, Strike 4/4, Surface 4/4.  Obv. Ba’al of Tarsus seated.  Rev. Lion attacks bull.  Very sharply struck with a clear rendering of all design details, unlike the majority of this type, which come with mushy detailing, often on the head of Ba’al…$1750

after c.281 BC, Calabria, Taras, AR Didrachm (20mm, 6.50g) AU, Strike 4/4, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Rider crowns horse.  Rev. Taras on dolphin.  Well struck and perfectly centered, this lovely piece is finished with beautiful silvery patina, deeper in and around the devices, with fresh, lustrous surfaces.  An exceptional example of the type…$1600

AD 132-135, Judea, Bar Kokhba, AR Zuz (13mm, 3.15g)  Ch. AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Inscription in wreath.  Rev. Jug with inscription surrounding.  Very sharply struck for an issue that is generally mushy and uneven.  Finished with antique silvery gray patina…$1475

AD 244-249, Roman Empire, Philip I, AE Sestertius (26mm, 17.80g) Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, Fine Style.  Obv. Portrait right.  Rev. Liberalitis standing left.  Nicely struck and well made with a Fine Style portrait of Philip I…$375

 August 15 - New Purchases from the ANA World’s Fair of Money and Part IV of the Henry Hamilton Collection

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1820 Coronet Large Cent MS64BN NGC / CAC   Starting with a full, sharp strike on both sides, this superior cent shows immaculate surfaces with virtually no contact marks, and rose highlights on even chocolate brown surfaces.  Finished with full luster.  Top of the grade in every way…$1350

1820 Coronet Large Cent (Lg. Date) MS65RB  In addition to dozens of Coronet type large cents I have bought and sold, I have seen and rejected hundreds.  This specimen will always be remembered as among the absolute finest for the grade.  Deserving of a minimum “plus” designation, this original beauty shows a perfectly sharp strike front and back with a lovely blend of original RED in and around the devices contrasting a natural even chocolate brown.  Surfaces are simply impeccable.  Reverse is a deep blue-brown with tinges of original red.  Finished with full glowing luster and resulting in one of the most Eye-appealing of the type you or I will ever see…$3500

*ON HOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection*   1857 Flying Eagle Cent MS65 PCGS   Well, if all Flyers in MS65 holders looked like this one, the price would be double current levels.  Starting with an exceptionally crisp and detailed obverse strike, this Flying Eagle continues to impress with superb surfaces, even perfect color and glowing luster.  Easily in the top 10% of the grade based on my 35 years of buying and selling this popular type…$4350

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  1864 Bronze Indian Cent MS65RB NGC (Early NGC Holder)  Sharply struck with a perfectly even blend of rose-red and brown on flashy, lustrous surfaces…$685

1907 Indian Cent MS65RB NGC / CAC (Early NGC Holder)   A gorgeous GEM, easily MS66 IMO with super clean glowing surfaces with just a bit of deeper patina, but basically original RED…$475

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1910 Lincoln Cent Matte PR65BN   A distraction free Gem showing a sharp strike, perfect spot free surfaces and wonderful even brown with violet red highlighting throughout.  Finished with bright, glowing surfaces.  Absolute top of the grade…$1450

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1915 Lincoln Cent Matte PR66BN PCGS   A needle sharp GEM with flashes of blue-green on immaculate, sparkling surfaces…$3650

1867 Shield Nickel (w/Rays) MS64 PCGS   Setting itself apart from almost every other MS64 example, this coin shows a full strike on both sides with all shield lines complete and basically complete rasys around the 5 on the reverse.  Better than some I have seen in the next grade.  Free of contact marks and fully lustrous, this coin easily represents the top 5% of the grade and has a shot of dropping over the MS65 line…$1285

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1910 Liberty Nickel PR66 PCGS   Absolutely gorgeous, original CAMEO (not designated) Proof.  Light even silvery rose patina on bright, superb surfaces.  This coin glows and is in the top 5% of the grade, rivalling most residing in PR67 holders…$950 

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  1913 T-2 Buffalo Nickel Matte PR67 PCGS   Here is another coin that I have a specific memory of buying because it is so exceptional.  Bought this coin the day before set-up day in the lobby of the Long Beach Hyatt, probably about 8 years ago.  Just crossed to PCGS from a PF67 NGC / CAC holder, this gorgeous proof is deserving of a “plus” designation IMO.  Silvery blue and golden rose patina blend in stunning fashion on this flawless, glowing proof.  So much better than 90% of the PR67 Mattes I see.  A true original Superb Gem with out-of-park Eye-Appeal…$7250

1872-S Liberty Seated Half Dime (Mintmark Below wreath) MS67+ PCGS   Absolutely GORGEOUS for date and type and among only 3 so graded at PCGS with none grading higher.  This coin is obviously the most beautiful of the top three as PCGS chose it to represent the date as their plate coin on CoinFacts.   Needle sharp front and back, which is NOT a given, even in the Superb Gem grade category.  Flawless surfaces and beautiful deep violet-blue peripheral toning on blazing luster.  The best of the date…$3850

1942 Mercury Dime PF68 NGC    The prettiest Superb GEM Mercury Proof I have seen in a few years.  Bright and superb technically, this piece shows beautiful light rose overall blending to deeper golden-violet peripheral toning at the obverse right.  Reverse is a very light golden rose.  Immaculate and flashy with top end eye-appeal…$1985

*ON HOLD*  1959 Washington Quarter PR68 CAMEO PCGS   It is not often that a “modern” Proof compels me to step up and purchase it.  Coins in this price category are not worth the time they take to photograph, list and ship, but the “coin-weenie” in me sometimes comes out.  This quarter is a just a monster.  Superb snowy white cameo contrasts perfect deeply mirrored fields.  Not designated DCAM, so a savings there.  A perfect birthday gift for yourself if you were born in 1959..…$275

1807 Cap Bust Half (O-112, 50 over 20)  MS64+ NGC   A beautiful near GEM example of this extremely scarce date.  Fully struck front and back with all design details well defined.  Light to medium even silvery violet going to blue peripheries on the obverse.  Reverse is a lighter silvery blue/rose overall.   Surfaces are immaculate and the luster is glowing.  NGC Pop report shows 4 examples so graded with 5 grading MS65 and none higher…$23,500

*Henry Hamilton Collection*    1887 Seated Liberty Half PR64+ CAMEO PCGS   A lovely original just miss GEM, this proof shows a needle strike front and back with bright CAMEO devices overlaid with light rose patina going to deeper blues and orange-rose at the periphery.  Fully reflective and very appealing…$2550

1939 Walking Half PR67 PCGS  A gorgeous Proof that shows considerable CAMEO devices on both sides contrasting deep, flawless, black fields.  Medium cameo on the obverse and no cameo on the sun, so PCGS will not designate this coin “CAMEO”, But strong cameo overall on the reverse devices.  Only two Cameo’s of the date have been certified at PCGS, one PR64 CAM and One PR65 CAM.   Although none exist, CU Price Guide shows a value of $8500 in PR66 CAMEO and leaves the PR67 CAMEO unvalued.  Based on these numbers, this just miss PR67 CAMEO is real value and a joy to behold at…$1475

1799 Draped Bust Dollar AU50 PCGS  Well struck overall with strong hair and drapery detail and bold lettering on the obverse.  Reverse is needle sharp and virtually devoid of wear, grading AU55 or better.  Completely free of distractions and adjustment marks this original is lightly toned with deeper peripheral patina circling the obverse.  Reverse is a medium silvery gray.  Good luster over the both sides…$7250

*SOLD*  1878-S Morgan Dollar MS66+ PCGS  Amazing Morgan showing a needle sharp strike on both sides, full cameo portrait with light cameo reverse contrasting completely distraction free semi-prooflike fields.  This eye-popping Morgan is finished with a ring of violet orange toning circling the obverse periphery and some violet patina around the bottom reverse periphery.  Laying right on the border of MS67 with eye-appeal surpassing any MS67 of this date I have seen.  A STUNNER…$2950

1880-S Morgan Dollar MS67PL PCGS   Yes, another stunning Morgan.  Thick, rich, snowy white CAMEO devices on both sides contrast deeply mirrored, distraction and haze free fields.  Right on the border of “DEEP CAMEO” designation that would have added thousands to the price…$1950

*SOLD*  1903 $2.5 Liberty MS66 NGC  A lovely Gem, very strong for the grade with a sharp strike and glowing luster.  Spot free…$1475

*SOLD*  1926 $2.5 Indian MS65 PCGS   A fresh, pretty Gem with deep original golden color and glowing luster…$1725

*SOLD*  1904 $5 Liberty MS65 PCGS   This is a type that generally comes with considerable contact marks even in this GEM – 65 grade.  Here is an exception that shows a full strike, incredibly mark free surfaces and full luster on original golden patina.  Top of the grade…$2750

1903-S $10 Liberty MS66 PCGS   Wow!!  This is a gorgeous gold piece.  A fresh, original GEM that shows beautiful light orange-rose patina on simply superb “skin”.  Needle sharp strike and glowing luster finish this stunner.  Considerably scarcer than the most common 1901-S date, the 1903-S shows a pop of 23 in MS66 with only 6 grading higher, compared to 1901-S which shows a pop of 197 in MS66 with 20 examples grading higher.  Despite this disparity, CU price guide shows only a $300 price premium for the 03-S…$7200

1904 $20 Liberty MS64 PCGS   An attractive, fresh, original.  Purchased locally from an older collection of nice raw coins and graded by PCGS at the recent Anaheim ANA…$1785

*SOLD*  1904 $20 Liberty MS65 PCGS   Among a half dozen gold coins out of 29 pieces that I chose to list on my inventory.  A fresh, original GEM with minimum contact marks, no spots and full luster…$3500

1909-S $20 St. Gaudens MS64 PCGS   A top-end Saint for the date and grade.  Well struck with minimum marks and full, bright luster.  Spot free and very attractive…$2125

1911-D/D (FS-501) MS65 NGC / CAC   A fresh, original GEM example of this scarce and popular D/D variety.  Very well struck with immaculate surfaces, no spots and full luster.  The only recent comp is a MS65 PCGS / CAC example that realized $4465 in a January, 2016 Heritage auction…$3850

1911-S $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS   A beautiful GEM that starts with a solid strike, shows absolute minimum contact marks for the grade and is finished with bright, blazing luster.  Spot free and with an eye-popping, super flashy look…$4950

1915-S $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS    Another handpicked, top of the grade Saint.  Well struck with minimum marks, spot-free and full, bright luster…$2300

1927 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS   A premium Gem type date.  Well struck with minimum marks and fresh, glowing, lustrous, original golden surfaces.  A beauty…$1885

US Commemortives:

1935 Arkansas MS65 PCGS   Brilliant and flashy with virtually no marks, full strike and pretty burnt orange / rose peripheral toning, mostly on the obverse.  A great Arkansas for the grade…$250

*ON HOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection*   1925-S California  MS65 PCGS   Fully struck with the original brilliance that can be the hallmark of the great California’s  Light silvery violet rose patina at the obverse rims.  A super flashy original GEM…$650

1936 Elgin MS66 NGC   Brilliant white and virtually mark free with blazing luster.  Awesome, super flashy Elgin…$375

1936 Lynchburg MS66 NGC    Fully struck, basically mark free and brilliant white with full glowing luster…$575

1926-S Orgeon Trail MS65 PCGS   A mundane grade for an absolutely stunning blast white GEM Oregon.  Immaculate surfaces, full sharp strike and blasting luster…$325

  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.  

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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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