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 30 years.
     

April 30

CSNS New Purchases Listed Below.  Watch for Photos this Week

All US New Purchases from the Baltimore Coin Expo Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory and Below

New Purchases from the ANA Money Show in Dallas Now Photographed in Regular Inventory & Listed Below.  

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.  If you are not an established customer with Aspen Park RC, please call 303-471-6074 to arrange another form of payment.

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.

New Purchases from Central States:

1804 Draped Bust Half Cent (Spiked Chin) AU53 PCGS  Conservatively graded, this super nice half cent shows a strong strike with full hair detailing, super clean surfaces and considerable remaining luster.  I would have like this coin as a 55 and found it acceptable as a 58.  Good value at…$885

*ON HOLD*  1817 Coronet Lg. Cent (N-14, 13 Stars) MS64+BN PCGS / CAC   An exceptionally nice early Coronet showing a strong strike, clean surfaces and lovely even chocolate brown color blended with some original red in and around the devices.  Super pleasing copper…$2600

1851 Braided Hair Lg. Cent MS66BN PCGS   A beautiful GEM showing a sharp strike, impeccable surfaces and light blue highlights over even chocolate brown surfaces.  Finished with full, glowing luster.  Top of the type eye-appeal…$2075

1851/81 Braided Hair Lg. Cent MS66RB PCGS (Pop: 1, finest graded in RB, with none better than MS65 in RED)    Another stunning copper with beautiful blue highlights contrasting fiery red surfaces.  Gorgeous and I’m sure considerably more eye-appealing than any full RED example…$9400

1857 Flying Eagle Cent MS64 NGC   Exceptionally well struck front and back with full feather details on the Eagle breast, beak, wing tips and tail, very unusual for this generally weakly struck type.  The reverse is equally well struck.  No distracting marks and strong luster…$1600

*ON HOLD*  1868 Indian Cent MS66BN PCGS   Pop:2, none higher in BN.  Sharply struck with basically flawless surfaces and some light blue and rose highlights.   Top end eye-appeal…$1900

1836 Cap Bust Half Dime MS64+ PCGS   An original beauty that is better than many of the type floating around in MS65 holders.  Well struck with only a couple tiny marks between the bust and date.  Full luster on a lovely blend of rose and blue toning…1850

1901 Barber Dime MS66 PCGS / CAC   A beautifully toned Barber Dime and rare for this reason alone.  Gorgeous even teal blue patina on a fully struck obverse.  Reverse shows light silvery rose centers with gorgeous aqua-blue peripheries.  You will probably not find a more beautiful Barber Dime in this grade…$1625

1885 Seated Liberty Quarter PR65 CAMEO PCGS  A beautifully toned Gem Proof showing a needle sharp strike, cameo devices contrasting haze-free deeply mirrored fields and finished with light silvery rose patina with deep violet-rose and blue peripheral toning.  Reverse is almost identical with slightly deeper rose overall.  A beauty…$2050

*ON HOLD*  1807 Large Stars, 50/20 Cap Bust 50c MS64+ NGC   A sharply struck stunner with full glowing luster, light golden rose patina, slightly deeper around the peripheries of both sides.  NGC has graded only 2 in MS64 and 1 MS65.  This coin is fresh out of the woodwork and just graded, the first MS64+…$25,000.

1826 Cap Bust 50c MS65 NGC (O-118a)  Very sharp and fully detailed strike.  Stunning light golden rose overall with rose and sky blue peripheral toning on both sides.  Full, glowing luster and MONSTER Eye-appeal…$7900

*ON HOLD*  1883 Seated Liberty 50c PF65 CAMEO NGC   Gorgeous snowy white cameo devices, deeply mirrored fields and stunning rose and blue peripheral toning  on both sides.  Absolutely beautiful type coin…$3875

1890 Morgan Dollar PR64 CAMEO PCGS     Locating a flashy, eye-appealing Proof Morgan in any grade under GEM is a challenge to say the least, witnessed by the lack of an example in my inventory for as long as I can remember.  Here is an exception.  Fully struck including sharp hair over the ear, which is missing on many proofs.  Brilliant white with snowy cameo devices contrasting deeply mirrored, haze-free fields…$5350

1854 Gold Dollar (T-1) MS64 PCGS  A needle sharp strike and virtually mark free, even under a glass.  Full, strong luster.  Top of the grade…$1200

1913 $5 Indian Gold MS63 PCGS  Super nice for the grade.  Well struck with top end surfaces and full luster.  Easily top 10% for type and date…$1250

1912 $20 St. Gaudens MS62 NGC   Very conservatively graded, this piece is more like a MS63+.  Well struck and lustrous.  Spot free…$1990

1924 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS  A very cool St. showing a full strike, nice surfaces and lovely orange-rose patina on full luster.  Great original color on this St. Gaudens type…$1965

1926-S $20 St. Gaudens MS64+  PCGS  Just graded at the Chicago CSNS, a show where virtually every coin submitter was bitching about how conservative PCGS was grading.   Superior quality and eye-appeal.  If this coin was a common date it would have easily graded MS65.  Well struck with minimum contact marks and strong luster.  Just missing a $27,000 valuation, this coin is…$11,000

1915-S Pan Pac Gold Dollar MS65 PCGS  Gold commemoratives are just so cheap in the current market.  This example is exceptional, of course, showing a strong strike, basically mark free surfaces and lovely deep golden and light rose original patina on full luster.  Top 10% of the grade easily…$1400

Great Britain:

1693 William and Mary 6 Pence MS63 PCGS  The finest graded of only two mint state coins to make their way to PCGS in the past 30 years.  Extremely scarce in this condition, obviously.  Pop:1, finest graded at PCGS with one MS62 and two circs graded.  This example is sharply struck on both sides, exceptional for this issue, with lovely light silvery antique patina, slight deeper at the peripheries. Strong eye-appeal.  For the finest British collection…$3750

 New US from the March Baltimore Expo

1837 HT-71 “Half Cent of Copper” AU58 NGC  Very nice, well struck and even chocolate brown, with just slight wear…$430

*ON HOLD*  1820 Coronet Large Cent MS65BN NGC / CAC  Superb type example showing a needle sharp strike front and back, even chocolate brown color and full luster with no spotting.  Superior for type and grade.  Both APRC and CAC approval…$2350

1837 Coronet Large Cent (Head of 1838) MS64BN PCGS  Super nice for the grade, featuring a full strike, virtually mark free surfaces and chocolate brown patina with no spotting…$1400

1852 Braided Hair Large Cent MS66RB NGC  Absolutely Gorgeous Braided Hair cent.  Beautiful blend of original RED / Violet and chocolate brown on superb, glowing surfaces.  Stunning quality and eye-appeal…$2450

1942 Mercury Dime PR67 PCGS Brilliant flashy white superb gem…$340

1877-S Liberty Seated Quarter MS64 PCGS  Fully struck, virtually mark free and lustrous.  Brilliant blazing white.  Amazing quality and eye-appeal for the price…$1175

1841 Liberty Seated Dollar MS61 PCGS / CAC  Fully struck with distraction free, lustrous surfaces and finished in a gorgeous medium to deep violet blue on both sides.  Awesome eye-appeal…$4200

1881-CC Morgan Dollar MS65 PCGS  Brilliant blazing white, fully struck and lustrous…$925

1884-CC Morgan Dollar MS66 PCGS  Brilliant blazing white GEM, fully struck and lustrous…$950

1903 $2.5 Liberty MS66+ NGC / CAC  A true GEM, fully struck, superb surfaces and glowing luster…$2350

1909-D $5 Indian MS64 PCGS  Just graded at Baltimore, from a private collection.  Average for the grade.  Coin Universe Price Guide is $2665.  Priced to sell at “Coin Dealer Newletter” (Grey Sheet) bid plus $100...$2175

1850-O $10 Liberty (No Motto) AU50 PCGS  Nice original, lightly circulated with some remaining luster…$3075

1910 $10 Indian MS64 PCGS  Superb for the grade.  Fully struck with basically no marks or distractions.  Deep golden patina and full luster.  Premium Quality for the grade…top 5%...$3250

1904 $20 Liberty  MS64 NGC  A stunning, glowing GEM, probably MS66, but with a small flan flaw on the 10th star on the obverse.  Superb eye-appeal…$1900

*ON HOLD*  1904 $20 Liberty MS65 PCGS  (ABSIL Collection)  An original Gem from Europe, just graded at the Baltimore show.  Well struck, lustrous and nice golden-orange original patina…$3250

1924 $20 St. Gaudens MS63 PCGS  A fresh, lustrous mid-grade Unc, taken in trade and priced to sell.  Free of copper spotting…$1475

1924 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 NGC  A nice, original Saint from a large group of European gold.  Lustrous and spot free…$1850

1925 $20 St. Gaudens MS66 NGC  A glowing GEM with lovely, almost semi-PL surfaces and pretty rose gold patina…$2650

1928 $20 St. Gaudens MS65+ PCGS  Just graded at Baltimore, one time through, this Saint is a true Gem.  Well struck, distraction free with great surfaces and full luster…$2050

New Purchases from March 3-6 Dallas ANA:

*SOLD*  1853 Braided Hair Half Cent MS64BN NGC  A great coin for the grade.  Well struck overall with virtually no marks and considerable original RED in and around the devices, giving this piece wonderful eye-appeal.  Could have graded MS64+ RB, so real value at $735

1879 Seated Liberty Dime MS67 NGC   Starting with a needle sharp strike, this beautiful Super Gem shows a blend of blue and violet rose toning on fully prooflike fields.  Awesome type coin…$2750

2001 Lincoln Cent Mated Pair Error MS65RED PCGS  Coin #1 Double Strike Die Cap Onto coin #2, which is a Full Brockage Obv. By Coin #1.  Sound confusing, just look at the images.  Awesome error…$1650

*SOLD*  1998 Jefferson Nickel Multi Strike Error MS66 NGC  Struck at least six times with flip overs, this incredible error has been flattened out to 35 x 25 mm and shows the date on one of the strikes.  Amazing error…$1850

1805 Draped Bust Half VF35 PCGS  Strong strike and detailing for the grade with a considerable hair and drapery on the obverse and full wing feathers, shield lines and "E Pluribus Unum" on the reverse.  Light silvery gray patina...$1575

*ON HOLD*  1823 Cap Bust Half MS61 NGC  (O-112)   A beautiful, brilliant white Bust Half that shows a full sharp strike on both sides with ALL design details bold.  Brilliant and lustrous with no distracting marks.  Amazing coin for the grade and price…$2400

1875 Liberty Seated Half MS64+ NGC  A well struck example, basically brilliant with semi-prooflike surfaces and minimal marks, fully deserving of the “plus” designation.  Slightly tougher date with a pop of only 2 in MS64+ and 17 graded higher…$2150

*SOLD*  1859-O Liberty Seated Dollar MS61 PCGS / CAC   Looking for an affordable Seated Dollar type coin with that something extra, this is it.  Well struck with bright, lustrous, almost semi-PL surfaces and showing a beautiful arc of blue and light violet toning at the left obverse field.  Light scattered marks as you would expect for the grade, but no rub and no distracting train tracks as is common on this type in lower MS grades.  Super attractive and virtually impossible to find with beautifully toning…$3000

US Gold:

Note: I believe we are seeing the bottom of the US gold market and I love GEM graded gold at current levels, so I focused on buying a few of the best pieces available, always with an eye for the absolute top quality within the grade.  IMO, all coins listed below would fall within the top 10% of the grade.

*SOLD*  1889 Gold Dollar (T-3) MS66 PCGS   A superb little GEM.  Starting with a needle sharp strike, this beauty shows virtually no marks, smooth, fully lustrous surfaces and glowing luster…$2200

*SOLD*  1898 $2.5 Liberty MS65 PCGS  A gorgeous, glowing Gem that puts many graded one point higher to shame.  Fully struck, super clean surfaces and full, strong luster.  Amazing example of this slightly better date.  Pop of 81 in MS65 with only 60 pieces grading higher.  Compare the most common date, 1907, which shows a pop of 1174 in MS65 with 577 pieces grading higher…$2400

*SOLD*  1900 $2.5 MS65 PCGS / CAC   A fully struck GEM with superb surfaces and full luster.  Finished with original deep golden patina and deserving of the CAC sticker.  This date carries a $100 premium over type in CU coin prices…$1525

*SOLD*  1901 $2.5 Liberty MS65 NGC / CAC   Absolute top of the grade with a full, sharp strike, glowing luster and deep, original golden patina.  Awarded a CAC sticker and the APRC nod of approval…$1450

1926 $2.5 Indian MS65 PCGS  An incredible original with superb strike and surfaces and finished with with deep golden-orange-red patina…$1875

*SOLD*  1927 $2.5 Indian MS65 NGC  Well struck  with original light orange peel patina and full luster…$1875

1928 $2.5 Indian MS65 PCGS  Similar to above.  Well struck with top quality surfaces and full luster.  Original patina and surfaces…$1875

*SOLD*  1907 $5 Liberty MS66 PCGS   An original GEM, showing a full strike, superb surfaces and deep golden color on glowing luster…$5350

1915-S $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS  A lovely Gem, fully struck with top end surfaces and full luster.  Finished with deep, original golden orange patina…$2600

*ON HOLD*  1923-D $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS / CAC   A top end original GEM showing a full strike and luster and good enough to be awarded a CAC sticker…$2450

*SOLD*  1923-D $20 St. Gaudens MS66+ PCGS  Wow!!  A beautiful Saint, just missing the Superb Gem category and saving you thousands of dollars in the process.  This pieces is gorgeous and shows a full strike, virtually mark free fields and beautiful, deep orange-rose patina on shimmering luster.  AWESOME and an eyelash away from a $12,000 price tag.  This coin…$4900

*SOLD*  1924 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS  A gorgeous type showing a full strike and representing that incredible semi-PL surfaces that the 1924 date can sometimes carry.  Fabulous quality, top of the grade, combined with glowing Eye-appeal…$2050

*SOLD*  1927 $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS / CAC  A beautiful, original GEM, absolute TOP of the MS65 grade.  This piece shows a full strike, great surfaces and glowing luster on deep orange peel patina…$2400

 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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Aspen Park Rare Coins
P.O. Box 2811
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