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.
New U.S. & Ancient Coin Purchases from the Long Beach Expo and Private Parties Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory.
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New US & Ancients – September Long Beach Expo
1835 Classic Half Cent MS64BN PCGS Absolutely gorgeous half cent that looks more like a MS66 than a MS64. Perfect full strike with glowing luster on even chocolate brown surfaces and lovely blue highlights. A couple undetectable tiny hairlines on the face, I assume, have accounted for the grade, but this coin is truly a STUNNER…$1285
1838 Coronet Large Cent MS64BN NGC Super pleasing with a full, sharp strike, with all design details and denticles bold. Minimal marks, strong luster and even, spot-free chocolate brown patina complete this superior type…$1265
1851 Braided Hair Large Cent MS65BN NGC / CAC Well, I guess I paid a lot of money for this coin, but it was just irresistible. I would find no reason to argue if this coin was graded MS66RB. Fully struck and basically mark free, this coin is simply superb and GORGEOUS. Stunning chocolate brown and violet-rose patina and finished with GLOWING luster…$1485
*ON HOLD* 1913 Lincoln Cent PR65BN PCGS From the collection of one of the most selective buyers I know. This Matte Proof is a beauty, with full strike, superb surfaces, both mark and spot free and further enhanced with lovely violet and blue patina. A great Matte at an affordable price…$1625
1882 Three Cent Nickel PR67+ CAMEO PCGS / CAC Purchased from a customer who only buys perfection, this stunning coin shows a full snowy white cameo on flawless mirrored fields and is finished with just the slightest hint of golden patina. A true SUPERB GEM that will rival any PR68 at a fraction of the price tag…$2850
1936 Buffalo Nickel Satin PF67 NGC / CAC Basically a perfect Proof showing a full strike, gorgeous, glowing surfaces and lovely light steel blue and orange-rose patina…$2750
*ON HOLD* 1835 Cap Bust Half Dime (Lg. Date, Lg. 5c) MS64 PCGS Absolute top of the grade, this little type coin will easily compare favorably to most I see in MS65 holders. Full, sharp strike on impeccable surfaces with deep, original violet-blue toning over strong luster…$1675
1837 Seated Liberty Half Dime (No Stars, Sm. Date) AU55 PCGS Looking more mint state than circ., I showed this coin to a dealer/friend who called it “brain-dead grading”. This coin is simply a great deal in the current holder. Lovely medium silvery gray toning with blue and rose highlights over a full strike…$685
1830 Cap Bust Dime MS63 NGC A beautiful original housed in an early NGC holder, this coin is boldly struck and shows wonderful deep blue toning over full luster. Very cool type coin…$2675
1836 Cap Bust Dime MS63 PCGS A fully struck beauty that is at the top of the grade. Brilliant and lustrous with lovely golden-orange and deep blue toning framing the peripheries on both sides…$2450
1854 Seated Liberty Quarter (Arrows at Date) AU55 PCGS A perfect original circ, showing a full strike and considerable luster with even medium silvery gray toning, light golden at the peripheries…$575
*ON HOLD* 1828 Cap Bust Half MS62 NGC So much coin for the grade. Full, needle sharp strike front and back, this wonderful half shows complete, sharp hair, drapery and clasp detail on the front and a sculpted eagle and shield on the reverse. Full “E Pluribus Unum” of course. Virtually free of marks and certainly free of any distractions, this original is finished with deep silvery gray patina, light rose highlights and full luster. A great coin for the grade and price…$1750
*SOLD* 1837 Reeded Edge Half MS63 NGC A stunner for the grade, showing a needle sharp depiction of Liberty with an equally well struck reverse, often lacking on this type. Even overlaid with deep silvery blue and rose toning on incredible full, cartwheel luster. So much better than 90% of the type I see for the grade…$3650
1854 Seated Liberty Half (Arrows at Date) MS62 PCGS A super pleasing original example of this popular Arrows variety. Fully struck without distracting marks or spots. Light to medium silvery patina with rose highlights and good luster…$1075
1853 Seated Liberty Half (Arrows & Rays) AU53 PCGS / CAC A perfect original circ example of this one-year type. Fully struck with just a hint of wear and completely free of distractions. Finished with medium to deep silvery gray toning…$850
*SOLD* 1944-D Walking Half MS65 PCGS (OGH) / Gold CAC Just in from a customers collection. Brilliant untoned GEM showing a full strike and luster. Awarded a GOLD CAC sticker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...$225
1799 Draped Bust Dollar VF35 PCGS Basically a perfect original circulated example that started life with a full, strong strike and shows even wear without distracting marks or adjustment marks. Finished with even medium silvery gray tone, just the way you want it. The quintessential type coin…$3850
1853 Gold Dollar T-1 MS63+ PCGS Sharply struck, basically free of marks with thick, booming luster, like you would want to see on a Super Gem example and further enhanced with deep orange peel patina. Exceptional and probably the best I have seen for the grade…$885
1908 $5 Indian MS63 NGC / CAC From a customers collection. A premium example with a green bean affixed...$1350
*SOLD* 1915-S $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS If you could see the multitude of “Gem 65” Saints I see that I would grade average MS63, you would understand the reason why I list so few on my website. Here is an exception. Fully struck with minimal marks and gorgeous, glowing luster, finished with lovely deep golden-orange patina. Superb quality and eye-appeal…$2375
*SOLD* 1928 $20 St. Gaudens MS64 PCGS (OGH) / CAC Probably worth resubmitting as this coin is a super nice original, but I will offer it as it came to me from a customer's collection...$1685
After c.561 BC, Lydia, AR Siglos (15mm, 5.28g) NGC VF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Lion confronting bull. Rev. Bipartite incuse punch. An exceptional siglos from my personal collection. My favorite example of the type for the past four years, just replaced with a coin of sharper strike, but grading 4/5 surfaces. This piece is a GREAT example, showing strong detail, superb surfaces and lovely silvery patina with deeper toning in and around the devices, giving it “Star” quality eye-appeal. Only the second of this type I have seen in the past five years deserving of a perfect “Surface” score…$2050
*ON HOLD* c.500-450 BC, Ionia, Teos, AR Drachm (18mm, 5.88g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Griffin seated right. Rev. Quadripartite incuse punch. A truly superior example of this generally mushy strike. This coin is fully struck with a majestic griffin perfectly formed and detailed, with all design details centered on great metal. Finished with medium silvery patina, deeper in and around the devices, adding to the superb eye-appeal. You simply never see them this nice…$1950
c.400-323 BC, Sicyonia, Sicyon, AR Stater (22mm, 12.11g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Chimaera walking left. Rev. Dove in olive wreath. A wonderfully artistic and well centered (despite the 4/5 assesment) example of this very popular Greek type. Very well struck with impeccable surfaces and finished with lovely light silvery gray cabinet patina….$3650
c.350-275 BC, Bruttium, Locri, AR Stater (22mm, 8.71g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Pegasus flying left. Rev. Anthena wearing Corithian helmet. A superb Mint State example showing a full, sharpl strike on both sides, perfect centering and finished with light silvery patina on lustrous, flawless surfaces...$3250
336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III (The Great), AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.15g) "Pella" Early Posthumous. NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Heracles. Rev. Zeus. An exceptionally nice Alexander Tetradrachm made from artistic dies and struck in high relief. Lovely light even gray cabinet patina adds to the outstanding eye-appeal...$2500
*ON HOLD* c.214-203 BC, Bruttium, The Bretti, AE Double Unit (25mm, 16.37g), "ex Roger Kohn Collection", NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Syle. Obv. Ares. Rev. Nike with trophy. A truly incredible large Greek bronze with a sharply struck artistic portrait of Ares facing left. Perfectly centered front and back on great metal and even deep brown patina. Scarce...$3250
c.38-2 BC, Parthian Kingdom, Phraates IV, AR Drachm (19mm, 4.02g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5 Very sharply struck portrait on lustrous Mint State surfaces. Top quality and great eye-appeal…$685
c.225-214/2 BC, Roman Republic, Anonymous, AR Quadrigatus (23mm, 6.60g) NGC Ch VF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style. Obv. Dioscuri janiform. Rev. Jupiter - Victory driving quadriga right. A very pleasing example of this popular early Roman Republic Quadrigatus. Light silvery gray cabinet patina...$1250
2nd - 1st Cen. BC, Spain, Turiaso, AR Drachm - Denarius (18mm, 4.04g) "ex Johnathan K. Kern Coll.", NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Male head. Rev. horseman with spear. An exceptional specimen from the collection long time Ancient dealer J. Kern. Well struck on both sides with lovely silvery antique patina...$1700
c.80 BC, Roman Republic, L. Procilius, AR Denarius Serratus (18mm) NGC Ch XF*. Purchased in a group of ancient s from a private collection, this coin is not fully graded with Strike and Surface evaluations by NGC. IMO Strike 4/5 for the slightly off center reverse and 5/5 surfaces. For the inexpensive price, it is not worth $50 to get it graded again. A wonderful artistic portrait, perfectly centered with superb surfaces and lovely silvery-golden patina…$450
AD 69-79, Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR Denarius (18mm, 3.51g) NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5 A great portrait of Vespasian, deserving of a “Fine Style” designation IMO. Full, sharp strike and well centered on both sides, this wonderful denarius is further enhanced by beautiful orange-rose and blue-green patina in and around the devices and shows considerable remaining luster on bright surfaces. Great quality combined with exceptional eye-appeal…$2050
AD 218-222, Roman Empire, Elagabalus, AR Double Denarius (21mm, 4.55g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Bust right. Rev. Victory advancing right. Very sharply struck front and back and perfectly centered, this wonderful Elagabalus shows light silvery patina and bright, glowing surfaces. Awarded the “Star” designation by NGC for superior eye-appeal. I’m not sure if I have an example of this Emperor of such high quality in my collection, so this one may not last too long. For now…$900
*ON HOLD* AD 244-249, Roman Provincial, Syria, Antioch, Philip I, BI Tetradrachm (24mm, 11.56g) NGC Ch MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Bust right. Rev. Eagle with wreath. A superior example in every way, starting with a needle sharp strike that shows all design details, hair and beard in pinpoint relief. Perfectly centered on great metal with bright, lustrous surfaces graced with light silvery patina…$1050
AD 527-565, Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, AE Follis - 40 Nummi (30mm, 16.78g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Facing bust. Rev. Cross above large M. Sharply struck and well detailed. Pefectly center with superior surfaces and even deep chocolate patina...$925
AD 527-565, Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, AE Follis -40 Nummi (40mm, 21.64g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Very sharply struck with all design details bold. Great surfaces and even deep chocolate patina. Large size Follis. Very scarce this nice...$1700
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.