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.
     

Aug. 8-13

Visit APRC at Table #302 at the ANA World's Fair of Money, Anaheim, CA  

Nearly 100 coins from the Henry Hamilton Collection will be on display, most of which are not yet listed on the APRC website

I will be out of the office through Aug. 2.  Best way to communicate is via email.  If you would like to call, please use my mobile, 303-807-9916.  Leave a message. 

Part 2 of the "The Henry Hamilton Collection" Now Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory and Below

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    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 premier the first and second 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.  This a rare opportunity to acquire many of the best coins I have bought and sold over the past decades.  

“Henry Hamilton Collection” Part II

*ON HOLD*  1791 Washington Large Eagle Cent MS65BN PCGS / CAC   Extraordinary quality and eye-appeal.  Pop: 6 with only one coin grading higher.  The finest of the type I have seen.  Well impressed, and this is definitely not always the case with this type.  Perfect deep chocolate brown color on glowing, almost prooflike surfaces.  Tinges of blue and red-rose highlights add to the appeal…$6250

1859 Indian Cent PR65 PCGS   Perfect sharp strike, immaculate surfaces and even, bright copper-nickel color.  First year of issue and top of the grade…$4350

1864 Copper Nickel Indian Cent PR66CAM PCGS   Extremely scarce in this pristine condition.  Fully impressed with every design detail bold.  Lovely CAMEO devices contrast fully reflective, spot free surfaces.  Pop: 7, with only one example grading higher…$7900

1902 Indian 1c  MS66RB NGC   Starting with a solid strike overall, this GEM Indian shows blue-green and violet rose highlights and shimmering luster…$785

*ON HOLD*  1913 Lincoln Cent PR65BN PCGS   A gorgeous matte proof and possibly the best for the grade that I have seen.  Needle sharp strike with beautiful violet-rose and blue patina on bright, flashy surfaces.  An outstanding Matte with top end eye-appeal…$1650

1878 Three Cent Nickel PR67 PCGS   As with virtually every coin in this collection, this piece has that extra pizazz that sets it apart.  Needle sharp strike with flawless, spot free surfaces and attractive light patina…$1850

1884 Seated Liberty Dime PR65* CAMEO NGC / CAC   A mostly brilliant, flashy CAMEO Proof with beautiful violet rose in the right field going to bright sky blue at the right obverse periphery.  Award a Star for exceptional eye-appeal by NGC and green bean from CAC…$1550

*ON HOLD*  1904 $2.5 MS66 PCGS / CAC    Utterly exceptional as a MS66 and easily equal to the last two MS66+ CAC’s that I offered.  Beautiful original golden rose patina on superb surfaces and glowing luster…$1650

1909-D $5 Indian MS64 NGC / CAC   Another top, top, top of the grade gold coin.  I would grade this piece 64+ and consider it in the top 2-3% of the grade.  Well struck, with absolute minimum contact marks, with original golden color and full luster…$3150

*ON HOLD*  1937 Antietam 50c MS66 PCGS (Old Green Holder)  Original creamy white, not dipped, although many people would call this brilliant white, as it has that look and is not nearly as “toned” as the photo appears.  Bright and lustrous…$835

*ON HOLD*  1935 Connecticut MS66  Fully impressed with light even golden rose patina over the entire obverse.  Reverse is a light pastel blue-rose.  Finished with cartwheel luster…$665

1924 Huguenot 50c MS66 NGC     A true original GEM with a beautiful blend of light violet-rose and blue patina on superb surfaces and glowing luster…$885

1938 PDS Oregon 50c Set MS66, 66, 67    An original matching set of GEM ’38 Oregons in consecutively numbered holders.  With a low mintage of only 6000 per date, sets like this are scarce.  Each coin is original creamy white with just a hint of golden rim patina.  Virtually flawless surfaces with the usual satiny luster that is an attribute of the ‘38 Oregon date…$1685

1925 Vancouver 50c MS65 PCGS / CAC   Beautifully toned and much prettier than the photos suggest.  Lighter, yet bright and beautiful with GLOWING Luster!!!  Very light rose overall with deeper violet rose and bright blue at the top periphery of the obverse and completely circling the reverse perimeter…$900

1927 Vermont 50c MS65 NGC   A glowing original with light silvery rose patina on front and deeper rose and silvery blue mostly at the top half of the reverse.  Virtually devoid of contact marks and finished with full cartwheel luster…$650

Henry Hamilton Collection - Part 1

*ON HOLD* 1788  Massachusetts Half Cent MS63BN PCGS   Exceptionally well struck and defined for an issue which more often than not will be extremely weak at the centers on both sides, obliterating most clothing detail and “Half Cent” on the reverse shield.  This appears to be the result of both weak strikes and deterioration of the high points of the dies.  I have seen many examples at this grade and higher that are simply unattractive and unacceptable.   The present coin is a wonderful specimen which shows a strong, even strike on both sides, with virtually complete detailing of the folds and pleats of the clothing and strong “Half Cent” and shield lines on the reverse.  All lettering is bold.  The color is a perfect even chocolate brown, virtually identical on both sides (more the color and tone of the reverse image than the obverse, which shows more red than the coin in hand)…$6500

*ON HOLD* 1787 Massachusetts Cent (Arrows in Left Talon) MS62BN PCGS    A perfect companion piece to the above Half Cent.  I remember being blown away by the strike and overall eye-appeal of this piece when I purchased it many years ago.   Once again, this issue will generally come with a weak strike on one or both sides and that weak strike is often present on MS63 and better examples.  The strike on this piece is exceptional, showing complete detailing and folds on the clothing, strong face and hair details and equally complete reverse design.  Color is a lovely chocolate brown / tan with deeper patina in and around the devices, adding to the already outstanding eye-appeal.   The best of the type for the price that I have seen…$8000

1851 Braided Hair Cent MS66BN PCGS / CAC   Fully impressed, virtually mark free and complete cartwheel luster over even coppery-brown patina.  CAC approved…$2000

1901 Indian Cent MS67BN NGC   Love this coin!!  Fully struck with superb surfaces and thick, glowing luster on gorgeous chocolate brown patina, with hints of original red and blue highlights.  In 30 years of grading, NGC has graded only this one specimen MS67BN, with none grading higher.  PCGS shows only one MS66BN with none higher in Brown…$2350

1906 Indian Cent MS67RB NGC   One more MONSTER Indian.  Fully impressed with lovely violet rose patina on the obverse.  Fully RED on the reverse.  Superb, unmarked surfaces and thick, frosty luster finish this Superb GEM.  The one and only specimen grading MS67RB at NGC, with none higher.  PCGS shows 2 coins grading MS66RB and none higher.  Amazing quality and eye-appeal…$2950

1911 Lincoln Cent Matte PR65BN PCGS   Solid, sharp strike on mark-free surfaces and finished in an even chocolate brown patina with light flashes of red…$1300.00

1914 Buffalo Nickel Matte PF66 NGC   A great Matte Proof.  Sharply struck and completely spot free.  Light silvery rose patina on bright, flashy surfaces…$3100

1915 Buffalo Nickel Matte PR65 PCGS / CAC (Old Green Holder)   A lovely original, well struck and mark free with even light silvery rose patina on bright surfaces…$2150

Early US Commemoratives:

1900 Lafayette Dollar MS64+ PCGS   OMG, I remember the moment I saw this coin.  An unknown collector approached me at a coin show and said he was directed by other dealers to my table.  He handed me what is probably the most beautifully toned Lafayette Dollar I have seen in all of my 36 years of dealing in amazing toned commems.  I can only recall two other examples that would be in the same league.  One was a MS66 NGC coin which I sold for $25,000 and another was a MS67 PCGS that would be worth somewhere around $75,000 today.  The present coin shows light even rose centers going out to stunning, bright sky blue into the fields and peripheries of the obverse.  The reverse is similar with more light rose and a thinner band of rose and blue circling the periphery.   The strike is full, surfaces are bright and glowing, and the luster is BOOMING.  An absolute STUNNER!!!...$8500

1921 Alabama 2x2 MS65 PCGS   Very sharply struck compared to most of the type, which often display significant weakness at the central high points of the eagle’s feathers.  Very light original silvery-rose patina on full, glowing luster.  Top of the grade…$1475

*SOLD*  1936 Long Island MS66 PCGS   A wonderful Gem with splashes of medium to deep violet toning, completely original to the card of issue.  Reverse shows the same tone framing the periphery, an imprint of the slot used to house the coin in the mint packaging, known as “tab toning.”  This exceptional Long Island is finished with full cartwheel luster…$800

1935 Spanish Trail MS65 PCGS (Old Green Holder)    An original Gem, fully struck, with just a hint of silvery-golden patina overall…$1350

c.465-460 BC, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm (Transitional Owl, 23mm, 17.11 g) NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, Fine Style.  Obv. Athena.  Rev. Owl, olive spray, moon.  Before going into the Henry Hamilton Collection, I purchased this scarce transitional owl raw thinking it’s surface grade would be 4/5, possibly 5/5.  I did not expect the 3/5 and still believe that assessment is harsh.  Never-the-less, this is a super pleasing example, well struck on both sides with attractive medium silvery gray antique patina…$6900

Additional APRC Newps:

*ON HOLD*  1866 Seated Liberty Half (Motto) MS63 PCGS / CAC     Generally well impressed, particularly for this first year of the “with motto” variety.  Brilliant and fully lustrous with basically no contact marks.  Just a few light hairlines, mainly in the right field, account for the grade.  Tremendous eye-appeal, with very flashy luster…$2385

1867 Seated Liberty Dollar (Motto) MS64 PCGS    Wow, this coin is just a stunner.  Incredibly flashy Cameo proof-like, bright and brilliant with just a bit of peripheral toning mostly at the bottom left obverse rims.  Sharply struck with all design details bold…$9850

*SOLD*  1866 $20 Liberty Gold (T-2) AU58 PCGS / CAC   A barely circulated example of this tough Type I date.  Well struck and lustrous.  CAC approved…$9350

1911-S $20 St. Gaudens MS65 PCGS     A gorgeous Saint, well struck with high end surfaces, minimum contact marks and full, glowing luster.  Great eye-appeal and top of the grade…$4950

1921 Alabama Half MS65 PCGS / CAC   Lovely light pastel violet rose overall with some sky blue and burnt orange highlights.  Unusually pretty toning for an issue that is almost impossible to find with attractive toning.  Nice surfaces and full luster…$1575

 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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