Aspen Park Rare Coins
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Cell Phone: 303-807-9916
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E-Mail:aspenparkrc@comcast.net
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APRC specializes in Choice and Gem Quality U. S., World and Ancient coins for collectors and investors. We travel to every major coin show from coast to coast buying the most exceptional coins for the grade, both in terms of technical quality and eye-appeal.   In addition, we are continually buying  great coins from the personal collections of our customers.  When you deal with APRC, you deal exclusively with Evan Gale, sole proprietor and a professional numismatist for more than 30 years.
 

April 13

All New Purchases from the Baltimore Coin Expo Photographed and Listed. 6 New Ancients Now Listed.  

 

 

*CAC Coins Now Designated in Listings*

I have decided to designate CAC in my listings.  I am NOT an owner of CAC.  I DO NOT send coins to CAC and WILL NOT send coins to CAC. Many of the coins in my inventory were purchased with CAC stickers affixed.  

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.

New Shipping Policy:  From now on all packages will have to be signed for upon receipt. Please keep this in mind when giving me your mailing address.

Newps 3-30-14 New Purchases from the Baltimore Coin Expo:

Please send email requests of any photos you would like to see and i will make them a priority.

1788 Massachusetts Cent XF 40 PCGS  Very pleasing and well struck overall with top end surface quality and even deep chocolate brown color.  A great affordable type…$1185

1788 Massachusetss Cent AU53 PCGS  Solid strike with strong detailing overall front and back.  Top surface quality and even chocolate brown color…$2575

*ON HOLD* 1795 Liberty Cap Half Cent (Pl. Edge, No Pole) VG10 PCGS  Very pleasing overall, this piece started with a strong, even strike and has even wear, leaving all lettering and design details complete…very unusual for the type.  No distractions and visually pleasing with slight two-tone chocolate brown patina.  You will be hard pressed to find a nicer example for the price…$1525

*ON HOLD*  1807 Draped Bust Half Cent AU53 PCGS  Solid, even strike overall and showing considerable remaining luster on even chocolate brown surfaces with light blue highlights.  Very attractive…$1375

1854 Braided Hair Half Cent (C-1) MS65RB NGC  Super nice original with about 50/50 original RED blending with chocolate brown on both sides.  Very solid strike and seldom seen in this condition…$2250

1847 Braided Hair Cent MS66BN PCGS / CAC  Amazing quality for the date and one of only five graded by PCGS, none higher, with two graded MS66RB.  Fully struck with flawless surfaces and considerable original RED in and around the stars and devices.  One of only four coins with a CAC sticker, which includes both NGC and PCGS graded coins.  As good as it gets…$6850

1851 / INV 18 Braided Hair Cent (N-3) MS64BN NGC / CAC  Sharply struck on both sides with great surfaces and even chocolate brown, distraction free surfaces.  Tough inverted 18 variety…$1775

1853 Braided Hair Cent MS66BN NGC / CAC  Sharply struck with immaculate fields and full strong luster over even chocolate brown surfaces.  Superb quality type…$2150

1864 2c MS66BN NGC  ???  I have no idea how this coin could possibly be considered for a BN designation since it shows 50% original Red and the rest is a gorgeous violet blue.  Superb quality, strike, surfaces and strong luster.  Superb eye-appeal…$2050

1864 2c MS66RB NGC  A beautiful blend of chocolate and violet-rose-red throughout.  Fully struck and fully lustrous.  Superb quality and eye-appeal…$2050

1865 2c MS65RB PCGS  A lovely original with a 50/50 blend of chocolate brown and original RED.  Fully struck and fully lustrous with immaculate surfaces.  Very top of the grade…$1175

1865 2c MS65RB NGC  A lovely original with a 50/50 blend of chocolate brown and original RED.  Fully struck and fully lustrous with immaculate surfaces.  Very top of the grade…$1175

1865 2c MS66+RB NGC  Superb quality and eye-appeal characterizes this one in a million Two Cent Piece.  Starting with a full, sharp strike front and back, this pieces shows immaculate surfaces and gorgeous violet rose intertwined with original brown.  Finished with blazing luster for KNOCKOUT Eye-appeal.  Probably in the all time top three of the type I have handled…$4200

1868 2c MS65RB PCGS  More or less even mellowed RED into brown.  Fully struck with great surfaces and nice luster.  Tougher date in this grade…$1350

1867 Shield 5c (w/Rays)  MS65 PCGS  Very sharply struck on both sides, which is an unusual characteristic of this two-year “Rays” type.  Surfaces are basically free of marks and distractions and the coin is fully lustrous.  Much nicer than another of the same type I saw at the Baltimore show in a MS65+ PCGS holder??...$3950

1881 Shield Nickel PF67 CAMEO NGC  Fully struck, flashy, brilliant, virtually flawless CAMEO Superb Gem.  Nice contrast on deeply mirrored fields…$2750

1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime XF45 PCGS  A stone virgin original first year Half Dime showing a strong, even strike, with all lettering, date and design details bold.  Very nice, distraction free surfaces and perfect even medium to deep silvery gray antique patina, just the way you want it to look.  I can’t begin to tell you how scarce early half dimes are in well struck, original condition.  Easily in the top 5% of the grade...$9250

1832 Cap Bust Half Dime MS62 NGC  A wonderful example of the type for the price.  Well struck overall with original silvery-gray patina and blue highlights in the obverse fields.  Free of marks and distractions and finished with good luster…$750

1853 Liberty Seated Dime (w/Arrows) MS65 PCGS  A beautiful type coin showing a complete and solid strike on both sides.  Semi prooflike obverse fields are further enhanced by bright blue peripheral toning from about 7 o’clock, up and around the top and back down to 5 o’clock in a perfectly symmetric pattern.  Tons of eye-appeal…$2350

1877-CC Liberty Seated Dime MS64 NGC / CAC  Fully struck on both sides, this Carson City Dime is brilliant white and fully lustrous with superb fields and a great look overall.  Very top of the grade in every way…$1350

1875-S Twenty Cent MS64 PCGS  Well stuck and mostly brilliant with light bluish green patina in the obverse fields and some blue peripheral patina on the reverse.  Bright and lustrous and lovely for type…$2175

*SOLD*  1834 Cap Bust 25c MS62 NGC  Complete, full, sharp strike on both sides, showing all detailing in sharp relief, including hair curls, drapery and clasp.  Reverse is sharp with complete feathers, shield and eagle’s claws.  Light silvery gray patina overall with pretty violet and blue peripheral toning.  A great coin for the price…$3500.

1919 Standing Quarter MS66FH NGC  Complete, full strike on both sides and immaculate surfaces on this GEM Standing quarter.  Brilliant white and fully lustrous.  Superb in every way…$2950

1806 Dr. Bust Half (Knob 6, Lg. Stars) VF35 PCGS  Strong strike overall for this notoriously weakly struck type.  Medium to deep silvery gray patina with blue highlights on distraction free surfaces, give this piece strong eye-appeal…$1675

1807 Dr. Bust Half VF35 NGC  Very attractive original with a good strike, distraction free surfaces and attractive two-tone silvery-gray toning.  Completely pleasing in every respect…$1450

1810 Cap Bust Half MS63 NGC  Very well struck for the date with good drapery, clasp and hair detail.  Somewhat soft on the left wing as is common to the date, but complete “E Pluribus Unum” and all other details on reverse are crisp.  Beautiful deep silvery blue toning on both sides and finished with strong, glowing luster.  A beautiful early date half…$4450

1812 Cap Bust Half (O-104A) XF45 NGC  Attractive original with a solid strike front and back.  Medium two-tone silvery gray patina on the obverse, deeper in tone on the reverse.  Considerable remaining luster in and around the obverse stars and date…$600

1834 Cap Bust Half (Sm. Date, Sm. Letters) MS62 PCGS  Complete, sharp strike with all design details crisp.  Surfaces are distraction free and finished with original even silvery gray toning and full luster.  Exceptionally nice for the grade…$1950

1838 Reeded Edge Half AU55 PCGS  A great looking coin that starts with a needle sharp strike on both sides, just a touch of even wear, great surfaces and lovely even medium silvery gray antique toning.  As nice as it gets for the grade and preferable to most low-end MS coins…$1050

1879 Liberty Seated Half MS66 PCGS  A gorgeous original GEM showing a sharp strike on flashy semi-PL fields, finished with medium to deep silvery blue patina with rose highlights.  Reverse is rose in the center with pretty bright blue peripheral toning.  Immaculate surfaces and full luster complete this low mintage (4800 struck) Half…$8000

1887 Liberty Seated Half PR66 CAMEO PCGS  Beautiful original GEM showing light silvery rose at the center, blending into royal blue at the peripheries on both sides.  Full CAMEO devices contrast, superb, immaculate, fully reflective fields.  At the very top end of the grade for both technical quality and eye-appeal…$9500

*ON HOLD*  1795 Flowing Hair Dollar (2 Leaf, B-1, BB-21) AU53 PCGS / CAC  From the private stash of one of the most savvy early dollar collectors comes one of the most impressive Flowing Hair Dollars I have ever purchased.  Very strong, even impression from the dies front and back, with just the lightest even wear.  Incredible, mark free surfaces and finished with perfect silvery-gray antique patina, showing highlights of golden-rose overall.  Considerable remaining luster over the entire surfaces.  Simply the best of the best of the grade…$26,500.

1799 Draped Bust Dollar VF35 PCGS  I love early dollars am always on the lookout for the elusive, original, problem-free coin.  Maybe one in 20-30 certified coins can make the cut.  Presented here for the perfect example of type, a 1799 dollar that begins with all design details well impressed.  Perfect, even wear with superb, completely original, distraction free surfaces and finished with a wonderful silvery gray, even tone.  You will search long and hard to find a better representative of the type for the grade…$3950

1880 Trade Dollar PR66 CAMEO PCGS  Absolutely STUNNING Gem type.  Undisturbed CAMEO devices are overlaid with light, bright rose and the deeply mirrored fields blend into deeper violet-rose and finish in violet and royal blue peripheries.  Same color scheme in slightly different pattern on the reverse.  Bright, deeply reflective and glowing with original BEAUTY.  Top of the grade in every way combined with off the charts Eye-appeal for the type…$17,800

Pillar Dollar:

1756LM JM Peru 8 Reale (Pillar Dollar)  AU58 NGC  An awesome and affordable Pillar Dollar.  This piece is very sharply struck front and back with just a hint of wear and lovely silvery bluish patina over almost PL fields.  Flashes of rose over both sides and nice luster finish this great type…$1450 

New NGC Ancients Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory.

 

A Word (Or More) About the Pricing of Ancient Coins

As you all know, I am relatively new to dealing in ancient coins.  Although I have viewed them at shows for decades, I never really studied them or dug into the values. On a rare occasion, I would buy a coin for myself.   I started looking at them 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 coins really drew my attention.  There was lots of stuff…but very few exceptional coins.  So I began to buy coins, not knowing a Greek from a Roman from a Parthian……. Since that time, I have devoted hundreds of hours to the study of ancients, 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.

So now I am beginning to feel comfortable with buying and selling, but I have just scratched the surface and will undoubtedly price some coins a little too high or a little too low. Possibly a lot too low.   Every ancient is different and the artistry of the dies vary dramatically.  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. In terms of numismatics, there is more subjectivity to the evaluation of quality and aesthetics and therefore pricing, than in any other area of the field.

Case in point, a small private collection came into the FUN show.  Unfortunately it went back to the ancient section and was then referred to a long-time and extremely knowledgeable dealer who happened to be at FUN instead of the New York International show.  That dealer bought the collection.  I was able to buy a few coins from it, but he showed me one coin in particular which he was NOT selling, a Metapontum  stater with a particularly beautiful and supremely artistic design.  I could easily recognize that this was a great coin.  The average NICE example of the type goes for $1000-2000.  I could see myself buying this coin for $4000-5000 and selling it for a reasonable markup over my cost.  Too my surprise the dealer told me it would probably fetch $25,000-$50,000 at auction.  If I had purchased that collection originally, that Mentapontum could easily have been underpriced on my website at a small fraction of its value.

This goes to the point that my pricing of any given coin may change while it is listed on the website, based on new knowledge or better understanding of the value.  I have changed the pricing of some coins after a customer has talked about the coin, but decided not to buy it.  Please don’t think I am doing that to influence you or to make you think you should have bought the coin at the past price.  What probably has happened is that you have brought that particular coin to my attention and further study or new pricing information or a recent price realized at auction, persuaded me to change the price, either up or down.

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 web sites 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.   

Going forward, you may see a particular type of coin priced at a level that is less than you paid.  I will not go back and reduce or refund a portion of the price on the coin you bought.  I’m just not going there.  Just as I would not expect you to send me more money months later after you bought a coin and I discovered I vastly under sold it, I will not go back and refund any money on a coin you believe you over paid for.  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 inheritly 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 plan to start 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 25-30 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
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