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.
     

June 13

First Round of New Purchases from the Long Beach Coin Expo Now Photographed and Listed.  All Newps Listed 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.  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.

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New Purchases from June Long Beach. 

Note:  Although dealer set-up starts at noon Wednesday, I flew into Long Beach on the Monday before the show to get first shot on a very large group of fresh coins.  In addition, I was able to view dealer inventories as they arrived in Long Beach and I am thrilled with the results, offered below.

1794 Liberty Cap Cent (S51, Head of 1794, R5) XF40 PCGS  A pleasing early copper that shows a full, even strike, uniform chocolate brown color and distraction free surfaces.  PCGS pop for the variety are 1 – G06, 1 – VF35, 1 – XF40 and 2 – AU55…$5450

1843 Braided Hair Cent (N-4, Petite Head, Lg. Letters) MS64BN NGC    Sharply struck with super clean surfaces and lovely chocolate brown patina with light rose highlights and good luster…$2250

1858 Flying Eagle Cent (Sm. Letters) MS64 PCGS  An amazing NEEDLE SHARP strike with all design elements perfectly detailed and razor sharp.  Lovely even coloration with full luster and spot free.  A top end coin for the grade and in my estimation in the top 1% for strike amongst mint state Flyers…$1975

1883 Indian Cent MS66BN PCGS   Sharply struck with mark free surfaces and glowing luster.  Obverse is fully RB and the reverse mostly brown with flashes of original red at the peripheries.  Gorgeous eye-appeal.  Pop: 4, none higher in BN…$650

*ON HOLD*  1909-S VDB MS65BN PCGS  As most of my regular customers know, I virtually never offer this date.  The vast majority of mint state coins are unattractive, with spots and blotchy toning.  This coin is an exception and simply exquisite, both in terms of technical quality and eye-appeal.  Although designated BN by PCGS, both sides show considerable original red in and around the devices and perfectly balanced with the chocolate brown.  Strike is ful and luster is glowing.  I could not resist this wonderful example…$2950

1865 Two Cent MS64RB NGC / CAC  I seldom buy MS64 Two Cent pieces, but this one is simply above the norm.  Full, sharp strike with a beautiful blend of original Red and brown.  Fully lustrous and top end eye-appeal…$460

1868 Two Cent MS66BN CAMEO NGC    A Gorgeous Two Cent proof, fully struck with bright, fully reflective surfaces contrasting CAMEO devices and finished with light blue and violet rose highlights.  Stunning quality and eye-appeal…$3250

1883 Shield Nickel MS66 PCGS  Needle sharp strike on both sides, more reminiscent of a proof striking than a business strike.  Virtually mark free and fully lustrous with no spots.  Easily top 10% of the grade for type…$1175

1906 Liberty Nickel PF67+ NGC    An incredible Superb Gem with a sharp strike and flowing surfaces, touched with a hint of rose patina.  This coin glows and has the look of a PF68 for about half the cost.  NGC pop: 1 in PF67+ with 5 graded higher…$2500

*ON HOLD*  1964 Jefferson Nickel PR67 PCGS   A beautiful and wildly toned Proof that I could not resist.  Possibly the most incredible toning I have seen on a proof Jefferson nickel.  Perfectly sharp strike with fully reflective fields finished with a stunning blend of intense blues and violets…$750

1853 Liberty Seated Half Dime (Arrows at Date) MS66 PCGS   Starting with a full, sharp strike on both sides, this 3-year type shows brilliant centers with violet and blue peripheral toning front and back.  Basically mark free and fully lustrous.  A beautiful example for type…$3000

1831 Cap Bust Dime MS62 PCGS   An odd grade for me to list, but this coin was specifically offered to me because of its outstanding eye-appeal and I did not hesitate to buy it.  Fully struck front and back with brilliant centers and golden blue peripheral toning on both sides.  Tremendous eye-appeal coupled with an affordable price for the type…$1950

1838 Liberty Seated Dime (No Drapery, Lg. Stars) MS64 PCGS   Fully struck on both sides, brilliant in the centers with beautiful orange-rose and deep blue peripheral toning.  Fully lustrous and perfect for type…$2050

1886 Liberty Seated Dime PR67 CAMEO PCGS  A beautifully toned CAMEO proof.  Basically brilliant in the center with snowy white devices and gorgeous deep violet and blue toning into the left field and peripheries of the obverse.  Reverse is mostly brilliant with rose and deep blue peripheral toning at top.  Outstanding quality and eye-appeal…$4150

1877-S Liberty Seated Quarter MS65 PCGS  A lovely original showing a full strike, basically mark free surfaces and pretty silvery rose toing with splashes of aqua-blue.  Finished with full luster…$1765

1908 Barber Quarter PF67 CAMEO NGC    A virtually flawless, brilliant white, Black and White Cameo that has aspirations of Deep CAM.  Superb quality and eye-appeal…$3950

1917 Standing Quarter (T-1) MS66 PCGS   Although not designated FH, this coin is very well struck with a 90% full head, complete rivets and shield.  Basically brilliant with just a hint of silvery rose patina, deeper at the obverse peripheries.  Reverse shows brilliant centers and light rose-blue into the fields and peripheries.  Fully lustrous with strong eye-appeal…$1175

*ON HOLD*  1805 Draped Bust Half VF35 PCGS   Very well struck with stong hair detail on the obverse and full breast and wing feathers on the reverse.  Light, even silvery patina.  Very appealing…$1500

1814 Cap Bust Half (O-103) MS65 NGC  A beautiful GEM overall starting with a full, sharp strike on both sides, showing needle sharp hair, drapery and clasp on the obverse and complete feathers, shield lines and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” on the reverse.  Particularly impressive strike for such an early date.  The O-103 variety can be identified by the die line on the reverse from the ribbon to the eagle’s wing.  Both sides show awesome die clashing as is often seen on this date.  It is virtually free of marks and shows full, bright luster with beautiful golden-rose and blue peripheral toning framing both sides.   Superb technical quality combined with gorgeous eye-appeal…$10,350

*ON HOLD*  1830 Cap Bust Half MS61 NGC    Sharply struck on both sides, mostly brilliant with some light golden and blue peripheral toning on bright luster…$1375

1941 Walking Liberty Half PR67 PCGS    Fully brilliant and flashy with no haze.  Walking Liberty proofs like this are simply stunning representations of the type…$925

1795 Flowing Hair Dollar (2 Leaves, B-1, BB-21) XF40 PCGS  A well struck original that shows both strong hair detail and solid reverse detailing.  Very attractive, even medium silvery gray toning with hints of original luster in and around the stars and lettering.  Small planchet flake between stars 2 and 3 in the right field, as made, and toned to make it virtually unnoticeable.  Completely free of adjustment marks.  A superior example for the grade with perfect original eye-appeal…$11,500

1859-O Liberty Seated Dollar MS61 PCGS  Fully struck and flashy brilliant white with full, cartwheel luster.  Scattered contact marks, but no train tracks as are often seen on the lower mint state examples.  Top of the grade in every way and very appealing…$2575

1876-S Trade Dollar MS64 PCGS    Although mint state Trade Dollars are a type I always seek, you may have noticed that I have not offered one in 2-3 years.  They are generally not appealing, even in MS64 grade.  Many have strike issues, particularly on the head and will come with big gashes or unattractive toning.  Finally an exception that is premium quality and deserving of a “plus” designation IMO.  Very well struck overall on both sides, this example shows minimum contact marks and nothing at all distracting.  Very light silvery rose patina overall with light rose and blue interspersed throughout.  The surfaces are creamy smooth and the luster is intense.  Absolute top of the grade for both technical quality and eye-appeal…$3850

US GOLD:

1885-S $5 Liberty MS65 PCGS   Well struck and lustrous with minimum marks for the grade.  Light, original golden patina and undipped.  No copper spotting…$2850

*ON HOLD*  1799 Capped Bust / Heraldic Eagle $10 AU55 PCGS (Old Green Holder)  Super pleasing type that shows a strong strike with virtually perfect detailing front and back, very light wear and no distracting marks.  Finished with flashy semi-prooflike surfaces…$23,250

*ON HOLD*  1910 $10 Indian MS64 PCGS    Virtually mark free, well struck and lustrous with a wonderful satiny smooth look.  Light, even golden-orange patina.  This coin will spoil you for all other MS64’s…$2985

1913 $10 Indian MS64+ PCGS / CAC   Fully struck and top of the grade, garnering both a “plus” from PCGS and CAC sticker.  Light gold-rose patina on full cartwheel luster…$4150

1875-S $20 Liberty (T-2) MS61 PCGS    Pleasing for the grade, this T-2 Lib shows scattered contact marks, but not the train tracks I so often see on Libs of this grade.  Well struck and lustrous with a solid overall look…$2385

1904 $20 Liberty MS63 PCGS / CAC (Old Green Holder)   Every plastic buyers dream…an old green holdered PCGS coin with a CAC sticker….what more can you ask for?  I guess a great coin would be nice and this one qualifies.  Well struck, high end of the grade and original golden-orange peel patina…$1815

1907 $20 St. Gaudens MS65+ PCGS  Well struck, great surfaces and full, glowing luster on lovely original golden surfaces…$3950

US Commemoratives

1925-S California Half MS66 PCGS   Fully struck and brilliant with full, blazing luster and beautiful rose-orange and bright blue peripheral toning.  A stunning original GEM…$950

1923-S Monroe Half MS65 NGC   Probably the nicest Monroe in MS65 holder that I have seen in many years.  High end of the grade with light rose patina on incredible, glowing, lustrous surfaces…$1400

1915-S Pan Pac Gold Dollar MS65 PCGS   A superb original Gem with lovely original golden-rose patina.  Great eye-appeal and top of the grade…$1400

1926 $2.5 Sesqui Gold MS65 PCGS   Sesqui’s tend to be marky and scuffed even in MS65 grade and I seldom find one I like.  This piece is at the very top of the grade for contact marks and shows wonderful, original rose-gold patina on fully lustrous surfaces…$2450

Mexico

1877 GO FR 8 Reale MS65 NGC    Sharply struck with lovely pale rose and blue patina on glowing luster.  A beauty…$900

1886-Zs FZ 8 Reale MS65+ PCGS  Very sharply struck with light silvery violet patina and full luster.  These Liberty Cap and Rays 8 Reales are a very popular Mexican type and fairly scarce in GEM condition…$1150

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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