Aspen Park Rare Coins
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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.
     

     May 28

New Purchases from this past week's PCGS Members Only Show Listed Below.  New PCGS Coins Photographed and Listed.  NGC to Follow Thursday

New Purchases from the Central States Numismatic Society Convention Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory & Below

A Dozen New Ancients Listed

Stunning Toned Monster Gem Proof Indian Cents Added to Inventory 

 

 

New Purchases from May 20-23 PCGS Members Only Show

 

1787 Fugio Cent MS63BN PCGS   Just picked up this extraordinary Fugio which boasts possibly the sharpest strike I have seen on this issue regardless of grade.  Add a flawless chocolate brown planchet and considerable luster and this coin is simply unsurpassable for the grade, better than most residing in MS64 holders and will hold its own against many MS65 examples I have seen.  There is a very common die crack from the sun dial down through "Mind Your Business".  You will spend the rest of your life finding a better example for the price...$4800

1802 Draped Bust Cent AU55 PCGS  Well impressed and even striking of both sides starts off this exceptional early Large Cent.  Surfaces are virtually free of any marks or distractions and the color is an even chocolate brown.  Super pleasing.  Auction prices realized show a PCGS example bringing $3737 in April, 2012; another PCGS coin realized 3407 July, 2013; an NGC graded coin brought $5287 Jan, 2014; Another NGC piece grading AU55+ brought $9400 Jan, 2014.  This coin…$3900

1812 Class Large Cent MS63BN NGC  A very pleasing Mint State example showing a full, even strike, mark and distraction free fields and good luster on even deep chocolate brown surfaces.  Very scarce type in this lofty condition…$9600

1820 Coronet Large Cent MS65BN PCGS  Needle sharp strike and superb surfaces are just the beginning of this fabulous Coronet Cent.  A gorgeous blend of brown with violets and blues blend together to give this sparkling piece extraordinary Eye-appeal.  Finished with glowing luster.  Gorgeous type coin…$2675

*ON HOLD*  1857 Flying Eagle Cent MS64 NGC  I don’t know where to begin on this WONDER Coin.  It is unlike any of the type I have ever seen.  Absolute needle sharp detailing on both sides, without a doubt the best strike I have seen on this issue in the past 35 years.  The eagle almost appears to fly off the superb, glowing, almost satin prooflike fields.  Color is a beautiful orange-brown.   If there was ever a specimen striking of coin, it would look like this piece.  AMAZING…$2900

1854 Liberty Seated Half Dime (Arrows at Date) MS65 PCGS  A pleasing original Gem with a full, sharp strike, immaculate surfaces and finished with lovely light silvery rose patina on fully lustrous surfaces.  A lovely example of this popular three-year type…$1475

*ON HOLD*  1853 Liberty Seated Dime (Arrows at Date) MS64 PCGS  Fully struck with all design details sharp as a tack.  Great disturbance free surfaces and basically brilliant with just a hint of even golden patina and strong luster…$1085

*ON HOLD*  1840-O Liberty Seated Quarter (No Drapery) AU55 PCGS  An attractive just barely circulated example of this scarce No Drapery issue from the New Orleans Mint.  Sharply struck and mostly brilliant with violet rose peripheral toning, probably from an album.  Finished with considerable luster and pleasing in every way…$1365

1877-CC Liberty Seated Quarter MS65+ PCGS / CAC  A beautiful original GEM, fully struck on both sides.  Very bright, sparkling luster is enhanced with a light creamy patina with golden and blue peripheral highlights.  Superb eye-appeal on this affordable Carson City issue…$3200

1907 Barber Quarter PR64 CAMEO PCGS / CAC  A brilliant CAMEO with snowy white devices contrasting deeply mirrored fields.  Just a hint of golden rose patina.  Strong eye-appeal, better than most of higher grades…$1450

1795 Flowing Hair Half (2 Leaves) VG08 PCGS  Super pleasing stone original with a good, even strike showing virtually all design details.  Some weakness in the obverse right stars, but all other design and lettering strong.  Definitely at the top of the heap for strike.  Even wear with distraction free surfaces and deep original gray toning.  Truly exceptional for the grade…$1925

*ON HOLD*  1795 Flowing Hair Half (O-102, 2 Leaves) F15 PCGS / CAC  Another virtually perfect original circ Flowing Half.  It is rare that I find one of these at a coin show I like.  Here are two.  Again, the strike is full and even, with all design details present and clear.  Wear is even and the surfaces are mark and distraction free.  Wonderful medium silvery gray patina finishes this superb and affordable example…$3600

1806 Draped Bust Half (Pt. 6, Stem) VF35 PCGS  Pleasing original with a strong strike, great surfaces and lovely two-tone silvery gray patina with golden highlights around the periphery.  Great type coin…$1600

*ON HOLD*  1809 Cap Bust Half MS63 NGC  A gorgeous example which starts with a strong even strike showing full drapery, clasp and hair curls.  Reverse strike equally strong.  This piece is a flashy brilliant white and fully lustrous with gorgeous bright golden-rose and royal blue peripheral toning, stronger on the obverse, but also present on the reverse.  Knock-out eye-appeal and very scarce in this condition.  Auction prices realized for normal edge coins show: An unattractive MS63 NGC at $6462, April 2013; MS63* NGC / CAC at $10,575, Nov. 2013; MS63 PCGS at $7637, an unattractive MS63 NGC at $4406 and finally an ugly MS62 (not a typo) PCGS at $7343, all on Jan. 2014.  This coin…$6150 

1814/3 Capped Bust Half XF40 PCGS / CAC  An awesome cool example of this early Capped Bust overdate.  Very well struck on both sides virtually full detailing on both sides.  Complete and strong “E Pluribus Unum”.  Surfaces are mark and distraction free.  Beautiful two-tone silvery blue patina adds tremendous eye-appeal…$1350

1860 Liberty Seated Half (No Motto) MS61 NGC  I rarely buy this grade because the coins are so horrible. Here is a rare exception, showing a sharp strike, pretty silvery rose toning with deeper blues at the peripheries and finished with strong luster.  Very attractive and affordable example of this No Motto type…$975

*ON HOLD*  1883 Liberty Seated Half PF65 CAMEO NGC  An absolute STUNNER.  Brilliant snowy white CAMEO devices contrast deeply mirrored, bright, distraction free fields.  Gorgeous even bright violet and royal blue peripheral toning on the obverse.  Reverse is an even light rose going to deeper royal blue around the periphery.  GORGEOUS…$3950

1869 Liberty Seated Dollar PR63+ CAMEO PCGS  A brilliant white example showing a complete snowy white CAMEO Lady Liberty contrasting deeply mirrored surfaces.  Bright and flashy with none of the haze which so often dulls the look…$5150

1885 Morgan Dollar MS67+ NGC  I have no idea why NGC failed to “Star” this piece as the main draw is the lovely original bag toning on the obverse.  A beautiful blend of rose, powder blue, orange-violet and deeper royal blue, definitely from the original bag, enhance this Superb Gem.  Fully struck and finished with intense, glowing cartwheel luster.  A wonder coin…$3450

1889 Gold Dollar (T-3) MS67 PCGS  I look at every example of this type in MS67 and most have obvious hits, hairlines or striking problems.  This piece is a true Superb Gem, fully struck,  with lovely original golden patina on immaculate lustrous surfaces.  Top of even this lofty grade and a beautiful example of the type…$3850

1836 Classic $5 Gold XF45 NGC  Ok, pretty basic, but original golden-orange patina and considerable luster.  Also a fabulous die crack travels from Star 8 at the top of Liberty’s Head, down through the hair, continuing through the 6 in the date and ending in the bottom rim.  So Cool…$1050

*ON HOLD*  1852 Liberty $20 Gold (T-1) XF45  So close to AU with a full strike and considerable luster.  Very pleasing example of the popular Type 1 Liberty…$2385

1908 (No Motto) St. Gaudens $20 Gold MS65+ NGC  A great Saint, truly deserving of the “Plus” designation.  Very well struck for this normally flat issue, with clean surfaces and glowing luster on rich, original golden rose patina.  A premium Saint with superb eye-appeal…$2285

1911 St. Gaudens $20 Gold MS62 PCGS  A nice and fully struck mint state example of this much better date at a hard to resist price…$1890

 

 Deciphering Inscriptions on Roman Coins

I have begun delving into the translation of inscriptions on Roman coins, which are generally names and titles. I am attempting to translate the Latin inscriptions in my listings and will, no doubt, make mistakes.  I welcome any and all input and corrections.  Anyone wishing to offer their translation of any coin I have listed is more than welcome to email their efforts to me and I will incorporate that information into my listing descriptions. Virtually all bronze coinage has the letters SC on the reverse, Senatus Consultus (with the permission of the Senate).

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.

 

     My Journey into the 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 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 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
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