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.
     

Nov. 28

 New Purchases plus Part VII of the Henry Hamilton Collection Now Photographed and Listed in Regular Inventory and Below  

    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.

Signature Required on all Packages:

All packages will have to be signed for upon receipt. Please keep this in mind when giving me your mailing address.

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Introducing “The Henry Hamilton Collection” and other Newps

The coins listed below continue 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. 

November Baltimore Expo New Purchases and Part VII of the Henry Hamilton Collection

*ON HOLD*  1787 Fugio Cent (State United, 4 Cinq.) MS63BN PCGS   Without a doubt among the best MS63 graded Fugio’s I have seen.  Obverse is a stellar example of MS64, showing a virtually complete, sharp strike, with just a couple end letters in “Mind Your Business” a bit weak.  Lettering, date, sundial and starburst are sharp.  The planchet is superb and without problems of any kind, with smooth, lustrous, even chocolate brown surfaces.  Reverse is a nice MS63 with slight roughness in the upper right quadrant, but that’s about the only problem.  Easily top 5% of the grade with superb eye-appeal for the issue…$3950

1851 Braided Hair Lg. Cent (N-4) MS66BN NGC / CAC  A sold original GEM, well struck, mark free and lustrous.  CAC approved…$1550

1903 Indian Cent PR66BN PCGS   An absolute STUNNER with a full, sharp strike and bright, fully reflective surfaces.  Light rose and abundant bright blue toning give this piece awesome eye-appeal…$2650

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1914 Lincoln Cent PR65BN PCGS / CAC   Very flashy for a Matte Proof, almost golden brown, with a sharp strike and great surfaces…$1450

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1915 Lincoln Cent PR66RB PCGS / CAC   A lovely fresh Gem with a sharp strike and fresh RB surfaces, showing highlights of green and rose…$4850

*Henry Hamilton Collection*    1864 2c MS65RB PCGS / CAC   A beautifully toned 2c showing a full, sharp strike with a great blend of brown and violet rose with blue highlights and strong luster.  Great eye-appeal…$875

1906 Liberty Nickel PF67+ NGC   Gorgeous, glowing Superb Gem Proof showing a strong strike and flawless shimmering surfaces.  Finished with even light golden-rose patina overall…$2500

*ON HOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection*    1909 Liberty Nickel PR67 CAMEO PCGS   An original Cameo Super Gem.  Fully struck with light rose patina and basically flawless, reflective surfaces…$1850

*Henry Hamilton Collection*    1913-D Buffalo Nickel T-1 MS65 PCGS   Just the slightest hint of silvery blue with some rose at top on this well struck, lustrous Gem…$335

*ON HOLD*  1936 Buffalo Nickel Satin PR67 PCGS   Gorgeous blue green centers going to rose and golden peripheries on both sides of this virtually perfect, super flashy and spot free Superb Gem…$2650

*ON HOLD*  1832 Cap Bust Half Dime  MS64 PCGS   A wonderful coin, fully struck and very close to the next grade.  Lovely silvery rose and blue toning on full luster.  Top end quality and eye-appeal…$1550

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1862 Liberty Seated Half Dime MS65 PCGS  Gorgeous aqua-blue with rose-violet centers on the obverse of this fully struck Gem.  Reverse is same in a lighter shade.  Fully struck and fully lustrous…$825

*ON HOLD*  1917 T-1 Standing Liberty Quarter MS66FH PCGS   Brilliant and fully struck with superb detailing overall.  Just the slightest hint of golden patina on strong luster…$1675

1798 Draped Bust Dollar XF40 PCGS   a wonderful original that starts with a strong and even strike overall, showing strong hair and drapery detail on front and complete wing and shield detailing on the back.  Finished with lovely, slightly two-toned silvery gray toning.  Completely free of distractions and adjustment marks…$4350

1882 Morgan Dollar MS66 PCGS   Fully struck and brilliant white with just a bit of golden and blue toning in and around the stars and lettering at the peripheries.  Very clean surfaces and full luster…$1385

1926 $10 Indian MS64 PCGS (OGH)   Just purchased back from a customer, this Indian is an original with lovely glowing surfaces and golden-rose patina…$1425

1911-D $20 St. Gaudens  MS65 PCGS   A date that often comes somewhat matte and lackluster.  This specimen is well struck with very clean surfaces and bright luster…$2475

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1935-S Arkansas MS66 PCGS  Very light rose centers going out to light aqua-blue at the peripheries.  Reverse is mostly brilliant with slight rose and blue and finished with golden at the peripheries.  Nice luster finishes this lovely Ark…$650

1922 Grant 50c MS65 NGC   A beautiful glowing Gem with impeccable surfaces and light even silvery-bluish-rose patina overall…$580

1924 Huguenot MS65 PCGS / CAC   Original white with a sharp strike and think glowing luster.  Just a hint of patina and golden rim toning…$300

*ON HOLD*  1938 New Rochelle MS67 PCGS   an absolute stunner.  You will look and hard for years to find a more technically superb and visually stunning New Rochelle.  The toning on the obverse bullseye’s from light rose centers out to light violet, aqua and finally burnt orange at the rims.  Reverse is mostly brilliant with a light overall rose and golden and blue rims.  Full, glowing, sparkling luster finishes this masterpiece…$2950

*ON HOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection*    1915-S Pan Pac 50c MS66 PCGS  A truly great Pan Pac that shows brilliant, super lustrous surfaces with lovely rose and blue peripheral toning on the obverse.  Reverse is mostly brilliant with some golden rim toning.  Lustrous is amazing and the eye-appeal superb…$3450

1916 McKinley Gold Dollar MS66 NGC   A gorgeous original Gem, fully struck with glowing luster under light rose patina.  Superb eye-appeal…$1450

New Purchases plus Part VI of the Henry Hamilton Collection

*NEW*  1802 Draped Bust Cent XF45 PCGS   The problem I encounter most with the Draped Bust Cent series in circulated condition is that most coins have numerous significant hits and bumps.  Here is an exception.  Well struck with minimal surface distractions and pleasing mostly even brown color with lighter tan patina in and around the devices, mostly on the reverse…$1650

*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1915 Buffalo Nickel Matte PR66 PCGS   Combining superb technical quality with beautiful silvery rose and blue patina, this Matte Proof Buffalo is heads and tails above the majority of the grade.  Immaculate surfaces and spot free with bright, sparkling surfaces…$2800

*Henry Hamilton Collection* 1916 Buffalo Nickel Matte PR65 PCGS   Sharp and original with attractive light silvery and golden rose patina on bright, spot-free surfaces.  This key date Matte is absolute top of the grade…$3500

*ON HOLD*  Henry Hamilton Collection* 1937 Buffalo Nickel PR67 PCGS    Just a hint of silvery blue patina on this immaculate, bright and spot-free Superb GEM…$1950

*NEW*  1858 Liberty Seated Half Dime (Stars Obv.) MS66 PCGS   Fully struck and basically flawless, this lovely little original shows very light silvery-rose-blue patina evenly overlaying both sides.  Finished with bright, full luster.  Tip-top of the grade and a pleasure to behold…1500

*NEW*   1888 Liberty Seated Quarter (w/Motto) MS65 PCGS   A fully struck GEM with gorgeous intense turquoise blue and rose obverse.  Reverse is mostly brilliant with light rose and blue peripheries.   Incredible distraction free surfaces and finished with full glowing luster…$2350

*NEW*   1811 Cap Bust Half (Small *) MS63 PCGS   This coin has been hidden in my safe for several years, a raw coin from a long ago trade deal.  I discovered it and thought for sure it would grade MS64…not to be.  Fully struck with wonderful silvery gray patina, with blue and golden rose at the peripheries.  Incredible eye-appeal…$5350

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  1940 Walking Half PR66 PCGS (Old Green Holder)   A flashy, brilliant GEM, completely free of distractions with just the lightest hint of golden patina…$700

*SOLD - NEW*  1853 Gold Dollar (T-1) MS64 PCGS / CAC   As always, I am extremely particularly when I decide to buy a coin.  In the case of Type 1 Gold Dollars, the first disqualifying attribute is always weak strike.  I want the hair to be hair and “Liberty” headband to be fully struck and well defined.  This is the case with maybe 10-15% of the type.  Beyond that I reject obvious marks and dull luster.  This coin is top of the grade, easily in the top 5-10%.  Crisp detail, basically free of marks and strong luster.  Perfect for a type set.  With CU Coin Prices at $3200 for a MS65, this just miss is real value at…$1375

*NEW*   1913 $5 Indian MS63 NGC   A premium specimen, hand-picked and distraction free.  Nice original skin and deep golden color.  We have a window of opportunity to add gold coins at never before seen low levels.  At some point in the not so distant future, the velocity of money will accelerate, and all the dollars the Fed has been printing over the past years will result in high inflation.  You will wish you had purchased more US gold coins at current levels…$1485

*SOLD - NEW*   1904 $20 Liberty MS64 PCGS / CAC (Old Green Holder)  The holder buyer’s dream…old green PCGS holder with a CAC sticker.  No need to look at the coin….Well in this case the coin is a wonderful original, top of the grade with glowing original luster and deep golden color.  Just purchased from a customer’s colletion…$1985

*ON HOLD - NEW*  1927 $20 St. Gaudens MS63 PCGS / CAC (Older Green Holder)  An early PCGS graded Saint and easily a MS64 or plus coin.  Well struck with great surfaces and full original luster.  From the same collection as above.  Spot free…$1650

Early Commemoratives:

*NEW*  1893 Isabella Quarter MS64 PCGS   As close to the next grade as these get in MS64 holders.  Perfect sharp strike with flashy, reflective, semi-prooflike fields and finished with light a hint of rose patina, deeper and going into violet and royal blue at the peripheries.  Completely free of contact marks and other distractions…$1150

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  California MS65 PCGS / CAC   WOW!!  What a coin for the lowly MS65 grade.  California’s can sparkle and this one is a blaster.  Fully struck and completely distraction free with intense glowing semi-prooflike luster.  Finished with light violet patina, this coin will blow away most of the MS66’s…$695

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  Missouri (Plain) MS65 NGC  Incredibly sharp and detailed strike on this exceptional Missouri.  Forget the usual pitted face, a result of weak strikes on virtually every example.  This coin looks sculpted.  Super clean, distraction free surfaces and lovely pale rose patina.  Finished in an almost satin prooflike surface…$2335

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   1936 Oregon MS65 PCGS (Old Green Holder)   An even medium silvery-blue-violet patina overlays super clean original surfaces and full luster…$325

*Henry Hamilton Collection*  Roanoke MS67 PCGS / CAC   Another great early Commem from the HH collection.  A Superb Gem in every sense of the grade.  Fully struck with immaculate, flashy, fully lustrous surfaces and toned a gorgeous blend of deep rose, blue and violet.  Reverse is mostly brilliant with a golden overall, going to deeper pale rose at the peripheries….$1450

*Henry Hamilton Collection*   Sesqui Half MS65 PCGS (Old Green Holder)   Certainly among the nicest of the type I have seen in a MS65 holder.  Forget the photo, these simply do not photography well.  Fully struck with light golden rose patina on glowing, super lustrous surfaces.  The reflectivity combined with the natural low relief of the design make this coin virtually impossible to photograph.  It just be seen in hand…$2350

1903 LA Purchase, McKinley Gold Dollar MS66 PCGS   A Gorgeous original, fully struck with completely untouched skin and finished with lovely deep orange rose patina and glowing luster.  Awesome eye-appeal…$1875

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 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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