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.
     

Mar. 5 

New US from Feb. Long Beach Expo Added.  Several High Grade Roman Gold Aurei Just Listed

Newest US Coins

 

1787 Fugio Cent (States United) MS64+BN PCGS    There are not enough superlatives to describe this wonderful Fugio Cent.  It is probably the finest I have seen graded less than MS65.  It is virtually flawless...basically unheard of for a Fugio...The planchet is completely problem free.  The strike is full and complete with all design details clear.  Color is a deep original chocolate brown with flashes of original RED.  Surfaces are hard with a glossy luster.  Eye-appeal is FABULOUS.  After 37 years of buying selling the finest Fugio cents, I can say this coin could easily have graded MS65 and cost $4-5000 more than…$6500

1787 Fugio Cent (States United) MS65RB PCGS   Pop: 7, none finer.  Certainly among the absolute finest Fugios I have seen…and I have been buying and selling type for 37 years.  Full, even strike overall on basically flawless lustrous surfaces.  Struck slightly off center and a minor die break coming down from the sun dial into "Mind Your Business" as is often seen on this variety.  Considerable original RED and a knockout Fugio overall…$14,500

1844 Braided Hair Half Cent Restrike PR65BN PCGS   Rare, 15-20 Known.  Pop: 2, 3 higher.  Nice bronze patina with flashes of underlying red…$13,750

1845 Braided Hair Half Cent Restrike PR66BN PCGS/CAC    Pop: 2, none finer.  CAC approved.  A beautiful original GEM Proof showing a needle sharp strike, cameo devices and bright fully reflective surfaces.  Finished with gorgeous blue highlights…$20,000

1913 Matte Proof Lincoln Cent PR67RB PCGS   Pop: 7, 1 higher in RB     Absolutely GORGEOUS rose and green toning on this Superb GEM Proof.   Finished with sparkling surfaces.  Completely free of spots or distractions.  Top end eye-appeal…$11,750

1861 3CS MS66 PCGS   Beautiful blue and violet rose overlay a full, sharp strike front and back on this exceptional type.  A beauty…$1950

1912-D Liberty Nickel MS67 PCGS   Pop: 1, finest    Gorgeous light violet, blue and gold on basically perfect surfaces.  The one and only MS67…$60,000

1838 Seated Liberty Half Dime (No Drapery, Small Letters) MS65+ PCGS    Pop: 1, with one higher.  Light silvery patina, mostly brilliant.  Very rare in GEM…$5250

1847 Seated Liberty Half Dime MS66 PCGS    Pop: 15, with 6 higher     A beautiful little GEM, sharply struck with rose and blue toning on immaculate surfaces…$2600.

1871 Seated Liberty Dime PR67 PCGS   Pop: 1, Finest graded    CAC approved.   Sharply struck and beautifully toned on fully reflective fields…$6750

1907 Baber Dime PR67 PCGS   Pop: 16, with 3 higher.  Original GEM Proof…$2950

1871 Seated Liberty Copper Pattern, Judd-1102   PR67RB PCGS    Pop: 1, none finer.   Another ULTIMATE Pattern from an amazing priviate collection.  Gorgeous copper-rose with intense blue peripheries and rims on immaculate, super deeply reflective fields.  STUNNING!!!...$11,750

1886 Liberty Seated Quarter PR67DCAM PCGS/CAC   Pop: 7, with one higher   CAC approved   Monster Black and White Deep, Deep Mirror.  Brilliant with some glolden rose patina on the obvese and reverse rims.  A stunner!!!...$16,000

1915-D Baber Quarter MS67 PCGS   Pop: 4, with one higher (67+)    Light attractive patina on a full strike, superb surfaces and full luster…$4750

1827 Sq. Base 2 Cap Bust 50c MS63 NGC   Super pleasing original.  Fully struck with even silvery patina surrounded by sparkling gold, rose and blue peripheries.    Outstanding eye-appeal…$2700

1854-O Liberty Seated Half (Arrows) MS63 PCGS    Great looking high end coin.  I paid over PCGS Price Guide.  Fully struck with great surfaces and light silvery rose patina on full luster.  Not your average 63…$1850

1865-S Liberty Seated Half MS65 PCGS/CAC    Pop: 2, none finer    CAC Approved    An original fully struck GEM of this rare date Seated half…$55,000

1866 Liberty Seated Dollar PR64CAM PCGS   Beautiful, bright CAMEO, mostly brilliant with some blue and rose patina at the peripheries.  From a top end private collection…6500

1871 Trade Dollar Pattern in Copper, Judd-1147 PR66+RB PCGS   Pop: 1, none higher    Another MONSTER pattern from a private collection.  Intense violet and blue on immaculate, fully reflective fields.  Another MONSTER!!!...$27500

1869 $2.5 PR65 Deep Cameo PCGS   RARE: 16-20 Known    Pop: 1, 2 higher    Beautiful frosty CAMEO on Deep, Deep mirrored surfaces.  Original golden orange patina.  A stunner!!...$56,500

1882 $2.5 iberty MS65+ PCGS   Pop: 1, 2 higher    Sharply struck and fully lustrous.  Rare in Gem condition….$18,750

 

1899 $2.5 Liberty PR67+ Deep Cameo PCGS   Pop: 2, with 5 grading higher    CAC Approved    Absolute MONSTER Deep Cameo.  Fresh, original with deep golden color….$58,500

  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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 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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Aspen Park Rare Coins
P.O. Box 2811
Littleton, CO 80161
Phone:1-888-686-2646

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