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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.
     

Dec. 15 

Visit My FUN Table #1210 Jan. 7-9 at the

Orange County Convention Center, Hall WD

 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.

Newps 11-1-14 New Purchases from the Oct. Balt. Coin Expo

1804 Draped Bust Half Cent (Spiked Chin) XF45 PCGS / CAC  Super pleasing example with a full strike on both sides, problem free surfaces and even chocolate brown patina.  Considerable luster remains on this wonderful Spiked Chin example…$1050

1804 Draped Bust Half Cent MS64BN NGC  Absolutely superb for the grade.  Fully struck, with mark free fields and full luster.  Even chocolate brown tone overall with an arc of light patina at the right obverse periphery. Exceptional in every way…$6000

1809 Classic Half Cent MS63BN PCGS  A lovely uncirculated early Classic Half Cent.  Fully struck with minimal contact marks and full luster.  Super nice for the grade…$1500

1820 Coronet Large Cent MS64BN  Superb in every way and fully MS66 with one light line in the obverse field.  Fully struck on both sides with immaculate surfaces, mark-free fields, full blazing luster and beautiful chocolate brown color enhanced with light rose highlights.  Amazing coin…$1950

1839 Coronet Large Cent (Silly Head) MS66BN PCGS / CAC  A phenomenal Large Cent and among the best I have seen for ANY date.  Fully struck on both sides with flawless fields and full luster over even chocolate brown patina.  Original red in and around all devices front and back give this piece exceptional eye-appeal.  A stunning coin and rare variety.  Comps on Heritage Auctions show prices realized around $20K plus for NON-CAC coins…$22,500

1848 Braided Hair Cent MS65BN NGC  A rather mundane grade for a gorgeous large cent.  Fully struck and fully lustrous.  Gorgeous blue and violet rose highlights front and back give this piece stunning eye-appeal.  Very close to a RB designation…$1850

1884 Indian Cent MS65RD PCGS  Fully struck with full red color on bright, shimmering, lustrous surfaces.  Beautiful, fiery rose-red highlights on the reverse.  A gorgeous RED Indian…$1575

1885 Indian Cent MS66BN PCGS / CAC  Virtually flawless Brown Gem.  Fully struck with even chocolate toning on complete, full luster.  Some flashes of original red at the peripheries on both sides.  Very scarce with only 4 coins graded MS66BN by PCGS, with none grading higher….$1650

1907 Indian Cent MS65RB NGC  A wonderful, colorfully toned MS Indian and scarce as such.  Starting with a sharp strike, clean fields and full luster, this great coin shows rose red, violet and blue green toning.  Spot free.  Mint State Indians with great color are truly scarce…$1200

1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent MS64RD  Very top of the grade.  Fully struck with bright original RED and strong luster…$2600

1913 T-1 Buffalo 5c MS65 NGC  A beautiful, lustrous Gem with light silvery rose patina…$190

1938-D Buffalo 5c MS67 NGC  I don’t believe I have ever purchased a slabbed 38-D Buffalo, but this coin was just so beautiful.  Full struck with beautiful silvery rose and blue patina on both sides.  A great coin for type…$235

1884 Liberty Seated Dime PF65* CAMEO NGC / CAC  A lovely bright, brilliant CAMEO with light rose patina in the right field, going to bright blue at the right periphery.  A gorgeous type coin…$1950

1812 Cap Bust Half XF45 PCGS  A perfect, original circ. Showing a full, complete strike front and back and considerable remaining luster in the around the stars and lettering on both sides.  Wonderful even medium silvery gray patina with rose and blue highlights…$885

1795 Flowing Hair Dollar (2 Leaves) VF20 PCGS  A wonderful, original, problem free Flowing Dollar.  Solid strike and even wear with distraction free fields and wonderful medium silvery gray tone…$6300

1901-S $10 Liberty MS64+ PCGS  Take advantage of low gold prices and weak generic gold coin levels.  Fully struck with minimal marks and glowing luster…$1585

1934 Maryland MS65+ PCGS / CAC (“Gutag Family” pedigree)  Well struck with lovely light silvery rose patina and full luster.  Very clean fields and exceptional for the grade…$375

Ancients:

c.485-465 BC, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 17.03g) NGC Ch VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Quadriga right with Nike flying above.  Rev. Arethusa surrounded by dolphins.  A nicely struck and well centered specimen…$1850

c.420-405 BC, Sicily, Camarina, AE (bronze) Tetras (16mm, 4.09g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, lt. smoothing.  Obv. Athena in profile facing left.  Rev. Owl clutches lizard.  Well struck and  centered with an attractive portrait of Athena with full crested helmet…$585

c.415-400 BC, Sicily, Syracuse, AE (bronze) Hemilitron (16mm, 4.10g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, lt. smoothing.  Obv. Arethusa or nymph.  Rev. Wheel, dolphins.  Sharply struck and perfectly centered with a lovely portrait of Arethusa gracing the obverse…$675

after c.340 BC, Calabria, Taras, AR Didrachm (20mm, 7.91g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.  Obv. Horseman crowns self.  Rev. Taras on dolphin.  Better than average strike for this issue, well centered with all design details present.  Brilliant and lustrous…$1275

305-281 BC, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachus, AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 17.18g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Profile of Alexander III right.  Rev. Athena holding Nike.  A supremely artistic rendering of Alexander, fully struck in high relief and gently toned an even light silvery gray with deeper patina in and around the devices, giving this specimen outstanding eye-appeal.  Stunning in every respect…$5500

c. 167-148 BC, Macedon Under Rome, AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 16.85g) NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Bust of Artemis on shield.  Rev. Club in oak wreath.  Well struck and centered with lustrous surfaces over light silvery gray patina…$1575

c.5th Cen BC, Achaemenid Empire, AR Siglos (14mm, 5.35g) NGC XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Hero-king with bow.  Rev. Incuse punch.  A very pleasing, well struck and well centered specimen.  The silver version of the famous gold Daric…$585

c.165/55-130 BC, Bactria, Indo-Greeks, Menander, AR Drachm (15mm, 2.46g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Heroic bust with spear.  Rev. Athena advancing.  Well struck and centered.  Mostly brilliant with light silvery patina and some remaining luster…$525

c. 55 BC, Roman Republic, P. Fonteius, P. f. Capito, AR Denarius (18mm, 3.57g) “ex Jonathon K. Kern Coll.” NGC XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Mars.  Rev. Cavalryman on horseback galloping right; enemy soldiers below.  Well centered and well struck.  Light even wear and lovely silvery gray cabinet patina with rose highlights…$675

48 BC, Roman Republic, L. Hostilius Saserna, AR Denarius (18mm, 4.17g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Gallic Woman; carnyx (a wind instrument of iron-age Celts).  Rev. Artemis with stag and spear.  Well centered and well impressed on both sides.  Mostly brilliant with very light silvery patina and considerable luster…$1350

AD 14-37, Roman Empire, Tiberius, AR Denarius (18mm, 3.62g, Biblical Tribute Penny) NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Livia as Pax.  Very pleasing example, well struck with considerable remaining luster on light silvery gray patina, finished with blue highlights…$1650

AD 14-37, Roman Empire, Tiberius, AR Denarius (18mm, 3.83g, Biblical Tribute Penny) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Livia as Pax.  Very pleasing example, well struck with considerable remaining luster.  Mostly brilliant with just a hint of patina…$1800

AD 37-41, Roman Empire, Caligula, AE As (28mm, 10.81g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, lt. smoothing.  Obv. Profile of Caligula right.  Rev. Vesta seated left.  Well struck and centered with excellent detailing and even deep chocolate brown patina.  A superior bronze of the maniacal Emperor Caligula…$4650

AD 54-68, Roman Empire, Nero, AE As (28mm, 12.88g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Bust of Nero in profile left.  Rev. Securitas seated right.  A wonderful, well struck and well centered bronze of Nero.  Scarce in this condition…$2650

AD 222-235, Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, AR Denarius (18mm, 2.78g?) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Bust of Emperor right.  Rev. Aequitas standing.  Well struck and perfectly centered.  Looks to be mint state to me…$390

AD 222-235, Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, AR Denarius (18mm, 3.78g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Bust of Emperor right.  Rev. Annona standing.  Well struck and perfectly centered.  Very choice and fully lustrous brilliant Mint State.  Star designated for exceptional eye-appeal…$$885

AD 270-275, Roman Empire, Aurelian, BI Aurelianianus (24mm, 3.96g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, silvering.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev.  Sol treading on enemy.  Born in humble circumstances, Aurelian rose through the military ranks to become Emperor.  He restored the eastern provinces after his conquest of the Palmyrene Empire in 273.  The following year he conquered the Gallic Empire in the west, reunited the Roman Empire in its entirety and earning him the title “Restorer of the World”.  Well struck and well centered with strong detailing and luster…$370

AD 274-275, Roman Empire, Severina, BI Aurelianianus (22mm, 4.07g) NGC MS, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, silvering.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Severina and Aurelian.  Ulpia Severina was a Roman Empress and wife of Emperor Aurelian.  She gained the title of Augusta in the autumn of 274.  There is considerable numismatic evidence for Severina ruling in her own right between the death of Aurelian and the election of Marcus Claudius Tacitus, making her the only woman to have ruled over the entire classical Roman Empire by her own power.  Well struck and well centered mint state specimen…$350

AD 307-337, Roman Empire, Constantine I, BI (bronze) Nummis (18mm, 2.67g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Votive in wreath.  Very nice Mint State, perfectly centered and struck on problem free flan…$335

AD 307-337, Roman Empire, Constantine I, BI (bronze) Nummis (18mm, 3.50g) NGC MS, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Campgate.  Very nice Mint State…$335

AD 307-337, Roman Empire, Constantine I, BI (bronze, silvering) Nummis (18mm, 2.82g) NGC MS*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, silvering.  Obv. Bust right.  Rev. Votive in wreath.  Very nice Mint State, perfectly centered and struck on problem free flan…$375

c.AD 1020-1028, Byzantine Empire, Anonymous Issue, AE (bronze) Follis (28mm, 11.28g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.  Obv. Bust of Christ facing, cross behind.  Rev. Inscription.  An exceptional example with fine detailing and great surfaces.  Formerly ANACS graded AU…$635

AD 612-621, Spain, Visigoth Kingdom, AV (gold) Tremissis (18mm) ANACS MS63.  An amazing semi-prooflike GEM.  Forget the ANACS MS63 grade.  This coin is fully struck with superb surfaces – fully GEM…$2350

World:

1824-NG M, Central American Republic, 8 Reale (40mm) PCGS AU55.  A truly remarkable example of this ever popular type.  Very well struck on both sides, with superb definition of the tree leaves, a design feature which is generally mushy and weak.  Light silvery gray patina, deeper in and around the devices, giving this wonderful coin top end eye-appeal…$1350

     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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