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.
     

Aug. 14-18

Visit my ANA Table # 1228 at the World's Fair of Money, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

1787 Fugio Cent (State United, 4 Cinq.) MS61 NGC   I seldom buy Fugios graded lower that MS64, but this affordable example had too much going for it to turn down.  Easily in the top 10 percent for strike with all details sharp, this piece shows fresh, lustrous surfaces and virtually no problems or distractions…$2850

(ND) 1795 Washington / Liberty and Security Penny MS64+BN PCGS   Super pleasing example, well struck with original RED blending with chocolate brown.  Great eye-appeal…$3850

*SOLD* 1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent (Head of 1794) XF45 PCGS   Sharply struck on both sides with just light even wear.  Clean problem free surfaces finished in even chocolate brown.  Great type coin…$5650

1838 Coronet Cent MS64BN PCGS/CAC   Fully struck with problem free, lustrous surfaces and finished in an even chocolate brown…$1550

1855 Braided Hair Half Cent MS65BN PCGS/CAC   Very sharply struck with immaculate surfaces.  Even chocolate brown and spot free.  Absolute top, top of the grade…$735

1848 Braided Hair Cent MS65BN PCGS/CAC   Absolutely superb,  top of the grade Large Cent.  Fully struck with impeccable fields and even chocolate brown patina on lustrous surfaces…$1850

1850 Braided Hair Cent MS65RB PCGS/CAC   Absolute TOP of the grade, with considerable original RED blending with pleasing chocolate brown.  Fully lustrous…$1600

1852 Braided Hair Cent (N-12) MS66BN PCGS/CAC    Well struck perfect GEM with flawless surfaces and even chocolate brown patina…$1850

1854 Braided Hair Cent MS66BN PCGS/CAC   Another basically perfect Large Cent, this one with considerable original RED blending chocolate brown…$1850

1864 Bronze Indian Cent MS65RB PCGS/CAC   Exceptional GEM, fully struck and flawless surfaces with original Red blending with chocolate brown.  Top end eye-appeal…$975

1865 Two Cent MS66RB PCGS   Gorgeous deep original violet-red blends with chocolate brown on this well struck GEM.  Great eye-appeal…$1575

1869 Two Cent MS65BN PCGS/CAC   Very sharply struck front and back.  Even chocolate with tinges of original red throughout.  Fully lustrous…$1050

1914 Buffalo Nickel PR66 PCGS/CAC   Just the lightest hint of silvery blue and rose on bright, flawless surfaces.  A great Matte Proof…$3000

1837 Liberty Seated Half Dime (No Stars, Small Date)  MS64 PCGS   Perfectly struck with light golden rose and blue blend even on both sides.  A lovely and affordable one-year type…$1975

*SOLD*  1839 Liberty Seated Half Dime (No Drapery) MS67+ PCGS   Cert. 83922551   Pop: 3, none higher, with this coin chosen by PCGS to be the Coin Facts plate coin.   A stunning beauty.  Superb, crisp strike with all details sharp.  Bright, full white luster with rose and blue peripheral toning framing both sides.  MONSTER quality and eye-appeal…$11,500

1851 Liberty Seated Dime (Stars Obv.) MS66 PCGS   Cert. 35412530   Pop: 1, with two grading higher (66+ and 67)  Fully struck original GEM with just a hint of creamy patina going to golden rose at the right obverse…$8000

1917-D T-1 Standing Quarter MS65FH PCGS   Perfect needle sharp strike, bright full luster on brilliant centers, framed with lovely violet and blue toning on both sides.  Superb eye-appeal…$1950

1795 Flowing Hair Half (2 Leaves) F15 PCGS  “A perfect circ.”  Strong, even strike and problem free.  Just even wear and original silvery gray patina.  No adjustment marks…$2850

1806 Draped Bust Half (6 over inverted 6) VF30 PCGS   Lovely original example, well struck with exceptional detailing for the grade…$2375

1806 Draped Bust Half (Pointed 6, Stem) VF35 PCGS   Pleasing original with a solid strike and lovely silvery gray patina…$1375

1809 Cap Bust Half (O-102, XXX Edge) AU50 PCGS   A super pleasing original lightly circulated example of this popular XXX Edge variety.  Very well struck front and back with perfect original patina and considerable remaining luster…$2450

1830 Cap Bust Half (Small 0) MS63 PCGS   Sharply struck example showing full detailing front and back.  Light silvery rose patina and fully lustrous…$1885

1878 Liberty Seated Half MS66+ PCGS/CAC   Cert. 29627872   Pop:2, none higher   Fully struck GEM with gorgeous violet and blue toning on full luster.  $24,500

*SOLD* 1838 Reeded Edge Half MS64 PCGS   Needle sharpl strike on both sides is enhanced by deep silvery rose toning, framed in sky blue and finished with full luster.  Super appealing coin…$6850

1916-D Walking Half MS65 PCGS/CAC   Very sharply struck, especially for this date, showing beautiful rose-orange and sky blue peripheral patina on both sides.  Fully lustrous and top end Eye-appeal…$3500

1957 Franklin Half MS67 PCGS/CAC   I doubt if I have purchased 10 Franklin halves in my 38 year career.  I had to buy this one.  Just soooooooo pleasing.  Bascially perfect surfaces with light silvery-violet patina framed with flashes of golden orange…$550

1795 Flowing Hair Dollar (3 Leaves) XF40 PCGS   A perfect original circ that started with a full, even strike and shows just light, even wear.  Lively two-tone silvery gray patina results in top end eye-appeal…$12,850

*SOLD*  1873 Seated Liberty Dollar (with Motto) PR64DCAM   Sold years ago to a customer and just bought back at Long Beach.  A wonder coin with amazing snowy white CAMEO contrasting Deep, Deep mirrors.  A true “Black and White” CAMEO.  MONSTER Eye-appeal…$12,500

1877-S Trade Dollar MS62 PCGS   Fully struck and highly detailed on both sides.  Bright and full luster on light rose with a deep blue arc at the right obverse.  Incredible eye appeal for ANY grade.  The best I have seen on a MS62…$1575

1880 Trade Dollar PR64 NGC   Very pleasing Proof Trade Dollar.  Light CAMEO devices contrast deeply mirrored, haze free fields.  Just a tinge of golden patina overall with blue and violet peripheral toning front and back.  A great looking coin…$3900

1887 T-3 Gold Dollar PR66DCAM PCGS/CAC    Monster Gem Proof.  Perfect, bright CAMEO contrasts deeply mirrored, flawless fields…$22,500

1856 $2.5 Liberty MS64+ PCGS/CAC   Super nice example of this early Liberty $2.5.  Well struck with clean surfaces and full luster…$4000

1876 $2.5 Liberty PR67DCAM PCGS   Cert. 34939982   Rare with 25-30 known   Pop: 1, Finest Known.  By far the finest example of this scarce date.  Gorgeous CAMEO contrasting deeply mirrored fields.  Basically flawless with MONSTER Eye-appeal…$145,000

1895 $2.5 Liberty PR67+DCAM PCGS   Cert. 34722565   Pop: 1, Finest Graded   Monster Deep Cameo, the single finest graded of the date…$55,000

1915 $2.5 Indian MS64 PCGS/CAC   Cert. 35377773   Pop: 8, with 10 grading higher.   Fresh, original near Gem, fully struck and lustrous with flowing surfaces…$1475

1795 Small Eagle, Cap Bust Right $5 Gold MS63 PCGS   A beautiful, fully struck and problem free example of the first United States $5 gold…$220,000

1878 $5 Liberty MS66 PCGS   Cert. 35305438   Pop: 3, none higher.   A lovely fully struck GEM example of this very tough date.  Only three graded, none higher…$29,500

1901 $5 PR66CAM PCGS   Cert. 35378213   Pop: 1, Finest graded in CAMEO…$60,000

1927-S $20 St. Gaudens MS65+ PCGS   Cert. 34630031  Pop: 3, with 3 grading higher. A fresh, original GEM example of this very rare date.  Gorgeous…$215,000

1935 Connecticut Half MS67 NGC.   OMG, this is among the absolute finest and most beautiful Connecticut’s I have seen.  Fully struck with superb, almost flawless surfaces.  Finished in even violet rose on both sides.  Glowing luster.  MS67+++++….$2850

1926-S Oregon MS67 PCGS/CAC   Super flashy GEM with brilliant centers, framed in violet peripheries.  Super flashy…$1085

1939-D Oregon Trail MS66 PCGS/CAC   Bascially flawless GEM, untoned and lovely.  Incredible value with only 3004 pieces struck…$790

                                 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 and internet compilations 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 and  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 dozens, if not hundreds 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.   

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:303-471-6074

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