I thought I would add this post to my blog as I recount my 10 oldest coins, and 5 oldest US coins, as of 10/15/09. It might be interesting to see how that changes throughout the years!
Here we go...
#1 Circa 300 BC Greek, possibly Sicily/Syracuse
#2 121-122 AD Rome, Hadrian, As. It looks a lot better in person!
#3 158. Rome, Antoninus Pius. Denarius
#4 267 Rome. Gallenius, Antoninianus
#5 Rome. 324-325. Constantine I (The Great). Follis. This was my first ancient coin, I got it in August 2008. These 5 coins are also the entirety of my ancient collection...I've got nothing on Ardatirion
For me #6 is:
Poland 1623 3 polker (Just got at CoinFest from Allan G. Berman)
#7: Papal States 1721-1724, Innocent XIII Quattrino (also bought from Mr. Berman)
#8: Austrian Netherlands 1797 Kronenthaler
#9: Austria 1800A 3 Kreuzer
#10: (Tie) Austria 1816 A and 1816 S Quarter Kreuzer, 1816 A Half Kreuzer and 1816 A Kreuzer (I got them all togther, however, the date was frozen and they could have been made any time between 1816 to 1852)
My oldest US coin is next on the list, #11, a slightly bent 1832 half dime which was my oldest coin for a few months last year, until I bought the 1797 Austrian Netherlands issue.
My Five oldest US Coins:
#1 said half dime
#2 1835 dime, highly worn but still clearly a US dime
#3 1852 cent, my only large cent, also damaged
#4 1852 three cent silver, bent
#5 1857 cent, which had been the most I've ever spent for a coin until this past weekend when I doubled it for the Roman Silver posted above, even so it was only $50!
The majority of my collection is from the second half of the 1900s but lately I've gotten some more older issues, although they are pretty much all recounted here...lol.