I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who helped me by offering advice and knowledge, pointing out my mistakes and being supportive through it all. Especially those who pointed me to bargain sellers that allow me to purchase coins that fit my budget. On the positive side of things I completed my first “set” .. Adoptive Emperors in bronze.. with a nice Commodus kicker.. all of modest quality but very pleasing to me. Nerva is a Duponduis, the rest Sestertii.. I was also able to complete my coin cabinet – which was a really enjoyable project (the door knobs added to the fun!). Getting it done before it got too cold in my garage was a big accomplishment. I live in Canada – so that’s a hard deadline. My wife is also quite happy coins and books have a home and are no longer all over the place. It will not win any woodworking awards – but it certainly keeps things neat and organized. I also enjoyed adding to the thread showing my progress and seeing a lot of others show off their own cabinet creations. https://www.cointalk.com/threads/old-homemade-coin-cabinet-with-potential.336310/ Under the lessons learned category in 2019 I purchased 2 fakes unknowingly .. quite embarrassing really (especially when you create a thread to show off your new acquisition!) but I guess it happens. The good news is that the good people on CoinTalk let me know about it and I was able to get a full refund both times. The Julius Caesar fiasco was a particularly depressing episode - it actually took me awhile to get over that - but at the end of the day no one died... I received a full refund.... Learn from it and move on. Don't let this kind of thing ruin our hobby! On to my Top 8 (outside of my Adoptive Emperor set). These will win no beauty contests and are in no danger of being slabbed in the future. Just coins with a lot of history that I find interesting. I enjoy the transitional style of these LRBs - some great details .. including a super cool helmet, spear, shield and Fu Manchu mustache! Constantine, 307-337 19 mm, Struck 319 Bust left, helmeted, spear over far shoulder, shield on left shoulder. VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP Two victories inscribing wreath "VOT/PR"ASIS More great detail .. the reverse features a particularly subhuman looking captive/barbarian.. awesome Victory and the obverse huge head with tiny T-Rex arms. I do love the artwork although this style is not everyone's cup of tea. Date: 317-320 Obverse: IMP LICI-NIVS AVG, Diademed and mantled bust left, holding eagle-tipped sceptre (should be holding Mappa) Reverse: IOVI CONS-ERVATORI AVGG, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe and leaning on sceptre, captive to left, AI in right field, SMANT in exergue Size: 20.45mm Weight: 3.13 grams That bust is just so unusual and weird that I had to have this coin.. the fish eye and mouth... the mustache, the way the crown sits on the head. I somehow find it wonderful. Licinius I. A.D. 308-324. reduced follis (19 mm, 3.04 g). Heraclea, ca. A.D. 321-324. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Jupiter standing left, holding Victory and scepter; eagle at feet left My first coin of the Republic.. well worn awesomeness! (terrible pic - sorry) A more scarce anonymous variation of the dolphin series, RRC 80/1b. For this issue, the 4+ hair locks (instead of 3 for most 53/2 varieties) and the cape style suggest this is Cr. 80. (this info was provided by the great people here). My first fouree .. A Bee at a great price... I was so glad to add this classic to my collection! Ionia, Ephesus AE16 280-258 BC OBV: Bee in Laurel wreath REV: Stag grazing, right 16.58mm, 3.2 grams I love coins featuring Victory - and this one has beautiful toning, centering, strike and style... and frankly looks a little out of place in my collection. RIC 215, Antoninianus, 22mm, 4.5 g OBV.: PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, and cuirassed bust right. REV.: VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and trophy. She's rough, she's worn but she's the real deal.... not the all that pretty but my most prized coin. Large AE portrait of Julius Caesar. Imperatorial Era: Octavian/Augustus and Divus Julius Caesar, Orichalcum Sestertius, 29mm, 12.98 gm, 2h. Mint in Italy, 38 BC. Obv: CAESAR DIVI F bare head of Octavian right Rx: DIVOS IVLIVS laureate head of Julius Caesar right --- 7 out of my top 8 were in and around the $20 to $40 range.. so I guess not the most exciting year end group you will see. But I enjoyed the hunt and the results. Thank you for viewing.. I appreciate any comments or any coins you would like to post.