...with some bonus Probus! I was able to finally afford a nice VENVS GENETRIX of Julia Domna recently. I found that for whatever reason, either mimicking her looks in life as she aged (being mother to Caracalla could not have helped), or just some interesting work on the engraver's part, the portraiture of these coins looks...severe. Like she had aged a lot with a permanent scowl on her face. This example is pleasant enough with good silver and nice execution of Venus on the reverse. A bit of weakness in the reverse legend is the only distraction. Julia Domna, Denarius, VENVS GENETRIX AR Denarius Julia Domna Born ca.: 170AD - Died: 217AD Augusta: 193 - 217AD Issued: 215 - 217AD 20.0 x 19.0mm 3.36gr 1h O: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG; Draped bust, right. R: VENVS GENETRIX; Venus seated left on throne, holding scepter and apple, at feet to left, Cupid, standing right, with hands raised. Rome Mint RIC Caracalla 389; RSC 205; Sear (2000) 7099. Aorta: 212: B6, O6, R100, T113, M4. gVF Naville Numismatics Auction 37, Lot 627. 1/28/18 2/9/18 Since I have been working hard on Septimius Severus and Julia Domna, I had let my Probus collection languish for a few months. Then, as per the usual, I found few coins of SS and JD that I wanted recently. And lo and behold! Probus makes an appearance with some nice additions at cheap prices. Probus, Antoninianus, PAX AVG AE Antoninianus Probus Augustus: 276 - 282AD Issued: 282AD 22.0mm 4.40gr 6h O: IMP C PROBVS (top dot) P (top dot) F (top dot) AVG; Radiate, draped bust, right. R: PAX AVG; Pax, standing left, holding branch and scepter. Exergue: D, right field. Lugdunum Mint RIC V-2, Lugdunum 119, radiate, draped; C 401. JAZ Numismatics/John Zielinski Auction 121, Lot 16. 2/1/18 2/9/18 Submitted to Wildwinds, 2/9/18. Probus, Antoninianus, PAX AVG AE Antoninianus Probus Augustus: 276 - 282AD Issued: 280AD 22.5 x 21.5mm 3.10gr 0h O: IMP C PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust, right. R: PAX AVG; Pax, standing left, holding branch and scepter. Exergue: Q, right field; XXI, below line. Siscia Mint RIC V-2 Siscia 706, Q; Cohen 401-403. Aorta: 1691: B72, O63, R87, T52, M6. sjbcoins/Stoian Belkin Inv. # 2353 162873292585 2/4/18 2/9/18 Submitted to Wildwinds, 2/9/18. I would say that currently, my three collecting priorities are Septimius, Domna and Probus. I did collect a lot of Gallienus, but found the poor craftsmanship of the Crisis to be a real distraction. Either I found garbage coins for $1 or decent coins that were overpriced. Constantine I and his family are still fun, but again it is really hit or miss with what you can come up with while not having to search through hundreds of culls. What are your favorite collecting areas currently? Pics are of course welcome!