I've been fascinated by carved Roman gemstones for a while, but had never owned one, and never really expected to. In late 2012 or early 2013, I started a discussion about them on Collectors Universe, sort of along the lines of, "These aren't coins, but I really think they're neat". That sort of thing. In that discussion, I posted a link to the Ancient Coin Art dealer listing for this Roman bronze intaglio ring (ca. 1st to 4th century AD), which I thought was especially neat, as the carving features a capricorn engraved into the carnelian gemstone. Which just happens to be my zodiac symbol, not that I set much store by that kind of stuff. I mentioned I probably would never buy any of these ancient intaglios, though, because while they are reasonably affordable in many cases, I prefer to use my limited funds for coins. So I thought nothing more of it until a few weeks later, when I got a mysterious Priority Mail box in the mail with no return address. Even the ZIP code of origin had been carefully blacked out on the label, which was odd. (And a little spooky, were I a more suspicious or paranoid person, which fortunately I'm not.) Cracking bomb and anthrax jokes to my extremely bored non-terrified daughter, I opened the package. Inside was a huge cocoon of bubble wrap, and inside that a little gold colored box. Inside the gold box, on a bed of cotton, was the capricorn ring! And a blue Post-It note which read, So some mysterious benefactor, whose identity remains unknown to me to this day, spent $200+ to send me that mystery package with the ring in it. Needless to say, I was very touched by the generosity. That made my whole week... if not month. In fact, years later, I still think about that when I'm in a sulky mood and feeling underappreciated by the world. In 2015 I gave the ring as a birthday gift to my mother, who also happens to be a Capricorn like I am. So it's no longer mine, but it's still in the family. I'm visiting Mom as I type this (Christmas 2017), so I had her bring the ring out for me to take some pictures of it. That's my favorite ancient non-coin artifact. Post some of yours!