[Ancients] Top 10 Index

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Curtisimo, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    I started this thread last year as way of keeping track of all the "Top 10" threads that were being posted at the end of 2019. Since then, I have made the effort to go back and research as many of the older Top 10 style threads as I could find and I have categorized them alphabetically below.

    As a point of interest, the very first Top 10 style thread that I could find that follows the popular current format of listing favorite coins purchased that year and providing some context or ranking of the coins was posted on December 29, 2013 by @dougsmit (see below link). Before this there were attempts to rank coins from entire collections but this thread seems to be the real genesis of our yearly tradition in its current form.

    As lists are posted in 2020 I will capture them below in the order in which they are posted. This should allow anyone wanting to view them all to be able to pick up where they left off even if the thread is no longer on the front page. At the beginning of next year I will index all the 2020 threads alphabetically with the rest.

    A few clarifying remarks before I get to the lists:
    • For those who break their Top 10 into multiple threads I will only be indexing one of them so make sure you link to all the others on your "definitive" thread if you want those captured.
    • In some cases I link to a second thread from a member that either falls into the "Budget" category (usually the $1-$100 style threads) or a "Focused" category (ex. members who focus on FTRs or Flavians and post a separate list). I thought these are interesting enough Top 10 type threads to make an exception to the one thread per person guideline.
    • The list is an ongoing labor of love and may not be 100% complete with all past lists. I'll be continuing to update over time so please have patience if I missed a list here or there.
    I encourage you if you are looking to spend some pleasant coin viewing time to go back through some of the old Top 10 threads and see what they have to offer. There is some great stuff posted from years past that is really worth a look.

    2020 Top 10s in Order of Posting

    1. @Sulla80 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/sulla80-top-10-coins-for-2020.370445/
    2. @dougsmit : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-ten-favorites-of-2020-–-dougsmit.370482/
    3. @rg3 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/rg3s-top-10-from-2020.370495/#post-5143863
    4. @ambr0zie : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ambr0zies-top-10-for-2020.370500/
    5. @Di Nomos : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-7-for-2020.370507/
    6. @7Calbrey : PART 1 https://www.cointalk.com/threads/best-10-of-the-year.370525/#post-5145695 PART 2 https://www.cointalk.com/threads/best-10-of-the-year-continued.370529/
    7. @Roman Collector : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-ten-of-2020.370563/
    8. @JayAg47 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/jayag47s-top-10-coins-of-2020.370580/
    9. @kazuma78 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/kazuma78-top-10-coins-for-2020.370609/
    10. @bcuda : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/bcudas-top-10-coins-of-2020.370647/
    11. @Only a Poor Old Man : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-7-coins-for-2020.370651/
    12. @Parthicus : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/parthicus-presents-top-10-of-2020.370668/
    13. @DonnaML : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my...vorite-non-republican-coins-from-2020.370679/
    14. @IMP Shogun : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/shoguns-top-10-for-2020.370703/
    15. @zumbly : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/zumblys-top-10-coins-of-2020.370735/
    16. @Quant.Geek : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/quant-geeks-top-ten-under-50-for-2020.370788/
    17. @Cucumbor : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/cucumbor’s-2020-review-my-top-5-½.370795/
    18. @ancient coin hunter : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/achs-top-coin-of-2020.370797/
    19. @Alwin : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-ten-2020.370818/
    20. @Orfew : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-ten-for-2020.370853/
    21. @svessien : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-ten-2020-svessien.370860/
    22. @Ryro : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ryros-top-10-macedonian-shield-coins.370866/
    23. @Terence Cheesman : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/tcheesman-top-10-greek-and-top-10-roman.370867/
    24. @ancientone : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-ten-2020.370869/
    25. @dougsmit : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/2020-coins-by-price-bracket-–-dougsmit.370881/
    26. @Andres2 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/andres-top-ten-2020.370904/
    27. @1934 Wreath Crown : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-10-for-2020.370945/#post-5175268
    28. @Spaniard : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-ten-2020-spaniard.370960/
    29. @Bradley Trotter : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-humble-top-10-of-2020.370961/
    30. @cmezner : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/some-2020-coins.370969/
    31. @FrizzyAntoine : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-10-for-2020-the-first-of-many-hopefully.370985/
    32. @Al Kowsky : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-10-for-2020.370988/
    33. @AncientJoe : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancientjoes-top-10-for-2020.370991/
    34. @Cicero12 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/cicero12s-top-7-of-2020.371017/
    35. @Gavin Richardson : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/gavin’s-top-10-of-2020.371042/
    36. @John Conduitt : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/john-conduitts-top-10-ancients-of-2020.371045/
    37. @Romancollector : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/romancollectors-top-20-of-2020.371047/
    38. @jamesicus : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/one-coin-for-2020.371058/
    39. @TypeCoin971793 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/typecoin’s-top-10-for-2020.371085/
    40. @Aidan_() : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-6-situation-2020.371103/
    41. @gogili1977 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-10-of-2020.371108/
    42. @Clavdivs : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/clavdivs-top-10-of-the-year-of-the-toilet-paper.371122/
    43. @benhur767 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-10-coins-for-2020.371131/
    44. @Orielensis : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/an-affordable-hobby-2020-favorites-under-25.371149/
    45. @thejewk : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/thejewks-top-10-of-2020-on-a-budget.371150/
    46. @Nap : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-10-2020-british-medieval.371172/
    47. @DonnaML : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/finally-my-top-10-for-2020-all-roman-republican.371290/
    48. @eparch : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-10-2020-eparch.371297/
    49. @robinjojo : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/10-for-20-greek-and-byzantine.371319/
    50. @FitzNigel : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-10-of-2020-from-fitznigel.371331/
    51. @panzerman : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-10-just-having-fun.371361/
    52. @Herodotus : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-10-2020-herodotus.371465/
    53. @Orielensis : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/orielensis-top-10-of-2020.371475/
    54. @singig : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/top-10-2020-singig.371484/
    55. @pprp : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/pprps-top-5-for-2020.371530/
    56. @Mat : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/mats-top-coins-of-2020.371587/
    57. @Julius Germanicus : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/bl...us-germanicus´-top-10-bronzes-of-2016.371605/
    58. @Pavlos : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/pavlos-top-ten-additions-of-2020.371612/
    59. @happy_collector : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/happy_collector-top-10-coins-for-2020.371643/
    60. @Ancient Aussie : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancient-aussies-top-10-2020.371679/
    61. @hotwheelsearl : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/hwes-top-ten.371730/
    62. @rrdenarius : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/rrd-2020-year-in-review.371738/
    63. @lordmarcovan : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/lord-marcovans-top-9-ancient-medievals-of-2020.371739/
    64. @tibor : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/tibors-10-from-2020.371744/
    65. @Julius Germanicus : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ol...nicus-top-10-yellow-sestertii-of-2016.371766/
    66. @catadc : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/catadcs-top-7-of-2020.371780/
    67. @Ocatarinetabellatchitchix : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ocatarinetabellatchitchix-top-of-2020.371782/
    68. @Curtisimo : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/curtisimo’s-top-5-of-2020.371875/
    69. @Jay GT4 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/fantastic-flavian-favorites-for-2020.371877/
    70. @Adriaan : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/adriaans-top-10-for-2020.371878/
    71. @Spargrodan : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/spargrodans-only-5-of-2020.371898/
    72. @Fugio1 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/fugio1-2020-top-10.371931/
    73. @finny : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/fins-top-10-for-2020-year-of-the-biga.371940/
    74. @nicholasz219 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/nicholasz219s-top-of-2020.372003/
    75. @Meander : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/meanders-top-10-greek-coins-2020.372021/
    76. @Claudius_Gothicus : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/claudius_gothicus-top-10-of-2020.372054/
    77. @Victor_Clark : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/victors-top-10-of-2020.372059/
    78. @Michael Stolt : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/my-top-10-of-2020.372084/
    79. @Shea19 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/shea19s-top-10-of-2020.372145/
    80. @red_spork : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/red_sporks-top-10-of-2020.372198/
    81. @robinjojo : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/some-romans-for-2020.372288/
    82. @zumbly : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/zumblys-1-100-favorites-by-price-bracket.372296/
    83. @Roerbakmix : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/yet-another-top-10-roerbakmixs-haul-of-2020.372322/
    84. @Ryro : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ryros-shields-down-glasses-up-2020s-almost-over-top-10.372326/
    85. @Limes : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/limes-top-10-coins-2020.372360/
    86. @jb_depew : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/jeremys-top-10-of-2020.372437/
    87. @SeptimusT : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/septimusts-top-10-coins-of-2020.372465/
    88. @Pellinore : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/tops-of-2020.372478/
    89. @Andrew McCabe : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/2020-best-provenances.372506/
    90. @akeady : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/2020-coins.372555/
    91. @David Atherton : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/david-athertons-top-ten-of-2020.372583/
    92. @Finn235 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/finns-2020-several-lists-of-top-10.372586/
    93. @Pellinore : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/celtic-tops-of-twenty-twenty.372607/
    94. @AnYangMan : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/an...ectic-and-diverse-top-10.372684/#post-5362324
    95. @furryfrog02 : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/furryfrogs-top-10-really-11-of-2020.372693/
    96. @arnoldoe : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/arnoldoe-top-10-coins-of-2020.372710/
    97. @TIF : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/tif-top-ten-of-2020.372772/
    98. @Valentinian : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/valentinians-top-ten-at-100-or-less.372840/
    99. @Justin Lee : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/justin’s-top-10-coins-of-2020.372893/
    100. @Pellinore : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/pellinores-last-top-10-of-2020.372944/
    101. @Restitutor : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/restitutors-top-10-of-2020.373486/#post-5412858
    102. @ValiantKnight : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/valiantknights-top-10-actually-11-favorites-of-2020.373785/

    Top 10s Arranged Alphabetically (2013-2019)

    1934 Wreath Crown
    Al Kowsky
    Ancient Aussie
    Bob L.
    David Atherton
    Deacon Ray
    Gary R. Wilson
    Gavin Richardson
    Julius Germanicus
    Justin Lee
    Michael Stolt
    Mikey Zee
    Parthicus Maximus
    Roman Collector
    Severus Alexander
    Terence Cheesman
    Thomas c
    The almost made it challenge
    Since this thread will not be very helpful if nobody can read it I am hoping you will all help me keep it relevant by periodically bumping the thread with your "almost made it" coins.

    These are coins that come very close to making your year end list but for some reason or the other they just lose out to another coin. For those coins this thread can be their time to shine! Please post your almost made it coins along with some explanation on why you like them.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021 at 11:41 PM
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Thanks @Curtisimo! Looks like I may have missed a top 10 or 2. Time to go back and check them all our again. Even if I have seen them, who would say no to some more awesome coin pictures? :)
  4. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    How dare you make me #4, sir. I'm #1in the world. You hear me, #1...


    Great list. You have far more patience than I do. Thanks for linking to all of them.
  5. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    I’m still waiting on auction results to post, a coin to arrive, as well as good timing to announce one of my favorite acquisitions. :( Otherwise, my top 10 list is ready. :)
  6. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    @Curtisimo, Thanks for the public service - the lists are fascinating for the coins and the diversity of interests and collection styles. I would easily have missed many of these threads, and look forward to browsing more. Here's one of my "almost top 10".
    Arsakes XVI and the Third Mithridatic War
    Arsaces XVI drachm Blu1.jpg
    Parthia, Arsakes XVI, AR Drachm, Rhagae mint
    Obv: short-bearded bust left wearing diadem, hair covering ear; single-pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
    Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne; empty cloak sleeve ends in pellet reaching well below seat level, holding bow in right hand; no border; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ~= “Great King Arsakes, Son of Deified Father, (and) Just
    Ref: Sellwood 30.16
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  7. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Bumping with an almost made it:

    Faustina II, AD 147-175/6.
    Roman orichalcum sestertius, 23.49 g, 29.0 mm, 11 h.
    Rome, AD ca. 174-176.
    Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: MATRI MAGNAE S C, Cybele seated right, holding drum in left hand on left knee; to left and right of throne, lions, seated right.
    Refs: RIC 1663, BMCRE 932-935; Cohen 169; Sear 5281; MIR 25; ERIC II 205.
  8. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    Holy smokes! Been working so much lately I have missed most of these!
    Thanks a ton for putting em all together the great (ish) one:D
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  9. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    I just edited the OP to add a few threads that have posted since yesterday. If you posted a "Top 10" and don't see it on here post a reply or send me a message and I'll make sure to get it added. This thread will be a work in progress.

    Here is one of my "almost made it" coins for 2019

    My First ADVENTVS Coin
    Roman Empire
    Philip I the Arab (AD 244-249)
    AR Antoninianus, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 245
    Obv.: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: ADVENTVS AVGG; Philip on horseback left, raising right hand and holding spear
    Ref.: RIC IV 26b

    Ex. Savoca 23rd Blue Auction (Aug. 2019)

    Fantastic coin Sulla. I love the dark toning. It seems from your top 10 that you really seem to like the dark toned look on silver coins.

    Had I not seen the other great examples in your list I would have wondered why this one wasn't on there. That is a great sestertius and Faustina's portrait is in very pleasant style. Nice one.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2019
  10. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    Yes, toned silver a plus in my criteria:
    C Postumius Denarius.jpg C. Postumius, AR Denarius, 74 BC
    Obv: Bust of Diana r., bow and quiver over shoulder
    Rev: [C] POSTVMI Hound running r., below spear; TA or AT monogram in exergue
    Ref: Cr-394/1a, Syd-785, Postumia 9.
  11. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    One of the many follis I bought this year, a nice Constans from a lot of 15 , but didn't make it in my top 10:

  12. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Excellent idea @Curtisimo, very helpful for us not to forget to looking at some of the member's top-of-the-pops !

    I don't think I will put one together myself this year as I've only been adding an awful few new noticeable ancient to my collection. But looking at others wil be rejoycing !!

    And just for the pleasure of posting a coin nontheless, and to please members liking toned silver...
    ... here an old ancient of mine


  13. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    I feel famous now.

    If there is also a list of top 10s of the previous years we could make a list of lists :)
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  14. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    I believe this thread is the first time anyone has attempted to index the top 10 threads unless I missed it or it was done before I joined.

    That would be fun though to see the top 10s of the past every so often. If you try and search “top 10” in the search bar it doesn’t seem to work. This is why I thought this would be a useful thread to start :)

    If I don’t at least see a Q’s top 3 I am gonna throw a temper tantrum that will make @Sallent ’s gif look tame! :arghh::drowning::bigtears::vomit:
  15. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    As usual, Curtis, it seems you know exactly what this board needs. The number of year end lists seems to have more than doubled from last year... and it’s not even the middle of December, and many members haven’t posted their lists yet! Thanks for taking the effort to put this up. :)
  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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  17. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Another Curtisimo GreatIdea™ :).

    I wish we had these for every year!

    P.S.-- perhaps alphabetical arrangement would be better. I anticipate referring to this list at various points in the future, probably looking for specific members' posts, so alphabetical would be more functional-- especially given the volume of threads we'll have this year! :)
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2019
  18. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Not a bad idea. I think once everyone’s thread is captured I might rearrange everything alphabetically on my last edit. The arrangement above is mostly a function of the fact I’ve been grabbing the links as I see a new one pop up. I also think it works well in the short term for helping people find the ones they missed. For instance if someone hasn’t been on in a few days they can just look at the bottom of the list for the recent ones.

    Great suggestion!
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  19. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    @Sallent will definitely not be at the top of the list though. He might be very angry !
    And, an angry lawyer, well, IDK....

    :D Q
  20. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Searching for 'Top Ten' lists would be easier if we had all used some searchable string in our titles. I know I have used 'Ten Favorites' rather than 'Top Ten' and some of us used a number other than ten (top 5, top 12). It may be too late to correct this for 2018 and before but we should consider how to flag year end list posts in the future.
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  21. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    Last year I started compiling a ‘history of Coin Talk’s Top Ten’ to which I planned on adding links broken down by year. I ave not continued with the project due to a lack of time. However, if people wanted to take a chronological approach, here is the final bit I wrote, with a note of where I left off sifting through CT:

    So those are the first ‘top tens,’ but not yet a Top Ten of the year through 2013. Perhaps when the semester is over I will find the time and desire to continue.

    But many thanks to @Curtisimo for compiling this year’s into a thread!
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