I decided to add a poll as well this year. Let me know which are your favorites. You can vote for up to 3. This has been a productive year for me on many fronts. Productive doesn’t necessarily translate to mean good, I mean, it is 2020 anyway. There were many distractions this year, probably more than I have ever had in my life. Through it all I have had a good collecting year. Following is my 3rd annual top 10 list. I could re-order these every day and still not be completely accurate. #10 50th Anniversary of the Union Miniere de Haut-Katanga by G.A. Brenet This is big chunk of bronze. I really like the older and then more modern imagery on opposite sides. There were several pieces that could have been at number 10. When it came to the end I had about 8 pieces left for the one spot on the list so I decided to go with something a little different. BELGIAN CONGO: Colony, AE medal Weight: 238.6g Diameter: 85mm 1956 Müseker 36/1 Obverse: excavator bucket over map of Katanga with CUIVRE - COBALT ARGENT - ZINC CADMIUM, URANIUM RADIUM GERMANIUM in surrounding field and UNION MINIERE DU HAUT-KATANGA * 1906-1956 * around Reverse: engineer with gear, measuring tongs, and open book instructs 3 pupils with U.M.H.K. * * EDUCATION.INSTRUCTIOHN.ENSEIGNEMENT TECHNIOUE * * around, matte finish, FONSON stamped on edge #9 Silver calendar medal by J. Prinz of Österreichischen Münzamt, Wien This is by far the least expensive piece on my 2020 list. I like medals in general and calendar medals are very appealing. This one just has a look that I like. 1935, Strothotte-1935-9, Wiener Bund-37 Diameter: 40mm Weight: 20.24g Obverse: head of Mercury at center with 4 tables around showing days of the week for 8 months, with main holiday dates in the angles Reverse: tables arranged in a cross-shape showing the days of the week for June, August, September and December and dates of the full moons, with 1935 above, Zodiac figures in the angles, eclipse dates to right and left, and MÜNZAMT.WIEN at bottom, matte finish "(hallmark) 885" on edge #8 Saxony (Duchy) Henry the Lion Bracteate I did surprisingly well adding some Bracteate’s to my collection this year. This is the only one to make the list. To my eyes it almost “as struck”. It’s also an iconic, recognizable image. Henry the Lion. 1139 / 42-1195. AR Bracteate Diameter: 30mm Weight: 0.80 g Braunshweig mint. Obverse: Lion passant left, head facing; annulet above Reverse: Incuse of obverse Kestner 612-8; Bonhoff 272 #7 1633 Lauthenthal Mining Thalers. Yield of the St. Jacob pit This is one that when purchased I thought would be my number one coin of the year. The imagery is very appealing to me. See my full write up here: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/lauthenthal-mining-thaler.355747/ Obverse: Five-fold helmeted 11-field coat of arms Reverse: St. Jacob divides 16-33 and S-I in 2 lines. St. Jacob with hat, slanted staff and book walks halfway, in the background \ l. Hill with pit stack. Standing St. Jakoc divides year in the transcription. Mint: ZellerFeld Welter 1054, Davenport -, 10.2 / 51, Spruth St. J 4 b Mint Master: Henning Schlueter #6 British Army Arrives In Egypt, AE Medal The reverse of this medal is amongst my favorite images in my entire collection. The horse if front of the pyramids is just awesome. See my full write up here: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/abercromby-in-egypt.359747/#post-4490435 1801 Great Britian, British Army Arrives In Egypt, AE Medal, Mudie's National Series, Mudie-8, BHM-504, By Webb, Plain Edge. Deep toned brown bronze in color with some underlying surface reflectivity, couple small rim tics. Mudie's National Series Of British Medals, Published in 1820 By James Mudie and Struck By Sir Edward Thomason's Manufactory in Birmingham consists of 40 different medals Commemorating British Military and Navy Victories. The series is both important in history and design and was dedicated to George the Fourth. Obverse: Uniformed bust facing slightly left Reverse: Horse right before the Great Pyramids Size: 41 mm #5 Harold I Harefoot AR Penny My favorite medieval coin of the year. The early British pennies are very appealing to me and this is one of the tougher ones to find. This one was surprisingly found at our small local monthly coin show. I still haven’t taken a better picture. Oh well, maybe next year. See my full write up here: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/harold-harefoot.363275/ ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of All England. Harold I Harefoot. 1035-1040. Diameter: 17mm Weight 0.87 gr Jewel Cross type (BMC i, Hild. A). Suðgeweorc (Southwark) mint; moneyer, Leofric. Struck 1036-1038. + Obverse: HAR OLD RE, diademed bust left Reverse: + LEORIC O ((NN) SVÐG:, cross composed of four ovals united at base by two concentric circles enclosing a pellet. SCBI 40 (Stockholm), 532 var. (Rev. Legend); Hild. 924 var. (Same); BMC -; North 802; SCBC 1163 #4 White Swan Mine Thaler If this one was struck a little bit better it would probably be number 1. The only coin this year with a wildman on it and there happens to be 2. For my full write up see here: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/white-swan-mine-thaler.369916/ Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. King Karl Series (1735- 1780). One Taler 1752. Mining Taler - "White Swan" mine. D.G. CAROLVS - DVX. BRVNSVIC. - LVNEB. 1752, Arms with Crown ( oval shield on V-shaped base), supported by two Wild Man. CANDIDVS HAEC PROFERT MONTANVS PRAEMIA CYGNVS, lake with a swan under clouds. Below in 5 lines - DIE GRVBE WEISSER SCHWAN KAM IN AVSBEVT IM Q: LVCIAE 1732 I.B.H. Davenport 2157, KM 940. #3 Hamburg Double Wedding Thaler Easily the largest coin purchased this year. It is off at NGC being graded at this time. It is a very busy coin. These amaze me because of the amount of work that had to be involved in cutting these dies. For my full write up see here: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/doppelter-hochzeitstaler-–-double-wedding-thaler.362713/#post-4603700 Hamburg. AR Doppelter Hochzeitstaler Diameter: 60mm Weight: 57.42 g Struck circa 1650. Obverse: Man and woman standing facing one another and clasping hands; above, radiant name of god and dove Reverse: The Wedding at Cana. Cf. Gaedechens 1600; KM 147 (3 Thaler). Toned, lightly chased, minor edge bumps. VF. #2 1666 Death of August II I have many coins of August II due in part to the amount of Wildman coins issued in his name. For my full write up see here: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/death-of-august-der-jüngere.368049/ Obverse: Legend in 11 lines Reverse: Bare tree with skull at base Subject: Death of August II Mint: Zellerfeld Mintmaster: Most likely Henning Schluter Note: Dav. #6376. #1 Gold 1932 Niobe Shipwreck Medal This piece is ex. @lordmarcovan He auctioned off an unrelated piece a few months ago and, in the process, we struck up a conversation that caused several packages to be shipped in both directions and money to change hands. I ended up with this piece. It wasn’t a difficult decision to make it number 1 this year. The obverse has a haunting look to me. This was included in lordmarcovan’s most recent electic box. See here: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/lo...tion-as-of-august-7-2020.364592/#post-4713122 Germany (Weimar Republic): specimen gold medal memorializing the schooner "Niobe" shipwreck, 1932 Schlumberger-123 Gold Weight: 6.45 g. All feedback is appreciated. @Seattlite86 Thank you for inspiration you provided this year. Your own enthusiasm helped me decide on some of these purchases this year.