10) Numerian, PAX AVGG Numerian, as Augustus (283-284), Antoninianus, Lugdunum mint. Obverse: IMP C NVMERIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; Reverse: PAX AVGG, Pax standing left, B in left field; RIC 394 While this coin has quite a few things going for it (Cheap, excellent strike, wide and carefully prepared flan, fantastic portrait, almost complete silvering), the reverse was struck with such a worn die that, in hand, it's almost illegible. And besides, Numerian is not a very significant emperor, so it gets the last spot on the list. 9) Maximian, CONCORDIA MILITVM Maximian, first reign (286-305), Antoninianus, Cyzicus mint. Obverse: IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right, seen from behind; Reverse: CONCORDIA MIL-ITVM (dot), Maximianus standing right holding sceptre, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter standing left, holding long sceptre, Epsilon in lower centre. Mintmark XXI (dot); RIC 595 This coin isn't anything special, but it's well centered, fully silvered, with a nice reverse and an attractive portrait of an important emperor. 8) Salonina, DEAE SEGETIAE Salonina (253-268), Antoninianus, Gallic mint. Obverse: SALONINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right, seen from the front, resting on a crescent; Reverse: DEAE SE-GETIAE, statue of Segetia, nimbate, standing facing in four-columned temple, both hands raised; RIC 5 Roman emperor Valerian, at the beginning of his reign, opened a mint in Gaul, though, if I remember correctly, it's still uncertain whether it was in Colonia Agrippina, Lugdunum or Augusta Treverorum. This mint produced many interesting types, including this one, featuring an attractive architectural reverse. Valerian and Gallienus also issued similar types, featuring Vulcan and Mars, respectively, which indicated the roles of the various deities in the army: Vulcan produced the weapons, Mars led the soldiers into battle and Segetia, an agricultural deity, obtained the food supplies. Hopefully in the future I'll be able to assemble the whole triad. 7) Gallienus, LIBERO P CONS AVG Gallienus (253-268), Antoninianus, Rome mint. Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; Reverse: LIBERO P CONS AVG, panther walking left. B in exergue; RIC 230 While this coin is common, the Zoo series of Gallienus is quite an interesting subgroup of coins and, despite suffering from having been struck on a small flan, this coin is very well preserved, when compared to others of the type. 6) Victorinus (posthumous), PROVIDENTIA AVG Victorinus (268-270), Antoninianus, Uncertain mint. Obverse: DIVO VICTORINO PIO, radiate head right; Reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia standing left, holding baton and cornucopia; RIC 88 One of the most unusual consecration coinages is that of Victorinus, who was one of the ephemeral emperos of the Gallic Empire. The normal reverse for this coin would be CONSECRATIO, with an eagle, but they are often found muled with the reverses of normal coins. My example, while missing a good portion of the legend, still has very nice details on both sides. 5) Claudius II, SALVS AVG Claudius II (268-270), Antoninianus, Antioch mint. Obverse: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate head left; Reverse: SAL-VS AVG, Diana standing right, drawing arrow from quiver and holding bow in hand, facing Apollo standing left, holding olive branch in hand and lyre which rests on rock; RIC 219 Claudius II's rare final emission from Antioch stands out from the others, because all of the eight reverses feature a couple of deities, including some rarely seen ones. It has been speculated that this final emission was minted by the Palmyrene in the time period between their capture of the city and the rise to power of Aurelian, and that the couple of deities is supposed to represent Vabalathus and Zenobia. I am trying to collect the whole issue, and so far I have acquired three of these reverses, but since posting them all would have clogged up the list, I have chosen to show only the best one. 4) Valerian I, VICT PART Valerian I (253-260), Antoninianus, Uncertain mint (possibly Mediolanum or Viminacium). Obverse: IMP VALERIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; Reverse: VICT PART, Victory standing left holding shield and palm; on left side below mourning captive; RIC 262 Lucky for me, this rare and interesting coin went almost unnoticed at auction, and I won it for a price far below other examples. This reverse is very significant because, as far as I know, it's the only coin issued by Valerian I that identifies which enemy he was hoping to defeat with his doomed expedition; all his other coins with Victory on the reverse have a generic legend. 3) Probus, CONCORD MILIT Probus (276-282), Antoninianus, Ticinum mint. Obverse: IM-P C PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust left, wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle-tipped sceptre; Reverse: CONC-ORD MILIT, Concordia standing left, holding two standards, E in left field. Mintmark PXXI; RIC 480 While this coin, belonging to the coded EQVITI series from Ticinum, isn't particularly rare or interesting, it does have a stunning bust of the emperor as well as a fantastic chocolate patina, though the photo makes it look like it still has its silvering. Overall, this coin, while not special, is pretty enough to obtain the third spot on this list. 2) Volusian, AEQVITAS AVGG Volusian, as Augustus (251-253), Antoninianus, Antioch mint. Obverse: IM C V AF GAL VEND VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, seen from behind. Two dots beneath; Reverse: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing left, holding scale and cornucopia; Unlisted and possibly unique It's always very satisfying to find a very rare coin or even one that's unlisted, as is the case here; at Antioch, this reverse legend is only known for Gallus, while his son Volusian always has the legend AEQVITAS AVG, with only one G, suggesting that this coin is actually a mule. 1) Claudius II, P M TR P COS P P Claudius II (268-270), Antoninianus, Siscia mint. Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust, seen from the front; Reverse: P M T-R P COS P P, Apollo sitting left, holding olive branch in right hand and with left elbow leaning on lyre. P in exergue; RIC V Online 770, Minster 271, La Venera 9728 Without a doubt, this was my best purchase of the year: it's of one of my favourite emperors, it's very rare (mine is the fifth known example), it's the last appearance of this interesting reverse type, it's very well struck, it's almost uncirculated, with the silvering mostly intact, and it was very cheap, when compared with the others that have been sold before. I think it's only fair that it gains the top spot on this list. That was my first Top 10 list; overall, I'd say that, even though the world is going through quite a lot of issues, as far as coin collecting goes, this was a good year; hopefully in 2021 the planet's situation will improve and my collection will expand even more. Remember to vote for your favourite coins and let me know what you think about them! Happy holidays to everyone!