Living in a country that once was Dacia, I try to collect as many coins with Dacian themes. Last year I managed to get a Trajan Decius DACIA antoninianus I also have the matching sestertius A nice denarius celebrating Trajan's victory, DACICA inscribed on shield and a Column denarius ... but coins with Dacian soldiers were missing completely. I think these are very popular coins, as I saw them plenty of times in auctions but always failed to win one. Although the conditions were not spectacular, some collectors wanted them badly. Or I simply missed them (a few months ago I was hunting one, being sure the auction is on Sunday. It was on a Saturday so completely missed it). Or there were other coins more appealing after them chronologically in auctions and the budget didn't allow me to bid much and lost them. Overall, lots of failures. I intend to buy less coins in the future, but Dacian themed denarii were on top of my wish list and I was hoping to get some decent examples. It finally happened today, not one, but 2 coins. Not spectacular, but ticking this box was a major goal. And the conditions are satisfying enough for me. Trajan AD 98-117. Rome Denarius AR 19 mm, 3,13 g IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, bust of Trajan, laureate, right (sometimes draped on left shoulder) / COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC DAC CAP, Dacian, wearing peaked cap, his hands bound behind him, seated right on a pile of shields and arms Date Range: AD 103 - AD 111 RIC II Trajan 96, RSC 118, BMC 385 Trajan AD 98-117. Rome Denarius AR 19 mm, 3,02 g IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, bust of Trajan, laureate, right / S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI Dacian, wearing peaked cap, in attitude of mourning, seated right on oval shield; curved sword (falx) below Date Range: AD 103 - AD 111 RIC II Trajan 219, RSC 529, BMC 175 Having 2 coins I wanted a lot in the same auction could lead to stupid situations (it happened more than once). Especially when the second is more appealing (I like the design with the falx under the soldier). Usually I lose both. I bid on the first, but not very aggressively - the idea is to keep the budget for the second coin, the one I like more. I lose the first one, no worries, I will bid on the second. And I lose that one also because it happened way too many times to have a bidding war. This time I won both. To my surprise, the first one was more expensive (but not by much). Prices were a little bigger than the normal price for Trajan denarii in average preservation - but I have seen similar coins going for much more, probably they are very popular, so I am quite happy. As Dacian related coins were discussed recently, please post coins that you tried to get for a while, failed repeatedly, but finally managed to win.