I’ll start off with some honourable mentions as it was difficult to cut this down to 10, so I got as close as I could. Gallienus AE Antoninianus CAES. AE Antoninianus 260-268 AD (21mm, 3.99g) Rome mint. IMP CAES GALLIENVS AVG: Head of Gallienus, radiate, right / PAX AETERNA: Pax, draped, standing left, holding olive-branch in right hand and sceptre in left hand. Delta right. RIC V 254 var. Delta right instead of left Rated R3 in RIC, this was a happy surprise hiding within a sight-unseen group lot, verdigris and all. There are two on acsearch, with another on wildwinds which was listed on Vcoins as well. Other then that handful floating around on-line I could not find many examples of this coin at all. Additionally, all of the pieces on-line had the delta in the left field, where this one has it on the right. I saw a couple of RIC 252, with a different obverse legend having the delta in right field. Interesting to see if there are any similar examples of this piece. Da Guan Tong Bao Hui Zong, AE Cash 1107-1110 AD, Da Guan Tong Bao, gold script. H# 16.418 I think this piece represents my jump into Chinese coins just a month or so ago quite well. The Da Guan is known as one of if not the most attractive script from the period. I loved these from the images and in-hand it is definitely special, even at a very small fraction of the price of other pieces on this list. Next year I will probably look to find a nice 10-cash version of this piece. Ex. Thomas Ollive Mabbott Tetrobol. AR Tetrobol, 480/479-477/476 BCE. (25mm, 2.22g) Macedonian hunter riding horse right; wearing kausia and holding spear / Forepart of lion within incuse square. HGC3, 759, Raymond 1953, Group I, 23-33. Ex. The Thomas Ollive Mabbott Collection, Hans Shulman New York, June 1969. Lot 360 (Realized $26). Another welcome surprise out of a group lot. I got a couple of ex-mabbott collection pieces out of a group-lot this summer, and this is the most attractive from the group. None of them are necessarily amazing coins, but the providence, (and therefore making me buy the catalogue, and seeing the rest of his amazing collection) and the original auction tag from 1969 made it a highlight for me. Antiochus III Tet. AR Tetradrachm 223-211/0 BCE (26 mm, 16.88 gm). Antioch on the Orontes, Series I. Diademed head of Antiochus III right, with youthful features, hair in bangs over the forehead, dotted border / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ on right, ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ on left, Apollo, slight drapery on right thigh, seated left on omphalos, testing arrow and resting left hand on grounded bow with grip marked by row of pellets; ΞV monogram and inverted Ω above P in outer left field. SC-1041.3, Newell-WSM, 1045. This was the first large-scale Greek coin I purchased for my collection, and I was extremely happy with it. The high relief and Hellenistic style is a nice difference from the late-roman coins that comprise the majority of my collection. Cappadocian Tet. Ariarathes VII AR Tetradrachm, 107/6-104/3 BCE (30 mm, 16.46 g), in the name and with the types of Antiochos VII, Eusebia-Mazaka. Diademed head of Antiochos to right. Rev. BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ Athena standing to left, holding Nike, shield and spear; outer left, monogram of Φ over A; inner left field, O; inner right field, Λ; all within laurel wreath tied at the top and bottom. HGC 7, 829. HGC 9, 1069. SC 2061. This guy went unsold at Nomos Obolos 13, and I had to have it. The darkness on the reverse is a small detractor, although the bust is very nice, and it came with a ticket from the 60’s which I love. This type is interesting too, struck under the Cappadocian King Ariarathes VII Philometer emulating the types of Antiochus VII. Now time for the overall list. I’ll go from 10 to 1 in order to build a little suspense . 10. Buo Quan EF. Wang Mang, 14-23 AD (26mm, 3.35g) Bu Quan “Spade coin” with horns at top of hole. / Raised rims. H# 9.71 This is the highest quality Chinese coin I’ve had the opportunity to buy so far, and I am very happy with it. The blue toning is superb and is amazing to hold in hand. 9. Zeno Solidus Zeno AV Solidus 4.21 g Constantinople, second reign, 476-491. DN ZENO - PERP AVC Cuirassed bust facing, wearing diadem and crested helmet, holding shield with his l. hand, shouldering spear with his r. hand. Rev. VICTORI - A AVCCCI / * / CONOB Victoria, wearing long dress, standing facing, head turned l., holding long jewelled cross with her r. hand. RIC X 910 Depeyrot II, 262, 108/1 This coin definitely does not have the most amazing portrait, as old Zeno’s face is basically non-existent, although it is my first Roman gold coin I have added to my collection. Originally, I planned to sell it, as it was more of an impulse buy at the right price compared to something I was looking for. I didn’t notice until I got the coin in hand how detailed the lower half of the bust was, and especially the horseman who graces the shield of the late-roman/byzantine emperors on the solidi. 8. Macedonian Obol? AR Fraction, 498 BCE (11mm, 0.95g) Horse standing right / Quadripartite square This piece came in the same group lot as the Mabbott, and sadly was one of the only ones without a previous auction-tag or definitive providence. Based on the other pieces, most likely it was last in New York between 1965 and 1970. The horse on this piece is very life-like, and due to the hole from antiquity, I like to believe that someone else felt very similarly about this piece and wore it at some point. I am struggling on identifying this coin due to the weight, if anyone could help shed some light that would be most appreciated. 7. Magnentius Chi-Rho AE1 Magnentius AE Double-Centenionalis 353 AD (27mm, 7.44g) Amiens mint. D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, Bareheaded draped and cuirassed bust right / SALVS DD NN AVG ET CAES, Large Chi-Rho, A to left, ω to right; AMB in exergue. RIC VIII 34 Ex. TheRed collection, CNG 366, 888, “Collection of a Texas Wine Doctor” I already posted this in the AMCC 2 thread, and I am very happy with it. It gets to join my Julian II Bull in my large-scale late roman bronzes, now all I am missing is a Jovian!