So I stopped by my local dealer on Black Friday. He doesn't like to mess around with low-grade stuff, so his junk bins can be interesting. He handed me the $4 bin and said "I threw some ancients in there." First thing I saw was a very yellow, decaying plastic flip with "Carausius" written on it. And then a Nerva. I got very excited at that point. The rest is a blur - I was in a feeding frenzy. Well, now that I've calmed down, I'd have to admit that they aren't pretty, but several of them were "firsts" for me (first Carausius, first Nerva, first Berytus, first Jewish Revolt). And the price was right and it took me many hours of fun (mostly) to attribute them. I'm guessing on the Carausius - I couldn't believe how complicated his coinage is. This one has been varnished, I think - it has a kind of scary, possibly BD edge, but it is all very glossy and hard. I'll keep an eye on it, but I am afraid to touch it, basically (but I did put it in a new flip). Romano-British Empire Carausius Æ Antoninianus (c. 286-287 A.D.) Unknown British Mint IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped bust right / SALVS AVG, Salus standing left with patera and sceptre, feeding snake rising from altar. RIC 983 (see note). (2.93 grams / 21 x 17 mm) Attribution Note: Several types of Carausius with SALVS reverse; this seems to match FORVM example with "early reign 'moustache' portrait" cf. RIC V-2 983; Webb Carausius 1102; Hunter IV 75; Cohen VII 310; Linchmere Hoard 1102 (1 spec.); King Unmarked 13; SRCV IV -, Bicester Judea, First Jewish War Æ Prutah Year 3 (68-69 A.D.) Amphora with two handles and lid with paleo-Hebrew inscription Year Three around / Vine leaf on branch with paleo-Hebrew inscription The Freedom of Zion around. Hendin 664; Meshorer 204. (3.70 grams / 18 mm) Sept. Severus & Caracalla (208-211 A.D.) Æ 23 Berytus, Phoenicia [IMPP CAESS SEVER ANT AVGG] Confronted laureate, draped, and cuirassed busts / [DEC-ENNAL ANT COS III COL BER], Astarte in temple, crowned by Nike on column. BMC 122; AUB 86. (10.84 grams / 23 mm) Nerva Æ Semis (96-98 A.D.) Syria, Seleucis & Pieria Antiochia ad Orontem [IMP C]AES[AR NERVA AVG III COS], laureate head right / S•C within laurel wreath; Γ below. RPC III, 3493; McAlee 422(c); Wruck 128, CRS 186, (7.28 grams / 22 mm) This Hadrian sestertius has been whacked, and so is bent. It was $12, but I just couldn't leave it. I felt sorry for it. Hadrian Æ Sestertius (134-138 A.D.) Rome Mint HADRIANVS AVG COS III [P P], laureate head right / FEL[ICITAS] AV[G], S-C, Felicitas standing left, holding branch in right hand and long caduceus in left hand. RIC 750d; BMC 1499. (24.61 grams / 30 mm) Not ancient, but pretty - from Shah Jahan's father (of Taj Mahal fame), this is a "Jahangiri," a brief experiment in a heavier Mughal rupee, but the merchants didn't like it. India, Mughal Empire Jahangir (1605-1627) Jahangiri Rupee (20% heavy) AH 1016/2 (1607-1608 A.D.) Ahmadabad Mint kalima shahada, hijri date and zarb at bottom / nuruddin muhammad jahangir badshah ghazi. KM 152.2 (13.72 grams / 21 mm) Finally, a trio of Byzantines I found knocking around: Post your uglies, your firsts, your junk bin treasures.