Saint Gall are popular among medieval collectors. On the other hand, the tonsured and bearded bust of St. Gall is one of the earliest and arguably the finest portraits of a monk on medieval coins: Abbey of Saint Gall, under Ulrich IV von Tegerfelden, AR bracteate, 1167-1199 AD. Obv: +MONETA•SANCTI•GALLI; bearded bust of St. Gall, with tonsure, facing. Rev: negative design (bracteate). 23mm, 0.46g. Ref: Berger 2568–9; HMZ 1-463; Slg. Bonhoff 1818; Slg. Wüthrich 273. Normally, this coin would have been out of my budget, especially with the competitive bidding we have seen in the last couple of months. But lucky for me, the auction house truly botched the photography job: Would you have bought the coin if you had only seen this picture? Yeah, me neither. I guess they accidentally photographed it upside down, so that the light came from below, leading to this rather suboptimal result. Fortunately, I remembered this exact coin from a previous auction and thus knew that it was actually nice. I snatched it comparatively cheap in the aftersale. Post you coins that are better than they looked in the seller's pictures!