I’m wondering where my collection is going to. To be honest, I have no idea. I looked at my coins and tried to find some logic in the purchases I made throughout the last few years. And it’s difficult. I collected coins from a lot of different emperors, republican coins, provincial coins, all kind of ancient coins….. I tried to complete series here and there, but that was not an easy task. I have quite a few unfinished series of coins. As I am a very structured person, that’s a little bit odd….. When I look at the coins I bought this year, to my surprise something of a pattern is emerging. I can bundle the coins in this top 10 in three different groups. Rome meets Egypt I’m certainly not the only one on this forum admiring Alexandria coins, but WOW they are special. I love ancient Egypt, and to find coins that combine my passion for Egypt with my passion for Roman coins is simply great. I have collected a few tetradrachms over the years and this year I bought three drachmes with iconic images of Egypt, namely: 1. The ancient lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), emperor Antoninus Pius on the obverse. 2. A Sphinx with parts of a female head, a lion and a bird, emperor Hadrian on the obverse. 3. The Nile (in the personification of Nilus) with a crocodile, emperor Hadrian on the obverse. 1. 2. 3. Events in ancient Rome That seems to be another pattern when I look at my coins. I love coins that show an important event in ancient Rome. 4. Emperor Nero playing the lyre while Rome is burning. This probably never happened, but it’s still a great gossip story and more than that, Suetonius mentioned the coin in his ‘The Twelve Caesars’. 5. Emperor Hadrian makes a donation (liberalitas) to a Roman citizen cause of the commemoration of an important event. Sometimes the denarii where literally scattered through the streets. 6. Emperor Philip I and the Ludi saeculares, celebrating the 1000 year anniversaries of Rome’s foundation. It’s not certain this is a Ludi saeculares coin, but I like to think it is. I love the image of the mahout riding his elephant ! 4. 5. 6. The fascinating Severan dynasty I bought quite a few coins form this dynasty, so here we have another pattern...... 7. Emperor Septimius Severus and his Genius. I had to buy this one cause of the characteristic head of the emperor. Love his portrait. 8. The empress Julia Domna. I purchases this coin in December 2020, but received it in 2021 so it’s in this top ten. I bought the coin for the portrait and also for the reverse with the goddess Isis feeding the infant Horus. I like to think that Isis is a personification for the empress herself and the infant is her son Caracalla. 9. Emperor Caracalla and the standard bearer. I couldn’t resist this coin. I love coins with military depictions. In this case a standard bearer, standing behind the emperor. In reality the standard bearer was the brave one who took all the risk in battle. 10. Emperor Macrinus, not part of the dynasty, but the one who ended it for the time being. Just an ‘ordinary’ man (no member of the senate) who came to power. I like those reverses with an enormous god (Jupiter) and a tiny emperor next to the god. 7. 8. 9. 10. I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2022 !