promise made in my "Top 10 of 2019" post and share my #1 coin of 2019. For those who feel like skipping the wall of text below: I held off sharing this coin because I knew that friends were planning to publish it for the first time in NC 2019 and I didn't want to interfere with that. This coin is a new variety of the Crawford 102/1 "Q" victoriatus, but in addition to the Q between Victory and the trophy there is a Q on the shield. The variety was just published for the first time in "A Large Hoard of Roman Republican Victoriati" by Pierluigi Debernardi and Steve Brinkman(our own @Fugio1) in the latest Numismatic Chronicle, herein referred to as the "V-Hoard". In the paper, the authors call this variety "102Q". It is certainly related and even die-linked by a single shared die to the normal "Q" victoriati, but the significant differences in style, in the form of the Q on the reverse and the addition of the Q on the shield of some examples suggest that it is perhaps separated chronologically, maybe by a few months, from the larger portion of this issue. While the name "102Q" might lead one to believe all examples have the Q on the shield, this is actually not the case: most known examples like this one do not have the Q on the shield, a feature that is apparently unique to this single reverse die, but even without it they can be identified by comparing the more elongated Q form you see on my example with the form shown on the linked "normal" "Q" victoriatus above. I first learned of this variety after reviewing a draft of this paper, which mentioned a few examples in the V-Hoard as well as an example in this style from linked dies but without the Q on shield in the Gravina Hoard discovered in 1828. I didn't expect to find an example anytime soon and then a few months later I spotted this coin in an eBay auction by a relatively unknown seller. I suspect someone else knew what it was as there was stronger competition than I expected, but in the end I was able to win it with a stupidly high bid I would almost certainly have regretted had the coin hammered anywhere near my max, but thankfully, I was the only bidder being stupid that day. I find this coin really special for a few reasons: first, as many here know, I am always excited when I can find new, unpublished or recently published types. This coin allowed me to check off one of my 2019 goals of finding something I didn't know existed at the end of 2018, and as someone who really prides himself on his knowledge of all things victoriati, I was shocked that I was able to cross that one off the list with a victoriatus. Second, the fact that this victoriatus has a mintmark on the shield makes it, in my opinion, one of the more interesting varieties because prior to the publication of the aforementioned paper, only a single victoriatus was known with a letter on the shield: the Bastianelli specimen of the C/M victoriatus, now in the British Museum via Charles Hersh. Strangely, while it might seem like there should be some relationship between these two varieties given this strange variation they share, they come from different mints and are of very different styles suggesting different engravers, so it's unclear what, if any, relationship they have or if this is just a coincidence. Roman Republic AR Victoriatus(2.87g, 16mm, 2h), "Q" series. 209-208 B.C., Apulian(Luceria?) mint. Laureate head of Jupiter right. Border of dots / Victory standing right, crowning trophy with wreath; on trophy shield, Q; Q between. ROMA in exergue. Line border. Crawford 102/1 var(style & Q on shield). Cf. "A Large Hoard of Roman Republican Victoriati", Pierluigi Debernardi, NC 2019(173) for discussion of "102Q" variety. Purchased via eBay auction, 26 August 2019, ex Diana Numismatica, Rome, Italy and reportedly ex private Italian collection circa 2012 As always, feel free to share anything relevant: victoriati, newly published varieties,favorite coins of 2019, whatever you want.