So after an evening of drinking beer and generally relaxing on a Friday night, I came home, checked eBay and found a "Buy it Now" deal that seemed too good to pass up. I try not to drink and bid because it is dangerous - a friend of mine wound up with a '94 Cadillac convertible recently. But, judgment clouded, I pulled the trigger... Anyway, here it is, what turns out to be my very first Roman Republic "anonymous" denarius, for $23.96 (the odd amount is Canadian-US conversion). My photos are exceptionally bad tonight - sorry - the pretty toning got washed out: It is pretty worn and off-center, but it has nice surfaces and a truly lovely old tone. It came with a very elaborate printed attribution that was totally wrong - Crawford 197/1, Sydenham 376 (c. 157 B.C., a coin which features a biga, not the Dioscuri). So I got to digging around for attribution. Steve Brinkman's wonderful website came up in my searches and I spent happy, somewhat confusing hours working on figuring out what this was exactly. I also found some very helpful Coin Talk posts with some wonderful examples RR - you guys have some great coins. Anyway, here is my best guess as to what it is (corrections welcome): Roman Republic Denarius Anonymous Issue (after 211 B.C.) Helmeted head of Roma rt; with "peaked visor," X to left / The Dioscuri on horseback with "flag cape," ROMA under nearly exergual line. Crawford 53/2; Brinkman Group 5 (3.63 grams / 19 mm) Funny, after 30 years of intermittent Roman Republic collecting, this is my first anonymous issue. I always preferred the later, more varied types. But once in hand, I found myself really interested - a shout out, by the way, to Curtisimo's recent (July 26) post on the origins and historical background of this type. I feel this all worked out okay for me, not that I'd normally recommend drinking beer and bidding, of course.