Take for example, oh I don't know, the Macedonian shield coin types! I started with the more common types and then began researching all that I could find and continue to do so on the more obscure types. And even as I've been running out of the "gimmes" I am still having a blast as strange anomalies keep popping up Speaking of anomalies, let me share what I purchased from Ares 3rd auction over the weekend (last time I jinxed myself posting one of theirs before receiving, but I'll play the odds)! I cannot find anything like it. It’s dated (probably arbitrarily) to the 5th century BCE, way before Alexander the Great! It’s silver. And the elephant head reverse appears to have letters surrounding it (possibly the name of the city or King it was minted in or by). Now, judging from the orientation and lack of description they had I don’t think they realized that the reverse is of an elephant head (at least it sure looks like one to me. Do you think it’s an elephant head?). I have MSC coins with omphalos (below). I have Seleucid coins with elephant head reverse (below). However, nothing like this new (to me) coin. The elephants head makes me think it could be Seleucid. But that them dating it 5th century rules that out. If it really is that old it would be my oldest Macedonian shield coin type, as I believe all the coins I have are from his lifetime and thereafter. This coins are such an enigma that I have read in various sources that the MSCs didn't start to circulate until the time of ATG. And then others saying there were types from earlier. Just like finding out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop, the world may never know. (clearly an Athenian Owl and turtle) Without further ado, here is their original pic and description and then my description and pic with the elephant head level: Asia Minor, uncertain mint. AR Obol. 5th C. BC. Condition: Very Fine Weight: 0.49 gr Diameter: 8 mm Asia Minor, uncertain mint. AR Obol. 5th C. BCE. Obv: Omphalos on shield. Rev: Elephant head. Condition: Very Fine, 0.49 gr, 8 mm Please share any unattributed, unknown or unpublished coins or yours! And have you any ideas on my coins origin or date? And what about the reverse or lettering?