I'll do it in reverse order starting with number ten, even though I must say it's difficult to give them specific placements as I really like them all. So here goes. 10. Number ten is this gorgeous Q. Pomponius Musa denarius depicting Urania, the muse of astronomy on the reverse. Q. Pomponius Musa. 56 BC. AR Denarius (18.5mm, 4.06 g). Rome mint. Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo (or Urania?) right; star of eight rays to left. Reverse: Urania, the Muse of Astronomy, wearing long flowing tunic and peplum, standing left, touching with wand held in right hand a globe set on base; Q • POMPONI downward to right, MVSA downward to left. Reference: Crawford 410/8 Provenance: Naville Numismatics Auction 46, (27 January 2019) lot 371. Ex Varesi sale 28, (1998) lot 182. 9. In place number nine we have this gorgeous little obol minted in Cabellio by Lepidus. This is a scarce type that is very difficult to find in good condition. M. Aemilius Lepidus. 44-42 BC. AR Obol (9mm, 0.36 g). Minted in Cabellio (Cavaillon), Gaul. Obverse: Head of Apollo right; CABE upwards in right field. Reverse: LE-PI flanking cornucopia; all within laurel wreath. Reference: RPC I 528 Provenance: Leu Numismatik Web auction 8 (29 June, 2019), lot 611. 8. We continue with small denominations minted in Gaul with number eight. A gorgeous and well struck quinarius of Mark Antony minted in Lugdunum. With the obverse bust of Victory bearing the resemblance of his third wife Fulvia. This type is extremely difficult to find in this conditon. Mark Antony. Early 42 BC. AR Quinarius (13mm, 1.88 g). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Obverse: Winged bust of Victory right, with the likeness of Fulvia; III·VIR downwards in left field; R·P·C upwards in right field. Reverse: Lion walking right; ANTONI above; A - XLI ( = 41, Antony’s age at time of issue) across field; IMP in exergue. Reference: Crawford 489/6 Provenance: Numismatik Naumann Auction 73 (6 January 2019), lot 440. 7. At number seven we have a mythological creature depicted on the reverse, a sphinx, and you cant complain much about the gorgeously engraved obverse bust T. Carisius. 46 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.80 g). Rome mint. Obverse: Head of Sibyl Herophile right, hair elaborately decorated with jewels and enclosed in a sling, tied with bands. Reverse: Sphinx seated right; T • CARISIVS above, III • VIR in exergue. Reference: Crawford 464/1 Provenance: Ex Aureo & Calicó Auction 319 – Alba Longa, vol. I (7 November 2018), lot 223, Ex Sotheby's "Greek and Roman coins" (28 October 1993), lot 1385. 6. Number six is so lustrous in hand it almost burns you eyes, I love the high state of preservation of this coin, a tiny little masterpiece. L. Censorinus. 82 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.99 g). Rome mint. Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo right. Reverse: Marsyas standing left, raising hand and holding wineskin over shoulder; L•CENSOR downwards in left field; column surmounted by statue of Minerva(?) in right field. Reference: Crawford 363/1d Provenance: CNG 111 (29 May 2019), lot 613. From the Alan J. Harlan Collection, purchased from Edward J. Waddell, Ltd. 5. In fifth place we have a tiny wonder of the earlier days of Republican coinage. These are extremely difficult to find like this. And this particular specimen is probably among the finest known. A big bonus after having purchased it was the discovery of the provenance leading to the collection of Virgil Brand. Anonymous. Ca. 235-231 BC. Æ Half-Litra (12mm, 1.37 g, 7h). Rome mint. Obverse: Head of Roma or Minerva(?) right, wearing Phrygian helmet. Reverse: Dog standing right, left forepaw raised in pointing stance; ROMA in exergue. Reference: Crawford 26/4 Provenance: Heritage Auctions, Weekly auction 231923 (29 May 2019), Ex Goodman collection, Triton I (2 December 1997), lot 842; Ex Virgil Brand (1862-1926) collection, Part VII (Sotheby's , 25 October 1984, lot 478 (part of). 4. In fourth place we have something really rare, a Tressis from mark Antony's fleet coinage. This was a random find listed at a dealer that coincidentally lives in the same town as I. Mark Antony. 38-37 BC. Æ Tressis (32mm, 25.78 g). Naval base in Greece (at Piraeus?); M. Oppius Capito, propraetor and praefectus classicus. Obverse: M•ANT•IMP•TERT•COS•DESIG•ITER•ET•TER•III•VIR•R•P•C - Conjoined bare heads of Mark Antony and Octavian right, facing draped bust of Octavia left. Reverse: M•OPPIVS•CAPITO•PRO•PR•PRAEF•CLASS•F•C - Three galleys under sail to right. Γ (Gamma) and Triskeles below. Reference: RPC I 1463 3. Time for the podium. On third place we have another T. Carisius denarius. This one is absolutely stunning. these are difficult to find well struck in the first place, and they almost always come from dies of far inferior style. This one is just marvelous. T. Carisius. 46 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.61 g). Rome mint. Obverse: Head of Roma right, wearing ornate helmet; ROMA behind. Reverse: Scepter, cornucopia on globe, and rudder; T • CARISI below; all within laurel wreath. Reference: Crawford 464/3c Provenance: Triton XXII (9 January 2019), lot 912. From the Alan J. Harlan Collection, purchased from Freeman & Sear. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 33 (5 April 2006), lot 339. 2. On second place we have this Social War denarius that I posted very recently, so it doesn't need too much of an introduction The Social War. Coinage of the Marsic Confederation. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.64 g). Corfinium mint. Struck 90 BC. Obverse: Laureate head of Italia left, ITALIA upwards behind. Reverse: Oath-taking scene: Youth kneeling by standard, holding pig at which eight soldiers (four on each side) point their swords, C in exergue. Reference: Campana 63i, D36/R54 (this coin). Provenance: Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction XVIII (29 September 2019), lot 842; Ex Baldwin's Auctions Ltd - M&M Numismatics Ltd - Italo Vecchi Ltd, The New York Sale I (3 December 1998), lot 4; Ex 'R. J. Graham' (Paul Tinchant) Collection, J. Schulman, Auction 243 (8 June 1966), lot 1400. Published in A. Campana, La monetazione degli insorti Italici durante la guerra sociale 91-87 A.C. (Modena, 1987) 1. And finally, what I consider the most awesome acquisition of 2019. An absolutly breathtaking C. Vibius Varus denarius. You almost never see this type in this grade with a strike like this. Add the masterfully engraved bust and gorgeous old cabinet toning and we have ourselves a winner C. Vibius Varus. 42 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.67 g, 11h). Rome mint. Obverse: Laureate and bearded head of Hercules right. Reverse: Minerva, helmeted and draped, standing right, holding spear in right hand and Victory in extended left; shield at side, C • VIBIVS downward to right, VARVS downward to left. Reference: Crawford 494/37 Provenance: Heritage Auctions - Long Beach Expo World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction Session 5 (September 5-9 2019), lot 155. Ex Coin Galleries: The Numismatic Review and Fixed Price List (May - June 1960), lot A371.