Now that the battle is over I have grown pensive and wish to mull over what I've been seeing. First the battle I lost. Here is perhaps the most magnificent follis of Fausta I have ever seen, still in possession of its original silver. CNG offered it in their sale 108, and I started gearing up for it a bit more than a week ago. As I contemplated how much armor to bring to the fray, I noticed a formidable bid from one of our other list members. I needed the type for my own workup, so should I go over him? Well, all's fair and all that, but he pulled the trigger first, and I did not have the heart to try for it and risk taking it away from him. Instead I decided to settle for this and bide my time: Ewwww! Well, she has a nice personality and only cost me $45, and is the only one available except for the forbidden fruit. Now I was ready to see how the sale would turn out. Going into the final 5 minutes, our compatriot was still leading at $650. 4...3...2...1 - END and his name was still on the board along with his price. I was all set to congratulate, and refreshed the screen WAIT!!! Another bidder (NOT Clio) had jumped in and took it at $900 hammer price. That beauty hammered at 20 times the price of my dog. Add the 20% for the house and shipping and it comes to about $1100. I'm sure the seller is happy with that. But my dalliance with Fausta today does not stop there. Here is another follis of hers that is being offered at $475: In explanation the seller added this note from CNG about a similar coin which sold in Eauction 205 lot 424: Neither RIC nor LRBC record an issue for Fausta with the pellet before the mintmark. There is an issue recorded for Helena with the pellet, but RIC dates this issue to AD 327-329. With this coin for Fausta, the issue for Helena should probably be re-dated to AD 326. That final sentence hints at the importance. And, sure enough, another seller is offering a similar item at $350: This seller quotes the same note from the CNG sale. However, neither of them mentions the realization from CNG. Here is what CNG sold for a $272 hammer price plus 15%: Since I do consider myself to be seriously interested in the coins of Fausta, I figured I should ante up and get one of these. I did, but none of these three is mine. I found a fourth seller I have known for many years, who I know is savy to the realities of market. Here's what he sold me for 90 bucks, shipped: Now you've got to admit it shows off the dot in the mm rather well, and, a little flatness notwithstanding, it stands up to the others rather well. Did he mess up, or is he the one who got it right? So, what do you think; should I get me some spray paint, cut a stencil, and dress this one up like the others, or would it be better to leave it as is? I think it gets the point across about the dot in the mint mark. That was the point, wasn't it? Which deal would you have preferred? BTW if you have an interesting Fausta follis, by all means show it here.