Romancollector's top 15 of 2019

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  1. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    As 2019 comes to a close, I have decided to share my top 15. Narrowing my selection down to 10 coins was simply too difficult. Overall, 2019 has been a terrific year for collecting, though there have been a few auction disappointments.

    As I have said before, my primary collecting area is Roman imperial, and that is reflected in my selection. Below are the first 13 coins that I have had the opportunity to photograph.

    1. Octavian denarius
    2. Augustus denarius
    3. Nero denarius
    4. Galba sestertius
    5. Trajan aureus
    6. Antoninus Pius sestertius
    7. Trajan Decius double sestertius
    8. Herennius Etruscus sestertius
    9. Constantine I siliqua
    10. Constans siliqua
    11. Valens siliqua
    12. Eugenius siliqua
    13. Valentinian III 1/2 siliqua


    I have not yet had the opportunity to photograph the next coins (photos are from CNG). Once I do, I will include photographs of these coins in this thread.

    14. Vespasian as


    15. Honorius solidus


    Honourable mention (Greek): Antiochus II tetradrachm


    Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a prosperous new year.

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  3. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Romancollector, Lovely selection of Roman coins :D! The double sestertius of Trajan Decius & the sestertius of Herennius Etruscus are my favorites :).
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  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Eye of Horus

    Some great coins @Romancollector - thanks for the share and have a happy holiday season.
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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    You have superb taste in coins. No wonder you couldn't narrow it down to just 10. I can't just pick one as a favorite.
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  6. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Quality and beautiful picks. That Trajan Aureus is beautiful.
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  7. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray QUARANTINED! Supporter

    Wonderful collection and worth every bit of the wait ;) I confess, I’ve been keeping an eye out for your Top 10 List. What an amazing portrait gallery :wideyed:
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  8. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Hard to pick a favorite but in no particular order: Octavian denarius, Augustus denarius, Trajan aureus, and Trajan Decius double sestertius are standouts to me :).
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  9. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Wow @Romancollector! Your coins are beautiful! I would love to have each of them in my modest collection. Simply amazing, all of them!

    The Constantine I siliqua, is the "eyes to heaven " type, right? That one is really cool!
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  10. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    @Limes Yes it is one of the eyes to heaven types!
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  11. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Really cool!! I have a follis, with the victory seated reverse. The siliqua is on my want list, i like that there is no legend on the obverse.
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  12. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Denarius of Augustus, and Aureus of Honorius. Merry greetings and lucky wishes RC.
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  13. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    A very nice group! My #1 is the Eugenius siliqua and then the Galba sestertius.
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  14. Shea19

    Shea19 Supporter! Supporter

    Wow, quite a year for you, these are beautiful. Hard to choose a favorite with a group like this. The Trajan aureus is a stunner, and I really love the portrait on that A. Pius sestertius. The big bronzes of Galba and Decius and the Augustus/comet denarius are fantastic as well.

    When that Antiochus II tet can’t even crack the top 15, you know you’ve had one heck of year. :)
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  15. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Wow! Quite a year, @Romancollector ! All are worthy acquisitions, but I like the Augustus comet denarius the best!
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  16. Svarog

    Svarog Well-Known Member

    The way- congratulations!!
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  17. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Wow! What a great year you had! 15 superb pieces making hard to choose a favourite.
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  18. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Great selection! Trajan's portrait on that aureus is awesome. Other than that one, I really like the Galba sestertius and the Decius double whopper as well.
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  19. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    A wonderful review of the whole empire in just one shot, well done
    I would go with the TD double sestertius if I were asked

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  20. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for your kind words!
  21. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    I don’t see a Top 15 here; all I see are #1’s! But that Galba—wow.
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