A year ago today I joined Coin Talk, and boy, has it been a fun year! Time to show my appreciation for all of you by giving something back. To enter the contest, all you have to do is post your favourite Severus Alexander(s) in this thread. They don't have to be yours... for those who don't have one (or aren't satisfied with theirs!), feel free to link another image. I hope to see at least one Coliseum! I especially like dupondii and asses, so you get brownie points for posting those. Winners will be entered into a draw to win one of the four coins pictured below, a couple of Romans and a couple more obscure items. You get to choose your coin in the order your name is drawn. If you like, you can assign your choice to another member. (So no posting an SA coin and saying you don't want to be in the draw!) Kushan: Vima Takto (80-90 CE), AE tetradrachm. Bust of Vima Takto (Soter Megas) right, tamgha in left field / King on horseback right, tamgha in right field. Historical context: Because they left no written records, not much is known of the Kushan emperors. They were descendants of the Yueh-zhi steppe nomads (and practitioners of skull deformation) who were pushed out of the environs of China, and ultimately ruled a mighty empire covering much of Bactria, Afghanistan, and northern India. Vima Takto was the grandfather of the great patron of Buddhism, Kanishka. Aurelian (270-275), AE denarius. IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Laureate and cuirassed bust right. / VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm; at foot, captive. RIC 73. One of the last issues of this important denomination! Licinius I (308-324). Æ Follis, Siscia, issued 315-6. Laureate head r. / Jupiter standing l., holding globe surmounted by Victory, leaning on sceptre; eagle with wreath standing to l.; A//•SIS•. RIC VII 17. Bukhar-Hudat in the name of al-Mahdi (775-85). Obv: In front of the face Sogdian legend - "King of Bukhara", behind the head Arabic inscription "al-Mahdi". Bust in Sassanian-style right, above crown is crescent with dot. Rev: Fire altar with ribbons and attendants, crowned bust right in flames. Historical context: Issued by the Turco-Hephthalite lords of Bukhara, the "Bukhar-Hudat", in the name of the Abbasid caliph al-Mahdhi. Earlier in the 8th century, the Bukhar-Hudat had been ousted from power by a rebellion, but were restored by the Arab commander Kuteyba, likely because they had agreed to convert to Islam and accepted the Abbasids as overlords. This coin was issued by the final Bukhar-Hudat: the Arabs killed the last ruler in 783 in Varakhsha palace for supporting a revolt by Mukanna. Hopefully there is at least one coin there that is of interest to you! As the thread peters out I'll announce a closing time, but I imagine you have at least a couple of days. So... let's see those Severus Alexanders!