It’s been an excellent year of collecting for me, not just for the coins, but mostly because I finally started posting here on Cointalk this year. The amount of knowledge on this site is absolutely unbelievable, I’ve learned so much in a short time. This board has also got me in to some new collecting areas this year...I've added some Alexandria tets after seeing some of the wonderful posts from @TIF , @zumbly , and many others, and I've also picked up some nice provincial tetradrachms from the Eastern mints after seeing some of the beauties posted by @Al Kowsky and @dougsmit . So thank you all for being so welcoming, and I'm very happy to be a (small) part of this community. And now on to the coins... 10. Trajan Decius Antoninianus I love this portrait of Decius...he looks older and a little-more battle tested, and some nice toning as well. Although they paired this with the oldest, most worn-out reverse die that they could find lying around the mint, the portrait alone put this one in my top 10. Trajan Decius, AR antoninianus (22 mm, 4.05 g). Rome, A.D. 250. IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Trajan Decius right / ADVENTVS AVG, emperor on horseback left, extending arm in salute and holding scepter. RIC 11b. 9. Hadrian Tetradrachm- Alexandria Just a nice, big, bold portrait of Hadrian, and one of my first coins from Alexandria. Hadrian, Egypt, Alexandria, BI Tetradrachm, circa 136-137 (year 21), (24.5mm., 13.20g). Laureate head of Hadrian, right/ Rev. Demeter wearing peplos standing left; holding corn-ears and sceptre. 8. Ptolemy VIII Euergretes II (Physcon) bronze This is a recent acquisition from CNG that I haven't posted here yet. I really like the portrait of Zeus-Ammon, and although this is somehow considered only "medium-sized" for a Ptolemaic bronze, it's a nice-sized piece at 29 mm, 22g. I'll eventually have to get me one of the large hockey-puck style bronzes, but I'm very happy with this one for now. Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon). 145-116 BC, (AE 29mm, 22.09g), Alexandria Mint. Series 7. Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right/Two eagles with their wings closed standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left. Svoronos 1424B (Joint reign of Ptolemy VI and VIII) Purchased from CNG E-Auction 456. 7. Commodus Tetradrachm- Dattari Collection I'm usually more of a "portrait" guy, but I bought this one for the reverse. I love the image of Commodus sacrificing to Serapis...I liked the idea of seeing Commodus worship anyone other than, uh, himself. Also, happy to get something with a Dattari provenance. Commodus, Alexandria, BI Tetradrachm,(24.2mm., 10.19g), circa 183-185 (RY 24 of Marcus Aurelius), Laureate head of Commodus, right/ Rev. Commodus, in priestly attire, standing left before bust of Serapis set on low cippus, sacrificing and dropping incense over lighted altar, L-K-Δ. RPC Online 16005, Dattari-Savio Pl. 207, 9553 (this coin) (From the Dattari Collection.) 6. Trajan Dupondius Nothing too exciting about this one, just a nice big bronze of one of my favorite emperors. It has a dark green patina which doesn't photograph very well, but I love this one in hand. I also like that it has one of his unnecessarily long legends to fit in all of his titles. Trajan, AE Dupondius, circa 105-111, (28mm., 13.22g.) Radiate head right/ Rev. Trophy of arms, two shields at base; S-C across fields. RIC 586. 5. Constantine Follis One of the least expensive coins I bought this year, but one of my all-time favorites. It looks like Constantine really let himself go in this one, and also decided to grow out some horrible long skinny sideburns. Not sure what happened at the mint here, but I always get a good laugh whenever I see Fat Constantine in my tray. Constantine I, AE Follis, Cyzicus circa 313, (22mm., 3.61g.) Laureate head right/ Rev. Jupiter standing left, holding Victory, and eagle standing left with wreath. RIC 3. 4. Trajan Denarius (with some Nerva-like features) I've always been fascinated by these "transitional" issues. This is an early denarius of Trajan which still has some features of his predecessor, Nerva. My theory is that this portrait started off as a Nerva, but that after Nerva died, some features of Trajan were added in. Some interesting discussion on this coin in this thread. https://www.cointalk.com/threads/early-denarius-of-trajan-with-a-nerva-like-portrait.343440/ Trajan, AR Denarius. Rome, 98-99 A.D., (17mm, 3.22g), Obv: IMP NERVA CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM P M., Laureate head right./ Rev: TR P COS II PP., Pax seated left on throne, holding branch and caduceus, RIC 30. 3. Wrestlers of Aspendos stater This was a type I've always wanted, and was so happy to finally get this one earlier this year. The surfaces look much less rough in hand, and I actually like that it has a little circulation wear. Pamphylia, Aspendos. AR Stater (22 mm, 10.65g). Circa 380-325 BC. Two nude wrestlers, standing and grappling with each other; between them, AK./ Rev[ΕΣΤ]FΕΔΙΙ[ΥΣ] Slinger standing right; to right, triskeles running left; all within dotted square border. SNG Paris 84. Tekin Series 4. 2. Caracalla Tetradrachm- Phoenicia (Tyre) Although I'm a generalist collector, my top 2 coins of the year are both of the same emperor (and same mint), but they are very different. This coin has a more natural, realistic portrait of Caracalla, and doesn't have his signature angry scowl. He looks more like a chubby, spoiled brat in this one than the monster he became. Caracalla, Tetradrachm, circa 208-212, Phoenicia (Tyre) mint, (27mm., 13.70g) Laureate head of Caracalla right/Rev. Eagle standing facing on club right, head and tail left, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; between legs, murex shell. Prieur 1535. 1. Caracalla Tetradrachm- Prieur Collection And finally, my number one for this year is one the favorites of my whole collection. I love the caricature-like portrayal of Caracalla and his angry scowl...just a perfect portrayal of a murderous tyrant. https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ca...ection-the-meanest-face-in-the-empire.348894/ Caracalla, Phoenicia (Tyre), AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 15.23 g, 12h). Struck AD 213-215. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Eagle standing facing on club right, head and tail left, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; murex shell between legs. Prieur 1550. CNG E-Auction 453, From the Michel Prieur Collection. Hope you all enjoyed the list, interested to see your favorites of this group.