I spend most of my time these days researching my coins and reading about their historical associations. My main coin references are volumes I and II of BMCRE (British Museum Coins of the Roman Empire) and volume VI of RIC (Roman Imperial Coinage). Harold Mattingly is my favorite author. I have increased my “end game” collection from twenty to thirty Roman Imperial coins. My collection is now housed in an old Abafil case with one tray that accommodates twenty as/dupondius size coins and a second tray that accommodates twelve sestertius size coins. That adds up to thirty two coins. So why only thirty Roman Imperial coins? Well, the area of northern England where I was born and grew up not only had strong historical connections to the Roman Campaigns of Septimius Severus and Constantius, but also the English Civil war - Cavaliers and Roundheads. So I simply had to make room for two of my favorite coins from that era: a half-crown of Charles I on horse back and a “rose” crown of Charles II. Charles I (1625-1649) Silver Half-Crown (1625) Tower Mint (Harp), Seaby 2771, North 2207, Diameter: 35mm, Weight: 15.13gm Obverse depiction: Charles I wearing crown and holding sword over his shoulder, mounted on plumed caparisoned horse walking left. Inscription: CAROLVS DG MAG BR FR ET HIB REX (Charles by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland) Reverse depiction: Garnished oval arms at center. Inscription: CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO (I reign under the auspices of Christ) Charles II (1660-1685) First year (1662) issue Milled silver crown, Diameter: 40mm (initial issue large flan) Weight: 29.57gm Obverse depiction: Draped laureate bust with Rose below (minted using native silver from western Britain). Inscription: CAROLVS II DEI GRA (Charles the second by the Grace of God) Reverse depiction: Four crowned shields, cruciform, the top bearing the arms of England and France quartered, the right bearing the arms of Scotland, the bottom bearing the arms of England and France quartered and the left bearing the arms of Ireland. In the angles formed by adjoining shields are two intertwined C's. At the center is the Star of the order of the Garter. Inscription: MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX 1662 (King of Great Britain, France and Ireland) Edge Inscription: * + * DECVS ET TVTAMEN (An ornament and a safeguard - against clipping). I will be posting numerous Roman Imperial coins and associated information in this thread from time to time.