First up is a lion-rider AE dirham from Begteginid at Irbil - I had no idea what it was when I bid. But after digging into it a bit, I figured out the tiger part and the rest was pretty easy, actually (unless I got it all wrong!). These are not particularly scarce despite the Album "R" notation. My knowledge of the history behind it is virtually nil - I skimmed the Wikipedia article on Gökböri - an interesting ruler at an interesting time - it seems he was commander under Saladin, later an independent ruler of Irbil, a place and period of history about which I am woefully ignorant: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gökböri#Ruler_of_Erbil: Begteginid at Irbil Æ Dirham Muzaffar al-Din Kokburi (aka Gokburi or Gokbori) AH 563-630 (1168-1233 A.D.) Lion-rider left, legend around / Four-line legend and date center, legend around. Album 1888.3 "R"; Wilkes 1289; Mitchner 1146-7. (8.84 grams / 26 x 24 mm) eBay Jan. 2022 Lot @ $4.17 Sestertii in horrible condition are a weakness of mine, and this one is pretty bad. However, it was not one I had in my expanding horrible Antoninus Pius sestertius collection, so I was glad to get it. At first I thought I would not be able to attribute it (Salus was a common reverse type for AP), but I managed to piece it together (my reasoning noted below). It has been brutally stripped, yet with a few ugly globs of brown patina here and there; I suspect some bronze disease in its past, possibly some still active (I'll keep an eye on it): Antoninus Pius Æ Sestertius (144 A.D.) Rome Mint [ANTONIN]VS AVG PIVS P P TR [P COS III], laureate head r. / [DES IIII S C], Salus seated l. feeding snake coiled round altar and resting left elbow on chair; by chair, rudder on globe RIC 751; C. 748 var. (see notes) (24.31 grams / 28 x 26 mm) eBay Jan. 2022 Lot @ $4.17 Attribution Notes: Salus is resting arm on rudder (on globe), with obv./rev. legends different; the way obv. legend is split at PI VS indicates RIC 751: ...AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III RIC 751: DES IIII (rudder) ...AVG PIVS P P TR P RIC 763: COS IIII (rudder) Finally, the whole reason I bid as aggressively as I did, was to land this little as of Gordian III - these are harder to find than the sestertii, so now I have two (my first one came via the generosity of @tenbobbit in 2020). At 11+grams it is a bit heavy for an as of this era, so I suppose it could be a starveling sestertius. Quite a bit of wear, but the color is terrific and I think the portrait charming (note to @DonnaML - Virtus is described as a female in some of the examples I found): Gordian III Æ As (240 A.D.) Rome Mint IMP GORDIA[NVS PI]VS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / VIRTVS A[VG] S [C], Virtus standing front, head left, holding branch and inverted spear, shield set on ground behind. RIC 293b; Cohen 391. (11.05 grams / 25 x 23 mm) eBay Jan. 2022 Lot @ $4.17 Please share lion-riders (I couldn't find any others on Coin Talk), ugly AEs, new frontiers of collecting, eBay junk, or whatever. P.S. After I posted this, I see my title calls it a tiger, not a lion. Not sure how to fix a title. Oops.