#10. GAUL, Nemausus. Augustus & Aggripa. AE As. 12.0g, 26.4mm It's slightly crude and crusty, but I do love this coin without qualification. Two distinctive features - the crocodile's horned snout and the reverse legend reading COL NIM rather than COL NEM - helped to nudge it into my Top 10 of the year. In hand, the surfaces appear less rough, but photographs do not lie, they just tend to accentuate every wart and blemish. It's a good thing then that I really like this coin's warts and blemishes . #9. COMMODUS. AR Denarius. 3.33g, 18mm This Commodus denarius is average in every way except one, its rarity. In and of itself, rarity is no big deal when it comes to ancients, but this one is a little more special for being a rare issue with a reverse type rare for its period. Fairly common on coins of the Republic, Juno Sospita was very infrequently featured on coins of Imperial rulers. This was her last appearance on Roman coinage, struck to recognise her patronage of Commodus's birthplace, Lanuvium. It was really this small numismatic detail that struck my fancy and made the coin a 'must win' for me. #8. MACEDONIA, Eion. AR Obol. 0.83g, 12.4mm I had wanted one of these charming little Greek obols of Eion for some time, and not only did this example speak to me, I was also able to win it at a price that was a veritable steal. It's nicely toned and the excellent metal quality was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. One of the smaller coins I bought this year, but one that has made an outsized impression on me. #7. CONSTANTIUS CHLORUS. AR Argenteus. 3.35g, 19.6mm This minty silver argenteus looks and feels like it just rolled off the anvil... but I've decided not to hold its grade against it . To my mind, it exemplifies the aesthetics of Diocletian's reformed coinage - simple designs with clean lines, high production standards, and uniformly business-like busts. A bit of a renegade, Constantius managed to get his beard curls featured on some of his portraits for a touch of individuality. #6. DIVUS MARCUS AURELIUS. AR Sestertius. 25.61g, 31.9mm We have portraits of Marcus Aurelius on coins from the time he was a youth of seventeen to his death at the age of fifty-nine. I've always had in mind that a series showing his gradual aging would be a nice set to put together, with a posthumous issue certainly one to include. This handsome one in everyone's big n' green format came along and I was very happy to add it to my collection for my future set. #5. BRUTTIUM, Kaulonia. AR Nomos. 7.97g, 21.8mm I've always found these coins of Kaulonia intriguing and attractive... what they may lack in Classical artistry I think they make up for by being distinctive and enigmatic. It's really the small features that make it for me - the little stag on the obverse standing in the background on its own exergual line, the odd stick-man daimon running along the length of Apollo's arm, the name of the town KAVΛ almost playfully replicated in retrograde on the reverse. The discussion on Kaulonia's relatively short-lived coinage is also an interesting read. I'm hoping next year will bring me one of the earlier incuse types. #4. ROMAN REPUBLIC. C. Piso. L.f. Frugi. AR Denarius. 3.72g, 17.6mm I'm a total dabbler when it comes to RR coins, but that doesn't stop me from eagerly looking out for interesting pickups in this area. The next two coins were easy inclusions in my Top 5 this year. This C. Piso Frugi is plenty worn, but also plenty eye appealing and plenty rare (for the leftie bust of Apollo)... a combination of irresistible and in-budget . #3. ROMAN REPUBLIC. L. Plautius Plancus. AR Denarius. 4.03g, 18mm Since I first saw one, a nice Plautius Plancus has been very high on my want list. I love how the the design on each side occupies almost every bit of available flan space, and also find interesting the various theories offered for why these types were chosen. A well-centered and well-struck reverse was important to me, and even though this coin has some slight faults, I don't see an upgrade anywhere in the near future, nor am I even looking for one, actually. Now an example of the variety with a snake-tressed Medusa, that'd be another story... #2. CALABRIA, Tarentum. AR Nomos. 7.75g, 22.3mm This is one of those coins in my collection that just awes me with its beauty... I still occasionally think it's too nice to be one of mine . It's gorgeously toned, almost perfectly centered (not at all a given for coins of Tarentum!), and wonderfully detailed. I bought my first Tarentum nomos earlier this year, but this second one wasted no time bumping that one off my favorites of the year list. Fortunately, this is a series with a good many variations to collect - my third one just arrived last week. I believe Doug says you're allowed to buy a dozen or so of these for good coverage, so I still have at least nine to look forward to collecting . aaaand lastly.... #1. CRETE, Gortyna. AR Stater. 11.77g, 29.8mm Yep... this Beast beat out the Beauty to the #1 spot. I'm sure that it looks like a plain ugly mess to most, but it's really a perfect mess to me. It combines a type that was right at the top of my want list (Gortyna stater with Europa sitting in a tree) with an undertype that's at the top of my unattainable dream list (Knossos stater with Minotaur and Labyrinth). Maybe next year (or the next decade?) will bring me one with a less worn Europa, or a clearer Minotaur head and Labyrinth, but as it stands, this is already two coins that came together in one that I never expected to own, and it's the sort of find that thrills me to no end.