10. Claudius II Gothicus BI Antoninanus: I like Claudius II Gothicus. He was the first emperor I bought after I had decided to collect ancient coins. He has a short and dramatic history. This is a pretty modest, but really beautiful little coin. The reverse is interesting; SALVS AVG, but the deity pictured is Isis. Claudius II had a whole SALVS AVG series with different healing deities, desperately fighting the plague. It didn’t help. But it left this lovely coin. 9. Appius Claudius Pulcher, AR Denarius 111-110 BC APPIUS CLAUDIUS PULCHER, T. MANLIUS MANCIUS and Q. URBINIUS. Denarius (111-110 BC). Rome. Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right; quadrangular device to left. Reverse: T MAL AP CL Q VR. Victory driving triga right. Reference: Crawford 299/1b. Weight: 3.93g Diameter: 18mm Condition: VF I really like this design, and have always wanted the type. Both the portrait of Rome and the lively triga are well struck and centered. And it’s an Appius Claudius, what’s not to like? 8. Romanus IV Diogenes, with Eudocia, Michael VII, Constantius, and Andronicus. 1068-1071. AV Histamenon Nomisma. Romanus IV, with Eudocia, Michael VII, Constantius, and Andronicus, AV Histamenon Nomisma. Constantinople, AD 1068-1071. Obverse: KѠN MX ANΔ, Michael standing facing, holding labarum and akakia, between Constantius and Andronicus, each holding globus cruciger and akakia; dotted exergual band below Reverse: +PѠMANS EVΔOKIA, Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holding globus cruciger; IC-XC across fields. DOC 2; Sear 1861. 4.42g, 28mm, 6h. This is the year when I started looking into Byzantine coin. They’re fun! But this one is hard to photograph... Anyway, I like this coin, with all the people showing unity on it. It’s my first Byzantine gold coin, and the only gold coin I bought this year. 7. Bruttium, The Brettii. AR Drachm, 216-214 BC. Bruttium, The Brettii. AR Drachm, 216-214 BC. Obverse: Head of Hera Lakinia right, diademed, veiled; behind, helmet. Reverse: Zeus standing left, right foot on Ionic capital, holding scepter; before, crab. Reference: GCV 515, BMC 1.14, HN Italy 1969. AR. g. Weight: 4.02g Diameter: 18mm Conservation: Toned. VF/About VF. I have a small collection of coins from Greek city states in Italy, which has taken forever to gather. This year I added three coins to that collection, among others this drachm from Bruttium, from the time of the second Punic war. The history of the cities in southern Italy in this period is interesting. I really love the obverse on this coin, a lovely portrait of Hera Lakinia. I can live with the reverse 6. Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm Sicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy (466-405 BC). Tetradrachm, struck circa 450-439 BC. Obverse: Male charioteer, wearing a long chiton and holding a goad in his right hand and the reins in both, driving a walking quadriga to right; above, Nike flying left to crown the charioteer. Reverse: ΣVΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ. Head of Arethusa right, with hair in sakkos; four dolphins around. Reference: Boehringer 712 (V347/R481). This is my first tetradrachm from Syracuse, and although it could have looked better, I’m very happy with it. I like it better every time I look at it. That’s a promising numismatic relationship! 5. Caligula, Caesarea in Cappadocia, Ar Drachm 37-38 AD Caligula AD 37-41 AD. Caesarea in Cappadocia, Ar Drachm 37-38 AD Obverse: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS, bare head right / Reverse: IMPERATOR PONT MAX AVG TR POT, simpulum and lituus. Reference: RIC 63, RSC 12, RPC 3624 Weight: 3.45 gr. Diameter: 19mm. Conservation: good Fine, pitting in fields. My main collection is a Roman Imperial collection: One silver coin, denarius size, from every emperor. As far as I can get, anyway It has stood still for years, but in 2020 I have added 3 silver coins, which is inspiring. One was this Caligula, which I consider an arranged numismatic marriage, but I’m glad it’s there. It reminds me about «Always on my mind» by Willie Nelson. 4. Diocletian Argenteus. Nicomedia, 286 AD Diocletian, 284-305 AD. Argenteus. Nicomedia, 286 AD Obverse: DIOCLETIANVS AVG. Laureate head right. Reverse: VICTORIAE SARMATICAE / SMNΓ. Camp gate, with four towers and star above open door. Reference: RIC 25a, RCV 12616 One of the other silver coins added, this argentus from early in the reign of Diocletian was another auction win that actually felt like a victory. A budget argentus that still looks great. The reverse especially. Do I love this coin? Yes, I admit I do. 3. C. Pansa and Albinus Bruti f. 48 BC. AR Denarius Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. C. Pansa and Albinus Bruti f. 48 BC. AR Denarius (16mm, 3.98 g, 6h). Rome mint. Obverse: Mask of bearded Pan right Reverse: Two right hands clasped and holding winged caduceus. Reference: Crawford 451/1; CRI 28; Sydenham 944; Vibia 22 Well look at that. One of Caesars murderers, a fantastic bust of Pan, struck around «ground zero» of Roman history.... I always loved Pansas coins, and finally I got one myself. <3 2. Canute the Great, penny, Lincoln 1016–1035 Canute the Great, 1016–1035, Penny, Lincoln, Pointed Helmet, 1022–1029, moneyer Osgod, Reference: North 787, Spink 1158, Hild 1685 Weight: 1.13 g 19mm Conservation: aEF, small flan crack I have had an increased interest in the European history around 1000 AD. I have added Byzantine and Islamic coins from that era in 2020, but the most significant one to me is this penny from Danish viking chieftain and English king Knut den Mektige. This is a really well preserved coin from his reign. It reminds me of my heritage. It’s a coin that I loved to add to the collection. 1. Claudius AR Denarius Claudius Augustus, 41 – 54. Denarius, Lugdunum 41-42 AD. Obverse: [TI] CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P Laureate head r. Reverse: PACI – [AVGVST]AE Pax-Nemesis, winged, advancing r., holding with l. hand winged caduceus pointing down at snake and holding out fold of drapery below chin with r. When I started collecting Roman coins, I always looked at the priced realized in auctions with silver coins from Claudius and Caligula. I didn’t think in a million years that I would be crazy enough to ever spend such an amount on a coin, but imagined that it would have beeen pretty great to aquire such a coin. It was indeed.