@Volodya 's C. Postumius thread showing the incredible detail engraved on a dog reminded me that I haven’t yet posted this new purchase. It technically occurred at the end of 2018 but it falls into my 2019 "CoinTalk year" as it was after I posted my top 10. A dealer friend that primarily handles US coins emailed me saying he had a collection of nice ancients come in and I had first pick at them if I wanted it. Usually this ends up being Athens tetradrachms but I had a bit of extra time so I went over. I’m certainly glad I did. Most of the coins were run of the mill but this one just absolutely jumped out. I recognized it as it was on the cover of a Lanz 1985 catalog and in NFA 1989, which is where the owner bought it from. I asked the price, cringed, and wrote a check. From a distance, it is an attractive coin – high grade, decently well centered. Then the detail keeps streaming out… the rider just blows me away, and I’ve never seen the quality of engraving in the horses, including ribs and veins in their underbelly(!), as well as the flowing clothing on Nike. Not to mention the quality of the engraving of Arethusa on the reverse with a gentle expression and striking eyes with long eyelashes, and a headdress that couldn't quite keep all of her hair in. The pedigree helped but I still double checked that they would take a return if it ended up being fake as it is almost too nice: I hadn’t seen anything like it before. To be safe, I had it inspected at NYINC by several dealers and numismatic experts and they all agree that it is genuine. Trying to rank coins is like picking a favorite child but this one is high up in my sorting. It is yet another case of there always being more coins coming around the corner, even from unexpected places.