For me, it is the sense and sweep of history associated with the coins and the fact that one can handle something that existed and was used by people in ancient times. Oftentimes, coins can provide additional detail to what can be a sketchy historical record. For example, we don't know too much about Balbinus and Pupienus, but we can conclude based on coin evidence that Pupienus' celebrated his victory over Maximinus Thrax, to pick just one example. Since I have always been fascinated with ancient history I started collecting ancients at age 11, and after a long break resumed in 2013. I found Cointalk in 2017 and joined, and since then I have gotten more enjoyment from the hobby as a social experience with knowledgeable folks rather than just sitting by myself and staring at the coins. Who knows what the future holds? I may become a specialist in one area or two after I have completed my quest to collect a coin of each emperor and significant personages. Anyway, I have been having a lot of fun. So what's your ancient coin story???