No. 5 I snagged an almost complete run of British Proof sets from 1980-2010 at a local coin show. Paid face value for the coins! Okay, not ancient, but one of my collecting areas. No. 4 Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III (the Great), r. 336-323 B.C. (c. 325-315 B.C.) Pella Mint, AR Tetradrachm, 25mm x 17.1 grams Obv.: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin Rev.: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, holding eagle and sceptre, ΣΙ in left field Ref.: Price 236, Mueller 1397. Purchased this from RedSpork, and fills the spot for a lifetime Alexander Tet I've wanted (granted, with the dating of this coin, it may have been minted after his death, but may have been minted during his life too. That's good enough for me right now). No. 3 Norman Kingdom of Sicily William II, r. 1166-1189 A.D. Messina Mint, AE Follaro, 16.7mm x 1.7 grams Obv.: + OPERATAT IN VRBE MESSANE outside, O / REX W / SCOVS in center (OV ligate) Rev.: Arabic legend"al'malik / Ghulyalim / al-thani" (King William 2nd) in center, "bi-amr al-malik al-musta'izz" around edge Ref.: MEC Italy III 401 ff., Biaggi 1233 Sadly, my only medieval coin of the year, and not even English! However, as I stated in the thread for this coin, the ruler under which this coin was minted has a special interest for me. No. 2 Persian Empire Darius I to Xerxes II, r. 485-420 B.C. Sardes Mint, AR Siglos, 14mm x 5.5 grams Obv.: King running right holding spear and bow Rev.: Incuse punch Ref.: Carradice Type IIIb, Group A/B (pl. XII, 17). Still love the punchmarks on this coin - fills the spot of the Persian Empire for my history of the Silk Road series No. 1 Kingdom of Bactria Menander I r. c. 165/55-130 B.C. AR Drachm, 13mm x 2.4 grams Obv.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ / ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. Diademed bust of the sovereign right, coat fastened on the right shoulder Rev.: (Maharajasa tratarasa / Menamdrasa). Athena Alkidemos standing left. Monogram 'H' in right field Ref.: Bopearachi, Ménandre (I) Sôter, 67. I purchased this Menander coin to essentially celebrate the end of the school year. I love the details of this coin, and the historical significance of Menander AIDS in the appeal of the coin.