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Coin Collecting Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more. These galleries are free for all to post coins. No cost registration is required. Suggestions for new gallery themes are welcome.
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The Best of Type!


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Add your superb coins to the BOT Gallery. Only the very best example of each type (RIC number for example) with above a four star rating after 10 votes will stay in BOT. A challenge begins when two coins of the same type are listed. The highest rated coin after both have 10 or more votes wins. Challenge defeats and coins with a four star rating or below will be removed from the gallery. If your coin is posted here, you get bragging rights and perhaps even a higher price if you sell (list it as "Best of the Type in FORVM's Gallery!").

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Superb and Masterpiece Portraits Gallery


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A superb portrait appears that it could come to life. Many or most coin portraits actually lack this trait. A masterpiece portrait not only appears that it could come to life, but also makes an impression of what the subject was like, what they were thinking or how they felt. It's not about the grade; it's about the art.

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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers. Also post coins unlisted in major references but perhaps included in a scarce publication. Before uploading here, we recommend posting your coin on the discussion board for possible identification of a published example. Please identify the references checked.

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Plate Coins


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Please post your coins illustrated in popular references, and scholarly books or articles here. Also, please post your coin if it is the exact coin (not the same type, the exact same coin) described by a reference, even if the coin is not illustrated. In addition to the usual attribution, description, weight, and diameter of the coin, please identify the book, its author, the page and/or plate number, and the item number.

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Monumental Coins - Campgates and Other Architecture


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Campgates, city gates, temples, etc., post your monumental coins here.

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Ancient Women


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Women of the ancient world depicted on ancient coins.

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Coin Zoo - Animals


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Express your wild side and help populate the greatest classical numismatic zoo on earth with every possible variety of real and mythical animals.

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The Pantheon - Gods, Goddesses and Personifications


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A gallery of mythology. Please include information about the deity and their attributes.

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Historical Coins


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Share your historically significant coins. Along with posting photos of the coin, please describe the historic event related to the coin.

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Ancient Counterfeits and Barbarous Imitations


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Ancient but not official.

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Roman Mint Style Examples


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Each Roman mint had its own style. Learning about these styles will help with attribution and authentication. Discussion board members please share your knowledge here. Along with posting photos of the coin, please explain the features that distinguish the mint.

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Countermarks


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We hope this gallery will become a great reference for countermarks. Please add your countermarked coins to this gallery with as much reference information as possible.

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Viminacium and Dacia - Lion and Bull


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Lead Seals


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The vast array of ancient lead seal types makes their attribution and study complex. It also means there is still tremendous opportunity for new discovery. While there are some published collections, most references are rare and expensive. Most online references for seals are not in English. This gallery is intended to be a useful resource for the attribution and better understanding of ancient seals.

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Coins from Members' Personal Ancient Coin Galleries


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If you want to remove coin photos from your gallery, please don't delete them - move them here. Forum staff will move photos here from the galleries of members that unregister.

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Places and Things Depicted on Coins


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Statues, temples, mountains and other things that were depicted on ancient coins.

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Ancient Sites Photo Gallery


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Did you go on a vacation to an ancient site or do you live near one? Upload your pictures here to share views of ancient cities, buildings, ruins, etc. Please state where the pictures were taken and give a brief description of the site.

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Probus0 viewsEQVITI Series II of Ticinum, I, QXXI.
Silvered antoninianus, Choice aEF, 4th officina, Ticinum mint, ; obverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG , radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear across shoulder in right, shield on left; reverse MARTI PACIF, Mars advancing left, holding olive-branch, shield and spear, I left, QXXI in ex; sharp strike with full circles centering, much silver remaining; Ticinum mint EQVITI series II - The letter `I` in the reverse field is the fourth letter of the codeword EQVITI. The letter `Q` in the exergue indicates this coin was struck by the fourth officina (mint workshop). The letters of the word EQVITI are coded in the mintmarks of coins from all the officinae of the mint, with the specific letters of the codeword assigned to each officina in order corresponding with their officina numbers. This codeword probably refers to cavalry. It may be AEQVITI truncated because there were only six officinae in operation. RIC V 509.
simmurrayMar 18, 2019
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Umayyad Caliphate. Anonymous (Post Reform) (77-132 A.H., 696 -750 A.D.)1 viewsWalker BMC 850; SNAT Palastina 45-54. Album 185

AE fals, al-Ramla mint, undated; 2.84 g., 19.46 mm. max., 180°

Obv.: la Ilaha / illa Allah / wahdah (= There is no god but Allah) in three lines within double circle with striations.

Rev.: Muhammed / rasul / Allah (= Muhammad is the prophet of Allah), in three lines within circle, tree to right; Arabic inscription circling.
StkpMar 17, 2019
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Umayyad Caliphate. Anonymous (Post Reform) (77-132 A.H., 696 -750 A.D.)1 viewsWalker BMC 812-815; Album 174

AE fals, Domashq/Damascus mint, undated; 1.94 g., 15.92 mm. max.

Obv.: Six-petal flower in circle, Arabic script around.

Rev.: Pentagram in circle, Arabic script around.
StkpMar 17, 2019
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC-913var. (this off Not in RIC), Cyzicus, VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Bust E1-G, -/-//CXXIM, Emperor riding left, #3 7 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC-913var. (this off Not in RIC), Cyzicus, VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Bust E1-G, -/-//CXXIM, Emperor riding left, #3
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield. Shield decorated with a rider right, (E1-G).
reverse: VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding the scepter, at the foot, captive.
exergue: -/-//CXXIM, diameter: 21-21,5mm, weight: 3,65g, axis: 6h,
mint: Cyzicus, 3rd emission, date: 280 A.D., ref: RIC-913var. (this off Not in RIC), p-118,
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quadransMar 17, 2019
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Lugdunum, RIC V-II 112, 6-4-B, VIRTVS AVG, -/-//IIII, AE-Ant., Roma standing to the left, (Typ.B), #18 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Lugdunum, RIC V-II 112, 6-4-B, VIRTVS AVG, -/-//IIII, AE-Ant., Roma standing to the left, (Typ.B), #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS•P•F•AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (B-F)
reverse: VIRTVS AVG, Roma standing to the left, dressed as an amazon, holding a victory with his right hand, a spear and a shield with his left hand, (Typ.B).
exergue: -/-//IIII, diameter: 22,5-24,0mm, weight: 4,50g, axis: 7h,
mint: Lugdunum, 6th. em., 4th. off., date: 278-279 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 096 (6-4-B), Bastien 298,
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quadransMar 17, 2019
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 26. Elagabal, HrHJ (2018) 8.26.08.05/6 ( rev. only)0 viewsElagabal, AD 218-222
AE 27, 12.17g, 26.5mm
struck under governor Novius Rufus
obv. [AVT M AVR - AN]TWNINOC
Bust, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind, laureate, r.
rev. [VP NOBIOV] ROVFOV NIKOPOLITWN P[ROC IC / TRW]
Dionysos, with crossed legs, stg, frontal, looking r., resting with raised l.hand on ribboned
thyrsos and holding in lowered r. hand kantharos
ref. a) not in AMNG:
cf. AMNG I/1, 1930
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018):
rev. No. 8.26.8.5/6 (same die)
obv. e.g. No. 8.26.1.5 (same die)
possibly unpublished
rare, F, dark green patina
JochenMar 17, 2019
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16.03. Béla III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 16.03./a2.01./03., H-061, CNH I.-105, U-104, #0114 views16.03. Béla III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 16.03./a2.01./03., H-061, CNH I.-105, U-104, #01
avers: ONETA BELE REGIS (retrograde), Eagle standing left, AQA above ILA below, line border.
reverse: Lion advancing left.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,8 mm, weight: 0,25g, axis: 9h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-061, CNH I.-105, Unger-104,
Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 16.03./a2.01./03.,
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Phoenicia, Arados 77-76 B.C1 viewsAE 21.50mm (Thickness 2.93mm), weight 7.29g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Veiled bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane, border of dots.

Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, ΘE over monogram above, Aradian era date 183 (PΠΓ) & Phoenician letter aleph (´) with Greek letter Z below.
AradosMar 17, 2019
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Mamluk (Burji). Barquq (al-Zahir Sayf al-Din Abu Sa`id Barquq) (1st reign 784-791 A.H. = 1382-1389 A.D.; 2nd reign 792-801 A.H. = 1390-1399 A.D.)1 viewsBalog 609a Plate XXV 609; Album 975

AE fals; unknown mint, undated (2nd reign); 1.74 g., 16.52 mm. max.

Obv.: Circular line border in a border of pellets. Field divided by horizontal line: الملك (al-Malik) / الظاهر (al-Zahir).

Rev.: Circular line border in a border of pellets. In the field, six-petaled rosette.

Barquq, who was of Circassian origin and acquired as a slave, became the first sultan of the Mamluk Burji dynasty. A member of the faction behind the throne during the reigns of Sha'ban II's young sons, 'Ali II and Hajji II, Barquq consolidated power and siezed the throne in 1382. He was deposed in 1389 and Hajji restored as sultan. By early 1390, Barquq reclaimed his title. During his second reign, the Mongol warlord Timur invaded and defeated the Mamluks at Damascus and sacked it along with Aleppo in 1399.
StkpMar 17, 2019
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Mamluk (Bahri). `Ali II (al-Mansur `Ala al-Din Ali) (778-783 A.H. = 1377-1381 A.D.)1 viewsBalog 504 Plate XIX 504; Album 963

AE fals, Trablus/Tripoli mint, undated; 2.71 g., 18.45 mm. max. 0°

Obv.: Border of dots, in which circular line. Field divided by two horizontal lines into three segments: ضرب طر (duriba Trablus) / لملك المنصور (al-Malik al-Mansur) / ابلس (_____).

Rev. Border of dots in which circular line. In it, a hexagon with concave sides. In the segments formed by circle and hexagon, annulets. In the field, fleur-de-lis with rhomboidal basis.

Ali was the son of Sha'ban II and the great-grandson of Muhammad I. He was installed as sultan at age nine upon the death of his father in a revolt. He died four years later.
StkpMar 17, 2019
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Mamluk (Bahri). Salih (al-Salih Salah al-Din) (752-755 A.H. = 1351-1354 A.D.)4 viewsBalog 338, Plate XIII No. 338a-b; Album 951

AE fals; Halab/Aleppo mint, dated (7)55 A.H. = 1354 A.D.; 2.71 g., 21.41 mm. max., 0°

Obv.: Solid circular line border. Field divided by two horizontal lines into three segments: سنة خمس (sunat khms/five years) / الملك الصالح (al-Malik al-Salih) / وخمسين بحلب (wakhamsin bi-Halab/fifty in Halab)

Rev.: Circle of scrolls between two circular lines. In center: bird (probably an eagle) walking to right, head turned straight back. Above the bird's back, swan-like body.

Salih was the eighth son of Muhammad I to hold office. He was installed as sultan at age 14 upon the ouster of his half-brother, Sultan Hasan, by senior Mamluk emirs. In effect, Emir Taz was the ruler of the sultanate and Salih was a figurehead sultan, although Salih did lead an army into Syria to quash a rebellion. In 1354, dissident emirs ousted Taz, toppled Salih and restored Hasan to power.
1 commentsStkpMar 17, 2019
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Phoenicia, Arados 130-129 B.C3 viewsAE 12.46mm (Thickness 1.98mm), weight 1.58g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination D (Hemichalkous).

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, chignon & braided ponytail, palm frond behind.

Reverse: Aphlaston (Aplustre), Phoenician letters qoph (Q), beth (B) & heth (H) in left field, Aradian era date 130 right.
AradosMar 17, 2019
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037 László V. “Posthumous” (Ladislaus V.) as Throne Require of Hungary, (1440-1453 A.D.), AR Denarius, H-643.var., C2-201A.var., U-494.f.var., P-150-15, Rare!9 views037 László V. “Posthumous” (Ladislaus V.) as Throne Require of Hungary, (1440-1453 A.D.), AR Denarius, H-643.var., C2-201A.var., U-494.f.var., P-150-15, Rare!
avers: •m•LADISLA(I R•VnGARIE), Patriarchal cross in the circle, mint-mark S-D, on each side, the border of dots.
reverse: Hungarian shield with stripes, amongst three arches, three shields in the arches (Austrian band, Moravian eagle, Czech lion), a small circles between the shields!
exergue, mint mark: S/D//-- were struck by "Civitas" Town coin, (by Pohl), diameter: 12,5mm, weight: 0,36g, axis: 1h,
mint: Hungary, Szomolnok, (Schmölnitz, by Pohl, today in Slovakia, Smolnik), date:1442 A.D. (by Pohl), ref: Huszár-643var. (reverse!), CNH2-201A.var., Unger-494.f.var., Pohl-150-15, Rare!
Q-001
The piece was cut around, at that used time.
1 commentsquadransMar 17, 2019
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Phoenicia, Arados 127-126 B.C2 viewsAE 15.58mm (Thickness 2.61mm), weight 3.24g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Jugate, Braided, bearded head of Zeus and Astarte wearing stephane facing right, dotted border.

Reverse: Prow of galley left with (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος) Athena figurehead, holding wreath in right, trident in left, Phoenician letters nun (N) & aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 133 below.
AradosMar 17, 2019
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10 viewsC. 200-49 BC

Obverse: Bust of Artemis right, monogram before.

Reverse: Lion walking right, MAΣΣA above.

Grey tone with a nice portrait and good metal. – Old collection ticket included.

Ref: SNG Cop 786

Weight: 2.54g

17mm
3 commentspaul1888Mar 17, 2019
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Lucius Verus, Denarius3 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: After c. 163-64 AD
Metal: AR
Obverse: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS; bust cuirassed r. head bare

Reverse: TRP IIII IMP II COS II; Mars stdgr., holding spear; l. hand on shield

Mint: Rome
Reference: BMC Vol IV 284; Not in RIC w/bare headed bust.
Provenance: Purchased from CNG Aug 14, 1997

Superb EF, Medium gray and irridesent toning., Luster. For some reason, after several attempts, I’ve never been able to capture the beauty of this coin photographically
1 commentsSteve B5Mar 16, 2019

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Hadrian Salus Dupondius32 viewsHadrian
AD 117-138
AE Dupondius
RIC 604

O: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG PM TRP COS III, radiate, draped bust right

R: SALVS PVBLICA, SC, Salus standing left holding scepter and wreath, foot on globe
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Smast Cave Obol wHorse25 viewsAnonymous bronze obol (AE10) with "Jeya", ca.400-500 AD, Alchon Huns (Hephthalites), Horse galloping right, JeYa (Victory) in Brahmi above / Elaborately decorated tamgha. 10mm, 0.42 grams. Mitchiner ACW -; Gobl -.

In 2003 or 2004 a small hoard of small silver coins was unearthed in (reportedly) Northern Pakistan. They are completely unpublished in any catalogue and were completely unknown until this find.

EXTREMELY RARE
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A128-27 - Constantino II Como Cesar de Constantino I (316/7 - 337 D.C.)40 viewsAE3/4 Centenional 17 x 18 mm 2.4 gr.

Anv: "CONSTANTI-NVS IVN N C" - Busto laureado y con coraza, viendo a derecha.
Rev: "GLOR-IA EXER[C]-ITVS" - Dos Soldados de pié enfrentados, sosteniendo un escudo y una lanza vertical invertida cada uno. Entre ellos DOS estandartes. "R * S" en exergo.

Acuńada 335/6 D.C.
Ceca: Roma (Off.2da.)
Rareza: R3

Referencias: RIC Vol.VII (Rome) #365 Pag.341 - Cohen Vol.VII #122 Pag.378 - DVM #45 Pag.296 - Salgado MRBI Vol.III #8444.d. Pag.189 - Sear RCTV (1988)#3951
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LEATITIA AVG N14 viewsobv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG laurate, draped and cuirassed bust of gordian right seen from behind
rev LAETITIA AVG N Laetitia standing left holding wreath and anchor

RIC 300
C 123
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