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The Best of Type!


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


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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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


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


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

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Ancient Women


Women of the ancient world depicted on ancient coins.

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Coin Zoo - Animals


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


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

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Historical Coins


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


Ancient but not official.

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Roman Mint Style Examples


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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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


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


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


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

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Ancient Sites Photo Gallery


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.

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D5858 viewsAR Denarius, 3.04g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 585 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT GERMAN P M TR P VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
Ex Private Collection

This denarius is from a very common issue struck in 88 which is peppered with exceedingly rare variants. Here we have an obverse legend spelling of 'GERMAN' instead of the much more common 'GERM'. The experimental nature of the scarce variants perhaps ties them with the Secular Games which were held later the same year. After 88, new legends and reverse designs did not make another appearance on Domitian's denarius issues until the last year (or months) of his reign in 95-96.

Fine portrait on a broad flan.
1 commentsDavid AthertonFeb 20, 2018
Cleopatra Thea and Antiochus VIII Epiphanes. 125-121 B.C.1 viewsCleopatra Thea and Antiochus VIII Epiphanes. 125-121 B.C. Ae 18.5~19.7mm. 5.27g. Ake-Ptolemaïs mint, Dated (ΗΠΡ) S.E. 188 (125/4 B.C.). Obv: Diademed and radiate head of Antiochus VIII, right. Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΚΛΕΟΠΑΤΠΑΣ KAI ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ,
headdress of Isis; monogram high in inner right field. SC 2274.2a; HGC 9, 1191.
1 commentsddwauFeb 20, 2018
Antiochus II Theos. 261-246 B.C.1 viewsAntiochus II Theos. 261-246 B.C. Ae 12.9~13.3mm. 1.90g. Sardes mint. Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right. Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ, Kithara; anchor below, monogram to outer right. SC 528 var.; SNG Spaer 365-366; Houghton 603; Hoover 146. ddwauFeb 20, 2018
asmcalee799_60 viewsElagabalus
Antioch, Syria

Obv. (...)ANTONINVS (...), laureate head right, slight drapery at neck.
Rev. Δ ε, star below, all within laurel wreath with 8 elements fastened at top with garland.
15 mm, 3.95 gms (much smaller than usual)

McAlee 799
Charles MFeb 20, 2018
asmcalee789b10 viewsElagabalus
Antioch, Syria

Obv. AVT. KAI. MA (...)OC, radiate head right, slight drapery at neck.
Rev. Small S·C (dot actually inside C), Δ ε above, eagle below, all within laurel wreath fastened at top with star.
18 mm, 5.90 gms

McAlee 789(b)
Charles MFeb 20, 2018
asmcalee799_50 viewsElagabalus
Antioch, Syria

Obv. (...)ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right, slight drapery at neck.
Rev. Δ ε, star below, all within laurel wreath with 10 elements fastened at top with garland.
18 mm, 7.23 gms

McAlee 799
Charles MFeb 20, 2018
Great Britain. To Hanover (Cumberland Jack)1 viewsGame counter, gilded bronze; 21.5 mm., 0°

Obv: VICTORIA -- REGINA, bust of Victoria facing left

Rev: TO HANOVER, figure of monkey riding a horse to the right, leaping over a dragon (in the style of St George slaying the dragon), 1837 in exergue.

Edge: milled

When William IV died in 1837, Victoria was crowned Queen of Great Britain. However she was prevented by Salic law, which barred a female from acceding the throne, from also being crowned Queen of Hanover. There was agitation in Britain for the repeal of Hanover's Salic law, to no avail. Her unpopular uncle, Ernest Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland, who was William's oldest male heir, was sent off to Hanover as king. For the first time since the accession of George I in 1714, the unified British and Hanoverian monarchies were split. Ernest's income as King of Hanover was considerably greater than his modest allowance as Duke of Hanover. He therefore hastened to occupy his new throne, and to collect his revenues.

The gaming tokens (commonly known as "jacks") bearing the words "To Hanover" (commonly known as Cumberland Jacks) are satirical pieces. They are usually found with Victoria's portrait on the obverse and the year 1837, in which she and Ernest acceded to their thrones, in the exergue on the reverse. The reverse design is based on that of St. George slaying the dragon found on Britain's gold sovereigns. Instead, they depict Ernest (usually with the face of a monkey) riding a horse and leaping over the dragon in his haste to claim his throne. They express the sentiment that Britain is pleased to welcome Victoria to the throne but bids good riddance to Ernest. They were produced from around the time of Victoria's ascension in 1837 until their production was made illegal in 1883.
StkpFeb 19, 2018
Gallienus - Doe Right1 viewsObverse:- IMPGAL[LIEN]VSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- [D]IANAECONSA[VG], Doe standing right, looking left
Exergue:- [E]
RIC 176 var GOBL 728z var CUNETIO 1357 var CMR 10bb5

The standard right facing bust with both ties off the shoulder (type F Gobl, type b CMR) is not a very common bust, most examples come from the tigress type, but they have been recorded on left & right facing centaurs, left facing stags and right facing XI gazelles. Now we can add the Doe standing right facing left type to this list.

This particular coin has a IMP prefix on the bust legend. As far as I know it is the only recorded example of this f type bust with the IMP GALLIENVS legend.
nogoodnicksleftFeb 19, 2018
Maximianus Herculius5 viewsAE-Antoninianus
MAXIMIANVS AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust to right.
VIRTVTI AVGG; Hercules to right wrestling with nemean lion.
Ex: -
RIC 457 ; B.228 pl. XVI (2 ex)
1 commentsJulianus of PannoniaFeb 19, 2018
Carausius3 viewsAE-Antoninianus
INVICTO ET CARAVSIO AVG; jugate, radiate and cuirassed bust of Carausius, and radiate and draped bust of sol to left.
FORTVNA; Fortuna seated left on wheel, holding cornucopia and ruder.
RIC 234
Julianus of PannoniaFeb 19, 2018
Numerianus4 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP NUMERIANVS AVG; Radiate draped and cuirassed bust to right
VNDIQVE VICTORES; Emperor with spear and globe stg. left, to his both sides a captive.
RIC 423f
1 commentsJulianus of PannoniaFeb 19, 2018
Probus3 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate, helmeted heroically 3/4 nude bust right, wearing paludament, holding spear and shield seen from inner side.
CONSERVAT AVG; Sol standing, looking left, right hand raised, left holding globe.
RIC 349var.
1 commentsJulianus of PannoniaFeb 19, 2018
Tacitus5 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust to left.
PAX AVGVSTI; Pax stg. left Holding transverse scepter and branch.
Ex: P
RIC 150 var.
1 commentsJulianus of PannoniaFeb 19, 2018
260a3 viewsQuietus 260-1 AD
AR antoninianus
Eastern mint
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Fortuna seated left on wheel holding rudder and cornucopia
mauseusFeb 19, 2018
Ariobarzanes III., 63-52 BC. AR Drachm. Mazaca.3 viewsObv .: Diademed King's Head to the right.
Rev .: BAΣIΛEΩΣ APIOBAPZANOY Athena stands to the left, holding Nike, spear and shield, monogram in front of it.   Condition: almost very fine,minor scratches.
Dimensions: 4,43g, 15mm. BMC: 1.
1 commentsCanaanFeb 19, 2018
Meta Sudans4 viewsThe Meta Sudans (Latin: "sweating turning post") was a large monumental conical fountain in ancient Rome. The pic shows a graphical reconstruction. It can be found on several Roman coins.JochenFeb 19, 2018

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Gordian III (RIC 86, Coin #26)10 viewsRIC 86 (C), AR Antoninianus, Rome, 238-244 AD.
OBV: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG; Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
REV: LAETITIA AVG N; Laetitia standing right with wreath and anchor.
SIZE: 22.4mm 5.22g
Massalia, période Hellenistique, -210/-12517 viewsMoyen bronze au taureau chargeant
Bronze, 5,09 g, 20 mm
Av./ Tête d'Apollon laurée à gauche.
Rv./ Taureau chargeant à droite, MAΣΣA dessous.
Réfs : Dicomon MBM-X
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2015) #1 (plate coin)20 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 18, 2.75g, 17.94mm, 45°
Head, laureate, r.
Female figure, in long garment and veiled, stg. l., holding patera and long burning torch (Hestia?)
ref. a) AMNG I/1, 1352 var. (has AV KAI C)
b) Varbanov (engl.) 2383 var. (= AMNG 1352)
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2015) No. (plate coin)
under 2 different obv. types are subsumed
Septimius Severus Denarius13 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius
IMP IIII, reverse P M TR P II COS II P P, Jupiter
seated left holding Victory and sceptre. Coin #113
1 commentscars100