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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Collecting Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more.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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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.

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Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm0 viewsAttica, Athens AR Tetradrachm, Circa 460-440 BC
weight = 17.00g, 25 mm
NGC AU* - Strike 5/5 - Surface 5/5 - Die Shift [4163031-001]

Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with laurel leaves and vine scroll
Rev: ΑΘΕ, Owl with wings folded standing right, head facing; behind, olive-spray and crescent; all within incuse square

Kroll 8. Dewing 1591-8. SNG Copenhagen 31. Ex. Stacks Coin Galleries sale of November 1992, Lot 108.
Kevin PMay 26, 2018
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Phoenicia, Tyre, Year 37 (90-89 BC). Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver0 viewsKevin PMay 26, 2018
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Tiberius Caesar AR Denarius - "Tribute Penny"0 viewsKevin PMay 26, 2018
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Lydia, Kroisos AR 1/24 Stater1 viewsKroisos (or Croesus) AR 1/24 Stater
Sardes Mint, circa 560-546 BC
weight = 0.36g, 5mm
NGC XF - Strike 5/5 - Surface 4/5 [4625073-005]

Obv: Confronted foreparts of lion right and bull left, each with outstretched foreleg
Rev: Two square incuse punches, side-by-side

SNG Kayhan 1022; Klein 562.
Kevin PMay 26, 2018
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Lydia, Kroisos AV Heavy "Prototype" Stater1 viewsKroisos (or Croesus) Gold Heavy "Prototype" Stater - The World's First Gold Coin
Sardes Mint, circa 560-546 BC
weight = 10.79g, 17 mm
NGC Choice VF - Strike 5/5 - Surface 4/5 [4241194-002]

Obv: Confronted foreparts of lion - with sun on forehead - left. Confronted foreparts of bull right. Each with outstretched foreleg.
Rev: Two square incuse punches of unequal size, side-by-side

Berk 1; Konuk & Lorber fig. 25 = CH VIII, pl. I, Hoard 7, no. 40 = Triton XV, lot 1243; Athena Fund I 58; McClean 8635; NAIM-BAN 6; Ward 723.
Kevin PMay 26, 2018
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Lydia, Kroisos AR Stater1 viewsKroisos (or Croesus) AR 1/3 Stater
Sardes Mint, circa 560-546 BC
weight = 10.69g
NGC Choice VF - Strike 5/5 - Surface 5/5 [4241197-007]

Obv: Confronted foreparts of lion right and bull left, each with outstretched foreleg
Rev: Two square incuse punches of unequal size, side-by-side

Carradice 2; SNG von Aulock 2873; coll. Rosen 662; SNG Berry 1140; BMC 37.
Kevin PMay 26, 2018
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Lydia, Kroisos AR 1/2 Stater (Siglos)1 viewsKroisos (or Croesus) AR 1/2 Stater (Siglos)
Sardes Mint, circa 560-546 BC
weight = 4.90g, 16mm
NGC Choice XF* - Strike 5/5 - Surface 5/5 [4253890-011]

Obv: Confronted foreparts of lion right and bull left, each with outstretched foreleg
Rev: Two square incuse punches of unequal size, side-by-side

SNG Von Aulock 2877. Berk 23.
Kevin PMay 26, 2018
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Lydia, Kroisos AR 1/3 Stater1 viewsKroisos (or Croesus) AR 1/3 Stater
Sardes Mint, circa 560-546 BC
weight = 3.31g, 11-14mm
NGC Choice XF - Strike 5/5 - Surface 4/5 [4241717-002]

Obv: Confronted foreparts of lion right and bull left, each with outstretched foreleg
Rev: Two square incuse punches of unequal size, side-by-side

Berk 24. SNG Kayhan -
Kevin PMay 26, 2018
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Lydia, Kroisos AR 1/6 Stater1 viewsKroisos (or Croesus) AR 1/6 Stater
Sardes Mint, circa 560-546 BC
weight = 1.74g, 11mm
NGC AU* - Strike 5/5 - Surface 4/5 [4241717-010]

Obv: Confronted foreparts of lion right and bull left, each with outstretched foreleg
Rev: Two square incuse punches of unequal size, side-by-side

Berk 25. SNG Kayhan 1019. Traité -
Kevin PMay 26, 2018
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Lydia, Kroisos AR 1/12 Stater1 viewsKroisos (or Croesus) AR 1/12 Stater
Sardes Mint, circa 560-546 BC
weight = 0.85g, 8mm
NGC XF* - Strike 5/5 - Surface 4/5 [4625073-010]

Obv: Confronted foreparts of lion right and bull left, each with outstretched foreleg
Rev: Two square incuse punches, side-by-side

Berk 26-7; Traité I 413; SNG Kayhan 1020-1021; SNG von Aulock 8213; Boston MFA 2072
Kevin PMay 26, 2018
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KHUSRO II2 views590-628 AD SASANIAN EMPIRE Silver Drachm KHUSRO II

Bust of Khusro II right with elaborate winged crown, type two, topped by a crescent and star, inside a double border. Outside border, crescents and stars./Fire altar with two attendants, inside a triple boarder, outside, four crescents and stars
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)May 26, 2018
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Peroz (459 - 484 A.D.)6 viewsAR Drachm
O: Crowned bust right, crescent on forehead.
R: Fire altar with attendants and ribbon, star and crescent flanking flames; “Peroz” in Pahlavi to left, mint to right.
26mm
4g
2 commentsMatMay 26, 2018
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rsc195a1 viewsElagabalus
AR Denarius

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right
Rev: P. M. TR. P. IIII COS III P. P., Victory flying left, diadem in both hands, shields to sides, star to left.
18 mm, 1.83 gms

RSC 195a, RIC 45
Charles MMay 26, 2018
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rsc092a20 viewsElagabalus
AR Denarius

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate draped bust right
Rev: LIBERTAS AVG, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter, star in left field
19 mm, 2.10 gms

RSC 92a, RIC 107
Charles MMay 26, 2018
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rsc061b_20 viewsElagabalus
AR Denarius

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right, seen from front, bearded, no horn.
Rev: INVICTVS SACERDOS AVG, Elagabalus standing half left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, recumbent bull behind altar, holding branch raised, star in left field.
19 mm, 2.64 gms

RSC 61b, RIC 88
Charles MMay 26, 2018
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hj6.28.36.06_40 viewsElagabalus and Julia Maesa
Marcianopolis

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩ(NE)INOC AVΓ IOVΛIAMAICA AVΓ., laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus on left facing draped bust of Julia Maesa on right .
Rev: VΠ I(OV)Λ CEΛEVK(OV) M(AP)KIANOΠOΛIT(ΩN), Concordia standing facing, head left, holding patera and cornucopia. E in left field below patera.
27 mm, 10.21 gms

Hristova-Jekov 6.28.36.6 (sl different ligate letters on obverse and reverse)
Charles MMay 26, 2018

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Gaius Caligula - Vesta12 viewsRoman Imperial, Gaius Caligula AE As, (37-8 AD), 9.7g, 27mm

Obverse: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, Bare head left.

Reverse: VESTA above, S C across field, Vesta seated left, holding patera and sceptre.

Reference: RIC 38, Cohen 27.

Ex: Holding History +photo
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Huszár 542, Pohl 79-2, Unger 429i, Réthy II 94A80 viewsHungary. Louis I (Lajos I, in Hun.) (1342-1382). AR denar (14 mm.)

Obv: + LODOVICI • R • VnGARIE, Two-part shield (Árpádian stripes and Angevin field of fleur-de-lis) with three lilies above and to sides.

Rev: • S LADIS—LAVS • R •, Standing nimbate king, facing, holding halberd and imperial orb, P in right field (privy mark).

The type was struck 1358-1371 (per Huszár & Unger) or 1359-1371 (per Pohl). This privy mark was struck in Buda (now Budapest) by Petrus Chimle, in 1365-1368 (per Pohl).

Huszár/Pohl rarity rating 5. The descriptions and depictions of this emission vary from catalog to catalog with respect to the presence and placement of pellets in the legend. As this coin was double struck, it is not possible to ascertain the precise configuration of pellets in all locatons.

Ladislaus I (László in Hun.) (1077-1095) was canonized in 1192. His name typically appeared, albeit in an increasingly decaying form, on the reverse of 12th century emissions, and his stylized image and name appeared on this and other later emissions.
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Huszár 803, Pohl 238-5, Unger 638f, RĂ©thy II 276. Kaplan (pub. pending) Subtype B2 110 viewsHungary. Wladislaus II (Ulászló II in Hun.) (1490-1516). AR denar, 17 mm.

Obv: M • WLADISLAI • R • VNGARIE •, Four-part shield with Hungarian arms (Árpádian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion), Bohemian lion in escutcheon.

Rev: PATRONA – VNGARIE •, Crowned Madonna with infant Jesus to her right, K–T (privy mark) in fields.

The type was struck 1490-1502 (per Huszár) or 1490-1498 (per Unger) or 1492-1499 (per Pohl). This privy mark was struck in 1498 (per Pohl & Unger) in Kremnitz (formerly Körmöcbánya, Hungary, now Kremnica, Slovakia) by Hans Thurzó or Matthias Tengler, each of whom was a kammergraf at Kremnitz sometime during the year 1498 (per Pohl). As none of the subsequent emissions attributed to Thurzó bear this mark, it would appear that this mark was more likely struck by Tengler, who would otherwise have served without leaving any mark.

Huszár/Pohl rarity rating 3. Subtype B is a rare variety of the emission, in which the Madonna and infant Jesus are not nimbate (described and depicted in Huszár and Pohl), and Sub-subtype 2 is the variant of the subtype in which there are neither pellets nor annulets to the sides of the shield (also depicted in Huszár and Pohl). This privy mark only appears on Subtype B coins.
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Phrygia, Laodicia ad Lycum. Pseudo-autonomous AE17. Zeus Aesis/goat16 views
Obv: ZEYC ACEIC, draped bust of Zeus right, wearing taenia.
Rev: LAODIKEWN, goat standing right.
2.41g, 17mm.
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