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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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PROBUS RIC 5644 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: SALVS AVG (Salvs seated)
BUST TYPE: F1 = radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield (decorated with two rows of soldiers holding shields)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: A/-//-
WEIGHT 4.65g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 21-23mm
RIC: 564
COLLECTION NO. 1420

Ex Ph. Gysen collection

THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS EXACT TYPE KNOWN TO ME. POSSIBLY UNIQUE!
Barnaba6Oct 21, 2019
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PROBUS RIC 553 F1 BUST3 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: PROVIDENT AVG
BUST TYPE: F1 = radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield (decorated with two rows of soldiers holding shields)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: B/-//-
WEIGHT 3.06g / AXIS: 7h / WIDTH 20-22mm
RIC: 553
COLLECTION NO. 1421

Ex Ph. Gysen collection
Barnaba6Oct 21, 2019
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PROBUS RIC 331 VAR. B1 BUST3 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD MILIT
BUST TYPE: B1 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left (with fold of aegis visible on right shoulder)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//PXXT
WEIGHT 4.50g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 23-25mm
RIC: 331 VAR. (B1 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1416

Ex Ph. Gysen collection

This coin is illustrated in S. Estiot, L’atelier de Ticinum sous Probus (276-282 p.C.) in Rome et les Provinces… Mélanges offerts à Michel Amandry (2017), p. 435

Unicum!
Barnaba6Oct 21, 2019
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PROBUS RIC 3893 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI INVICTI AVG
REVERSE: IOVI CONSERVAT
BUST TYPE: F19 = radiate, heroically nude bust left, holding spear and aegis, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//VXXT
WEIGHT 3.6g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 20-22mm
RIC: 389
COLLECTION NO. 1417

Ex Ph. Gysen collection

Only 2nd example of this exact type known to me!
Barnaba6Oct 21, 2019
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PROBUS RIC 393 VAR. OFFICINA 53 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: PAX AVG
BUST TYPE: F19 = radiate, heroically nude bust left, holding spear and aegis, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//VXXT
WEIGHT 4.38g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 20-22mm
RIC: 393 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH VXXT MINTMARK()
COLLECTION NO. 1418

Ex Ph. Gysen collection

7th example of this exact type known to me
Barnaba6Oct 21, 2019
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PROBUS RIC 565 CORR.5 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS III
REVERSE: SALVS AVG (Salvs seated)
BUST TYPE: H2 = Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//A
WEIGHT 5.40g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 22-23,5mm
RIC: 565 corr.
COLLECTION NO. 1419

Ex Ph. Gysen collection

The only example of this exact type known to me!
Barnaba6Oct 21, 2019
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2767 CILICIA, Syedra. Hadrian, Goddess standing3 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2767; SNG BN 632; SNG Levante 409 var.; Ziegler 110

Obv. AYTO AΔPIANOC KAICA
Laureate and cuirassed bust right

Rev. CYE-ΔP/Εω-Ν
Goddess wearing long chiton standing facing, head l., holding patera in r. hand, l. resting on sceptre

4.70 gr
19 mm
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okidokiOct 21, 2019
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Antigonos II Gonatas. 277-239 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Amphipolis 4 viewsMacedon, Antigonos II Gonatas. 277-239 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.03 gm) of Amphipolis 274-255 BC. Macedonian shield w/ horned head of Pan l. & lagoblon at center and stars in double crescents. / Athena Alkidemos advancing r. brandishing thunderbolt & holding shield decorated w/ aegis. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ. Kalanthos to l. & AV monogram to r.  gVF.  CNG 63 #207. "Exceptional for issue. Very rare with the right-facing Athena , only 14 specimens recorded by Mathisen!" HGC 3.1 #1043; Mathisen ANSMN 26 [1981] plate 22 #39 = SNG Cop 2 #1198 (same dies); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Ashmolean 3257 (same dies); SNG Berry -.
Mathisen contends that the fighting Athena was a traditional symbol of Pyrrhos, Antigonos' vanquished enemy, and Pan symbolizes Antigonos' victory over the Gauls, whose invasions had terrorized Macedon and Thrace for decades.
AnaximanderOct 21, 2019
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Antigonos II Gonatas. 277-239 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Amphipolis4 viewsMacedon, Antigonos II Gonatas. 277-239 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.81 gm) of Amphipolis, Struck after 271/0 BC. Macedonian shield w/ horned head of Pan l. & lagoblon; shield with stars in double crescents. / Athena Alkidemos advancing l. brandishing thunderbolt and holding shield. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ. Crested helmet to l. & HΛ monogram to r.  VF.  CNG EA101 #24. SNG Berry 350-352 with obv. die link to 357-358 (same obv. die); ACNAC Dewing 1203; AMNG III/2 p. 186 #3; Mathisen ANSMN 26 plate 21 #36; HGC 3.1 #1042; SNG Alpha Bank 986-987; SNG Cop 2 #1199-1202; SNG Munich 1077-1078; Touratsoglou p.94 #25. AnaximanderOct 21, 2019
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Antigonos II Gonatas. 277-239 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Amphipolis3 viewsMacedon, Antigonos II Gonatas. 277-239 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.11 gm) Amphipolis, Struck after 271/0 BC. Macedonian shield w/ horned head of Pan l. & lagoblon; shield with stars in double crescents. / Athena Alkidemos advancing l. brandishing thunderbolt and holding shield. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ. Crested helmet to l. & HΛ monogram to r.  VF.  SNG Berry 350-352 with obv. die link to 359 (same obv. die); ACNCAC Dewing 1203; AMNG III 3; HGC 3.1 #1042; SNG Alpha Bank 986; Mathiesen ANSMN 26 [1981] plate 21 #36); SNG Cop 2 #1199-1202; SNG Munich 1077-1078; Touratsoglou pg. 94, 25. AnaximanderOct 21, 2019
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Antigonos III Doson 229-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Amphipolis 5 viewsMacedon, "Antigonos III Doson" (probably Antigonos II Gonatas). 229-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.0 gm) of Amphipolis c. 227-225 or 246/5-221 BC. Wreathed head of Poseidon r. / Apollo seated l. on prow of galley, holding bow in outstretched hand; monogram below. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ.  aVF.  SNG Cop. 2 #1204 (Antigonos II); ACNAC Davis 96-97, Dewing 1206; HGC 3.1 #1051; Morkholm EHC 436; Price Macedonians pl. XIII #72. SNG Alpha Bank 1046-1047; SNG Ashmolean 3266; SNG Berry 361-370; SNG Munich 1121-1123; SNG Saroglos 933; Touratsoglou 52-53. AnaximanderOct 21, 2019
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Mer RIC №: 34745 viewsMint: Rome
Datation: Nov - Dec 275
Officina: 1
Denomination: Aureliani
Obverse: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG
Bust: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front
Reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG
Providentia standing left holding rod over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left hand
Exergue: XXIA
Weight: 3.984 grams
Diameter: 23.3mm
RIC V-1 92, Venèra 7-37, BnF XII 1555, Hunter IV 10, Colonne 663, Maravielle 680, Mazzini 100,
TacitusOct 21, 2019
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BITHYNIA, KIOS AR Hemidrachm7 viewsOBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right
REVERSE: ΓPOΞ – ENOΣ; Ship’s prow left, ornamented with star
Proxenos, magistrate
Struck at Kios 350-300 BC
2.4g, 15mm
SNG Cop 373
Ex JAZ Numismatics
1 commentsLegatusOct 21, 2019
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Greek - Ionia, Miletos2 viewsMetal/Size: AR10; Weight: 1.120 grams; Denomination: 1/2 stater; Mint: Miletos, Ionia; Date: 478-390 BCE; Obverse: Forepart of roaring lion left, head turned back to right. Reverse: Starlike floral pattern in incuse square. References: SNG Keckman #283/288; SNG Kayhan #462-75; SNG Cop. #948; Sear #3533.museumguyOct 20, 2019
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Greek - Ionia, Magnesia & Maeandrum2 viewsMetal/Size: AE15; Weight: 3.41 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Magnesia, Ionia; Date: 350-300 BCE; Obverse: Armed horseman prancing right, wearing helmet, curiass, chalmys, and holding spear. Reverse: Humped bull butting left, ΜΑΓΝ (Magnesia) above, ΑΡΙΣΤΑΓΟΡΑΣ ΖΗΝΟΔΟΤΟΥ ((Aristagoras, son of Zenodotos, magistrate) in exergue within circular maeander pattern. References: SNG Cop. 814 (different magistrate); Sear #4477 (different magistrate).museumguyOct 20, 2019
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Byzantine Empire: Justinian II, First Reign (685-695) Æ Half Follis, Constantinople (Sear 1262; DOC 21; MIB 47)6 viewsObv: Crowned facing bust of Justinian, holding globus cruciger
Rev: Large K; date across field; Γ below
Dim: 26 mm, 4.74g



Quant.GeekOct 20, 2019

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German states. Free city of Rostock. Copper 3 Pfenninge 1859 B.S.28 viewsGerman states. Free city of Rostock. Copper 3 Pfenninge 1859 B.S. ROSTOCKER MUNZE, griffin rampant to the left / *3* PFENNINGE 1859 B.S.
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30i. Delmatius: Alexandria.16 viewsAE3, 335, Antioch mint.
Obverse: FL DELMATIVS NOB C / Laureate bust of Delmatius.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS / Two soldiers, each holding spear and shield, two standards between them.
Mint mark: SMANI
2.55 gm., 17.5 mm.
RIC #90; LRBC #1362; Sear #16884.
Callimachus
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Italy- Rome -circusmaximus model58 viewsA circus designates a circle or course for chariot racing. Aside from the Circus Maximus, the largest and oldest, there were three other circuses in Rome: the Circus Flaminius (221 BC), which actually was not a circus at all but a public square; the Circus Gaii et Neronis (circa AD 40), where many of the Christian martyrdoms occurred and on which St. Peter's basilica was built (the obelisk brought to Rome by Caligula to adorn its spina still stands in the square); and the Circus Maxentius (AD 309), built as part of his villa on the Via Appia and the best preserved.

In this view, the starting gates are in the foreground, with the royal box dominating the viewing standing on the left" or "and the royal box dominating the viewing stands on the left. The palace overlooks the Circus from the Palatine Hill.

The Circus Maximus was another public entertainment center, and was just a single, specific facility in Rome. The Maximus was used mostly for chariot racing. It could seat 250,000 people! There were other circuses in ancient Rome.

This oval basin, nearly 600 meters long, is almost entirely filled in with dirt. It was once a race track. It was made in the time of the Etruscan kings (presumably Tarquinio Prisco). Augustus adorned the brick structure with an imperial stage, which was rebuilt by Trajan, enlarged by Caracalla and restored by Constantine. During the reign of Constantine, the Circus could hold more than 200,000 spectators. Today only the outline remains (the area it occupied is now a public garden).


The most popular events were the chariot races held in the Circus Maximus, an arena that held up to 300,000 spectators. Competing teams with brightly decorated horses attracted fierce loyalty, and up to a dozen four-horse chariots crowded together through the dangerous turns, lap after lap. Successful charioteers became so wealthy that even emperors envied their riches.

John Schou
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Plautilla (202 - 205 A.D.)59 viewsAR Denarius
O: PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE, Draped bust right, hair in bun behind.
R: HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing, holding palm branch and cornucopia.
Laodicea Mint
3.3g
18mm
RIC IV 371 (Caracalla) RSC 14

Scarce
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