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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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1 viewsQuant.GeekSep 19, 2018
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark1 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

A Pompeian loyalist, Q. Metellus Pius Scipio introduced the legislation that recalled Caesar from his Gallic command, thus precipitating the Civil Wars. This denarius was struck while Scipio was in supreme command of the Pompeian forces in North Africa, the elephant an obvious reference to the province, and was probably struck during the later stages of the campaign in a mobile mint traveling alongside the forces (stylistically it is quite distinct from the coins of Scipio struck at the provincial capital of Utica). In 46 BC, Caesar finally managed to corner the Pompeians at Thapsus, where he inflicted a crushing defeat. After the battle Scipio committed suicide knowing that, despite Caesar's usual leniency towards his enemies, he would not allow so persistent an foe as Scipio to survive.

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
NemonaterSep 19, 2018
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Vespasian / Temple of Aphrodite3 viewsCYPRUS, Koinon of Cyprus. (Antioch mint)V espasian.AD 69-79. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 12.59 g, 1h). Dated RY 8 (AD 75/6).
Obv: AYTOKPATΩP OYЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP; Laureate head of Vespasian left. c/m Head of Marcus Aurelius left within incuse circle.
Rev: ЄTOYC NЄOY IЄPOY; H in exergue, conical cult xoanon of Aphrodite of Paphos within central distyle tower, central crossbeam of tripartite entablature above; tristyle porticoes flanking; the entire structure set on low basis.
- RPC 1803; Tziambazis 16; Countermark: Howgego 844 i.
NemonaterSep 19, 2018
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Seleucid - Demetrios I Soter (162-150 BCE)1 viewsMetal/Size: AE21; Weight: 9.2 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Antioch-on-the-Orantes & Seleukeia-in-Pieria; Date: 162-150 BCE; Obverse: Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane, bow and quiver over shoulder, beads surround. Reverse: Bow and quiver. No symbols or monograms - serrated - BASILEOS DHMHTRIOY (King Demetrios). References: Hoover #826, p. 167; SC #1645, Sear #7027.museumguySep 18, 2018
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Faustina II AE 21 of Blaundos, Lydia. 146-180 AD.3 viewsFaustina II AE 21 of Blaundos, Lydia. 146-180 AD. 5.56 g. ΦAYCTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right / BΛAYNΔEΩN, Demeter standing left, veiled, holding corn-ears, poppy and torch. BMC 77-78; SNG Cop 93; Berlin 18644; Mionnet IV 115; SNG Munich 92. Varbanov IV 1728

Rare and Nice
BritanikusSep 18, 2018
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Seleucid - Antiochus I Soter (280-261BCE)2 viewsMetal/Size: AE17; Weight: 3.86 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Ecbatana; Date: 280-261 BCE; Obverse: Diademed head of Antiochus right, border to right. Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY (King Antiochus) - Apollo seated left on omphalos holding arrow and leaning on bow; monograms to left and right. Reference: Hoover #143; Sear #6878; SC #415 or #416.museumguySep 18, 2018
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Vespasian-RIC-10693 viewsAR Denarius, 3.12g
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 1069 (R). BMC 248. RSC 553.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII; Victory stg. l., placing shield on trophy; below, captive std. l.

A rare left facing obverse portrait from 79-80 AD, minted in the last months of Vespasian's reign.
BritanikusSep 18, 2018
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Titus RIC-22615 viewsAE As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
4 commentsDavid AthertonSep 18, 2018
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EB0726 Soter Megas / King on horseback3 viewsVima Taktu ("Soter Megas), Taxila, Kushan Empire, Tetradrachm, circa 1900-1980 AD.
Obverse: Bust right wearing fancy hat, waving baton.
Reverse: ΑΥΤΌ ΤΟ ΝΌΜΙΣΜΑ ΕΊΝΑΙ ΠΛΑΣΤΌ (or sim.), King on horseback, tamgha in right field.
References: Rare, unpublished.
Diameter: 19.5mm, Weight: 2.458g.
Extremely fine example of this type.
EBSep 18, 2018
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EB0725 Soter Megas / King on horseback6 viewsVima Taktu ("Soter Megas), Taxila, Kushan Empire, Tetradrachm, circa 80-90 AD.
Obverse: Diademed radiate bust right, holding sceptre, tamgha to left.
Reverse: [CΩTHP] MEΓA BACIΛEV [ΒΑCΙΛΥΩΝ], King on horseback, tamgha in right field.
References: Cf. Gbl, Kushan pl. 176, 19.1 var. (bust left); Senior B17; Donum Burns 58; MACW 2928,2953-56.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 9.019g.
1 commentsEBSep 18, 2018
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Gens Claudia, denarius (111-110 a.C.)2 viewsAp. Claudius Pulcher, T. Manlius Mancinus e Q. Urbiniu, Denario, 111-110 a.C., Roma
Ag, 3.47 gr, 18 mm, MB+
D/ Testa di Roma con elmo attico alato; dietro, un oggetto traingolare con cerchio.
R/ AP CL T MAL (legato) Q VR (legato); una Vittoria su triga; tiene le redini con entrambe le mani.
Crawford 299/1a
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, dal 18 settembre 2018, numero catalogo XXX), ex collezione Vanni (Follonica, Tinia numismatica, fino al settembre 2018)
paoloSep 18, 2018
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EB0724 Soter Megas / King on horseback3 viewsVima Taktu ("Soter Megas), Taxila, Kushan Empire, Tetradrachm, circa 80-90 AD.
Obverse: Diademed bust right, holding sceptre, tamgha to left.
Reverse: [CΩTHP] MEΓAC BACIΛEV [ΒΑCΙΛΥΩΝ], King on horseback, tamgha in right field.
References: Cf. Gbl, Kushan pl. 176, 19.1 var. (bust left); Senior B17.1; Donum Burns 58; MACW 2928,2953-56.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 8.371g.
EBSep 18, 2018
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EB0723 Gordianus and Tranquillina / Tyche1 viewsGordianus Pius III 238-244, Singara, Mesopotamia, AE 33.
Obverse: AVTOK K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANON CAB TPANKVΛΛINA CEB, confronted busts of Gordian on left, laureate, draped and cuirassed, and Tranquillina on right, draped and wearing stephane.
Reverse: AVP CEΠ KOΛ CINΓAPA, Tyche seated left on rock, holding branch; the centaur Sagittarius above to left, discharging arrow, river god swimming left below.
References: BMC Mesopotamia pg. 135, 13; SNG Copenhagen 257; Lindgren & Kovacs 2627.
Diameter: 33.5mm, Weight: 24.34g.
EBSep 18, 2018
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EB0722 Gordianus Pius III / Tyche1 viewsGordianus Pius 238-244, Singara, Mesopotamia, AE 25.
Obverse: [AVTOK K M] ANT ΓOPΔIANOC CЄB, radiate head right, with slight drapery.
Reverse: AVP CЄΠ KOΛ CINΓAPA, turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right, above her the centaur Sagittarius leaping right shooting bow.
reference: BMC 1; SNG Cop 255.
Diameter: 25.5mm, Weight: 11.921g.
EBSep 18, 2018
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EB0721 Philip I / Temple1 viewsPhilip I, NESIBI, Mesopotamia, AE 26.
Obverse: AUTOK K M IOULI FILIPPOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: IOY CEΠ KOΛΩ NECIBI MHT, tetrastyle temple with twisted columns; within arched central bay statue of Tyche seated facing, ram leaping right above, river-god swimming right below.
References: BMC Arabia p. 122, 17 var.
Diameter: 25.5mm, Weight: 8.36g.
EBSep 18, 2018
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hj6.26.08.06_23 viewsElagabalus
Marcianopolis

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANT(ΩN)INOC, laureate head right
Rev: MAPKIANOΠOΛIT(ΩN), cluster of grapes
17 mm, 2.83 gms

Hristova-Jekov 6.26.8.6
Charles MSep 18, 2018

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