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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Collecting Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more.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!


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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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. Please state where the pictures were taken and give a brief description of the site.

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REVERSE: MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant wearing cuirass walking right
Struck at Rome, 196 197 AD
3.63g, 17mm
RIC 100, RSC 349
LegatusSep 20, 2019
bmcxxx2 viewsElagabalus (or Caracalla)
Tripolis, Phoenicia

Obv: AV K M AVP ANTⲰNINOC, laureate head right.
Rev: TPIΠO-ΛITωN, draped and turreted bust of Astarte right, within distyle, arched shrine.
17 mm, 5.00 gms

BMC Phoenicia -; Coll. Weber -; SNG ANS -; McClean Coll. -; Mionnet -; Babelon -; SNG BnF -. Savoca Numismatik , 35th Silver Auction, Lot 315
Charles MSep 20, 2019
orthosiabmc6_21 viewsElagabalus
Orthosia, Phoenicia

Obv: AV K MAV [AN]TONINVS, laureate head right.
Rev: OPΘ Ω C εΩN →ΓΛ Φ, Statue of Tyche-Astarte, holding scepter and being crowned by Nike on short column to right, standing facing within central arched bay of tetrastyle temple faade; below, river-god swimming to right; arched doorways to either side, with stairs leading to each.
24 mm, 7.82 gms

BMC 6 corrected (Severus Alexander as Caesar), CNG Electronic Auctions: #205, lot 331 and #387, lot 336.
Charles MSep 20, 2019
bmc4060 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: IMP CAES M AV ANTONINVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus to right, seen from behind. .
Rev: TVRIORVM, Dionysos standing front, head to left, holding kantharos in his right hand and thyrsos in his left; at feet to left, panther; to left, trophy between two captives; to upper left, star; to lower right, murex shell.
27 mm, 13.23 gms

BMC 406
Charles MSep 20, 2019
bmcxxx-51 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: ...A-NTONIN..., laureate draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SEPTVRO..., Marsyas standing right, extending arm and holding wineskin over shoulder; to right, palm tree; between, star and murex shell. .
24 mm, 8.43 gms

BMC---, SNG Cop 362
Charles MSep 20, 2019
bmc396_60 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: IMP CAES MAV AN-TONIN[VS AVG], laureate draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Oval countermark of a male head right.
Rev: TVR IO R VM, Astarte wearing turreted crown and short chiton and himation, standing front left foot on prow, right hand on trophy and holding in left arm transverse scepter and is being crowned by Nike standing on column on right. Palm tree on left and murex shell on right.
27 mm, 8.40 gms

BMC 396, Countermark: Howgego 65
Charles MSep 20, 2019
bmc393_11 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: IMP CAES MAV ANTONINVS AVG, laureate cuirassed bust right, seen from front.
Rev: SEP TIM TVR COL, Temple of Astarte with 6 columns, arch over middle with pellet in pediment over arch, Astarte within with right hand on trophy being crowned by Nike standing on column on right, Marsyas at her feet left facing right. Altar at base of steps with palm tree on left and murex shell on right.
29 mm, 16.20 gms

BMC 393 variant (bust type)
Charles MSep 20, 2019
Kingdom of Jerusalem. Imitating al-Amir. 12th-13th centuries. AV Bezant1 viewsKingdom of Jerusalem. Imitating al-Amir. 12th-13th centuries. AV Bezant
Acre mint. Third phase . 3.9 g.
Corrupted Arabic legends both sides.
Ex Artemide aste XXVII Lot 549 ; Ex Numismatica Tintinna 81
Vladislav DSep 20, 2019
Crusaders . Principality of ANTIOCH . Bohemond III ( 1163-1201.)2 viewsCrusaders . Principality of ANTIOCH . Bohemond III ( 1163-1201.) Denier
Early experimental type
Obv.: +BOAHVHDVS, bearded ,helmeted bust right in chain mail , cross on helmet , crescent upward left , star right .
Rev.: +ANTIOCHIA, cross with crescent upward in first quarter.
CCS 52 ; Metcalf 359
Very Rare .
Vladislav DSep 19, 2019
Acarnania Leucas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 20 mm 8.16 g 6h Pegasi 1022 viewsPegasos flying right./Helmeted head of Athena right,to left ,herm right kerykeion .Grant HSep 19, 2019
Acarnania Alyzeia circa 330-280 BC 20 mm8.15g 12 h Pegasi 111 viewsPegasos flying right/Helmeted head of Athena right,club to left.
From the Baldwin Maull collection.Ex American numismatic Society collection {Hoyt Miller bequest |acquired by the collector in 1958
Grant HSep 19, 2019
Libertas Augusti Cldc1 viewsObverse: IMP CAES M AVR SEV ALEXANDER AVG
Bust laureate right, draped and cuirassed
Reverse: LIBERTAS AVGUSTI, SC left and right in field
Libertas draped, standing front, head left, holding pileus in right and cornucopiae in left, fold of drapery over arm
unlisted portrait variety of BMC 65 front view (plate 3 ), RIC 581
weight, 19.333g; die axis 12h
But note: same obverse die as BMC 9 specimen and reverse die as BMC 65 specimen, in my collection
mix_valSep 19, 2019
Titus as Caesar RIC 63518 views As, 10.08g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 635 (R). BMC -. BNF 688.
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in exergue; Titus stg. r., with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
Acquired from Marc Breitsprecher, September 2019.

In 71 AD Vespasian and Titus held a double triumph celebrating their victory in the recently concluded Judaean War. The spectacular triumph was held a few days after Titus' arrival from the East in June and could be viewed as his effective homecoming party. Mary Beard has shrewdly observed that the triumph served as 'the Flavian coronation, the official launch party and press night of the Flavian dynasty.' It was the first time after Vespasian's rise to the purple that the whole family could be seen together by the Roman populace. Vespasian and Titus were identically dressed riding in matching quadrigas while Domitian trotted alongside on a splendid mount. By showcasing his eldest son on an equal footing in the procession, it left little doubt who would succeed after his death. Coins were struck in all metals to commemorate the event. Here is a rare As with a reverse depicting Titus Caesar in a triumphal quadriga, a clear commemoration of the joint triumph. Oddly, this type is more commonly seen in silver from Antioch. The piece serves as a superb memento of the 'Greatest Show on Earth' triumph put on by the Flavian regime in the late First century.

Not in the BM. RIC cites only a specimen in the Paris collection (BNF 688), a double die match with this coin as pointed out by C. Clay.

Worn, but the major devices are still quite visible.
3 commentsDavid AthertonSep 19, 2019
Locris hemidrachm1 viewsOvb Nymph. Ar Triobol/Hemidrachm 380-300 BC Locris Opuntia NGC G great color :)Rob PSep 18, 2019
Locris hemidrachm1 viewsC. 380-300 B.C. triobol/hemidrach Rev. Ajax holding shield locris, Locris OpuntiaRob PSep 18, 2019
Vespian Tetradrachm 2 viewsAlexandrian Tetradrachm year 2 of Vespasian (thanks to the fourm I know the year! Thank you) Rev: Nike facking left holding wreath and palm. 24 mm 11.39gm as worn a bit. 2 commentsRob PSep 18, 2019

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