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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Commodus, 177-192. Denarius (Silver, 15mm, 2.73g), Rome, 192. 0 viewsObv. L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL Laureate head of Commodus to right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP VIII COS VII P P Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond with her left; in field to left.
References: BMC 332. Cohen 568. RIC 237.
CanaanMay 25, 2018
Commodus sestertius with the Annona reverse11 viewsCommodus. Sestertius. Roma mint. 183 AD.
19.67 grs and 27 mm.
Observe : M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS. Laureate bust right.
Reverse : ANNO AVG TRP VIII IMP VI COS IIII PP and SC. Annona standing left, holding Victory in hand and a cornucopia. In front a modius with grains. Behind, a galley with two or three sailors.
RIC 377 var. and Cohen 14 var. (due to the reverse legend with ANNO).
2 commentslabienusMay 25, 2018
Calabria, Taras (c. 344-340 B.C.), Silver Stater.3 views8.03g., 2h
Naked youth on a horse pacing right, crowning the horse with a wreath held in his extended right hand, K(KAA?) and an upright club below the horse, rev. TAP-A-Σ, Phalanthos riding on a dolphin left, holding a kantharos in his extended right hand, and a trident and a shield in his left, Ω below dolphin's tail, waves below.
Fischer-Bossert, Group 49, 685 (V260/R532); Vlasto 509 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 173 (these dies); SNG ANS 960; HN Italy 887. An exceptional example, well-struck from fresh dies and perfectly centred on a flan of good metal, extremely fine and most attractive.
1 commentsLeoMay 25, 2018
Campania, Neapolis. (Circa 300 BC)2 viewsAR Didrachm

20 mm, 6.98 g

Obverse: Head of nymph r., wearing taenia, triple-pendant earring and necklace; four dolphins around (only the bottom two around the neck visible).

Reverse: Man-headed bull walking r., being crowned by Nike; ΘE below bull. [NE]OΠOΛI[TΩN] in exergue

Sambon 457; HNItaly 576; SNG ANS 336.

Neapolis was founded ca. 650 B.C. from Cumae. Ancient tradition records that it had originally been named after the siren Parthenope, who had been washed ashore on the site after failing to capture Odysseus (Sil. Pun. 12.33-36). The early city, which was called Palae(o)polis, developed in the SW along the modern harbor area and included Pizzofalcone and Megaris (the Castel dell'Ovo), a small island in the harbor. Megaris itself may have been the site of a still older Rhodian trading colony (Strab. 14.2.10). Owing to the influx of Campanian immigrants, the town began to develop to the NE along a Hippodamian grid plan. This new extension was called Neapolis, while Palae(o)polis became a suburb. Incited to a war with Rome by the Greek elements, the city was captured in 326 B.C. by the proconsul Quintus Publilius Philo (Liv. 8.22.9), and the suburb ceased to exist. Neapolis then became a favored ally of the Romans; it repulsed Pyrrhos, contributed naval support during the First Punic War, and withstood the attacks of Hannibal.
Nathan PMay 25, 2018
The Ma'abed - Temple at Marathos (Amrit)0 viewsOne of the most important excavations at Marathos (Amrit) was the Phoenician temple, commonly referred to the "ma'abed," dedicated to the god Melqart of Tyre and Eshmun. The colonnaded temple, excavated between 1955 and 1957, consists of a large court cut out of rock measuring 47 × 49 metres (154 × 161 ft) and over 3 metres (9.8 ft) deep, surrounded by a covered portico. In the center of the court a well-preserved cube-shaped cella stands. The open-air courtyard was filled with the waters of a local, traditionally sacred spring, a unique feature of this site. The temple—which was dated to the late 4th century BC, a period following the Persian expansion into Syria—shows major Achaemenid influence in its layout and decoration. According to Dutch archaeologist, Peter Akkermans, the temple is the "best-preserved monumental structure from the Phoenician homeland."

Photo by Jerzy Strzelecki
Joe SermariniMay 25, 2018
Sicily. Messana. The Mamertinoi. Ae Quadruple Unit (288-278 BC).1 views19.38 g

Obverse: APEOΣ Laureate head of Ares to right; behind, helmet.

Reverse: MAMEPTINΩN Eagle standing to left on thunderbolt.

Calciati I, 92, 3. SNG ANS 402.

After the tyrant of Syracuse Agathocles died in 289 BC, the majority of his mercenaries became unemployed. Some bands dispersed but the Mamertines attempted to stay in Syracuse. Hailing from Campania (a region in southern Italy), perhaps related to the Samnites, the civilized Greeks did not take kindly to a large armed mob of uncultured barbaroi loitering around the Hellenistic center of Sicily. Barred from settling in Syracuse, these mercenaries headed north until they came across the town of Messana on the north-east tip of Sicily.

The city offered its hospitality to the band of mercenaries and in return the mercenaries slaughtered many of the men and leading figures of the city and claimed it for themselves. The women and possessions were split among the mercenaries as their own. It was at this time that the mercenaries seem to officially proclaim themselves as the Mamertines as they began to mint their own coinage. The name Mamertines means the sons of Mamers, Mamers being an Italic war god with the Latin equivalent of Mars. Soon afterwards, the Italian town of Rhegium suffered a similar fate.

With Messana and its sister city of Rhegium across the strait, the Mamertines held a commanding position in Sicily and the shipping routes that passed through the Strait of Messina. With Messana as a base of operations the Mamertines were able to plunder, pirate, and raid the surrounding countryside with considerable success. Syracuse was unable to react immediately due to its internal political disorder. This left Sicily split between Carthage in the west and disunited Greeks and Mamertines elsewhere.

When Hiero II of Syracuse attempted to dislodge the Mamertines in 265, they enlisted the aid of a nearby Carthaginian fleet, whose swift intervention forced Hiero to withdraw. The Mamertines soon regretted the Carthaginian occupation and appealed to Rome for protection, citing their status as Italians. Rome was hesitant to become entangled in a conflict outside of Italy or to come to the aid of the piratical Mamertines. Yet Rome's fear of a Carthaginian stronghold so close to Italy—and greed for plunder in what they assumed would be a short war against Syracuse—outweighed their concerns. The Romans invaded Sicily and marched to the Mamertines' aid.

When the Mamertines learned that the Romans were approaching, they persuaded the Carthaginian general to withdraw his forces from the city. The general, regretting this decision to abandon the city, took the fateful steps of allying with Hiero. The combined Carthaginian and Syracusan forces then besieged Messana. After attempts to negotiate a truce failed, Carthage and Rome began hostilities. Both sides were confident of a quick and decisive victory. Neither side anticipated the horror that was to come: a ferocious, generation-long war that would transform the Roman and Carthaginian empires, upend the balance of power in the western Mediterranean, and set the stage for Hannibal's avenging assault on Italy.
Nathan PMay 25, 2018
1901 VICTORIA BRONZE "OLD HEAD" HALFPENNY0 viewsObverse: VICTORIA.DEI.GRA.BRITT.REGINA.FID.DEF.IND.IMP. Veiled bust of Queen Victoria facing left.
Reverse: HALF PENNY. Britannia seated facing right, right hand resting on shield, left hand holding trident. 1901 in exergue.
Diameter 25mm
SPINK: 3962

Victoria's "veiled head" portrait was designed by Thomas Brock (1847 - 1922), this is marked by a small "T.B." below the Queen's bust.
*AlexMay 25, 2018
Sear 08392 viewsHeraclius (610 – 641 CE) Follis, weight 11.13g, diameter 30mm. Mint of Cyzicus, first officina, struck in 612/3 [= regnal year I I I].Abu GalyonMay 25, 2018
088p Valerian I. (253-260 A.D.), Pisidia, Antioch, SNG France 3 1316, AE-22, S/R//--, ANTIO CHIO CL, Vexilium surmounted by eagle,14 views088p Valerian I. (253-260 A.D.), Pisidia, Antioch, SNG France 3 1316, AE-22, S/R//--, ANTIO CHIO CL, Vexilium surmounted by eagle,
avers: IMP CAERAS LL OVNAHHIR, Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: ANTIO CHIO CL, Vexilium surmounted by eagle, between two standards. S-R between the masts.
exergue: S/R//--, diameter: 21-22mm, weight: 4,24g, axis: 0h,
mint: Pisidia, Antioch, date: 253 A.D., ref: SNG France 3, 1316; Krzy. VII, 35.,
1 commentsquadransMay 25, 2018
varb4393_40 viewsElagabalus
Odessos, Thrace

Obv: AVT K M AVPH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right
Rev: OΔHCCEITΩN, Great God Odessos standing facing, head left, wearing kalanthos, holding patera over flaming altar and cornucopia.
25 mm, 6.93 gms

Varbanov 4393
Charles MMay 25, 2018
84ff0 viewsCarausius 287-93AD
AE antoninianus
Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right
Neptune standing left with dolphin and trident
Unmarked (London?) mint
RIC 84-5
mauseusMay 24, 2018
Noesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 10. Commodus, HrHJ(2017), var.0 viewsCommodus, AE 177-192
AE 22, 5.66g, 21.8mm, 15°
Laureate head r.
Nike in girded double chiton, on globe stg. l., holding in raised r. hand wreath; without
palmbranch in l. field
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2017):
cf. no. (same rev., but with palmbranch in l. field)
probably unpublished
VF, brown patina
JochenMay 24, 2018
Bruttium, The Brettii (Circa 211-208 BC)6 viewsĆ Double Unit (Didrachm)

26 mm, 16.19 g

Obverse: Head of Ares left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin

Reverse: BRET-TIWN, Hera Hoplosima (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; racing torch right.

Scheu 72; SNG ANS 82; HN Italy 1987

The Brettii were an indigenous Italian people who emerged in southern Italy in the mid-fourth century BC. Ancient authors describe them as a group of revolted slaves and miscellaneous fugitives who came together after seeking refuge in the rugged mountains of the area. Nonetheless, it is more likely that most of these people were native Oenotrians or Pelasgians who had escaped from domination by the Greek cities and other native groups to the north. By the mid-third century BC, this disparate congregation of people, now known as the Brettii, had become the predominant power over most of Italy south of the river Laos, including the important mints of Consentia, Medma, Hipponium, Terina, and Thurium (Diod. XVI.15; Strabo VI). Their rising power, however, was eventually checked by the expansion of Roman authority in their region. In the 280s BC, they united with their neighbors, the Lucanians, against Rome, an adventure that proved inconclusive. Soon thereafter, they aided Pyrrhos in his war against Rome, an unsuccessful endeavor that resulted in the Romans carrying on the conflict against the Brettians after defeating the Epiran leader. The Brettians submitted to the Romans, but in the face of Hannibal's successes against Rome, they again allied themselves with Rome's enemy during the Second Punic War (Livy XXII. 61). In this conflict, the Brettians were completely invested in the alliance with Carthage, such that the entire region of Bruttium became a veritable Punic fortress, and it was during this war that the entire series of Brettian coinage was struck. Once again, though, the Brettii had supported the losing side, and this time the Romans were determined to squash any further ability of the Brettians to threaten them. In the aftermath of Hannibal's defeat, the Romans subjugated Bruttium through annual military deployments and the establishment of three colonies, at Tempsa, Kroton, and Vibo Valentia (Livy XXXIV. 45 and XXXV. 40). Unlike other Italian populations that had been conquered by the Romans, the Brettii were also not admitted as Roman allies and could not serve in the Roman military (Appian, Annib. 61). Little is known of the Brettii thereafter.
2 commentsNathan PMay 24, 2018
Sicily, "Kainon." Circa 360-340 BC.2 viewsAE 21, 7.66 g

Obverse: Griffin springing left over grasshopper

Reverse: Horse prancing right, star above, over "KAINON" (the new coinage).

CNS 10; SNG ANS 1176 (Alaesa)

Not identifiable with a known city in Sicily, the Kainon issues have traditionally been attributed to Alaesa. They may also have been struck by mercenaries in the employ of Dione of Leontini.
Nathan PMay 24, 2018
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2017) viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 18, 2.43g, 17.52mm, 45°
Laureate head r.
Hygieia in long garment stg. r., feeding snake in l. arm from patera in r. hand
ref. a) AMNG I/1, 1384 (like ex. #1, Berlin)
b) Varbanov 2387
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2017) No, (same dies)
F+, dark green patina
JochenMay 24, 2018
Asia Minor, Ionia, Ephesos, cista mystica, serpents, piloi of the Dioskouroi3 viewsIonia, Ephesos
Cistophoric Tetradrachm
Obv.: Serpent emerging from cista mystica with raised lid, all within ivy wreath with fruits.
Rev.: Two snakes coiled around a bow case, piloi of the Dioskouroi surmounted by stars flanking, ΕΦΕ to left, snake coiled with head right below.
Ag, 28mm, 12.12g
Ref.: DCA -; Kleiner-Noe Series -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG France -.
shanxiMay 24, 2018

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BCC RI1721 viewsRoman Imperial
Gallienus 253-268 CE
AE Antoninianus
Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Jupiter standing left, holding
globe and scepter. No mint mark.
22mm. 3.32gm. Axis:0
Poss. ref: RIC 641 Antioch Mint
Troas, Birytis. Ca. 350 - 220 BC. Quart unite AE 1 viewsReference.
BMC 6; SNG Copenhagen 250; SNG Munchen 170 SNG Tubingen 2574.

Obv: no legend.
Head of Kabeiros left, wearing pileos.

Rev: B-I/P-Y and club, all within laurel wreath.

1.36 gr
11 mm.
RIC 980 Vespasian denarius103 viewsCAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate bust of Vespasian right

Modius filled with seven grain ears in fields to left and right

Rome 78 AD

RIC II 980 (C); Sear 2293, RSC 215

6 commentsJay GT4
(0247) PHILIP II19 views247 - 249 AD
AE 27 mm
O: AVTOK K M IOVLI FILIPPOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
R: ANTIOxEWN - MHTPO KOLWN D-E S-C, draped and turreted bust of Tyche right, ram over.
Syria, Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria; cf. SMG 272; BMC 566.