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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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RIC 554 Titus19 viewsT CAES IMP VESP CENS
Laureate bust right

Vespasian seated right on curule chair, with sceptre and branch

Rome, 73 AD

RIC 554 (R) A mule with reverse type of Vespasian


Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT4Jun 19, 2019
29. Trebonianus Gallus.10 viewsAntoninianus, ca 252 AD, Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES VIB TREB GALLVS AVG / Radiate bust of Gallus.
Reverse: APOLL SALVTARI / Apollo standing, holding branch and a lyre set on a rock.
3.82 gm., 20 mm.
RIC #32; Sear #9627.

In his book The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, & the End of an Empire, author Kyle Harper suggests the plague described by Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was not a localized plague of some sort, but was one and the same with the plague that ravaged the Roman Empire during the reign of Trebonianus Gallus and several of his successors.

The plague was first reported in Alexandria in 249 AD, and by 251 AD it had made its way to Rome where the boy emperor Hostilian died from it. Harper says (p, 138), “The Plague of Cyprian is in the background of imperial history from ca. AD 249 to AD 262, possibly with even later effects around AD 270.”

Harper also presents a case that the plague was either pandemic influenza (similar to that of 1918) or a viral hemorrhagic fever (similar to the Ebola virus of today).

Coins with the reverse legend APOLL SALVTARI (“Apollo the Healer”) exist on coins of Trebonianus Gallus, Volusian, Aemilian, and Valerian I. This reverse type is certainly to be interpreted as an appeal to Apollo for deliverance from the plague that was spreading through the Empire at this time.
1 commentsCallimachusJun 19, 2019
Vespasian-RIC-113223 viewsĆ Sestertius, 24.45g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1132 (R). BMC 799.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: CAESAR AVG F DES IMP AVG F COS DES II; S C in exergue; Titus and Domitian stg. front, each with spear and parazonium
Acquired from Romae Aeternae, June 2019.

An iconic dynastic sestertius struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. The type was struck both at Rome and Lyon (ancient Lugdunum) and announced Vespasian's intention to found a dynasty. Mattingly in BMCRE II calls it a 'famous' type placing the figures on the reverse as Titus on the left and Domitian on the right. While that is a conventional numismatic placement for the two Caesares, here we see the figure on the left holding a parazonium an attribute of an imperator, which of the two could only be Titus. Conversely, the figure on the left is holding something smaller (a roll?) that does not appear to be a parazonium, despite the above RIC description. The reverse legend corresponds for this placement of the figures with the first half of the legend CAES AVG F DES for Domitian on the left, the second half IMP AVG F COS DES II for Titus on the right. The legend has caused confusion over the years with some numismatists creating the possible phantom title Designatus Imperator for Titus. The title COS is implied for Domitian after DES in the legend, a kind of numismatic shorthand if you will. Gunnar Seelentag attempted to clear up the matter up in Numismatic Chronicle, Vol 167 (2007), but doubts remain. Curtis Clay has proposed that the traditional view of Titus on the left and Domitian on the right is correct, pointing out that both are holding a parazonium, theorising Titus' is hidden behind his body with only the handle showing. His arguments in full can be read here: The reverse type itself is fairly rare with only a handful of specimens coming to market each decade, this Lugdunese specimen is much scarcer than those from Rome. Flavian dynastic types are far more common in silver.

Fantastic style with old cabinet toning. Same reverse die as Gemini IX, lot 414.

NB: Special thanks to Curtis Clay for additional numismatic information.
5 commentsDavid AthertonJun 19, 2019
Phoenicia, Arados. Ca. 176 - 116 B.C.1 viewsPhoenicia, Arados. Ca. 176 - 116 B.C. Ae 19.0~19.6mm. 6.77g. Obv: Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right; palm over shoulder. Rev: Poseidon reclining left on prow, crowning Athena on bow with wreath and holding trident. Duyrat Series 7; SNG Cop 62-7ddwauJun 19, 2019
Antiochus I Soter 281 - 261 B.C.1 viewsAntiochus I Soter, 281 - 261 B.C. Ae 18.2mm. 5.96g. Antioch on the Orontes mint. Obv: Macedonian shield with anchor in central tondo. Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, horned elephant r., dotted border. Controls: M(arc dot)E and club (upper field), jawbone in ex. SC 339.4ddwauJun 19, 2019
Gratian (RIC 27f, Coin #764)1 viewsRIC 27f (Scarce), AR Siliqua, Trier, 367 - 375 AD
OBV: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REV: VRBS ROMA (TRPS), Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory on a globe and an inverted sceptre.
SIZE: 19.1mm, 1.88g
(Much less common than the TRPS● mintmark)
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Julian II (RIC 295, Coin #765)3 viewsRIC 295, AR Siliqua, Arles, 360 - 363 AD
OBV: D N IVLIANVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REV: VOTIS V MVLTIS X (TCON), Four lines of text in a wreath.
SIZE: 17.8mm, 1.76g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Caracalla (RIC 246, Coin #766)1 viewsRIC 246, AR Denarius, Rome, 214 AD
OBV: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate head right.
REV: P M TR P XVII COS IIII P P, Genius of the Senate standing facing, head left, branch in right hand, short scepter in left.
SIZE: 19.2mm, 3.30g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Diocletian (RIC 325, Coin #767)1 viewsRIC 325, Silvered Antoninianus, Antioch, 285 AD
OBV: IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
REV: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG (●XXI), Diocletian standing left holding parazonium; facing
Jupiter presenting Victory on a globe offering wreath, and holding long scepter vertical behind in left.
SIZE: 21.7mm, 4.22g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Caracalla (RIC 130a, Coin #768)1 viewsRIC 130a, AR Denarius, Rome, 201 - 206 AD
OBV: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate and draped bust right, from behind.
REV: INDVLGENTIA AVGG IN CARTH, Dea Caelestis riding lion right over water gushing from rock, thunderbolt in right hand, scepter in left hand.
SIZE: 18.4mm, 2.20g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Caracalla (RIC 238a, Coin #769)2 viewsRIC 238a (Scarce), AR Denarius, Rome, 214 AD
OBV: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate head right.
REV: P M TR P XVII COS IIII P P, Apollo seated left, branch in right hand, resting left elbow on lyre set on tripod.
SIZE: 20.0mm, 3.24g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Lucius Verus (RIC 491, Coin #770)1 viewsRIC 491, AR Denarius, Rome, 162 - 163 AD
OBV: IMP L VERVS AVG, Bare head right.
REV: PROV DEOR TR P III COS II, Providentia standing half left, globe in extended right hand, cornucopia in left hand.
SIZE: 18.7mm, 3.18g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Severus Alexander (RIC 239, Coin #771)3 viewsRIC 239, AR Denarius, Rome, 232 AD
OBV: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Laureate draped cuirassed bust right.
REV: IOVI PROPVGNATORI, Jupiter standing facing, head right, holding eagle and preparing to hurl thunderbolt.
SIZE: 19.7mm, 2.82g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
L. Mussidius Longus (RSC I Mussidia 6b, Coin #772)3 viewsRSC I Mussidia 6b, AR Denarius, Rome, 42 BC
OBV: CONCORDIA, Diademed and veiled bust of Concordia.
REV: L MVSSIDIVS LONGVS, Shrine of Venus Cloacina: circular platform with trellis-pattern balustrade and inscribed CLOACIN, surmounted by two statues of the Venus Cloacina, each resting right hand on cippus, Venus on the left holds a flower in left, stairs to left.
SIZE: 19.2mm, 3.98g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Carinus (RIC V-2 212, Coin #773)1 viewsRIC V-2 212, Silvered Antoninianus, Lugdunum, 283 AD
OBV: IMP C M AVR CARINVS AVG, Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front.
REV: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing slightly left, scales in right hand, scepter in left hand, A (1st officina) right.
SIZE: 22.4mm, 2.56g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019
Constantius Gallus (RIC 87, Coin #774)1 viewsRIC 87, AE2, Nicomedia, 351 - 355 AD
OBV: D N FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
REV: FEL TEMP REPARATIO (●SMNE), Soldier spearing fallen horseman.
SIZE: 22.9mm, 6.00g
MaynardGeeJun 19, 2019

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Alexander III the Great (336 - 321 B.C.)8 viewsAE 18, 336 – 323 B.C., Pella?, 18.2mm, 7.69g, 90°, Sear 6741.
Obv: Head of Heracles right wearing lion skin.
Rev: AΛEΞANΔPOY Thunderbolt, club, bow and case.
Marti Vltori
Aiolis, Aigai, AE14, ΑΙΓΑΙΕΩΝ7 viewsAE14
Aiolis, Aigai
2nd - 1st Century BC
O: NO LEGEND; Head of Hermes, right, wearing petasos.
R: ΑΙΓΑΙΕΩΝ; Forepart of goat, right.
Exergue: Monogram: HVP ΠΑφ ?
SNG Cop 14
Mark Reid/The Time Machine
Chicago Coin Expo 4/6/17 4/17/17
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FH-G-0388 viewsSyria, Antioch ad Orntem; Silanus Antioch; AD 13-14; bronze AE20

- Laureate head of Zeus right, round dot border.

- ANTIOCEWN EPI SILANOU (“reign of Silanus Antioch”)
-Ram leaping right, looking back at star above; ΓM below

6.35gm / 20.12mm / Axis: 0

Butcher 58
BMC Galatia 65
MacDonald, NC 1904, pp 113-117

Notes: Dec 11, 15 - Coin will improve much with proper cleaning. This is one of the well researched and reported Star of Bethlehem Commemorative coins. - Star of Bethlehem Coins – A Set of Serial Commemoratives By: T. B. Cartwright may be found here:
Jonathan P
Lucius Verus, RIC (M. Aurelius) 1509, sestertius of AD 16941 viewsĆ Sestertius (24.3g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius in 169 AD.
Obv.: DIVVS VERVS, bare head of Lucius Verus facing right.
Rev.: CONSECRATIO (around) S C (field below); eagle with head turned left perched on globe with stars.
RIC (M. Aurelius) 1509 (scarce); Cohen (L. Verus) 56; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 137:35

This coin refers to the funeral and deification of Lucius Verus in 169 AD.
2 commentsCharles S