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Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more.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


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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Bithynia - Prusias II Cynegus (220-149 BCE)0 viewsMetal/Size: AE19; Weight: 4.02 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Bithynia; Date: 182-149 BCE; Obverse: Head of mature Prusias right, wearing a winged diadem. Reverse: Herakles standing left, holding club in right hand, lion's skin in left - ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ right, ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ left - monogram MHT to right. References: SNG Cop. #631; BMC 13.210.3; Sear #7268.museumguyOct 18, 2019
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Greek - Dyrrhachinon, Illyria0 viewsMetal/Size: AR17; Weight: 3.12 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Dyrrhachinon, Illyria; Date: 1st-2nd C. BCE; Obverse: Cow standing right, looking back, suckling her calf; name of magistrate above - ΞENΩN (XENON), possibly name of moneyer between eagle and cow. Reverse: Double stellate pattern in square - ΔYP XAIPIΛΛOY. Reference: Sear #1879v.museumguyOct 17, 2019
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Greek - Lamia, Thessaly0 viewsMetal/Size: AR16; Weight: 2.6 grams; Denomination: Hemidrachm; Mint: Lamia, Thessaly; Date: 400-375 BCE; Obverse: Head of young Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy. Reverse: ΛAMIEΩN, amphora; to right, prochous with handle to right. References: BCE Thessaly II #121; Hoover HGC #119.museumguyOct 17, 2019
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Greek - Alexander III (The Great) (356-323 BCE)0 viewsMetal/Size: AE19; Weight: 5.67 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Macedonia; Date: 356-323 BCE; Obverse: Head of young Herakles right wearing lion skin headdress. Reverse: Club and bow in bowcase - symbol above club; ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ (Of Alexander) between. References: Sear #6739.museumguyOct 17, 2019
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Greek - Dia, Bithynia0 viewsMetal/Size: AE20; Weight: 8.94 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Dia, Bithynia; Date: 85-65 BCE; Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right. Reverse: Eagle standing left, head right, on thunderbolt; monogram to left "DIAS". References: SNG Cop. #404; SNG BM #1562; Lindgren & Kovacs #115.museumguyOct 17, 2019
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Vespasian RIC-2878 views∆ As, 9.19g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGVSTI; S C low in field; Aequitas stg. l., with scales and rod
RIC 287 (C). BMC 600. BNC 576.
Acquired from eBay, October 2019.

After the financial mess Nero had left the empire in and the heavy costs of the recent Civil War and Judaean revolt, restoring the state's finances were a top priority for Vespasian upon his accession. This Aequitas type struck during his great bronze issue of 71 proclaims the honest administration of public finances and that lapsed standards would be restored. Aequitas holding her scales and measuring rod was probably based on a cult image of the deity. She first shows up as an imperial virtue on the coinage under Galba, a virtue that Vespasian was eager to emulate. The type comes in two variants - one with S C in exergue and, as seen here, S C low in field.

Nice dark tan patina and well centred.
1 commentsDavid AthertonOct 17, 2019
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RIC 7531 viewsObv.: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG
Obv.: SALVS AVG

//XXIVI

Weight: 4,00 g.

Ex P. Gysen.
vrtsprbOct 17, 2019
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RIC 8800 viewsObv.: IMP C M AVR PROBVS PIVS AVG

Rev.: VIRTVS PROBI AVG

//KAB.

Weight: 3,86 g.

Ex P. Gysen.
vrtsprbOct 17, 2019
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Antoninus Pius (Augustus) Coin: Brass Sestertius1 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P - Laureate head right.
T R POT COS III - Roma seated left on globe, holding sceptre and cornucopiae; S-C across fields.
Exergue: ITALIA



Mint: Rome (140-144 AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 26.45g / 33mm / 12h
Rarity: Rare
References:
RIC 747a
BMCRE 1646
Cohen 470
Provenances:
Roma Numismatics
Acquisition/Sale: Roma Numismatics Internet E-Sale 62 #886 $0.00 10/19
Notes: Oct 17, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection
GRWilsonOct 17, 2019
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RIC 5622 viewsObv.: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG
Rev.: SALVS AVG

//AXXI

4,62 g.



Ex. P. Gysen, Ex Lanz 64 (1993), 803.
vrtsprbOct 16, 2019
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878 BOSPORUS, Kingdom of the Bosporus Hadrian 123-24 AD Cotys II4 viewsReference.
RPC III, 878; Anokhin 471; MacDonald 422

Issue Year ΚY (420)

Obv. ΒΑϹΙΛΕⲰϹ ΚΟΤΥΟϹ
Diademed and draped bust of Cotys II, right

Rev. ΚΥ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

7.71 gr
19 mm
1h
1 commentsokidokiOct 16, 2019
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ALFOLDI 026.16 (3 EX.)1 viewsOBVERSE: IMP PROBVS INV AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD MILIT
BUST TYPE: A (BASTIEN) / C (RIC V.2) = Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from front
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: Γ//XXI
WEIGHT 4.34g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 21-22mm
RIC 657
ALFOLDI 026.16 (3 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1447
Barnaba6Oct 16, 2019
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AURELIAN RIC TEMP 1384 1 viewsOBVERSE: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG
REVERSE: DACIA FELIX
BUST TYPE: B = Radiate, cuirassed bust right
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//S
MINT: MEDIOLANUM
WEIGHT: 2,87 g
RIC TEMP: 1384 (28 EX.)

Ex. Ph. Gysen collection.

Rare and desirable reverse type!
Barnaba6Oct 16, 2019
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AURELIAN RIC TEMP 3013 1 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG
REVERSE: ORIENS AVG
BUST TYPE: B4 = Radiate, cuirassed (lorica squamata) bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//BC
MINT: CYZICUS
RIC TEMP: 3013 (1 EX. - THIS ONE!)

Ex. Ph. Gysen collection.

Unique!
Barnaba6Oct 16, 2019
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Spain, Bolskan (Osca). Circa 150-100 BC. AE Unit3 viewsSpain, Bolskan (Osca). Circa 150-100 BC. AE Unit (10.35 gm, 24mm).
Obverse: Bearded head right; dolphin behind.
Reverse: "BOLSKAN" in Celt-Iberian in exergue, rider on horse right, holding spear; star behind.
CNH 8; SNG BM Spain 734; SNG Copenhagen 325. VF.
1 commentsPaul R3Oct 16, 2019
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Antoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. AE As3 viewsAntoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. AE As (9.86 gm, 25.5mm). Rome mint. Struck 140-144 AD.
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PI VS PP TRP COS III, laureate head right.
Reverse: ANNONA AVG, S-C, Annona standing right, holding grain ears over modius in right hand, cornucopia in left; at feet to right, prow right.
RIC III 675. VF.
1 commentsPaul R3Oct 16, 2019

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079 Traianus Decius (249-251 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0013, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, DACIA, Dacia standing left, #172 views079 Traianus Decius (249-251 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0013, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, DACIA, Dacia standing left, #1
avers:- IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped, & cuirassed bust right
revers:- DACIA, Dacia standing left, holding standard,
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 21mm, weight: 4,85g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 249-251 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 013,
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1 commentsquadrans
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Christian lead amulet First Bulgarian Empire (681 - 1018).20 viewsclover leaf
blank on one side
17mm, 3.39 g
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Ionia, Phocaea?, hemiobol?33 views7mm, 0.52g
obv: head of griffin to left
rev: rough incuse square
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Athens, Greece, Old Style Tetradrachm, c. 454 - 404 B.C.199 views*In honor of Christmas and Chanukah , from FORVM , new to my collection ;
A masterpiece example of group Copenhagen 31 .

My best wishes to all of you.


Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 31, SNG MŁnchen 49, Kroll 8, Dewing 1611, Gulbenkian 519, HGC 4 1597, SGCV I 2526, EF, fabulous owl, well centered on a tight flan, no test cuts, a little obverse die wear, contact marks, 17.168g, 25.0mm, 90o, Athens mint, c. 454 - 404 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; reverse AQE right, owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, all within incuse square.

The old-style tetradrachm of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile and charming owl reverse. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the reverse a crescent moon was added.

During the period 449 - 413 B.C. huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.
EX FORVM .
The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam