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Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more.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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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hhj8.26.04.09var_20 viewsElagabalus

Obv: AVT K M AVPH ANTΩNEINOC, radiate draped cuirassed bust right, seen from rear.
Rev:VΠ NOBIOV POVΦOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC I, in left field CTP, in right field ON, Athena standing left, left hand raised on spear, right hand on shield set on ground.
26 mm, 13.14 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov variant (different bust type and different division of letters in field) (same as preceding coin)
Charles MJul 17, 2019
hhj8.26.34.031 viewsElagabalus

Obv: [AVT K M] AVP ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right.
Rev: VΠ ΝΟΒΙΟV ΡΟVΦΟV ΝΙ[ΚΟΠΟΛIΤΩΝ ΠΡOC ICTP], in field, O-N. Emperor in military attire standing left with right foot on bound captive, sword in right hand and left hand resting on spear; behind him Nike standing left crowning him with wreath and holding palm branch in left arm.
25 mm, 11.74 gms

Charles MJul 17, 2019
hhj8.26.06.061 viewsElagabalus

Obv: AVK M AVPH ANTΩNINOC, radiate draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from rear.
Rev: VΠ ΝΟΒΙΟV ΡΟVΦΟV - ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛIΤΩΝ ΠΡOC I, in left field, CTP, in right field, ON. Serapis wearing kalanthos standing left, holding scepter transversely in left arm and raising right hand in greeting.
24 mm, 10.10 gms

Charles MJul 17, 2019
RIC 6721 viewsSestertius, 114-117
Laur. r., dr.
Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus and cornucopiae.

22.45g, 33mm
Woytek 534v (108 specimen)
klausklageJul 16, 2019
Phoenicia, Arados 231-230 B.C2 viewsAE 21.11mm (Thickness 2.18mm), weight 5.15g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, beading.

Reverse: Prow of galley left with (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος) Athena Promachos figurehead fighting left, above AP Monogram, Palm Tree and Phoenician letter aleph (´), Aradian era date 29.
AradosJul 16, 2019
Vespasian-RIC-113718 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S P Q R / •P•P• / OB CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath
Ex Leu Web Auction 8, 29-30 June 2019, lot 1008.

During the great bronze issue of 71 a sestertius reverse type was struck at both Rome and Lyon (Lugdunum) which commemorates the Senate awarding the corona civica to Vespasian. The corona civica was originally a military honour bestowed upon a Roman who had saved a fellow citizen's life in battle. It was one of the greatest public honours. In the imperial era the honour developed from a coveted military decoration into an imperial emblem granted by the Senate to the emperor. The wreath was made of oak leaves and is sometimes called a corona quercea after the common name for the oak. Artistically it is sometimes depicted with acorns scattered amongst the leaves. Plutarch believed the oak was chosen for this highest of honours for several reasons. The tree was easily found throughout the countryside and was quite convenient for fashioning a wreath when the need arose. Also, the oak is sacred to Jupiter and Juno and thus was an appropriate symbolic honour given to one who has saved the life of a fellow Roman citizen, or indeed the state. Finally, the early settlers of Rome, the Arcadians, were nicknamed 'acorn-eaters' in an oracle of Apollo.

The Wreath was awarded to Vespasian by the Senate for rescuing the Roman people from civil war and bringing about peace. The legend within the wreath S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS translates as: 'The Senate and the Roman People / Father of the Nation / For Having Saved the Citizens'. This rare Lugdunese specimen commemorating the award was struck during the first bronze issue at that mint.

Cleaned surfaces with brass toning.
2 commentsDavid AthertonJul 16, 2019
Lycian League, Masikytes2 viewsLycian League, Masikytes. c. 40-35 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.70 gm). Laureate head of Apollo r. / Kithara (lyre), M-A across fields, serpent coiled around omphalos to l., all within incuse square.  EF.  CNG EA 447 #118. Ex-Dr. Erik Miller Coll. RPC I #3303; Troxell, Lycian, Period IV, Series 3 #97; McClean 8875.
In Greek myths, Apollo slayed the great serpent Python so that he could establish his oracular temple at Delphi. An omphalos marked the spot where he slayed Python and is depicted on ancient coins as an omphalos stone with a serpent wound around it.
1 commentsChristian TJul 16, 2019
German Notgeld: Nürnberg – Fürther Strassenbahn3 viewsCity: Nürnberg – Fürther Strassenbahn
State: Bavaria
Denomination: 20 Pfennig
Obverse: NÜRNBERG – FÜRTHER STRASSENBAHN, 20 PFENNIG within circle in center.
Reverse: KUNST - BRUNNEN, a depiction of Centaur Fountain at Bahnhofsplatz, FÜRTH in exergue.
Date: No Date
Grade: UNC
Catalog #:
Matt InglimaJul 16, 2019
German Notgeld: Nürnberg – Fürther Strassenbahn3 viewsCity: Nürnberg – Fürther Strassenbahn
State: Bavaria
Denomination: 20 Pfennig
Obverse: NÜRNBERG – FÜRTHER STRASSENBAHN, 20 PFENNIG within circle in center.
Reverse: WASSER SPEIER, a view of the Triton Fountain in Nuremberg, erected 1689 by Johann Leonhard Bromig.
Date: No Date
Grade: UNC
Catalog #:
Matt InglimaJul 16, 2019
German Notgeld: Thale am Harz, Saxony2 viewsCity: Thale am Harz
State: Saxony
Denomination: 10 Pfennig
Obverse: Large numeral 10 between two oak branches, PFENNIG below, date: 1921 above.
Reverse: A stag, facing left, resting on a plaque inscribed: THALE a. HARZ.
Date: 1921
Grade: UNC
Catalog #:
Matt InglimaJul 16, 2019
Parthia - Vologases I (51-78 AD)3 viewsMetal/Size: AR 20; Weight: 3.5 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Ecbatana; Date: 51-78 AD; Obverse: bare-headed, left, w 4-strand diadem, 2 loops and 3 ribbons; med.-long hair in 5 waves, med.-long tapered beard cut at the end, mustache; wart on forehead; earring, 3 layer necklace; dotted border 8 to 15h. Reverse: Archer w/distinct face but missing one lower leg, right, on throne, w/bow in one outstretched hand and monogram below bow; 6 lines of legend visible: OΛCIΛEΛC OΛCIΛEΛN ΛIIΛI ΛIXVΛ EΠIΦΛHO ΦIΛEΛΛ. References: Sellwood 70.13; Shore #373.museumguyJul 15, 2019
Sicily Syracuse circa 304-289 BC AR Stater22mm 8.42g Pegasi II 18 3 viewsPegasos flying left with both wings shown mintmark for Leukas below?/Head of Athena right,wearing Corinthian helmet.
very rare Calciati list one coin with this revers die,but without the control mark?
Grant HJul 15, 2019
Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Athena, bull, thunderbolt4 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE15, Circa 270-225 BC
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right
Rev: ΠΕΡΓA, Bull’s head right; thunderbolt below.
AE, 3.06g, 15mm
Ref.: Westermark, Bronze 5; SNG France 1568-9; SNG Copenhagen -
shanxiJul 15, 2019
Phoenicia, Arados 196-190 B.C3 viewsAE 21.30mm (Thickness 2.84mm), weight 6.32g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, braided ponytail, palm frond behind, border of dots.

Reverse: Tyche standing left, holding wreath (palm branch) and sceptre, in left field Nun (N) Aleph (´), in right field Aradian era date 64-69.
AradosJul 15, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as Augustus. Silvered AE3 of Heraclea. Struck c.A.D.318 - 320. 46 viewsObverse: IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantine facing left, holding mappa, globe and sceptre.
Reverse: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG. Camp-gate surmounted by three turrets; • in right field; in exergue, SMHB.
RIC VII : 28
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 158, Rome, Bust-B/F, -/-//R thunderbolt Z, ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left, #262 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 158, Rome, Bust-B/F, -/-//R thunderbolt Z, ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left, #2
avers: PRO BVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. Bust B/F.
reverse: ADVEN TVS AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding the scepter, at the foot, captive.
exergue: -/-//R thunderbolt Z, diameter: 21,0-22,0mm, weight:3,65g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 281 A.D., 6th. emission, ref: RIC V-II 158, p-35,
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Caracalla, Augustus, AE296 viewsAncyra, Galatia 197-217 A.D. 16.69g - 29.2mm, Axis 6h.
Obv: ANTΩNEINOC AYΓOYCTOC - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: MHTΡOΠOΛEΩC ANKYΡAC - Tyche seated left, cornucopiae rising behind her from the seat, holding patera.
Arslan Galatia 134; SNG France III 2510 corr. (Tyche's right leg mistaken for a rudder); Arslan (1997), 86; Paris 1966.453.
Published on Wildwinds.
21 viewsPtolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI, Æ29, Cyprus Mint.
Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
/ RTOLEMAIOY BASILEWS Two eagles standing
left on thunderbolt, cornucopia before. S7900; SNG
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