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Roman Republican to Imperial


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Romans of a republican or masculine persuasion.

31 files, last one added on Jul 08, 2011

Julia Domna


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9 files, last one added on May 23, 2012

Roman Empresses


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Romans of a feminine persuasion.

25 files, last one added on May 23, 2012

The Greeks


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Coins of a Greek persuasion.

14 files, last one added on Jul 08, 2011

Plautilla


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Plautilla (born c185-189 was the daughter of the immensely wealthy and powerful Praetorian Prefect Plautianus. She was married to Caracalla in 202 A.D. to both partners' mutual disgust. Their hatred for one another was so intense that they lived in different palaces and the marriage was likely never consummated. After the fall and execution of her father in 205, Plautilla was exiled to the Lipari islands and executed in 212 A.D.
A fascinating Empress, with a sad story and beautiful coinage.

6 files, last one added on Jul 01, 2009

Gallienus


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Gallienus 253-268
A greatly underrated emperor, Gallienus was the son of Valerian I and was named Caesar at his fathers accession to the throne in 253 A.D. Upon his fathers capture by the Parthians he assumed the rank of Augustus and began numerous reforms and military campaigns to defend the empire, as much from usurpers as from barbarians. At the same time he presided over perhaps the last flowering of classical Roman culture, patronising poets, artists and philosophers. Gallienus was assassinated while besieging Milan.

8 files, last one added on Oct 04, 2007

Byzantine


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Byzantine coinage from the currency reform of Anastasius (491) to the Fall of Constantinople (1453).

13 files, last one added on Jun 29, 2009

Louis XIV Medallic History


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A Gallery of medals from the Medallic History of Louis XIV. Over 400 medals are known from this series, all obverses and most reverses are engraved by Jean Mauger, J MAUGER F is located on most obverses. The medal series was struck between 1694 and 1720, medals from this time period have slightly rounded edges and are regarded as original strikes. Later strikings have squared edges. All medals are 41mm in diameter unless otherwise noted.
Also included are medals of Louis XIv not belonging to the Medallic History, and medals commemorating great men in his service.
The primary reference for this series is "Les Medailles des Louis XIV" by Jean Paul Divo.

25 files, last one added on Mar 17, 2009

Napoleonic Medals


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Medals of Napoleon I of France.

Size is 41mm unless stated otherwise.
All are original strikes unless stated otherwise.
All medals are bronze unless otherwise stated.

17 files, last one added on Apr 09, 2008

Medals from the reign of George III


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Medals struck during the reign of HRH King George III of Great Britain 1760-1820, excluding the Mudie series. Predominately Golden Jubilee medals, the vast majority of these were holed for suspension immediately after production. BHM= British Historical Medals, 1760-1960.

15 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2007

The Mudie Series


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MUDIE'S NATIONAL MEDALS is a set of 40 medals issued in 1820 to celebrate the most important military and naval events during the reign of George III. The medals were published by James Mudie and struck at Edward Thomason's manufactory in Birmingham. They were produced in silver and bronze and although the prospectus also states that they were available in gold, no specimen has of yet been found. The complete set was issued in a gilt-tooled leather case (usually either green or red) in the form of a book with one velvet lined interior tray holding twenty medals and the base of the box forming a second tray holding twenty medals. The medals were struck mainly from dies engraved in France.

All medals are bronze unless stated otherwise, and 41mm in diameter.

5 files, last one added on Jul 22, 2008

French medals from Louis XV to Napoleon III


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French medals struck from the reign of Louis XV to that of Napoleon III, excluding Napoleon I. (1772-1871) Encompasses Kings Louis XV, Louis XVI Louis XVII, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Henry V, Louis Philippe, Emperor Napoleon III and Napoleon IV.

13 files, last one added on Feb 28, 2010

British Historical Medals


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Medals struck during the reigns of the monarchs of Britain from Charles I through to the present day, excluding those of George III.

9 files, last one added on Nov 28, 2011

Medieval European Coins


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Coins minted in Europe during the Middle Ages to the end of the Renaissance.

3 files, last one added on Mar 19, 2013

World Medals


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Medals struck by European states, other than France, and other world states.

7 files, last one added on May 09, 2009

Medals by St. Urbain.


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Ferdinand de Saint Urbain (1658-1738) was one of the best known medallists of the end of the seventeenth and first four decades of the eighteenth century. He was born in Nancy and studied drawing and painting, but on the invasion of Lorraine by foreign armies, he left his native country and traveled through Germany and Italy where he began to practice the art of die-engraving. Although largely self-taught, he soon obtained official recognition as a medallist. In 1673 he was appointed Mint Engraver at Bologna, and later went to Rome where Innocent XI placed him at the head of the Papal coinage with the title of Chief Engraver and Architect. After a stay of over thirty years in Italy, he returned to Nancy. In 1707 he was appointed Engraver to the Mint, where he executed most of the coinage for Duke Leopold of Lorraine. Many of his finest medals were also executed in Nancy, including his Series of the Dukes and Duchesses of Lorraine, the Medallic Series of the Regency of the Duke of Orleans, and the Medallic Series of Popes.

St. Urbain was a member of most of the Italian Academies and of many other European ones, and he was decorated by Clement XII with the Order of Christ. (Forrer V, p.305)

2 files, last one added on Sep 13, 2007

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Last additions - LordBest's Gallery
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Pope Alexander VI Borgia. AR Grosso.46 viewsAR Grosso. Rome mint.
St. Paul holding sword and gospels, St. Peter holding keys and hospels S PAVLVS S PETRVS ROMA
Papal arms ALEXANDER VI PONT MAX
Berman 532, Muntoni 15-17.
1 commentsLordBestMar 19, 2013
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025. Julia Paula AR Denarius. Concordia.74 viewsObv. Draped bust right IVLIA PAVLA AVG
Rev. Concordia seated left, holding patera; star to left CONCORDIA

19mm, 3.28g, 6h. Rome mint. Struck AD 220. RIC 211 (Elagabalus); Thirion 455; RSC 6a

Extremely Fine.
1 commentsLordBestMay 23, 2012
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RIC IV 536. Veneri Victr. 193-96.75 viewsObv. Draped bust right IVLIA DOMNA AVG
Rev. Venus, seen from behind, standing right, leaning upon column to left, holding palm frond and apple VENERI VICTR

18mm, 3.54g, 12h. Rome mint. Struck under Septimius Severus, circa AD 193-196. RIC IV 536 (Septimius); RSC 194

Near Extremely Fine.
LordBestMay 23, 2012
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BHM 2561. Napoleon III & Eugenie at the London Guildhall.103 viewsObv: Conjoined busts of Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie NAPOLEON III ET EUGENIA GALLORUM IMPERATOR ET IMPERATRIX

Rev: Britannia introduces Gallia (France) to Londinia (City of London). CONCORDES SERVAT AMICITIA (Friendship keeps them on good terms)

Exergue: LONDINI RECEPTI 19. APR. 1855 Signed: B. WYON

AE76. Mintage: 350

Welch 7; BHM 194/2561; Eimer 178/1496; Page-Divo 134/233.

This medal commemorates the visit of the Emperor and Empress of France to London in april of 1855. This was one of my 'holy grail' medals, a medal I had been trying to purchase unsuccessfully on and off for seven years.
1 commentsLordBestNov 28, 2011
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043. Claudius II Gothicus, A.D. 268-270.39 viewsAE Antoninianus. Mediolanum mint.

Obv: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.

Rev: FELIC TEMPO, Felicitas standing facing, head left, vertical sceptre in left hand, short caduceus in right hand, T in ex.

RIC V-1 145 Milan/Mediolanum.
LordBestJul 08, 2011
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024. Caracalla 211-217. AR Denarius. 59 viewsRome mint. AR Denarius.

Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT

Laureate and draped bust of Caracalla to right.

Rev: PONTIF TR P XIIII COS III

Virtus standing right with spear & parazonium, foot on helmet.

RIC 191.

EF
LordBestJul 08, 2011
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048. Probus A.D. 276-282. AE Antoninianus. 77 viewsAE Antoninianus. Rome mint.

Obv: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG, radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle.
Rev: ROMAE AETER, Roma seated in temple, holding Victory and sceptre.
Ex: R(wreath)Δ.
21 mm, 3.39 g
RIC V, Part 2, 183

EF
1 commentsLordBestJul 08, 2011
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Macedonian Kings. Alexander III the Great 4dr, 336-323B.C. Price 78.75 viewsAlexander III the Great, 336-323 tetdradrachm.

Obv.: Head of young Heracles right in lion skin headdress.

Rev.: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle on extended right hand and resting left on scepter, ithyphalic herm with irrigated penis in left field.

Amphipolis mint, lifetime issue. 17,3g - 26mm - Die axis 7 O´Clock.

EF, mint lustre. Considerably nicer surface than the scan indicates.

Price 78.
3 commentsLordBestJul 08, 2011
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BHM 1061. The Elgin Marbles, East Frieze IV 24-27.78 viewsObv. THE ELGIN MARBLES DEDICATED BY PERMISSION TO HIS MAJESTY GEORGE IV The Royal Coat of Arms with supporters.
Rev. CASTOR POLLUX CERES AND TRIPTOLEMUS THOMASON DIREXIT Hermes, Dionysos(?), Demeter and Ares seated.

AE48

The British Museum writes about the fragment depicted:
24-25. Hermes, a messenger god, sits looking in the direction of the procession. He wears sandals and a traveller's hat (petasos) rests on his knee. The figure who leans on his shoulder is probably Dionysos, god of wine. His left arm was supported by a staff (thyrsos).
26. Demeter, goddess of growing corn, was shown resting her chin (now missing) upon her hand. In Greek art this was a conventional gesture of mourning. Her grief is for her daughter Persephone, who was abducted by the god of the Underworld. In her left hand Demeter holds a torch, the symbol of the Eleusinian Mysteries, of which she was the patron.
27. Ares, god of war, sits with one knee cradled in his hands, while his left foot rests on the haft of a spear. Part of the weapon is just visible below the ankle bone. The rest of it must have been painted on the stone.
LordBestMay 02, 2011
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RIC 576a Julia Domna Denarius Pudicitia.52 viewsRome Mint, 196-211. Under Septimius Severus
Obv. Draped bust right IVLIA AVGVSTA
Rev. Pudicita, veiled, seated left, right hand on breast, left hand on chair arm.

RIC 576a, RSC 168.
LordBestSep 01, 2010
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1781. Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette, Congratulations of the Merchants of Paris on the Birth of the Dauphin.144 viewsObv: Busts of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette vis a vis. LVD XVI FR ET NAV REX MAR ANT AVSTR REG
Rev: Six Corps of Merchants led by the Governor of Paris the Duke de Cosse ASSERENDI NOVA SPES COMERCII / REGI DE ORTU SS DELHINI SEX MERCATOR PARIS ORDINES GRATULANTOR AUSP DUCIS DE COSSE URBIS CUB DIE IV NOV MDCCLXXXI
AE60. Engraved by Duvivier.

This medal commemorates the birth of Louis-Joseph Xavier Francois, Dauphin of France from 1781 to his death in 1789. The reverse expresses the hopes of the merchants of Paris of continuing prosperity under a stable monarchy.
LordBestFeb 28, 2010
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1781. Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette, Birth of the Dauphin.160 viewsObv. Conjoined busts of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette LUDOVICO XVI ET M ANT AUSTR FR ET NAV REGI ET REGINAE LUTETIA signed DUVIVIER.
Rev. King and Queen between a kneeling Paris, holding a shield, and Trade (Abundance), holding a cornucopia and Hermes’ staff. SOLEMNIA DELPHINI NATALITIA REGE ET REGINA URBEM INVISENTIBUS XXI. JANU. MDCCLXXXII signed DV.

Commemorates the birth of Louis-Joseph Xavier Francois, Dauphin of France from 1781 to his death in 1789.
1 commentsLordBestOct 16, 2009
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058. Maxentius, 306-312. AE Follis.69 viewsObv. Laureate head right IMP C MAXENTIVS PF AVG
Rev. Roma seated left holding sceptre and globe, within hexastyle temple with wreath within pediment CONSEERV VRB SVAE, RES below.
Rome Mint, 310-11. 24.5mm, 5.98g.
RIC 258.
1 commentsLordBestJul 06, 2009
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041. Gallienus, 253-268. Antoninianus. RSC 0121a. Rome mint.40 viewsObv. Radiate, draped and cuirassed head right GALLIENVS AVG
Rev. Gallienus standing left holding globe and spear. VIRTVS AVG. P in right field.
RSC 1221a variant. Rome mint.
LordBestJul 01, 2009
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Overview of Plautilla's Coinage by Potator II82 viewsThere are five main types of portrait for Plautilla’s denarii at the Rome mint :

A - With a draped bust right, hair coiled in horizontal ridges and fastened in bun in high position. Her facial expression is juvenile
B - Hair being coiled in vertical ridges, with bun in low position. Plautilla looks here more like a young beautiful woman
C - The third bust shows a thinner face of Plautilla with hair in vertical ridges and no bun but braids covering her neck
D - The fourth type has a similar appearance with the former, but the vertical ridges disappear, hair being plastered down, still showing the right ear
E - Plautilla appears with mid long hair plastered down and covering her ears

In the mean time there are seven different reverses :

1 - CONCORDIAE AETERNAE
2 - PROPAGO IMPERI
3 - CONCORDIA AVGG
4 - CONCORDIA FELIX
5 - PIETAS AVGG
6 - VENVS VICTRIX
7 – DIANA LVCIFERA

Not every combination exists, but some of the above reverses can be shared by several obverse portraits. Noticeable also is an evolution of the obverse legend, being PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE (a) in 202, and becoming PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA (b) soon after.

Taken with permission from the gallery of Potator II:
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/index.php?cat=11724
LordBestJul 01, 2009
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021. Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus, mother of Caracalla and Geta.57 viewsAE Sestertius. Rome mint

Obv. Draped and diademed bust right IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG

Rev. Juno standing peacock at feet IVNONEM SC.

Rome Mint, 211-217.

RIC 585. gVF
LordBestJul 01, 2009

Random files - LordBest's Gallery
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Comitia Americana - Washington before Boston, 1776. Paris Mint, pre 1841 or 1860.112 viewsObv. Bust of George Washington right, GEORGIO WASHINGTON SVPREMO DVCI EXERCITVVM ADSERTORI LIBERTATIS COMITA AMERICANA [at neck truncation] DU VIVIER / PARIS . F.
Rev. Siege of Boston, HOSTIBUS PRIMO FUGATIS [in exergue] BOSTONIUM RECUPERATUM / XVII MARTII / MDCCLXXVI [at bottom right of canon in the foreground] DU VIV
AE68. Paris mint, Die combination 4, before 1860, plain edge, before 1841. Holed for suspension.
LordBest
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BHM 0642. King George III enters the Fiftieth Year of his Reign, 1809.110 viewsObv. Cuirassed, draped bust of George III, bare head, right. GOD SAVE THE KING
Rev. IN COMMEMORATION OF GEORGE III KING OF GREAT BRITAIN AN IRELAND 25 OCTOBER 1809/ HAVING THIS DAY COMMENCED THE FIFTIETH YEAR OF HIS REIGN. BELOVED BY HIS PEOPLE HIS ACTIONS THE GLORY OF ALL HIS SUBJECTS: AND THE VENERATION OF THE WORLD within snake biting its tail.

White Metal 48mm. BHM 642.
LordBest
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Bramsen 1126. Bapteme du Roi de Rome, 1811.472 viewsObv. Laureate head of Napoleon left.
Rev. Napoleon, whole length, standing, his head encircled with a laurel wreath, full dress, richly embroidered, the imperial mantle over his shoulders; he is holding the infant with both hands in an elevated situation, as if about to plunge him in an elegant font below; on the top of the font is a Capenduncula, across which lies a branch of myrtle, also a small coffer or acerra, used for holding the incense, surmounted on the top with a cross; against the plinth of the font rests a large book ( the Bible ), on the cover of which a cross; behind the Emperor, on the right, a chair of state, the front ornamented with the initial letter N, within a laurel wreath ANDRIEU FECIT in Ex BAPTEME DU ROI DE ROME M.DCCCXI

AE68. Struck in 1814-15, the original 1811 strike had a different obverse.
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Divo 101. 1667, Le Canal des deux mers193 viewsObv. Bust right LUDOVICUS XIIII REX CHRISTIANISSIMUS
Rev. Neptune parting land with trident MARIA JUNCTA FOSSA A GAR AD PORT SETIUM MDCLXVII

Commemorates the "Canal des deux mers", a canal linking the Atlantic with the Mediterranean ciathe city of Cette (Sete).
LordBest