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Roman Republican to Imperial


Romans of a republican or masculine persuasion.

32 files, last one added on Feb 26, 2020

Julia Domna


9 files, last one added on May 24, 2012

Roman Empresses


Romans of a feminine persuasion.

25 files, last one added on May 24, 2012

The Greeks


Coins of a Greek persuasion.

13 files, last one added on Jul 08, 2011


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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

Ptolemaic Dynasty


3 files, last one added on Feb 18, 2020


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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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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
009. Vespasian 69-79. AR Denarius. Victory - Judaea Capta6 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. AR Denarius (18.5mm, 3.48 g, 6h). “Judaea Capta” commemorative. Rome mint. Struck AD 75. Laureate head right / Victory standing left on prow, holding wreath and palm frond. RIC II.1 777; cf. Hendin 1484; RSC 368. Toned, delamination on obverse, area of slight flatness of strike on reverse.1 commentsLordBestFeb 26, 2020
11. Kleopatra VII Thea Neotera. 51-30 BC. AR Tetradrachm 5 viewsKleopatra VII Thea Neotera. 51-30 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 13.21 g, 12h). Alexandreia mint. Dated RY 7 (46/5 BC). Diademed bust of Ptolemy I(?) right, wearing aegis / Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, palm frond over shoulder; LZ (date) over headdress of Isis to left, ΠΑ to right. Svoronos 1821; SNG Copenhagen –; DCA 70 corr. (date is reported). Tan surfaces, area of weak strike, some porosity. VF. Rare date, only four noted by Svoronos, one in CoinArchives.
1 commentsLordBestFeb 18, 2020
01. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm 10 viewsPtolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 16.95 g, 12h). In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Sidon mint. Dated RY 18 of Abdalonymos, king of Sidon (316/5 BC). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; Σ (date) in left field, ΣI below throne. Price 3504; Newell, Dated 50 (obv. die XXVI); DCA 878. Heavily smoothed, cleaning scratches and banker’s mark on reverse. VF.
3 commentsLordBestFeb 13, 2020
Pope Alexander VI Borgia. AR Grosso.54 viewsAR Grosso. Rome mint.
St. Paul holding sword and gospels, St. Peter holding keys and hospels S PAVLVS S PETRVS ROMA
Berman 532, Muntoni 15-17.
1 commentsLordBestMar 19, 2013
025. Julia Paula AR Denarius. Concordia.87 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 24, 2012
RIC IV 536. Veneri Victr. 193-96.85 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 24, 2012
BHM 2561. Napoleon III & Eugenie at the London Guildhall.106 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
043. Claudius II Gothicus, A.D. 268-270.42 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
024. Caracalla 211-217. AR Denarius. 69 viewsRome mint. AR Denarius.


Laureate and draped bust of Caracalla to right.


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

RIC 191.

LordBestJul 08, 2011
048. Probus A.D. 276-282. AE Antoninianus. 82 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

1 commentsLordBestJul 08, 2011
Macedonian Kings. Alexander III the Great 4dr, 336-323B.C. Price 78.88 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
BHM 1061. The Elgin Marbles, East Frieze IV 24-27.81 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.


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

Random files - LordBest's Gallery
Divo 199. 1683, 800 gens d'elite enroles pour la marine de guerre.178 viewsObv. Bust right LUDOVICUS MAGNUS REX CHRISTIANISSIMUS
Rev. King flanked by two figures, one kneeling, nautical scene with ship behind LECTI JUVENES INNAVALEM MILLITIAM CONSCRIPTI DCCC MDCLXXXIII
Cardinal Mazarin, Treaty of the Pyrenees, 1660. 220 viewsObv. Bust of Cardinal Mazarin in his cardinals robes. IVLIVS CARDINALIS MAZARINVS
Rev. Radiant sun over landscape HINC ORDO HINC COPIA RERVM 1660

AE54. Original strike. Unsigned, but engraved by Warin.

Allegedly commemorates the Treaty of the Pyrenees signed in 1659.

Jules Cardinal Mazarin, (1602-1661), was the first minister of France after Cardinal Richelieu's death in 1642. During the early years of King Louis XIV, he completed Richelieu's work of establishing France's supremacy among the European powers and crippling the opposition to the power of the monarchy at home.
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1902. Edward VII Coronation Medal Box/Case.59 viewsRed Leather, blue velvet interior. Embossed coat of arms.LordBest