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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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.

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Syria, The Ma'abed - Temple at Marathos (Amrit)0 viewsOne of the most important excavations at Marathos (Amrit) was the Phoenician temple, commonly referred to the "ma'abed," dedicated to the god Melqart of Tyre and Eshmun. The colonnaded temple, excavated between 1955 and 1957, consists of a large court cut out of rock measuring 47 × 49 metres (154 × 161 ft) and over 3 metres (9.8 ft) deep, surrounded by a covered portico. In the center of the court a well-preserved cube-shaped cella stands. The open-air courtyard was filled with the waters of a local, traditionally sacred spring, a unique feature of this site. The temple—which was dated to the late 4th century BC, a period following the Persian expansion into Syria—shows major Achaemenid influence in its layout and decoration. According to Dutch archaeologist, Peter Akkermans, the temple is the "best-preserved monumental structure from the Phoenician homeland."

Photo by Jerzy Strzelecki
Joe SermariniMay 25, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE, Elagabalus, AR Denarius6 viewsAD 218 - 222
2.80 g
RIC 88

Obv.: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate bust right, draped and "horned portrait".

Rev.: INVICTVS SACERDOS AVG - Elagabalus standing left holding patera over tripod altar, in background, a fallen bull and star above patera.
Richard M10May 18, 2018
Roman Empire, Faustina Filia Sestertius52 viewsObv. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, hair waved and coiled on back of head.
Rev. FECVND AVGVSTAE S C, Fecunditas standing l. between two girls and holding two infants in her arms.
Mint: Rome, 161-176 AD.

32mm 27.03g

Cohen 96; RIC 1635 (Marcus Aurelius)

Ex Dorotheum, Coin Auction part 2, 16th November 2017, Lot 1319.

In Roman mythology, Fecunditas was the goddess of fertility. She was portrayed as a matron, sometimes holding a cornucopia or a hasta pura, with children in her arms or standing next to her. Nero dedicated a temple at Rome to Fecunditas, on occasion of his daughter's birth in 63 AD.
4 commentskcMay 11, 2018
Athlit Bronze War Galley Ram15 viewsThe Athlit ram, found in 1980 off the coast of Israel near at Athlit Bay (just south of Haifa), is the one of a few surviving ancient war galley rams. Carbon 14 dating of timber remnants date it to between 530 BC and 270 BC. It was once fit on the prow of an ancient oared warship. This would be driven into the hull of an enemy ship in order to puncture it and thus sink, or at least disable, the ship. It is made of a single casting of bronze weighing 465kg and measures about 2.10m long. The ram is thus one of the largest bronze objects to survive from the ancient world and is currently on display in the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel. Captured rams were once used to ornament Octavian's battle monument at Actium, Greece. Only the sockets that held them remain. The valuable bronze was melted long ago.


For other recovered galley rams see:
1 commentsJoe SermariniMay 11, 2018
Greek, Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C., Electrum 50 Litrai9 viewsSH86808. Electrum 50 litrai, Jenkins Group B (O4/R3); SNG ANS 621 (same obv. die); BMC Sicily p. 184, 263 (same); de Luynes 1267 (same); HGC 2 1294, VF, attractive style, centered on a tight flan, lightly toned, light marks, die crack on reverse, Syracuse mint, weight 3.587g, maximum diameter 15.3mm, die axis 270o, c. 306 - 305 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left, amphora behind; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN (clockwise from upper right), ornamented tripod lebes, high ring handles; ex Classical Numismatic Group, e-auction 412, lot 38; ex John A. Seeger Collection; ex Classical Numismatic Group, auction 76 (12 Sep 2007), lot 30131 commentsJoe SermariniMay 11, 2018
Roman Imperators, Mark Antony and Octavia, 39 B.C., Ephesos, Ionia, Silver Cistophoric Tetradrachm5 viewsSH86609. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm, RPC I 2202, Sydenham 1198, Crawford 263, RSC Octavia and M. Antony 3, Sear CRI 263, BMCRR East 135, SRCV I 1513, Choice gVF, toned, well centered, some die wear and rust, scratches, Ephesos mint, weight 11.723g, maximum diameter 27.1mm, die axis 0o, summer - autumn 39 B.C.; obverse M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT (Consul Elect for the 2nd and 3rd time), conjoined head of Antony and bust of Octavia right, Antony nearer and wreathed in ivy, Octavia draped; reverse Dionysus standing half left on cista mystica, in his right hand, thyrsus in his left hand, flanked by two interlaced snakes with heads erect, III VIR (triumvir) downward on left, R P C (Reipublicae Constituendae) upward on rightJoe SermariniMay 11, 2018
Greek, Western Anatolia, c. 620 - 600 B.C., Plain Globular Type Electrum Hekte7 viewsSH85577. Electrum hekte, Phokaic standard 1/6 stater; unpublished, EF, flan cracks, uncertain western Anatolia mint, weight 2.721g, maximum diameter 8.96mm, c. 620 - 600 B.C.; obverse plain globular surface; reverse one small incuse square punch; extremely rare

Unpublished! The majority of the earliest electrum issues were struck on the lighter Milesian weight standard, with hectes weighing approximately 2.35 grams. This example, however is on the heavier Phocaic standard that was used at mints such as Cyzicus, Mysia and Phocaea, Ionia.
Joe SermariniMay 11, 2018
Greek, Phoenicia, Tyre, 111 - 110 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, Year 1812 viewsSL86641. Silver shekel, BMC Phoenicia p. 237, 85; Cohen DCA 919-18 (C); Baramki AUB -, NGC Ch AU*, strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (4280576-003), Tyre mint, weight 14.20g, maximum diameter 28.0mm, die axis 0o, 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, date HI (year 18) over club and palm frond left, ZB right, Phoenician letter beth between legs1 commentsJoe SermariniMay 11, 2018
Roman Empire, Elagabalus 218-222 AD35 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, Horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left field.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Very Lustrous with great details!

1 commentsTravis CMay 09, 2018
Roman Empire, Galba, AR Denarius13 viewsGalba. 68-69 AD. Denarius, 3.50gg. (5h). Tarraco.
Obv: GALBA - IM[PERATOR] Head laureate right on globe.
Rx: LIB - [ERTAS] - RESTITVTA Libertas standing left, apparently emptying a cup and holding scepter.
BM 198, pl. 54.3. RIC 9 (R2), pl. 24 (the BM spec.). Cf. Paris 12, pl.III (apparently no globe below bust). Cohen 133 (120 Fr.). VF.
Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.
Ex Gemini XIV April 2018 Lot 475
1 commentsorfewMay 09, 2018
Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius47 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate bust with aegis right.
Rev. S C, Domitian Standing left, Holding parazonium and spear, river god Rhenus on his feet.
Mint: Rome, 86 AD.

33mm 29.66g

C. 505, RIC 468, BMC 377.

Under Domitian began the phase of a renewed Roman expansion on the right of the Rhine in the area of the Upper Germanic Army Group. When a war in Germania seemed inevitable, the Emperor decided, after a council meeting, to march across the Rhine in 83 under the pretext of a census in Gaul. Presumably in the spring of 83, the war against the chats began, the goal of which was to weaken the chatting as the last major source of trouble in the vicinity of the Rhine. Domitian thrust deep into the heartland of Chatti, so far into today's Hesse. In autumn, the campaign in Germania against the chats was brought to a successful conclusion. The subjugation of the area between Taunus, Lahn and Main (Wetterau) succeeded. Domitian finally began with the construction of the Limes, the Roman border wall between the Rhine and the Danube.
5 commentskcMay 08, 2018
Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius42 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate head right, aegis on far shoulder.
Rev. S C, Emperor standing left, holding spear; German captive kneeling right before, presenting shield set amongst various arms.
Mint: Rome, AD 85

36mm 29.85g

BMC 299; RIC 279; C. 488; BN 320.

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction 13, 23rd March 2017, lot 803.
5 commentskcMay 06, 2018
Roman, Valerian I6 viewsValerian I AR Antoninianus
253-255 AD
Minted in Rome
22mm 3.68g
Obverse: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate, drape bust right
Reverse: FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left holding 2 standards.
RIC 89 SEAR 9938
Travis CMay 01, 2018
Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 -440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h.Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.427 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer,above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils.Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auc 14 lot 50 5-17-17,ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auc x 22 june 1951 lot 192,ex V.J.E.Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant HApr 09, 2018
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Litra circa 465-450 BC 13mm 0.67g 10h13 viewsHorse on lead advancing right, wreath above.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right river god Gelas.Grant HApr 04, 2018
GREEK, BITHYNIA. Caesarea Germanica. Hadrian Ae 25 Tyche standing11 viewsReference.
RPC III, --;

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Tyche standing left, holding cornucopia and rudder

10.45 gr
25 mm
okidokiApr 02, 2018

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GREEK, Macedonia, Bottiai, AR Triobol, c.196-168 BC. 41 viewsMacedonia, Bottiai, AR Triobol (1,68 grams). Circa 196-168 BC.
Obverse: Macedonian shield with central five-rayed star
Reverse: Prow of galley right inscribed BOTTEAIΩN.
1 commentsOptimus
Roman, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm255 viewsAD240 Gordian III Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria ( Seleucis & Pieria )

obv: Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
rev: Eagle standing facing with head left, wings open, holding wreath in beak, SC below.
3 commentsrexesq
MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), Ireland, George IV, copper penny 182255 viewsKM # 151 Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland George IV copper penny 1822. GOERGIVS IV, diademed head of king George IV left / HIBERANIA 1822, crowned Irish harp.oneill6217
Greece, Thera - Akrotiri 127 viewsMinoan settelment was destroyed by the great Thera eruption around 1628 BC which caused the end of Neopalatial period on Crete. People managed to evacuate Thera before eruption unlike Pompeii but probably they were killed by tsunami on Crete coast.

wikipedia:"Minoans possessed advanced engineering knowledge enabling the construction of three- and four-story buildings with intricate water piping systems, advanced air-flow management, and earthquake-resistant wood and masonry walls."