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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Last additions - Coin Collecting Theme Galleries
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, hadrian MYSIA. Lampsacus, Priapus standing1 viewscf RPC III, -- 1550 Trajan; same SNG France 1272; BMC Mysia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop

Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right

ithyphallic Priapus standing left, right hand raised, left hand on hip

1.55 gr
15 mm
FORVM coin
okidokiDec 03, 2018
Roman Empire, Hadrian Sestertius Roma 138 AD Pietas standing2 viewsReference.
RIC -- for reverse 1083 Pietas

Laureate head right

Pietas, draped, standing left next to altar, raising right hand and holding box of incense in left

26.13 gr
31 mm
okidokiDec 03, 2018
Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AU Hyperpyron SBCV-191321 viewsAlexius I Comnenus, 1081-1118. Hyperpyron (Gold, 31 mm, 4.30 g, 6 h)

Constantinople, post-reform coinage, 1092-1118. +ΚЄ ROHΘЄI Christ, nimbate, seated facing on throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; in fields, IC - XC. Rev. A/ΛЄ/ΖΙω / ΔЄC/ΠΟ/ΤΗ; in right field, Tω / KO/MNH/Nω Alexius I standing facing, wearing crown, divitision and exaggerated jeweled chlamys, holding labarum with his right hand and globus cruciger with his left; in upper right field, manus Dei to left
This coin came with its pre WWII original ticket for a dealer in Amsterdam. Jacques Schulman.
1 commentsSimonNov 27, 2018
Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 27 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger

Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0

DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimonNov 27, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna, Silver Denarius, RIC IV 39010 views3.246g, 19.1mm, Rome mint, 213AD

Obverse: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, looped plait from ear around back of neck
Reverse: VESTA, Vesta standing facing, head left, veiled, palladium in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand

Not a rare coin, but I would put this portrait of Julia Domna up against any other. In my opinion, it is the most believable and lifelike version of any I've seen. The reverse is a little weak, but the obverse is crisp and well struck.

RIC IV 390, RSC III 230, Sear 7108, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108, ex Jyrki Muona Collection
1 commentsSteven HNov 21, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian EGYPT, Alexandria. Obol 125-26 AD Nilus reclining7 viewsReference.
RPC III--; Emmett --; kLN;

Issue L ΔΕ = year 10

Laureate head of Hadrian r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L ΔΕ
Nilus reclining left, hippopotamus under left arm, long reed in right, cornucopia in left.

4.37 gr
20 mm
okidokiNov 20, 2018
Caracalla brought to life18 viewsAs far as colorizing ancient busts goes, this is the best I've ever seen - Caracalla, face to face.1 commentsSteven HNov 19, 2018
Julia Domna, 213 AD, RIC IV C39014 viewsRIC IV C390, RSC III 230, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108
Obverse: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, looped plait from ear around back of neck
Reverse: VESTA, Vesta standing facing, head left, veiled, palladium in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand

The most lifelike portrait I've seen on a Julia Domna coin
1 commentsSteven HNov 18, 2018
Roman, Julia Domna9 viewsSilver denarius, RIC IV C390, RSC III 230, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108, Choice aEF, 3.246g, 19.1mm, 180 die axis, Rome mint, reign of Caracalla, 213 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, reverse VESTA; from the Jyrki Muona Collection

A superb portrait, much more realistic and lifelike than the usual Julia Domna portraits. She was 43 years old when this coin was struck, and her portrait here reflects her 20+ years alongside her husband, Septimius Severus, living in camp on his military campaigns, raising Caracalla and Geta, being an empress of Rome. She looks very dignified and noble, and looks a lot more like her sister Julia Maesa than her usual portraits show.
1 commentsSteven HNov 17, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle20 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Laureate bust left.

Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
3 commentsokidokiNov 08, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, NUMERIAN as Augustus. Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.2848 viewsObverse: A K M A NOVMEPIANOC CEB. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Numerian facing right.
Reverse: ETOYC Γ (= regnal year 3 = A.D.284). Eirene standing facing left, raising her right hand and holding transverse sceptre in her left.
Curtis : 1947 | Emmett : 4020 | Milne : 4735 | Dattari : 5609 | Geissen : 3198 | BMC : 2466.
Weight : 8.03gms. Diameter : 19.7mm.
Purchased from FORVM
*AlexOct 31, 2018
Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE2 Maiorina or Centenionalis of Antioch. Struck A.D.351 - 35427 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES. Bare-headed draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman, discarded shield on ground at feet; in left field, Γ : in exergue, ANH.
Weight 5.6gms
2 comments*AlexOct 25, 2018
Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE Centenionalis of Siscia. Struck A.D.3518 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right; behind bust, H.
Reverse: HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS. Constantius Gallus standing facing left, holding labarum in his right hand and spear in his left, being crowned by Victory standing behind him. In left field, III; in exergue, ASIS.
RIC VIII : 308
1 comments*AlexOct 25, 2018
Roman Empire, CONSTANTINE I, Posthumous Commemorative AE4 of Antioch. Struck A.D.347 - 348 under Constantius II6 viewsObverse: DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG. Veiled head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: Constantine I, veiled and togate, standing facing right; across field, VN - MR; in exergue, SMANE.
RIC VIII : 112
*AlexOct 25, 2018
Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus. Cyzicus9 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
Officina Q/ XXI in exergue
3.82 g.
The only known example.
Not in major references.
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018
1 commentsorfewOct 21, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage. Struck A.D.30720 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVATO-RES KART SVAE. Hexastyle temple within which is Carthage standing facing left holding fruits in both hands. In exergue, PKΔ.
Diameter: 25.15mm | Weight: 6.4gms
RIC VI : 61
2 comments*AlexOct 17, 2018

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine II, Antioch, RIC 109, S, 335-337 AD54 viewsObv: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C
Laureate and cuirassed bust, right.
Two soldiers with spear and shield standing either side of single standard.
1.6 gm 16.6 mm Ae3 Exergue: SMANЄ
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla Moneta denarius (Laodicea) - RIC 337d55 viewsObv: IMP C M AVR ANTON AVG P TR P
Caracalla, laureate, draped right

Moneta standing left, holding scale and cornucopiae

RIC IV 337d; BMCRE 642; RSC 168e.

Minted Laodicea ad Mare, 198 A.D.

I think this is a beautiful portrait of the ten year old Caracalla. The coin is also notable for being the product of the Laodicea mint (modern Latakia in Syria).
1 commentsC. Caesar Germ.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Carus, early Sep 282 - c. Jul/Aug 283 A.D., Postumus Consecration Issue518 viewschoice aEF, 3.06g, 22.7mm, 180o, Tripolis mint, obverse DIVO CARO, radiate bust right; reverse CONSECRATIO , flaming altar, T - R across fields, XXI in exergue; dark toning2 commentssalem
ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian, Silvered AE Antoninianus58 viewsDiocletian. 284-305 AD .
Silvered AE Antoninianus (3.8 gm, 23mm)

Obv: IMP CC VAL DIOCLETIANVS AVG, Radiate crowned head , rt.
Rev : CONCORDIA MILITVM ; Jupiter presents Victory on a globe to Diocletian.

Sear 3510 (1988), RIC 306, Cohen 33, HRIC Diocletianus 21a
1 commentsPetrus Blasimus