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The Best of Type!


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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


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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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


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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


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Campgates, city gates, temples, etc., post your monumental coins here.

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Ancient Women


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Women of the ancient world depicted on ancient coins.

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Coin Zoo - Animals


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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


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A gallery of mythology. Please include information about the deity and their attributes.

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Historical Coins


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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


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Ancient but not official.

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Roman Mint Style Examples


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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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Countermarks


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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


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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


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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


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Statues, temples, mountains and other things that were depicted on ancient coins.

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Ancient Sites Photo Gallery


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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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Arethusa by Eukleidas6 viewsI think that this Portrait of Arethusa by the master engraver Eukleidas is worth to be in this gallery :)
Tetradrachm of Syracuse 399-387 BC Reverse die n64 of the Tudeer Corpus
BrennosApr 16, 2019
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Dacian Draco on Trajan's Column4 viewsThe Dacian Draco was the standard ensign of troops of the ancient Dacian people, which can be seen in the hands of the soldiers of Decebalus in several scenes depicted on Trajan's Column in Rome, Italy. It has the form of a dragon with open wolf-like jaws containing several metal tongues. The hollow dragon's head was mounted on a pole with a fabric tube affixed at the rear. In use, the draco was held up into the wind, or above the head of a horseman, where it filled with air and gave the impression it was alive while making a shrill sound as the wind passed through its strips of material. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacian_DracoJoe SermariniApr 08, 2019
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Dacian Draco on Trajan's Column3 viewsThe Dacian Draco was the standard ensign of troops of the ancient Dacian people, which can be seen in the hands of the soldiers of Decebalus in several scenes depicted on Trajan's Column in Rome, Italy. It has the form of a dragon with open wolf-like jaws containing several metal tongues. The hollow dragon's head was mounted on a pole with a fabric tube affixed at the rear. In use, the draco was held up into the wind, or above the head of a horseman, where it filled with air and gave the impression it was alive while making a shrill sound as the wind passed through its strips of material. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacian_DracoJoe SermariniApr 08, 2019
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Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum, Gordian III (238-244 AD) 4 viewsRoman Provincial, Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum, Gordian III (238-244 AD) 27 (12.43g) Sabinius Modestus, legatus consularis., City Gate, Obv.: Laureate and draped bust right. Rev.: Arched gate flanked by two roofed towers with arched windows in uppermost story. Varbanov 4182. Rare! NGC XF.1 commentsAncient AussieMar 29, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIAN. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.139 under Antoninus Pius9 viewsObverse: DIVVS HADRIANVS AVG. Bare head of Hadrian facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing on globe, head turned left.
RIC II : 389b
VERY RARE
2 comments*AlexMar 03, 2019
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Roman Empire, GALERIUS. Commemorative AE Follis of Siscia. Struck A.D.312 under Licinius3 viewsObverse: DIVO GAL VAL MAXIMIANO. Veiled head of Galerius facing right.
Reverse: FORTI FORTVNAE. Fortuna standing facing left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel behind at her feet; in right field, star on crescent over B; in exergue, SIS.
Weight: 4.75gms
RIC VI : 226
RARE
1 comments*AlexMar 03, 2019
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Roman Empire, GALERIUS. Commemorative AE Follis of Thessalonica. Struck A.D.311 under Licinius2 viewsObverse: DIVO MAXIMIANO. Veiled head of Galerius facing right.
Reverse: MEM DIVI MAXIMIANI. Eagle surmounting domed shrine with closed doors; in right field, A; in exergue, SMTS.
RIC VI : 48
EXTREMELY RARE
*AlexMar 03, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, FAUSTINA II (JUNIOR). Commemorative denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.176-180 under Marcus Aurelius3 viewsObverse: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA. Draped bust of Faustina Junior facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Peacock standing facing right.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.2grms | Die Axis: 12
RIC III : 744

Annia Galeria Faustina was the youngest daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Senior. She married Marcus Aurelius in A.D.145 and was given the title of Augusta on the birth of her first child in A.D.146. She went on to have several more children, one of whom was the future emperor Commodus. In A.D.175 Faustina accompanied Marcus Aurelius on his journey to the East but she died at Halala, a village at the foot of the Taurus Mountains.
1 comments*AlexMar 03, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMINUS II as AUGUSTUS. AE Follis of Nicomedia. Struck c.A.D.3121 viewsObverse: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG. Laureate head of Maximinus facing right.
Reverse: HERCVLI VICTORI. Hercules standing facing right, his right hand on his hip, his left hand holding lionskin and resting on club; in left field, A with star above; in exergue, SMN.
Weight 5.7gms
RIC VI : 75
*AlexMar 02, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, MARINIANA. Commemorative AR Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.253 - 254 under Valerian I1 viewsObverse: DIVAE MARINIANAE. Diademed and veiled bust of Mariniana, resting on crescent, facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Mariniana being borne to heaven seated on the back of a peacock flying right.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 2.18gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC V i : 6
RARE

Mariniana was the wife of Valerian I but it would seem that she must have died before he became emperor because all of her coins are posthumous commemoratives.
*AlexMar 02, 2019
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Roman Empire, MARCUS AURELIUS. Commemorative AR denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.180 under Commodus2 viewsObverse: DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS. Bare head of Marcus Aurelius facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle facing left, head turned right, standing on bar.
RIC III : 266
Ex Harlan J Berk. Ex D. Clark Collection. This coin is featured on Wildwinds.
SCARCE
1 comments*AlexMar 02, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, LICINIUS I, AE3 of Arelate. Struck A.D.312 viewsObverse: IMP LICINIVS AVG. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Licinius facing right.
Reverse: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVG. Jupiter seated facing left on eagle with wings open standing facing right; Jupiter, looking back. holds sceptre in his left hand and a thunderbolt in his right; in exergue, PARL.
Weight 2.9gms.
RIC VII : 196
VERY RARE
*AlexMar 02, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, LICINIUS II as CAESAR. AE3 of Rome. Struck A.D.3209 viewsObverse: LICINIVS IVN NOB C. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Licinius II facing right.
Reverse: ROMAE AETERNAE. Roma seated facing right, inscribing XV on shield set on her knees: in left field, P; in right field, R; in exergue, RT.
RIC VII : 154 | VM : 9
VERY RARE
1 comments*AlexMar 02, 2019
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS, Billion Aspron Trachy SBCV-1966 DOC IV -13c 25 viewsOBV Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back; holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded on l., crowned by Virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type ; holds in right hand labarum-scepter, and inl. Gl cr.Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 31mm

Weight 4.63gm

A nearly perfect strike and that is exceptional. If you notice Christs head you will see the nimbus dots ever so slightly out of alignment. The dies were fresh when struck. Truly Exceptional.
2 commentsSimonMar 01, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius, Unofficial As Hispania6 viewsAn unofficial as of Claudius minted in Hispania. Bizarre lettering.

Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR IMP, bare head left.
Rev: S-C Minerva standing with spear and shield.
RIC 100, Cohen 84v, BMC 149

Weight 18,2g
Diameter 28 mm

1 commentsSergio OrataFeb 22, 2019
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Roman, Tetricus I, Antoninianus6 viewsHere's my antoninianus of Tetricus I. He is looking somewhat tired on this coin, with bags under his eyes! Hard to find in this condition.

Obverse:
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Radiate, cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
LAETITIA AVGG
Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor

RIC Vii 88

In my gallery: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-153435
Harry GFeb 20, 2019

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Greek, Ravel; Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - #123589 viewsTaras, Calabria (Plate Coin)
380-325 BC
AR Diobol (11.5mm, 1.15g, 2h)
O: Head of Athena right, helmet decorated with hippocamp.
R: Naked Herakles seated left on dead lion right, holding cup in right hand and club in left.
Vlasto 1235 (this coin); HN Italy 910
Very rare
From the AG Collection.; ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection; ex Vecchi 17; ex CNG

This coin is extremely rare, and Vlasto cites only this single die combination. While I am sure it isnt unique I could find no other specimen of this type listed anywhere.
2 commentsEnodia
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Licinius I, Follis, Antioch RIC VI 167a, Scarce, 312 A.D.47 viewsObv: IMP C LIC LICINNIVS P F AVG
Laureate head, right.
Rev: SOLI INVICTO
Sol standing left, raising right hand and holding head of Serapsis in left.
4.3 gm, 20.3 mm, Follis, Exergue: I/ANT/*
Comment: Forges an alliance with Constantine I. Note the misspell of Licinius' name.
Massanutten
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, AE1647 viewsobv: Head of Apollo right
rev: Rider on horseback right
Struck 359-336 B.C. under Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great
Jericho
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus II as Caesar, Follis77 viewsFollis 7.2 gm 25.5 gm
Obv: GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES
Laureate head, right.
Rev: GENIO CAESARIS CMH
Genius standing, left, pouring liquid from patera and holding cornucopiae.
Minted in 305/8 at Nicomedia. mm: SMNB RIC Vol VI, 55
Massanutten