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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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 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 the 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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Last additions - Theme Galleries
Roman Empire, Maximinus I AR denarius RIC 166 viewsMaximinus I 'Thrax'. A.D. 235-238. AR denarius (20 mm, 2.97 g, 11 h). Rome, A.D. 236. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Thrax right / VICTO-RI-A AVG, Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm. RIC 16; BMC 105-7; RSC 99a.Curtis H2Apr 15, 2017
Greek, Calabria Tarentum AR Didrachm circa 345-334 BC 7.77 g Fischer-Bossert 733b this coin13 viewsNaked horseman on prancing horse right,lancing downwards with right hand,behind large shield and two more lances,the whole within a beaded border.In field to left A and to right |-,beneath horse KAA,RevTaras astride dolphin,a creasted helmet between his hands,with his head slightly bowed towards it,below KAA.
ex ARS Classica-Naville 12,1926 lot 230
ex Hirsch 26, 1910 lot 191
Grant HApr 10, 2017
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #93828 viewsCalabria, Taras. From Sir Arthur Evans Collection
c. 240-228 BC. AR Nomos, 6.39g (10h). Obv: Naked youth riding horse at full gallop right, holding torch behind him; in field to left monogram HPAK; below, ΔΑΙΜΑΧΟC. Rx: ΤΑ - ΡΑC in field under Taras astride dolphin left holding trident in left hand and kantharos in right; in field to right, monogram ANΔPE. Vlasto 938 (this coin). Evans, Tarentum (1889), p. 194, pl. X. 1 (this coin). Ex Vlasto Coll. 938, pl. XXX. From the Sir Arthur Evans Collection.
3 commentsLeoApr 09, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, GRATIAN. AE3 of Arles, Struck A.D.367-375.7 viewsObverse: D N GRATIANVS AVGG AVG. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA NOVI SAECVLI. Gratian standing facing, head left, holding labarum and leaning on shield; in exergue, TCON.
Diameter: 17.9mm | Weight: 2.9gms.
RIC IX : 15
This unusual type, unique to Gratian, was only struck at one mint, Arles (Arelate). By this time Arelate had been renamed Constantina by Constantine I. The city was probably renamed in connection with Constantine II's elevation to Caesar in A.D.317, particularly since Constantine II was born there.

The AVGG AVG in the obverse legend probably alludes to Gratian's right to the succession. The question of his succession arose because, according to Ammianus Marcellinus, when Valentinian I lay ill and had not named a successor, the soldiers planned on raising a candidate of their own choosing. Valentinian, however, recovered and quickly raised Gratian to the position of Augustus to ensure his dynastic position. The reverse inscription indicates that Gratian is destined to fulfill the Messianic prophecy of the Sibylline books, to bring in a golden era of justice and plenty.
*AlexApr 08, 2017
Laureate head right

Dolphin coiled round anchor

Rome 81 A.D. (3rd group)


RIC 26 (R), RSC 63

Clickable for larger image
4 commentsJay GT4Apr 01, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, Lucilla (162 - 182 A.D.)27 viewsAR Denarius
O: LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, Draped bust right.
R: CONCORDIA, Concordia standing facing, head left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
Rome Mint
RIC III 760.

Ex. Cabinet Numismatique, Genve.

4 commentsMatMar 31, 2017
GREEK, Akarnaia, Leukas, AR Stater circa 400-330 BC 26mm 8.44 g SNG Lockett 227623 viewsPegasos flying left with mintmark below.Rev helmeted head of Athena left human foot behind.
large flan with die rust on obv.
1 commentsGrant HMar 28, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Dichalkon 126-27 AD Crocodile standing right55 viewsReference.
Emmett 1291; RPC III, 6297; Kln 3383; Dattari 6212

Issue Arsinoite

Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Rev. ΑΡС, L ΙΑ
Crocodile, wearing sun disk, right

2.76 gr
15 mm
5 commentsokidokiMar 25, 2017
Roman empire provincial, Macrinus, Billon-Tetradrachm, Antioch Syria23 viewsMacrinus, 217-218 AD., Antioch mint in Syria.
Obverse: AYT K M OP CE MAKRINOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: DHMARC EX UPA TO, eagle standing facing with open wings, head right standing on a leg and thigh of a sacrificial animal.
Dot (delta ?) dot at top left, dot epsilon dot at top right.
Sear Greek 2948, Prieur 246, weight 14,27gr., 26.17 mm.
2 commentsNORMAN KMar 19, 2017
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm c.485-466 BC.Boehringer 123 23mm 17.27g 9h25 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny,Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl diadem and a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem,around four dolphins swimming to right.A splendid example bright,well struck,well centered and of excellent style.
From a collection formed over twenty years ago.
1 commentsGrant HMar 13, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Emmett 1103.21, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 136-37 AD Pharos lighthouse16 viewsReference.
Dattari-Savio Pl. 95, 1935 (this coin). RPC 6233/; Emmett 1103.21

Issue L KA = year 21

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L KA
Pharos lighthouse surmounted by two Tritons, each blowing a trumpet, between a lantern surmounted by a statue, holding situla and scepter; entryway below.

11.31 gr
30 mm
1 commentsokidokiMar 12, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Emmett 1093.14, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 129-30 AD Isis Pharia standing15 viewsReference.
Emmett 1093.14; Dattari-Savio Pl. 85, 7711 (this coin). RPC 5748.23 (this coin cited).Corr. (holding Situla)

Issue L IΔ = year 14

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΙΔ
Isis Pharia advancing, r., head r., holding sistrum and sail with situla

12.64 gr
29 mm
1 commentsokidokiMar 12, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, RPC III, 1375, Hadrian, Cistophorus CARIA, Cnidus? Zeus seated8 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1375/1; Metcalf 71; C. -; RIC -; BMC -; W. E. Metcalf, The Cistophori of Hadrian, 1980, 76, 308 Taf. 20 = RPC III 1375; M. 308

Obv. AVGVSTVS HADRIANVS (D reverted) sic
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Zeus seated r. on throne holding vertical sceptre in upraised r. and Victory on globe (corr.)

9.90 gr

ex Theodor Grewer collection
ex Kress, Auktion 158, 1973, Los 997
okidokiMar 12, 2017
GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR Drachm circa 465-460 BC 4.35g20 viewsHead of Athena right,of archaic style,wearing round earring and close- fitting crested helmet with single volute ornament behind.Rev AOE Incuse square,within which owl right,behind,olive- spray with two leaves and berry.Grant HMar 08, 2017
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 425-420 BC 17.21g23 viewsQuadriga to left,with Nike as charioteer wears long sleeveless chiton with high girdle,her wings semi-open the nearside wing and top of farside wing shown,hair in topknot,she holds whip in her right hand,and a set of reins with each hand.Above large wreath of olive.Linear border.Two horsesshown,with doubled outlines,the farside horse slightly in front of the nearside one,forelegs raised clear of ground,heads paralled.Large chariot wheel with diagonal spokes.Rev head of the river god Gelas as a man-headed bull right,between legs bird {heron} 1 commentsGrant HMar 08, 2017
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Didrachm circa 344-340 BC 22mm 7.18g 5h Fischer-Bossert 67919 viewsHelmeted warrior standing facing,head right, holding spear and shield, behind horse standing right, before horses foreleg 90 degree t. Rev TARAS Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding trident and shield, A below and above waves. Overstruck on another Tarentum stater?
ex Hanbery
ex Frank Kovacs 1990.
Grant HMar 03, 2017

Random files - Theme Galleries
Apollo (head of?)139 viewsSyria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochos ad Orontem, 1st cent. B.C. AE-23 mm, 11.57 gr. AV: Laur. head of Zeus to right, within a dotted border.
Round CM: Head of Apollo(?). RV: ANTIOXEWN THS / METROPOLEWN either side of enthroned Zeus to left, holding Nike and scepter, above Keraunos, at feet cornucopia. Collection: Mueller.
Italy, Paestum, Temple of Apollo121 viewsFirstly it was thought it's temple of Poseidon, then it's the second temple of Hera and now it's thought it's temple of Apollo. But somewhen temple was used as temple of Poseidon and somewhen as temple of Hera.
Who knows how many times temple will change deity in future.

Temple was built +- 450 BC
Faustina II, Junior, wife of Marcus Aurelius. Augusta, 147-175/6 CE.138 viewsAE As (26 mm, 15.5 gm). Issued under husband, Marcus Aurelius. Rome mint, 147-175 CE.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Draped bust, r.
Rev: FECVNDITAS SC, Fecunditas standing r., holding scepter and child.
RIC 1639; Sear 5295; BMC 980; Cohen 101.
Thasos Tetradrachm.jpg
GREEK, Thasos, AR tetradrachm177 views5 commentsOptimus