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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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
EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Dichalkon 126-27 AD Crocodile standing right6 viewsReference.
Emmett 1291; RPC III, 6297; KŲln 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
1 commentsokidokiMar 25, 2017
Roman empire provincial, Macrinus, Billon-Tetradrachm, Antioch Syria7 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 9h7 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.
Grant HMar 13, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, Emmett 1103.21, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 136-37 AD Pharos lighthouse4 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, Emmett 1093.14, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 129-30 AD Isis Pharia standing3 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, RPC III, 1375, Hadrian, Cistophorus CARIA, Cnidus? Zeus seated1 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 4.35g10 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 17.21g9 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 very rare Fischer-Bossert 683 only one listed 10 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
Roman Empire, Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #137 views121 Constantius-I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- GENIO-POP-VLI-ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
exergo: -/Γ//SIS, diameter: 28-29mm, weight: 9,26g, axis: 11h,
mint: Siscia, date: 299 A.D., ref: RIC-VI-109a, p-467,
4 commentsquadransFeb 21, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximus Caesar, AR Denarius48 viewsMaximus (Caesar, 235/6-238). AR Denarius Rome mint, 236-7.
O: MAXIMVS CAES GERM; Bareheaded and draped bust right
R: PRINC IVVENTVTIS; Maximus standing left, holding baton and spear; two signa to right
- RIC IV 3
3 commentsNemonaterFeb 21, 2017
GREEK, SC 68, Price P167 - American Journal of Numismatics Second Series 27: 41-97 : Taylor L. W. H. Triparadeisos to Ipsos Series IV, 189 (this coin), Plate 12, 189 (this coin)7 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Babylonia, Uncertain Mint 6A

Head of Herakles right wearing lion skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛEΩΣ ФIΛIΠΠOY Zeus AŽtophoros enthroned left, star symbol beneath throne, Π recut over an earlier mint control in left field.

Taylor, Triparadeisos to Ipsos, Series IV, 189 (this coin), Plate 12, 189 (this coin), dies A50/P1; HGC 9, 11a (same dies); SC 68 (same dies); WSM 1241 (same dies); Price P167 (same dies).

Uncertain Mint 6A in Babylonia, 303-302 BC.

Struck under Seleukos utilising a reverse die from an earlier lifetime Philip issue (Price P160) with the left field mint control recut. Obverse die linked to examples of SC 67 (Alexander), SC 69 (Seleukos) and SC 50.1 (Alexander Uncertain Mint 1).

One of four examples known and the only one outside the ANS (Newell) collection.

(26 mm, 17.0 g, 3h).

Reference: Taylor, L. W. H. 2015. From Triparadeisos to Ipsos: Seleukos I Nikatorís Uncertain Mint 6A in Babylonia.
AJN Second Series 27: 41-97.
2 commentsn.igmaFeb 20, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, RIC 925 Antioch10 viewsProbus RIC 925
Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right.
Revertse: RESTSTVT O RBIS, woman standing right, presenting wreath to emperor who is standing left, holding globe and scepter.
H in lower center field. XXI in ex. Antioch mint
21.6 mm., 3.8 g.
2 commentsNORMAN KFeb 20, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius II, Siscia RIC VIII 194, 347-348 C.E. 13 viewsObverse - CONSTANTIVS PF AVG. Rosette diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Reverse - VICTORIAE DD AVGQ NN. Two victories standing and facing each other with wreath and palm.
(epsilon) SIS in ex. Siscia mint. 15.4 mm, 1,4 g.
2 commentsNORMAN KFeb 19, 2017
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #12977 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Diobol (11mm, 1.19 g, 11h).
Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet decorated with hippocamp / Herakles kneeling right, holding club, battling the Nemean Lion. Vlasto 1297 (this coin); HN Italy 911. VF, toned, obverse off center. Good metal.

LeoFeb 19, 2017
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #9158 viewsTaras 272-240 BC Nomos
Calabria, Tarentum; c. 272-240 BC, Nomos, 6.51g(new standard of weight compared with the old 7.5g). HN Italy-1043, Vlasto-915 (this coin).

Obv: Naked boy crowned by Victory flying behind him, on horse standing r. with raised l. foreleg; Greek ethnic below horse (not evident), EY in r. field.
Rx: Taras on dolphin r., holding cornucopia and trident whose head is visible behind his neck; TAPAΣ below, monogram in l. field (expanded by Vlasto to IΩΠY).
Ex KŁnker 193, 26 September 2011, lot 23. G&M 190, 11 October 2011, lot 15. From the M.P. Vlasto Collection. Extremely well struck reverse with beautiful detail EF.

I appreciate to have this coin. It is from M.P. Vlasto collection.
1 commentsLeoFeb 19, 2017

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GREEK, Achaean League, Corinth. c. 167-146 BC 134 viewsAR Hemidrachm, Obv: Laureate head of Zeus l. Rx: Pegasus flying r. over AX monogram with A-K-S across fields; all within laurel wreath, tied left. Ex John Twente Animal Collection; ex HJB Buy or Bid, 2/17/1981. About VF, 2.27g. BCD-73.2, Agrinion-583, Clerk-111; Benner-Korinth-11.
HJBerk BBS 159, lot 167.
2 commentsDino
GREEK, Thebes, Boeotia25 viewsAe18, 5.6 gm, 18.8 mm, 221-197 BC, Sear (GC) 2413
Obv: Anepigraphic with head of Persephone at three/quarter right facing angle.
Poseiden, naked and standing left with right foot set on rock and holding trident.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Mamaea / Felicitas / Denarius49 viewsAttribution: RIC 335 (RIC IV, Pt. II)

Mint: Rome

Date: 222-235 AD

Obverse: IVL MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right

Reverse: FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and resting elbow on column

Size: 20.1mm

Weight: 3.205 grams

ex Forum Ancient Coins
3 commentsAnemicOak
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INDIA, South India, "Octopus Man" Stater, Cholas, Raja Raja I71 viewsobv: Raja Raja standing
rev: God seated
Struck 985-1016 A.D.