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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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, 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, #130 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 Denarius34 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
2 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 Antioch9 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. 11 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 #12975 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 #9156 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
GREEK, Calabria, Taras Oecist Stater17 viewsCalabria, Taras
425-415 BC, Nomos, 7.99g. Fischer-Bossert-279 (V127/R212), Vlasto-255.
Obv: Phalantos naked and ithyphallic riding dolphin left; extending right hand and holding cuttlefish in left hand.
Rx: Oecist naked to waist, seated left on stool and balancing distaff on right hand, a lekythos on his left wrist.

Ex Gemini XII, 11 January 2015, lot 13. Ex NAC 10, 9 April 1997, lot 17. Ex M&M Basel 10, 1951, lot 161. With interesting and unusual types: Phalantos holds cuttlefish on obverse, while on reverse Taras(or Oecist?) is shown seated rather than on horseback. Nicely centered and well struck, except for Phalantos' head on obverse; rare; beautifully toned. EF
3 commentsLeoFeb 18, 2017
MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES COLLAGE6 viewsTop row: Agathodaemon; Griffin; Centaur
Row 2: Capricorn; Sphinx; Hippocamp; Kerberos
Row 3: Gorgon; Horned Panther; Phoenix
Bottom row: Pegasos; Pan; Horned Lion; Chimaera
(examples from my collection)
2 commentslaneyFeb 16, 2017
GREEK, CALABRIA, Taras, AR Nomos18 viewsCirca 315-302 BC. AR Nomos (21mm, 8.04 g, 11h).

Warrior, preparing to cast spear held aloft in right hand, holding two spears and shield with left hand, on horse rearing right; Ξ to left, API below / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos in extended right hand and cradling oar in left arm, riding dolphin left; KΛ to left, TAPAΣ to right. Fischer-Bossert Group 74a, 914 (V357/R709); Vlasto 634-47; HN Italy 939; SNG ANS 1016 (same obv. die); SNG Lloyd Ė; BMC 208 (same dies); Pozzi 123 (same obv. die). EF, attractively toned. Fine style.

Ex Hess-Divo 329 (17 November 2015), lot 6; Leu 91 (10 May 2004), lot 15.
1 commentsLeoFeb 16, 2017
Greek, Italy, Lucania, Thurium9 viewsAR Stater, 7.79g. 22mm. c.410-400 B.C.

Engraver, Phrygillos (?). Head of Athena to right wearing crested helmet decorated with Skylla; "phi" in field to right. Rv. Bull pawing ground with head down to right; fish in exergue. SNG Oxford 871. HN 1782; a few small marks and some small metal breaks in front of face. Toned and of fine style

Ex: Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich, Auction O, 2004, lot 1157.
Ex: A.D.M. Collection
LeoFeb 16, 2017
Chersoneos City Issue, Bull and Deer2 viewsChersonesos City Issue, 300-290 BC, Bull and Virgo
AE 6.9gm/22mm
Obv/ KLEMYTADA; bull butting l., below legend, bow and long, thin quiver
Rev/ Virgo leaping l., spearing fallow deer.
Con/ EF, near-black patina. Very rare coin with an elegant reverse.
Ref/ Anokhin, Coins of the Chersonese (Monetnoe dela Chersonesa), no. 80, but giving the legend as KLEMYTADA; Anokhin lists only four varieties, with different names of magistrates.
MayadiggerFeb 15, 2017
Panticapaeum City Issue, Old Satyr and Ox, 325 BC2 viewsPanticapaeum City Issue, Old Satyr and Ox, 325 BC

∆ 18mm/5.5gm, struck c. 325 BC
Obv/ Head of bearded Satyr l.
Rev/ ΠAN; head of ox left.
Con/ VF, dark brown patina.
Ref/ MacDonald # 67
MayadiggerFeb 15, 2017
Roman, Licinius II AE 30 viewsLicinius II (Jr), Helmeted Issue
AE3 19mm, struck c. 321-324 AD
Con/ EF+; glossy dark brown patina with exquisite details on the cuirass.
Obv/ DN VAL LICIN LICINIVS IVN NOB C; helmeted and cuir. bust l., holding shield and spear.
Rev/ IOVI CONSERVATORI; Jupiter stg. l., holding Victory on globe and eagle-topped sceptre; eagle with wreath before, bound captive behind. XIIr in right field. SMKA in exergue
Ref/ RIC VOL VII 18 - Rare 1
MayadiggerFeb 15, 2017
Roman, Licinius I, Antioch Mint, Flawless2 views Ave!

Licinius I, Iovi, Antioch Mint, Flawless!
∆ Follis; 18mm/3.9gm. Struck 314 AD
Con/ MS; glossy jet patina with sand fill. Blemishless handsome portrait, heroic portraiture of Jupiter done in fine style, this coin could not be improved in any manner.
Rev/ IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG; Jupiter stg. l., holding Victory on globe and sceptre; eagle with wreath before; wreath gamma III in r. field.
Antioch Mint; ANT in exergue

Ref/ RIC Vol VIII 8/2 = R3
MayadiggerFeb 15, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, denarius bull47 viewsAugustus Denarius. Lugdunum mint, struck 15-13 BC.
Observe: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right
Reverse: IMP X, bull butting right.
References: RIC 167a; RSC 137.
Diameter 19 mm / weight 3.9 grams
Marcelo Leal's collection
5 commentsAugustus1975Feb 15, 2017

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Griffin - Gallienus81 viewsObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- APOLLINICONSAVG, Griffin left
Exergue:- Delta
1 commentsnogoodnicksleft
CHIMAERA216 viewsAR Hemidrachm. Sikyon ( Peloponessos ). c. 330-320 BC. 2,86 grs. 8h. Chimaera advancing left, right paw raised. ΣI below / Dove flying left.
BMC 119.

Spawned by Typhoeus and Echidna, the Chimaera had three heads - lion, goat, and snake .Its body was also mixed having the front part of a lion, middle of a goat, and snake for a tail. It breathed fire. It ravaged Lycia, killing cattle and setting fires until it was killed by Bellerophon
2 commentsbenito
BYZANTINE, Justin I, AV solidus17 viewsThe pig farmer who would be emperor...sounds like gladiator a lil bit.
Justin I AV Solidus. Constantinople, AD 518-527. D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horseman device on left shoulder, spear across right shoulder / VICTORIA AVGGG Δ, angel standing facing holding long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; star in right field, CONOB in exergue.
Sear 56; DOC 2; MIBE 3. 4.46g, 21mm, 5h.
chance v
ROMAN EMPIRE, AUGUSTUS and AGRIPPA - brass dupondius - Nemausus 15-7 BC.87 viewsObv "IMP/DIVI F" head of Agrippa wearing rostral crown, and laurel wreath, to l., and Augustus, bare headed, to r. back to back.
Rev "COL-NEM" to l. and r. of palm shoot, it's tip to r., behind chained crocodile; above palm tip, wreath with long ties.
12.73g - 26mm - s.1729 - RIC 154
The edges of the coin appear filed/rasped/ground, with parallel scour marks, flat fields, and usually a prominent ridge all around the circumference of the coin. To me it would suggest "filing" after manafacture.
The coin has been depatinated/cleaned many years ago. I personally find this more pleasing and interesting than it's sister black coin (05).