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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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
Phraates II2 viewsEkbatana mint. Struck circa 128-127 BC. Diademed bust left / BAΣIΛ EΩΣ/MEΓ AΛOY downward to right, APΣAKOV/ΘΕΟΠATOPΣ (sic) downward to left, archer (Arsakes I) seated right on omphalos, holding bow. Sellwood 16.1; Shore 41; Sunrise 269.

Published in "An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia" (1971) by David Sellwood. Plate number 3, identified as 16/1.
ThatParthianGuyNov 21, 2017
Orodes II3 viewsRhagai mint. Diademed and draped bust left, wearing torque ending in pellet / BΛCIΛEΩC/BΛKIΛEΩH ΛP CΛKOY EVEPΓETOV/ΔIKΛ Y EΠIΦΛNOYΣ/ΦIΛEΛΛNI C (sic), archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; ΓP monogram below bow; quadrate Cs in legend. Sellwood 45.12; cf. Shore 224 (for type); Sunrise .

Published in "An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia" (1971) by David Sellwood. Plate number 5, identified as 45/10.
ThatParthianGuyNov 21, 2017
EB0527 Augustus / Bull / VALEAT3 viewsAugustus, AE 28, Celsa, Hispania, L. Baggius and Mn. Flavius Festus, 15-14 BC.
Obverse: AVGVSTVS DIVI F Laureate head right.
Reverse: L BAGGI(O) C V ICEL MNFESTO Bull standing right, II VIR before, with countermark anagram VALEAT.
References: RPC I 273.
Diameter: 28mm, Weight: 10.222 grams
EBNov 21, 2017
Roman Empire, Magnentius2 views1 commentsXLiNov 19, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Nicomedia 08625 viewsAE2
Obv: D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: FEL TEMP R-EPARATIO, Helmeted soldier left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield at ground to right. Horseman turns to face the soldier, and reaches his left arm up towards him. He wears a Phrygian hemlet
Minted in Nicomedia (Gamma | _ // Dot SMN Gamma).
Reference: RIC VIII Nicomedia 86
1 commentsmaridvnvmNov 19, 2017
Roman Empire, Constantius II4 viewsCa. 348-350 AD.
RIC 82
2 commentsXLiNov 18, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I8 viewsROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I
Date: C, 309 AD
Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Constantine standing facing, head right, holding spear and globe; T-F//PTR
Size: 26 mm
Weight: 6.69g
Ref: RIC VI 841a
3 commentsXLiNov 17, 2017
Horse4 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
Horse8 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
Horse2 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
Horse4 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
Owl4 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
Owl4 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
Owl4 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
Owl3 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
Roman Empire, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Hadrian standing 1441A10 viewsReference.
unpublished; RPC III, 1441var. on reverse legend; RIC 532 var.; C. 576 var. (Augustus); Metcalf, Cistophori of Hadrian 92 var.

Person Augustus (under Hadrian) (Divus)

Head of Augustus r.

Hadrian togate standing half-left, holding grain stalk in right and roll in left in toga.

9.89 gr

RPC new number 1441A
1 commentsokidokiNov 03, 2017

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Alfonso VIII~0.jpg
MEDIEVAL, Spain, Castile and Leon, Alfonso VIII451 viewsAlfonso VIII (November 11, 1155 October 5, 1214), king of Castile and grandson of Alfonso VII, is a great name in Spanish history, for he led the coalition of Christian princes and foreign crusaders who broke the power of the Almohades at the battle of the Navas de Tolosa in 1212.
The gold maravedi of Alfonso VIII is a strange blend of Muslim and Christian worlds. It has a Cross surrounded by Arabic writings!

Is there anyone who can read Arabic?
1 commentsgoldcoin
Mysia AE15 Athena Owl smaller.jpg
GREEK, Mysia, Pergamon AE1553 viewsobv: Head of Athena right
rev: Owl on palm branch, wings spread
Struck 2nd-1st Century BC
SG 3963
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla - VICTORIAE BRIT38 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 A.D.
Denarius, 210-3 A.D. Laureate head r. Rv. Victory rushing r. holding trophy with both hands; VICTORIAE BRIT. RIC 231A.
Tiny edge split. Toned Near Extremely Fine.
BYZANTINE, John VIII Palaeologus, 1423-1448, Constantinople, AR Stavraton (Half Hyperpyron)1621 viewsIWANHC ΔECΠOTIC O ΠAΛEOΛOΓOC / ΘV XAPITI AVTOKPATOP in two circles inside which bust of John facing, bearded, nimbate, crown with pendila, a pellet in the left and right fields. / IC/I-XC/X Nimbate bust of Christ, book of Gospels in left hand, right hand raised in benediction, all inside dotted and lined circle, surrounded by margin with pellets, inside solid line circle. 6.7g

When voting be careful to compare this with other coins of the same denomination, not the smaller ones which have cause to look even more crude. While this is crude and probably easily bested, I would prefer the coin that ousts this entrant at least have as much of the name of the ruler as does this one (IWA at the top of the outer circle).
7 commentsdougsmit