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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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, Marcus Aurelius Sestertius25 viewsObv. M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right.
Rev. TR POT XXI IMP IIII COS III S C, Victoria walking left, holding palm branch and wreath.
Mint: Rome, 166-167 AD.

30mm 28.96g

RIC 948

Ex Dionysos Numismatics, Hamburg, Privately purchased in 2014.
5 commentskcMay 25, 2017
Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 27 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
5 commentsorfewMay 23, 2017
Apollo kitharoidos, Vatican Museum, a 2nd-century AD colossal marble statue by an unknown Roman sculptor.4 viewsAn Apollo Citharoedus is a statue or other image of Apollo with a Kithara (lyre). Among the best-known examples is this Apollo Citharoedus of the Vatican Museums, a 2nd-century AD colossal marble statue by an unknown Roman sculptor. Apollo is shown crowned with laurel and wearing the long, flowing robe of the Ionic bard. The statue was found in 1774, with seven statues of the Muses, in the ruins of Gaius Cassius Longinus' villa near Tivoli, Italy. The sculptures are preserved in the Hall of the Muses, in the Museo Pio-Clementino of the Vatican Museums. Joe SermariniMay 22, 2017
GREEK, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos12 views(22.5mm, 7.74 g, 1h).
Youth on horse galloping right; EY to left, NIKOΔAMO[Σ] below / Phalanthos, holding kantharos and distaff, riding dolphin left; ZOP and gazelle below. Vlasto 704; cf. HN Italy 970/958. Near EF, deep iridescent tone, a hint of porosity. Well centered on a broad flan.
2 commentsLeoMay 20, 2017
GREEK, ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm12 views(24mm, 17.20 g, 2h).
Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. Good VF, toned. Attractive early style.

This tetradrachm belongs among the earlier period of the “frontal eye” issues of the mid-late 5th century. The palmette is still delicate, as is the general style of the owl, and the incuse is rather deep and abruptly transitions to the flat surface.
2 commentsLeoMay 20, 2017
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 25mm 17.37g 1h Jenkins Gela 384.7 [O78/R158] this coin.9 viewsCharioteer holding Kenton in left hand and reins in both,driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flyingright crowning horseswith open wreath held in both hands.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right the river god [Gelas swimming.
Ex CNG Triton 16 lot 209.
1 commentsGrant HMay 18, 2017
GREEK, PERIKLES, DYNASTS of LYCIA, AR Stater circa 380-360 BC 22.5 mm 9.81 g 7 h,6 viewsOlcay&Morkholm,The coin hoard from Podalia,NC 1971 399 [A1/P3] this coin,L.Mildenberg,Mithrapata and Perikles,Proceedings of the 8th International Numismatic Congress,Rome 1961 21 [A14/R16] reverse of this coin Illustrated/Head of Perikles facing slightly left,wearing laurel wreath,drapery around neck,to right dolphin downward.Rev warrior nude but for crested Corinthian helmet,in fighting attitude right,holding sword aloft in right hand,shield on left arm,VEHNTEZ[= Phellos] in Lycian]to left,triskeles.PERIKLE [in Lycian] whelk shell?to right,all within shallow incuse square.From the J.Eric Engstrom collection,ex Gorny&Mosch 199,lot 514 10-10-11,ex CNG esale 164 lot 80,ex Kirk Davis FPL 17 lot 61 ,in commerce 1958 per Podalia.Grant HMay 12, 2017
Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius45 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder (written by CNG, 2003).
6 commentskcMay 12, 2017
Roman Empire, Magnentius17 views3 commentsXLiMay 12, 2017
CILICIA Claudiopolis Hadrian Ae 28 Howgego 2626 views
RPC III, 3226; SNG Levante 595; Lindgren 1472
for c/m’s: Howgego 262 4x Nike standing r., holding wreath, within oval incuse.
1 commentsokidokiMay 08, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, PONTUS, Nicopolis ad Lycum Hadrian Ae 18 126-27 AD Nike0 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2945A; new type

Issue Year 56 (NϚ)

Laureate head of Hadrian right

Victory walking, right, holding wreath and palm 'uncertain object' to right

4.61 gr
18 mm
okidokiMay 08, 2017
Fel Temp Reparatio Fallen Horseman24 viewsAlexandria
Barbaous Mint
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)May 08, 2017
Roman Empire, Crispus RIC 49 "Victory Alamanni”13 viewsCrispus AE3 "Victory Alamanni” CE 316-326 AE3
"Behold the conquest of the Alamanni"
Obverse: FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES - Laureate head right
Reverse: ALAMANNI-A DEVICTA - Victory advancing right,
holding trophy and palm, treading upon bound captive
dot SIRM dot in ex. Sirmium mint
19.53mm., 3.2g
2 commentsNORMAN KMay 04, 2017
Greek, Lucania, Velia, Stater14 viewsCa. 340-334 BC. AR didrachm or nomos (23mm, 7.63 gm, 3h).

Head of Athena right, wearing crested Athenian helmet decorated with griffin crouching right, Σ (engraver's signature?) on neck guard / Lion walking right, slightly crouching, Π below, YEΛHTΩN in exergue. Williams 251. HN Italy 1283. A surprisingly rare variety! Struck in high relief from dies of refined style.
1 commentsLeoMay 04, 2017
Roman Empire, City Commemorative, Urbs Roma, Follis, Trier42 viewsCommemorative Series. AD 330-354. Æ Follis (17mm, 2.61 g, 6h).
Treveri (Trier) mint, 2nd officina. Struck under Constantine I, AD 332-333. Helmeted and mantled bust of Roma left / She-wolf standing left, head right, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus; two stars above; TR•S. RIC VII 542; LRBC 65. EF, gray-brown patina.

From the collection of the MoneyMuseum, Zurich. Ex Münz Zentrum Köln 104 (6 September 2000), lot 613.
LeoMay 04, 2017
Roman Imperators, Julius Caesar, Denarius69 viewsObv.Emblems of the pontificate: simpulum, aspergillum, securis, and apex.
Rev. CAESAR, Elephant advancing right, trampling on horned Serpent.
Mint: Military mint traveling with Caesar, 49 B.C.

18mm 3.82g

Crawford 443/1. Sydenham 1006

Ex Mildenberg, November 1975

This famous issue was struck at the time of his crossing of the Rubicon and the beginning of the long period of civil wars which resulted in the downfall of the Roman Republic. A few theories have been presented explaining the obverse type, the most established being that the elephant represents good, the serpent evil, thus a message of the righteousness of Caesar's cause. The reverse shows the symbols of Rome's high priest, the Pontifex Maximus, Caesar having been elected to the office in 63 BC (written by Goldberg).
3 commentskcMay 03, 2017

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Nicomedia - RIC VII 2350 viewsAE3
obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG. Draped bust left, holding mappa in left hand, globe and sceptre in right
rev: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG. Jupiter, chlamys over shoulder, leaning on sceptre, holding Victory on globe, palm below.
left field: palm
right field: S
exergue: SMN
Struck 317-320 A.D. in Nicomedia
RIC VII 23 (R2)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian denarius18 viewsAR Denarius 17.3x18.3mm
ca. 69-79AD
Head right, laureate
Annona seated left
1 commentsgparch
ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus AE As Eagle on Globe81 viewsDivus Augustus. Died AD 14. Æ As (10.24 g, 7h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, circa AD 34-37. Radiate head left / Eagle standing facing, head right, on globe. RIC I 82 (Tiberius); Sutherland, Divus 3.cng sale XXIX 3/30/94 LOT 523
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Gordian III, Antoninianus40 viewsAntoninien, Gordien III, 238-244 (Billon) Cohen 266
Avers : IMP GORIANVS PIVS FEL AVG. Buste radié de Gordien III.
Revers : P M TRP V COS II PP. Gordien en habit militaire, tenant une haste et un globe.
Roger D2