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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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 popular references, and 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 a 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. Please state where the pictures were taken and give a brief description of the site.

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Last additions - Coin Collecting Theme Galleries
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Kamnaskires-Orodes, Mid 2nd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm2 viewsGB14570. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 12.3.1-2A; SGICV 5910 (Kamnaskires-Orodes III); BMC Arabia 28 p. 268, 71 ff. (Orodes II), VF, weight 3.397g, maximum diameter 14.9mm, obverse long bearded diademed bust facing, bunches of hair at sides and on top; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor with double crossbar; reverse irregular dashesJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Prince B, 3rd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm1 viewsGB87419. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 20.1, 1-1A, (type a); SGICV 5921; BMC Arabia p. 287, 2 ff. (Uncertain Kings), aVF, highlighting earthen deposits, tight flan, weight 3.133g, maximum diameter 14.7mm, die axis 0o, c. 180 - 220 B.C.; obverse forked bearded bust left, diadem with 2 bands, hair tuft on top tied with a ribbon ends flowing, hair tuft at back of head, anchor with pellet in crescent above to right; reverse Athena standing facing, her helmeted head right, spear in right hand, resting left on grounded shieldJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Kamnaskires-Orodes, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm3 viewsGB87423. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 12.3.1-2A2, e.; SGICV 5910 (Kamnaskires-Orodes III), BMC Arabia p. 268, 74 ff. (Kamnaskires), VF, dark patina with highlighting earthen deposits, weight 3.610g, maximum diameter 16.2mm, die axis 0o, obverse long bearded cuirassed bust facing, large tufts of upward-oriented hair at sides, wearing diademed tiara; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor; reverse irregular dashesJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Phraates, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm3 viewsGB87420. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 14.6.1-3; BMC Arabia p. 272, 1 ff.; SGICV 5899, aVF, dark green patina, highlighting earthen deposits, tight flan, small edge cracks, weight 3.550g, maximum diameter 15.5mm, die axis 0o, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.; obverse ΦPA, bearded bust left wearing tiara with pellet in crescent; pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar right; reverse BACIΛEVC ΠPAATHC (blundered), Artemis standing right, not radiate, drawing arrow from quiver with right, bow in leftJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes III, 2nd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm4 viewsGB87421. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 16.4.2-1A, b.; SGICV 5906 ff.; BMC Arabia p. 276, 44, VF, dark blue-green patina with highlighting buff earthen deposits, edge cracks, weight 3.259g, maximum diameter 15.2mm, die axis 0o, 2nd Century A.D.; obverse long bearded bust left wearing tiara ornamented with anchor; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar; reverse parallel dashesJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, THRACE, Odessus Hadrian Theos Megas reclining6 viewsReference.
RPC III,---; AMNG -, Varbanov -

Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Theos Megas reclining l., holding cornucopia in his r. hand

3.13 gr
15 mm
1 commentsokidokiAug 10, 2018
Greece, Amphipolis, Lion of Amphipolis - Via Egnatia, west side of the Strymonas river30 viewsAmphipolis is best known for being a magnificent ancient Greek polis (city), and later a Roman city, whose impressive remains can still be seen. It is famous in history for events such as the battle between the Spartans and Athenians in 422 B.C., and also as the place where Alexander the Great prepared for campaigns leading to his invasion of Asia. Alexander's three finest admirals, Nearchus, Androsthenes and Laomedon, resided in this city and it is also the place where, after Alexander's death, his wife Roxane and their small son Alexander IV were exiled and later murdered. Excavations in and around the city have revealed important buildings, ancient walls and tombs. The finds are displayed at the archaeological museum of Amphipolis. At the nearby vast Kasta burial mound, an important ancient Macedonian tomb has recently been revealed. The unique and beautiful "Lion of Amphipolis" monument nearby is a popular destination for visitors.
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Date 16 June 2018
Author Neptuul
Joe SermariniAug 08, 2018
Italy, Rome, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005.12 viewsTemple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple in Rome, adapted as a Roman Catholic church, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda. It is in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia. The temple was begun by Antoninus Pius in 141 and was initially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife, Faustina the Elder. When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161 AD, the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina at the instigation of his successor, Marcus Aurelius. The ten monolithic Corinthian columns of its pronaos are 17 metres high. The rich bas-reliefs of the frieze under the cornice, of garlanded griffons and candelabri, were often copied from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

Source: Photograph released to the public domain.
1 commentsJoe SermariniAug 07, 2018
Greek, S.Hurter.Lions and lionesses Eagles and a few heads,Essays in honour of Charles Hersh group I,3 this coin9 viewsCaria Uncertain Mid 5th century BC,AR Obol7.5 mm 0.69g 6h Head and foreleg of lion left.Rev eagle flying right within incuse square.Grant HJul 25, 2018
Greek, S.Hurter.Lions and lionesses Eagles and a few heads,Essays in honour of Charles Hersh group II,22 this coin8 viewsCaria Uncertain mid 5th century BC,AR Obol 7.5 mm 0.71 g2h,Head and foreleg of lion right.Rev facing head of lion.Grant HJul 25, 2018
Turkey, Istanbul, Hagia Sophia at Night17 viewsSimonJul 22, 2018
Turkey, Istanbul, Hagia Sophia , picture from 2nd Floor14 views1 commentsSimonJul 22, 2018
Roman Empire, MAXIMIANUS. Commemorative Follis of Ostia. Struck A.D.310 - 312 under Maxentius7 viewsObverse: IMP MAXENTIVS DIVO MAXIMIANO PATRI. Veiled head of Maximianus facing right.
Reverse: AETERNA MEMORIA. Temple with domed roof surmounted by eagle, right door ajar; in exergue, MOSTS.
Weight: 5.2gms
RIC VI : 26

The temple depicted on the reverse of this coin is in all probability the Temple of Divus Romulus begun by Maxentius around A.D.311 but left unfinished on his death in A.D.312.
*AlexJul 19, 2018
Parthia, Elymais, Kamnaskires IV6 viewsAR hemidrachm
c. 63/2-54/3 BC
2.02 gm.
Obv: Diademed and draped male bust left with full beard, horse head mintmark
Rev: Belos or Zeus seated left on throne, holding small Nike in his outstretched right hand and a scepter in his left hand; no monogram; date off flan
Vanít Haaff 8.3.3-1.a (this coin, page 73 of the ďCatalogue of Elymaean CoinageĒ by P.A. vanít Haaff, published by CNG, Inc., 2007)
Robert L3Jul 15, 2018
Greece, Lavreotiki, Thorikos10 viewsTheatre of Thorikos
Unique due to its shape which comprises an elongated layout with an oval orchestra, the theatre was built in the late 6th century BC and it is the earliest found so far in Greece. The theatre was excavated by the American School of Classical Studies in 1886.
Grant HJul 15, 2018
Greece, Lavreotiki, Thorikos7 viewsMetallurgy roadGrant HJul 15, 2018

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0138, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XIX IMP III COS III, Roma seated left,416 views037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0138, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XIX IMP III COS III, Roma seated left,
avers:- M-ANTONINVS-AVG-ARMENIACVS, Laurate head right.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XIX-IMP-III-COS-III, Roma seated left, holding palladium and scepter.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 18mm, weight: 2,86g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date:165 A.D., ref: RIC-III-138, p-224, C-481, Sear-,
4 commentsquadrans
ROMAN EMPIRE, Balbinus AR Denarius46 viewsRIC IVb 1, RSC 5a, 238 A.D.
2.72 g, 18 mm
IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate draped bust right
CONCORDIA AVGG, concordia seated left holding patera & cornucopiae
Mark Z
ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian16 viewsLucius Domitius Aurelianus
ROMAN EMPIRE, Faustina II, AE Sestertius9 viewsRIC 1651 *Numis-Student