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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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, Constantine I, Follis - RIC VII Trier13210 viewsConstantine I, AE follis, Trier. 317 AD.

IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI, Sol standing right, head left, chlamys
spread over both shoulders, holding globe and raising right

T-F across fields.
Mintmark BTR

RIC VII Trier 132.
1 commentsMarcelo LealJul 23, 2017
Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.7 viewsBillon centenionalis, unpublished obverse variant; cf. Bastien Lyon XIII, 155-6 and 159-61; RIC VII Lyons 202 - 204, gF, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, weight 3.451g, maximum diameter 18.8mm, die axis 0o, as caesar, 322 - 323 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust left, spear pointed forward in right, shield in left; reverse BEAT TRAN-Q-LITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS / XX in three lines, three stars above, PLG in exergue; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection

Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear. David Sear notes, "a previously unpublished variant of the series listed by Bastien (Le Monnayage de l'Atelier de Lyon) on pages 163 and 164, numbers 155-6 and 159-61 (cf. RIC vii, p. 134, 202-4)...good F, rare and interesting as an unpublished obverse variant."
1 commentsJoe SermariniJul 23, 2017
Roman Empire, Clodius Albinus, AE as, RIC 61a var.1 viewsThe coin is known by one other example, sold by Sotheby's. This obverse legend with ALBIN undivided on the obverse is from one die out of the 9 known dies for the type. The coin is published in Curtis Clay's Oxford thesis.
Joe SermariniJul 23, 2017
BYZANTINE, ANDRONICUS, HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1989 DOC 8 CLBC 5.4.3 2 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless. Nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and sagion; holds in r hand labrum headed scepter, and in l. globus cruciger.

Size 18.78 mm

Weight 2.7 gm

A wonderful example of a rare coin. This style exists with multiple sized dies, the largest at 17mm is the most common. There is also smaller 15mm ( Technically, unlisted in all catalogs.) and this example has the smallest die at 12mm ,with a large and pleasing flan.

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.38 gm to 2.46 gm with sizes from 15mm to 18mm.
SimonJul 23, 2017
BYZANTINE, ISAAC II ANGELUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 9 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field


Weight 5.3 1gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm

Nicest example I have ever seen, just added to my collection, almost perfect except for wear on the Virgins face VF/EF
1 commentsSimonJul 20, 2017
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III, 336-323 BC ĖDrachm - Signed Die6 viewsAR Drachm (16mm, 4.26g): Price 2090A

Obv.: Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, K on skin behind ear

Rev.: AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus seated left, holding scepter and eagle; monogram in left field.
This drachm is a lifetime issue from Miletos, circa 325-323 BC. It is signed by the artist who placed a "K" on the lion skin headdress behind Alexander's ear.

One could say Ho Hum just another drachm of Alexander III, however this coin is a little more interesting than most. From Roma Numismatics Limitedís 2012 description of a specimen it sold Ė ďExtremely Rare. Only two specimens noted in ADM I (both in the ANS collection). This, and an equally rare contemporary issue at Magnesia ad Maeandrum are the only two instances of signed dies struck for Alexander.Ē

I was able to find two specimens in auction records. The Roma Numismatics Limitedís 2012 specimen in ACSEARCH (donít use Price 2090A in the search use ďsigned dieĒ). The Roma Numismatics Limitedís 2012 specimen should really be listed here, as pleased as I am with my specimen the Roma Numismatics Limitedís specimen is truly superior. The second specimen I found was this specimen in the NGC ancient coin auction records. The specimen shown here was sold twice in 2015 by Heritage I purchased the coin from the second sale.
Richard M10Jul 18, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, SABINA, 1618A MYSIA, Hadriani ad Olympum, Ae 27 Athena standing5 viewsReference
RPC --; Von Fritze --

Obv. СΑΒΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑСΤΗ (same obv die as RPC III 1816)
Draped bust of Sabina, r., with hair coiled and piled on top of head above double stephane

Athena standing facing, head l., holding out Nike and resting hand on shield

9.47 gr
27 mm
okidokiJul 10, 2017
Roman Empire Provincial, Caracalla - Laodicea ad Lycus, Phrygia2 viewsAE 36
Lucius Aelius Pigres asiarch
211 - 217 AD
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind
Agnostic table with prize urn and palm on top; knives at sides; kantharos under table
ex Aurea
Johny SYSELJul 06, 2017
JUDAEA, Ascalon. Hadrian ∆ 23 mm 131-32 ad Tyche-Astarte10 viewsReference.
RPC III, 4014A; De Saulcy --; Yashin, Ascalon to Raphia, --

Issue Year 235

Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Tyche-Astarte standing right on galley, holding scepter and aphlaston; to left, incense altar; to right, dove in r. field.

12.54 gr
23 mm
okidokiJul 01, 2017
Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetardrachm circa 415-405 BC 24mm 16.75g19 viewsSlow quadriga driven right by charioteer,the nearside horse with head held high,the farside horse head lowered.Wreath of olive above,crane flying right in exergue.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right{river god Gelas}with thick wavy beard,swimming,large barley grain above.This coin was struck just before the destruction of the city by the Carthaginian in 405 BC,from which Gela never fully recovered,and it is thought that the quadriga on the obv is to show Gelons victory in the Olympic games of 488 BC.This coin is the only specimen recorded from this die combination,and is the plate coin in the standard reference Jenkins the coinage of Gela.Group IX 482 O95/R1921 commentsGrant HJun 21, 2017
Roman Empire, Claudius ∆ As RIC I 11333 viewsRoman Empire, Claudius ∆ As RIC I 113Claudius. AD 41-54. ∆ As (30mm, 10.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 42-43. TI CLAVDIVS ē CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left / LIBERTAS AVGVSTA, S C across field, Libertas, draped, standing right, holding pileus with left hand and extending right. RIC I 113; von Kaenel Type 77; BMCRE 202-5; BN 230-2.

Ex CNG, Ex Gorny & Mosch 204 (5 March 2012), lot 2102.
3 commentsCurtis H2Jun 21, 2017
Roman Empire, Vespasian AR Denarius17 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius (18.08 mm, 3.50 g, 6h). Rome, AD 75.
Rev: Pax seated l., resting l. elbow on throne and holding branch.
RIC II.1 773 (this coin)
Ex Vecchi sale 13, 1998, 757.
1 commentsorfewJun 14, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Egypt, Alexandria Vespasian AE Diobol 8 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Diobol circa 70-71 (year 3), ∆ 26.5mm., 9.15g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Bust of Isis r.; in front, LΓ.
RPC 2430 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 14, 382 (this coin).
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Auction #30, Lot 283, April 02, 2017
orfewJun 12, 2017
Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius Sestertius54 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.
6 commentskcMay 25, 2017
Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 44 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.13 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

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AVKTR(?) and ΠPY120 viewsBITHYNIA. Prusias (?). Domitian (?). ∆ 26. A.D. 81-96 (?). Obv: Laureate head right; countermark (1) before face. Rev: Countermark (2). Note: .All coins noted by Howgego with these countermarks are from Domitian and are attributed to Prusias or Bithynia in Genere (which, in turn, may have been from Prusias also). CM(1): Monogram of AVKTP (?), in rectangular punch, 6 x 4 mm. Howgego 608 (8 pcs). CM(2): Monogram of ΠPY, in square punch, 7 mm. Howgego 630 (3 pcs). All coins countermarked with (1) are also countermarked with (2). Collection Automan.Automan
ROMAN EMPIRE, SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS, AR Denarius4 viewsFabiusMaximus
GREEK, SICILY, HIMERA, AE Hemilitron56 views440-404 BC
3.62 Ė grams
Obv.: Head of nymph Himera left, wearing sphendone, six dots/pellets before face
Rev.: 6 pellets within laurel-wreath
Sear 1110

I was overjoyed to get this specimen. What pleases me about this coin is the extreme sharpness of its details. On the obverse the hair detail is bold and complete while on the reverse the veins in the leaves are bold and jump out at you. The boldness of these very fine details just points out the sharpness of the strike. In addition the both sides are well centered with no missing details.
Richard M10
Athena (helmeted bust)151 viewsCILICIA. Flaviopolis. Domitian. ∆ 28 (2 Assaria). A.D. 89/90 (year 17 of era of Flaviopolis). Obv: ΔOMETIANOC-KAICAP. Laureate bust right; countermark in front of head. Rev: ΦΛAYI-OΠOΛEI-TWN-ETOYCZI. Laureate and draped bust of the Dioskuri face to face, each with star on forehead. Ref: BMC 1; Sear SGI 861; SNG Levante 1529. Axis: 360į. Weight: 14.03 g. CM: Helmeted bust of Athena right, in rectangular punch, 4 x 6 mm. Howgego 190 (21 pcs).Automan