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Coin Collecting Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more. These galleries are free for all to post coins. No cost registration is required. Suggestions for new gallery themes are welcome.
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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Hadrian Aureus, RIC 251Hadrian AD 117-138. Struck AD 134-138. Rome
Aureus AV
HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, draped bust right / IOVI V-I-CTORI, Jupiter seated left on high-backed throne, holding Victory on globe in right hand and sceptre in left.
18 mm, 7,24 g
RIC 251 c. Cohen 863, BMC 658, Calico 1276
1 commentsThomas LJan 21, 2022
Michael VII 'signed' follis (SB 1878) struck over an Anonymous Class G follis
7.5gm 25mm

This coin was struck such that the folds of Mary's garment around her left elbow are on top of Christ's head AND are just about the only clear design element from the understrike remaining on that side!
Christ's new hairstyle looks fantastic!

==> I've named this coin "Crazy Hair Christ".
Kevin PJan 21, 2022
Emperor PiggySB 63 (Justin I) or 158 (Justinian I) struck over an uncertain "M" coin
15.2gm 30mm

What I think is part of the "M" from the understrike can clearly be seen in front of the emperor's face where the field in front of his nose normally is. In this case, the shape produced looks just like a pig's snout to me!

==> I've named this coin "Emperor Piggy"
Kevin PJan 21, 2022
Alexander III half unitAlexander III
Life time AE half-unit, uncertain Macedonian mint.
Obv- Apollo
Rev- Prancing horse bellow and AΛEΞAN above.
336-323 BC.
Price 356
1 commentsJay A2Jan 21, 2022
Laureate head left

Ceres seated left with corn ears, poppy and torch

Rome, after July 1, 79 AD

RIC 23 (R3)

Ex-Biga Online auction 7, lot 768

This is the third known example of an extremely rare type. One from the Harry Sneh collection sold at the Gemini IX sale, 8 January, lot 333 (RIC reference coin, no image). The second example is found in the David Atherton collection. This being the 3rd, shares both obverse and reverse dies with the Atherton coin.
5 commentsJay GT4Jan 20, 2022
Gordian III , AbgarReign: Gordian III Persons: Gordian III (Augustus)
City: Edessa Region: Mesopotamia Province: Osroene
Denomination: Æ (24 mm) Average weight: 9.05 g. Issue: Royal coinage (AD 239–42)
Obverse: ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟϹ ϹƐΒ; laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III, r., seen from rear; in front, star
Reverse: ΑΒΓΑΡΟϹ ΒΑϹΙΛƐΥϹ; draped bust of Abgar X, r., wearing tiara; behind, star
Reference: Babelon 96 Specimens: 63 ,RPC VII.2 №: — (unassigned; ID 2952)
Waldemar SJan 20, 2022
Gallienus 253-268 ADaw. GALLIENVS AVG
rew. FORTVNA REDVX: Fortuna, draped, standing left, holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left hand
RIC V Gallienus 193
data A.D. 260 - A.D. 268 nominał -Antoninian, mennica-Rzym
Waldemar SJan 20, 2022
*AlexJan 20, 2022
177 - 192, COMMODUS, AE Sestertius, Struck 185 at Rome alluding to BritanniaObverse: M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS BRIT, laureate head of Commodus facing right.
Reverse: P M TR P X IMP VII COS IIII P P. Draped figure of Victory, seated on pile of shields, facing right, holding a long stylus in her right hand and supporting a shield on her left knee with her left hand; S – C in field; VICT BRIT in exergue.
Diameter: 29.5mm | Weight: 20.12gms | Die Axis: 12h
RIC III: 452 | RCV: 5826 | Cohen: 946 | BMCRE: 560

*AlexJan 20, 2022
Mysia Kyzikos hemihekte550-500 BC - dolphin over tunny. My last tiny tiny coin.1 commentsChance VandalJan 20, 2022
Phoenicia, Arados 332-320 B.CAE 20.61mm (Thickness 3.62mm), weight 8.32g, die axis = 9h (270 degrees).

Obverse: Alexander III The Great; Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.

Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, bow in quiver, club, AP monogram below.
AradosJan 20, 2022
Domitian RIC-650Æ As, 8.53g
Rome mint, 88-89 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI; S C in field; Virtus stg. r., foot on helmet, with spear and parazonium
RIC 650 (C). BMC 417. BNC 454.
Acquired from Marc Breitsprecher, January 2022.

The Virtus type was struck repeatedly on Domitian's middle bronzes from 84 onwards. I. Carradice in his 1983 monograph on Domitian's coinage says the following concerning the type - 'Virtus is a military type, symbolic of the courage of Domitian and the mutual devotion between the army and emperor.' Virtus first appears on the coinage in the flurry of Germania Capta types that were struck soon after Domitian's German triumph.
David AthertonJan 20, 2022

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Unknown Ruler, ca. 150 - 200 AD,AE dr., 2,95gr., 14,96mm;
Sellw. 93.6-8, Shore 479; Koch 12A, ##128 - 184;
mint: Abarshahr, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/2-strand diadem, knot, and triangular loop; med.-long billowing hair, comb like crest, med.-long beard, handlebar mustache, cheek hair; earring cons. of ring and pellet; border from 9 - 11 is dissected by crescent w/pellet at 10:30h;
rev.: helmeted, plump archer, right, against stool like seat, w/bow in extended hand, mint mark A over Π below; in left field V, E, L, and traces of other letters around rim;

ex: H. Hass, GER.
USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 1839"WBM" in script initials. Ex-"shelbind" (eBay). Total number of 1839 dimes struck at all mints = 2,376,115.lordmarcovan
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2018) (plate coin)Septimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 18, 3.59g, 17.68mm, 210°
Laureate head r.
Eros, nude, winged, with crossed legs stg. r., leaning with both arms on inverted
burning torch set on heap of stones
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov (engl.)
c) Hristova/Jekov (2018) No. (plate coin)
rare, F+, dark green patina

A rather scarce obv. with an unusual legend.

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