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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Collecting Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more.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!


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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


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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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


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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


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Campgates, city gates, temples, etc., post your monumental coins here.

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Ancient Women


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Women of the ancient world depicted on ancient coins.

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Coin Zoo - Animals


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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


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A gallery of mythology. Please include information about the deity and their attributes.

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Historical Coins


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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


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Ancient but not official.

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Roman Mint Style Examples


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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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Countermarks


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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


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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


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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


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Statues, temples, mountains and other things that were depicted on ancient coins.

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Ancient Sites Photo Gallery


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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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PROBUS RIC 553 after cleaning0 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: PROVIDENT AVG
BUST TYPE: E1 = radiate, cuirassed, helmeted bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: B/-//-
WEIGHT: 3.46g / AXIS: 12h / DIAMETER: 20-22mm
RIC: 553
COLLECTION NO. 1235

8th KNOWN SPECIMEN TO ME (one sold on EBAY on 2008-05-18 + 6 Examples IN VEMANIA ISNY II HOARD)

This coin is part of the scarce first phase of Ticinum’s 6th emission (according to Pink’s emission classification) with greek numerals of officinae not accompanied by the XXI monetary reform mark. In the much more common and abundant second phase of 6th emission the greek numerals were followed by the XXI mark in the exergue.
Barnaba6Nov 18, 2018
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PROBUS RIC 368 VAR. F19 BUST RRR after cleaning0 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI INVICTI AVG
REVERSE: FIDES MILIT
BUST TYPE: F19
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//VIXXT
WEIGHT 3.05g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH: 21-24mm
RIC: 368 VAR. (F19 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 33
ONE OF ONLY 4 KNOWN SPECIMENS IN THE WORLD (INFORMATION FROM S.ESTIOT + MY OWN DATABASE)
Barnaba6Nov 18, 2018
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PROBUS RIC 849 VAR. PERPETVO IMP C PROBO AVG after cleaning0 viewsOBVERSE: PERPETVO IMP C PROBO AVG
REVERSE: PROVIDEN DEOR
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: */KAΔ
WEIGHT 4.08g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 22-23mm
RIC 849 VAR. (PERPETVO IMP C PROBO AVG UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1195

Ex. S. Luethi collection

Extremely rare and desirable obverse legend.

This is only the 2nd specimen of this type in my Probus database
Barnaba6Nov 18, 2018
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PROBUS RIC 437 E2 BUST after cleaning0 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS AVG (Virtvs dressed as amazon, holding victoria)
BUST TYPE: E2 = radiate, cuirassed, helmeted bust left, holding spear and shield; seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//QXXT
WEIGHT 3.89g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 23mm
RIC: 437
COLLECTION NO. 1244

8th known specimen of this type known to me
Barnaba6Nov 18, 2018
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PROBUS RIC 368 VAR. F1 BUST after cleaning1 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI INVICTI AVG
REVERSE: FIDES MILIT
BUST TYPE: F1 = Radiate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//VIXXT
WEIGHT 4.05g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH: 21-23mm
RIC: 368 VAR. (F1 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1247

ONLY 2ND KNOWN SPECIMEN TO ME (THE OTHER BEING IN C. OLIVA COLLECTION)
Barnaba6Nov 18, 2018
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MPR 020 VAR. MARTI PACIFERO (UNLISTED IN MPR WITH B BUST!!!) after cleaning0 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: MARTI PACIFERO
BUST TYPE: B = Radiate, cuirassed bust right
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXIΔ
WEIGHT 3.52g / AXIS: 6h / DIAMETER: 20-23 mm
RIC: unlisted with this reverse type
J.GUILLEMAIN, MONETAZIONE DI PROBO A ROMA (276-282 d.C.): unlisted !!!
S. ESTIOT / PH. GYSEN RN 2006: 1 ex. only cited
COLLECTION NO. 1257

Ex. S. Luethi collection

Note: extremely rare and desirable reverse type struck during Rome's first emmission.

This is only the second example of this type (with B bust) known to me (the other being cited by S.Estiot and Ph. Gysen in RN 2006).
Barnaba6Nov 18, 2018
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2018) 8.14.38.05-08 cf.1 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 27, 11.73g
struck under governor Ovinius Tertullus
obv. .AV.K.L.CEPT. - CEVHROC.PE (PE ligate)
Bust, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind, laureate, r.
rev. VPA.OOV.TERTVL - LOV.NIKOPOLIT.PROC I.
Tyche, in long garment, stg. frontal, wearing kalathos, looking, l., holding in l. arm
cornucopiae and in extended r. hand rudder
ref. a) not in AMNG
cf. AMNG I/1, 1280 (for the type only)
b) not in Varbanov
cf. 2759 (= AMNG 1280)
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018):
rev. cf. No. 8.14.38.5-8 (for the type only)
obv. e.g. No. 8.14.1.29 (same die)
probably unpublished
rare, F, dark green patina
JochenNov 18, 2018
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EB0068 Helios / Rose1 viewsRhodes, CARIA, AR Didrachm, c.250-229 BC.
Obverse: Helios Radiate Head Three Quarter Face.
Reverse: MNAΣIMAXOΣ above, P O below, Rose on its stem, with a button on the right; in the field, left, Athena Niképhore standing left.
References: Pz. 2704, Delpierre 2764, SNG Cop.765, BMC 143.
Diameter: 21mm, Weight: 6.495g.
Ex: Ariagno Collection.
EBNov 18, 2018
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hhj8.26.10.060 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: AVT K M AVP [ANTΩNINOC], laureate draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
Rev: NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPON, Hermes nude, standing frontal, head left, with chlamys over left shoulder and caduceus in left arm, purse in right hand.
13 mm, 2.97 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.10.6
Charles MNov 18, 2018
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hhj8.26.22.180 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: [AV T M] AVP ANTΩNE[INOC], laureate head right.
Rev:VΠ NOBIOV POVΦOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN →(ΠP)OC IC, in left upper field, TPO, in right upper field, N, Glykon nimbate, head right, in 4 elaborate coils.
25 mm, 13.02 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.22.18
Charles MNov 18, 2018
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hj6.28.21.03_31 viewsElagabalus and Julia Maesa
Marcianopolis

Obv: AVT. K. M AVPH ANTΩNEINOC. IOVΛ[IA MAICA AVΓ], laureate head of Elagabalus on left facing draped bust of Julia Maesa on right .
Rev: VΠ IOVΛ.[ANT. CEΛEV KOV ]MAPKIANOΠOΛI →TΩN, Hygeia standing right, feeding snake from patera. E in left field.
23 mm, 10.11 gms

Hristova-Jekov 6.28.21.3
Charles MNov 18, 2018
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hj6.28.22.05_21 viewsElagabalus and Julia Maesa
Marcianopolis

Obv: [AVT K M AVP ANTΩN]EINOC AVΓ IOVΛIA MAICA AVΓ, laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus on left facing draped bust of Julia Maesa on right .
Rev: VΠ I(OV)Λ ANT CEΛEVKOV MAPKIANOΠO →ΛITΩN, serpent with 4 coils, head right. E in upper left field.
25 mm, 11.23 gms

Hristova-Jekov 6.28.22.5
Charles MNov 18, 2018
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Julia Domna, 213 AD, RIC IV C3902 viewsRIC IV C390, RSC III 230, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108
Obverse: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, looped plait from ear around back of neck
Reverse: VESTA, Vesta standing facing, head left, veiled, palladium in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand

The most lifelike portrait I've seen on a Julia Domna coin
1 commentsSteven HNov 18, 2018
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EB0064 Lion / Aphrodite1 viewsKnidos, CARIA, AR Drachm circa 411-394 BC.
Obverse: Forepart of roaring lion right.
Reverse: Head of Aphrodite right, hair bound in sphendone decorated with flowers; within incuse square; A to left.
References: Cahn Series 92 (V45/R63); SNG Helsinki 138; SNG Copenhagen 252.
Diameter: 17mm, Weight: 6.113g.
EBNov 18, 2018
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Staff and Feather - Denarius, Crawford 130/1a1 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 206-200 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; In front, Staff; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Below, feather symbol; in exergue, “ROMA”.
Mint: Uncertain
Weight: 3.90 gm.
Reference: Crawford 130/1a
Provenance: Numismatica Ibericoin, 6-Jul-11

Comments:
Staff and feather. One of the few early denarii with a symbol on both the obverse and the reverse. Crawford differentiates 130/1a from 1b with a curl on the left shoulder. In this example it is just a blip at 5:30. Well centered and nearly complete but for a weak area in the near horse’s hind legs at 8:00 reverse. Really lovely surfaces and old toning, AEF.
Steve B5Nov 18, 2018
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EB0067 Zeus / Eagle1 viewsStratonikeia, CARIA, AR Hemidrachm circa 88-85 BC. Pythias, magistrate.
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right.
Reverse: ΠYΘEAΣ, Eagle standing left; Σ-E across fields, crown of Isis to left; all within incuse square.
References: SNG von Aulock 8151; Meadows Group A, 117-122.
Diameter: 14mm, Weight: 1.375g.
EBNov 18, 2018

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