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Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more.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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Members' Coin Collection GalleriesClassical Numismatic Discussion Board Members may create their own free Personal Ancient Coin Gallery. No limit to the number of coins added. More is better!
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Faustina I, 8 viewsFaustina I
Ar denarius; 3.18g; 17mm

draped bust right

Ceres standing left, holding short torch and sceptre

RIC 362var (veil);RSC104a
3 commentsRobin AyersMar 19, 2019
Stavraton7 viewsJohn VIII Palaeologus. 1425-1448. AR Stavraton (23.5mm, 6.92 g, 2h). Constantinople mint. Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator; barred IC XC across field; no sigla / Crowned facing bust of John. SB 2564PaleologosMar 19, 2019
SPHINX COLLECTION4 viewsTop row: Chios, Ionia; Chios Ionia; Chios, Ionia
Middle row: Spain, Castulo; Caria, Canus; Troas, Gergis
Bottom row: Chios; Ionia; Egypt; Alexandria (A. Pius)
2 commentslaneyMar 19, 2019
Domitian RIC-82132 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Rome mint, 96 AD
RIC 821 (R2). BMC 237D. RSC 297b.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XVI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva, winged, flying l., with spear and shield
Ex jerusalemhadaya2012, eBay, 4 March 2019.

Domitian achieved tribunician power for the 16th time on 14 September 96 AD. He was assassinated in a palace plot four days later on 18 September. In between those two dates the mint struck only one issue of denarii recording Domitian as TR P XVI, needless to say they are extremely rare! The Senate decreed Damnatio Memoriae within a day of Domitian's assassination which would have quickly halted production at the mint for his coinage. The months leading up to Domitian's assassination saw the mint at Rome experimenting with many new reverse designs (altar, winged Minerva, Maia, temple reverses), breaking the monotony of the four standard Minerva types that had previously dominated the denarius. These new types are exceedingly rare and were perhaps experimental in nature. This denarius shows one of these new reverse types, Minerva Victrix, a more warrior like attribute of the goddess. The fact that this new type which originally appeared on the denarius when Domitian was TR P XV carried over to the briefly struck TR P XVI issue alongside the Maia and the M1, M3, and M4 Minerva types may hint that there was indeed change in the air at the mint. Perhaps the mix of new types with the older ones hint at a transition regarding the typology on his precious metal coinage? Regardless, the experiment was cut short by an assassin's blade, so we shall never know. This denarius may very well be the last coin ever struck for Domitian.

Fine late style with good natural toning. Same dies as the BM specimen.
7 commentsDavid AthertonMar 19, 2019
RIC 1579 Domitian15 viewsCAESAR DOMIT COS II
Laureate head left

in laurel wreath

Rome, 74 AD


RIC 1579 (C)

These orichalcum coins were minted in Rome and circulated predominantly in Syria. A scarce coin with a fantastic portrait and lovely patina. Even nicer in hand.
6 commentsJay GT4Mar 18, 2019
RIC 357 Vespasian by Titus15 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head of Vespasian right

SC on circular shield supported by two capricorns back to back, globe below

Rome 80 AD

RIC 357 (C2);Sear 2569

19mm 3.4g


Issued by Titus in honour of his father Divus Vespasian
2 commentsJay GT4Mar 18, 2019
Domitian AR Denarius6 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Rome mint
82 CE (First Issue)
18.5 mm, 3.09 g
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VIII P P, winged thunderbolt on draped table
RIC 101; RSC 597; BMC 26.
2 commentsorfewMar 18, 2019
7 views1 commentslaneyMar 18, 2019
12 CAESARS DENARII6 views1 commentslaneyMar 18, 2019
Ivstitia Dl2 viewsObverse: IMP SEV ALE_XANDER AVG
Bust laureate right,
Reverse: IVSTITIA AVGVSTI SC exergue
IVSTITIA draped, seated on throne, holding patera in right hand and sceptre in left
BMC 612-4 (Slightly draped), RIC 563
Weight, 24.10g; die axis, 12h.
mix_valMar 18, 2019
Pontif Max III, Providentia wand, globe and cornucopia Cldc1 viewsObverse: IMP CAES M AVR SEV ALEXANDER AVG
Bust laureate right, draped
Reverse: PONTIF MAX TR P_III COS PP, SC in exergue
Providentia draped, standing front, head left, legs crossed, leaning on column, holding in right hand wand over globe at feet left and in left hand cornucopiae
BMC 174 draped, RIC 416
Weight, 11.31g; die axis, 6h.
Reverse appears to me as a die match to my Cld specimen
mix_valMar 18, 2019
RIC 0644 Titus34 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP PON TR P COS II CENS, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS / S C (in field), Victory advancing right on prow of ship holding wreath and palm
AE/As (28.51 mm 10.406 g 6h) Struck in Rome 73 A.D.
RIC 644 (R), BMCRE 677, BNF 691 (Vespasian)
From the Shlomo Moussaieff collection
ex Gorny & Mosch e-auction 263 Lot 3614
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianusMar 18, 2019
RIC 0272 Domitianus38 viewsObv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST, Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm
AR/Quinarius (15.08 mm 1.409 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80.81 A.D.
RIC 272 (R), BMCRE 104, BNF 81 (Titus), RSC 620
From the Shlomo Moussaieff collection
ex Gorny & Mosch e-auction 263 Lot 3616
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianusMar 18, 2019
Probus2 viewsEQVITI Series II of Ticinum, I, QXXI.
Silvered antoninianus, Choice aEF, 4th officina, Ticinum mint, ; obverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG , radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear across shoulder in right, shield on left; reverse MARTI PACIF, Mars advancing left, holding olive-branch, shield and spear, I left, QXXI in ex; sharp strike with full circles centering, much silver remaining; Ticinum mint EQVITI series II - The letter `I` in the reverse field is the fourth letter of the codeword EQVITI. The letter `Q` in the exergue indicates this coin was struck by the fourth officina (mint workshop). The letters of the word EQVITI are coded in the mintmarks of coins from all the officinae of the mint, with the specific letters of the codeword assigned to each officina in order corresponding with their officina numbers. This codeword probably refers to cavalry. It may be AEQVITI truncated because there were only six officinae in operation. RIC V 509.
simmurrayMar 18, 2019
Umayyad Caliphate. Anonymous (Post Reform) (77-132 A.H., 696 -750 A.D.)1 viewsWalker BMC 850; SNAT Palastina 45-54. Album 185

AE fals, al-Ramla mint, undated; 2.84 g., 19.46 mm. max., 180

Obv.: la Ilaha / illa Allah / wahdah (= There is no god but Allah) in three lines within double circle with striations.

Rev.: Muhammed / rasul / Allah (= Muhammad is the prophet of Allah), in three lines within circle, tree to right; Arabic inscription circling.
StkpMar 17, 2019
Umayyad Caliphate. Anonymous (Post Reform) (77-132 A.H., 696 -750 A.D.)1 viewsWalker BMC 812-815; Album 174

AE fals, Domashq/Damascus mint, undated; 1.94 g., 15.92 mm. max.

Obv.: Six-petal flower in circle, Arabic script around.

Rev.: Pentagram in circle, Arabic script around.
StkpMar 17, 2019

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SAECVLARES AVG, Hippopotamus, RIC 116b11 viewsOtacilia Severa AR Antoninianus. Rome A.D. 248. OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed draped bust right on crescent / SAECVLARES AVG, Hippopotamus standing right, IIII in ex. RIC 116b, RSC 63.Podiceps
FA027138-0202201-I484. Constantine I AE Follis. Ticinium Mint. Marti Conservatori.24 viewsObv: IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG; bust B5; laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: MARTI CON - SERVATORI; Mars standing right, leaning on spear and resting hand on shield.
Mint marks: *│ST
21.0mm; 3.8g; 180 deg.
Minted 313 AD.
RIC VII 12; R5.
Calabria, Taras, Nomos, Vlasto 85337 viewsSilver Nomos
Obv: Naked boy-horseman prancing right, crowning horse with right, AGAQA/RCOX below.
Rev: Taras naked seated on dolphin left, extending kantharos in right, cornucopia in left, TARAS below, race torch behind
Minted in Calabria, Taras from .c. 270 - 240 B.C.
Reference: HN Italy 1028, Vlasto 853, SGCV I 375 var

Slabbed by ICG - EF40


Photographed through slab. Still deciding whether to free it from the tomb.
1 commentsmaridvnvm
EB0035 Nymph / Prow4 viewsEuboia, Histiaia 3rd Century BC, AR Tetrobol.
Obverse: Head of Nymph Histiaia right., wreathed with vine.
Reverse: Nymph seated upon the stern of a galley; trident head at lower left, [M below].
References: BMC 47.
Diameter: 14mm, Weight: 2.183g.