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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Sicily Akragas Ar Tetradrachm
C. 470-440 BC
Obverse: Eagle standing left.
Reverse: Crab.
Ref: Randazzo 13
Weight: 16.82g
Size: 26mm
1 commentspaul1888Feb 03, 2023
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UncertainAE double sestertius
Uncertain mint (struck)
IMP C POSTVMVS P[.]
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
GERMANICVS MAX V
Trophy of arms with two seated captives below
Bastien -; Méricourt L’Abbé hoard 196 (reverse die duplicate)
mauseusFeb 03, 2023
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280cfAE double sestertius
Uncertain mint (cast)
IM CASS LAT POSTVMVS PF AVG (sic)
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
PAX AVG
Pax walking left
Bastien - (cf 280)
mauseusFeb 03, 2023
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217AE double sestertius
Trier Mint
IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS PIVS F AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
HERC DEVSONIENSI
Figure of Hercules within tetrastyle temple
Bastien 217 (reverse die duplicate)
mauseusFeb 03, 2023
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341AE double sestertius
Atelier II
IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS PIVS F AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
IOVI PROPVGN[....]
Jupiter left, head turned back, hurling thunderbolt
Bastien 341 (reverse die duplicate)
mauseusFeb 03, 2023
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157AE double sestertius
Atelier II
IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS PF AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
FIDES MILITVM
Fides standing left with two standards
Bastien 157
mauseusFeb 03, 2023
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55AE sestertius
Trier Mint
IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, rays incised into head
VIRTVS AVG
Mars standing right holding vertical spear and leaning on shield
Bastien 55
Incised rays on obverse in antiquity to try and pass the piece as a double sestertius
mauseusFeb 03, 2023
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Philip I, ZeugmaPhilip I, 244-249 AD
Ae 29-30mm; 14.29g
Zeugma, Commagene

AVTOK K M IOVΛI ΦΙΛΙΠΠOC CЄB,
laureate, draped and bust to right

ZЄVΓMATЄΩN,
tetrastyle temple atop hill;

exergue, capricorn to right.

SNG Cop. 32, SNG München 434
1 commentsarizonarobinFeb 03, 2023
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Huszár 569 var., Pohl 114-11 var., Unger 443l var., Réthy II 116 var., Frynas H.26.4 var., Lengyel 26/2/11 var., Tóth 3.6.1.11 var.Hungary. Maria/Mária (1382-1387 solo reign; 1387-1395 with husband Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg)

AR denár, .66 g., 14.74 mm. max., 0°

Obv: + mARIE • R • VnGARI [antiqua-style letters A without interior bars], Crown with S below

Rev: + mOnETA mARIE: [antiqua-style letters A without interior bar], Patriarchal cross with pellets

As both sides carry a titular legend, there is no consensus regarding obverse and reverse. Huszár, Pohl and Toma identify the side with the crown as the obverse whereas Unger, Réthy, Frynas, Lengyel, Tóth and Gyöngyössy identify the side with the patriarchal cross as the obverse.

The type was struck in 1383-1387 (per Lengyel) or in 1384-1395 (per Huszár, with Unger and Frynas agreeing that it incepted in 1384) or in 1385-1395 (per Pohl), and is traditionally viewed as the last of three denarii struck by Maria. More recently, it has been viewed as the second type struck by her (after Huszár 565 and before Huszár 566), per Lengyel, Tóth, Gyöngyössi and Toma. Those with an S below the crown were possibly struck in Syrmien in 1386-1395 (per Pohl) or in 1385 by János Szereszen (per Lengyel).

No coins of this type were contained in the Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard, found in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly, Kolozsvár, Hungary), in 1934.

Huszár/Pohl rarity 5; Unger rarity 10; Frynas rarity C. This precise obverse/reverse legend combination is not recorded in any of the catalogs.
1 commentsStkpFeb 03, 2023
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040c02. Herennius EtruscusAs Caesar. AR Antoninianus. Obv: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, radiate draped bust right. Rev: PRINC IVVENT, Apollo seated left holding branch and resting arm on lyre. RIC 144b, RSC 20. A FORUM coin.lawrence cFeb 03, 2023
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Antony and Octavian ThessalonicaMark Antony and Octavian. Bronze, Thessalonica (year 5) circa 37 BCE,
Draped bust of Eleutheria r. Rev. Nike advancing l., holding wreath and palm. SNG Copenhagen 374. RPC 1551.
1 commentsjimbomarFeb 03, 2023
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040a06. Trajan DeciusÆ Sestertius (29mm, 1h). Rome mint, 1st officina. 2nd-3rd emissions. Laureate and cuirassed bust right / Dacia standing left, holding staff surmounted by dragon's head. RIC IV 112a. Die shift. From the Robert W. Bartlett Bequest Sold for the Benefit of the ANS. Ex Berk BBS 19 (30 March 1982), lot 327. CNG Keystone Auction 4, Lot 241.lawrence cFeb 03, 2023

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Aphrodite and Ares on Cilician AR Stater of Satrap PharnabazosCirca 380-374/3 B.C.(21mm, 10.39g, 11h). Struck circa 380-379 B.C. Casabonne series 3; Moysey Issue 3, 3-5 var. (dolphin on obv.); SNG France 246 var. (rev. legend). Obverse Head of nymph facing three-quarters left. Reverse Helmeted head of Ares left, Aramaic PRNBZW to left. Near EF, toned, struck from a slightly worn obverse die.

Ex CNG.

There is still an ongoing debate whether who represent the obverse and reverse of this coin type of Pharnabazos. The obverse obviously was inspired by the renowned Syracusan tetradrachm of Kimon, whose three-quarter facing head of the nymph Arethusa was widely copied throughout the ancient world. A handful of ancient poleis adopted this style to represent their local nymph or goddess on their coins. A perfect example is the numerous coins of Larissa in Thessaly representing the local nymph of the same name. It is possible to assume then that the obverse of our coin might be another female deity other than Arethusa. A current opinion holds that the obverse represents Aphrodite, the goddess of love; and the reverse depicts Ares, the god of war. The two were known in ancient mythology as lovers, and commonly paired together on ancient coins. Of special note on this coin is the reverse: while most coins of this type display static male heads with little originality, the reverse die is probably from a special issue marked by superior style and executed with extreme delicacy. It has been suggested (Leu Auction 81, lot 317) that the head of Ares may be a disguised portrait of Pharnabazos himself.

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002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RIC I 267, Brundisium or Rome, AR-Quinarius, ASIA RECEPTA, Victory standing left on cista mistica, #1002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RIC I 267, Brundisium or Rome, AR-Quinarius, ASIA RECEPTA, Victory standing left on cista mistica, #1
avers: CAESAR IMP VII, Bare head of Augustus right,
reverse: ASIA RECEPTA, Victory standing left on cista mistica, holding wreath and palm branch, on either site snake.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13-13,5mm, weight: 1,64g, axes: 1h,
mint: Brundisium or Rome, date: 29-27 B.C., ref: RIC-I-276, C-14,
Q-001
quadrans
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09. Elagabalus year V. Denarius, Jan. 1 - Mar. 11, 222 AD, Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG / Laureate bust of Elagabalus.
Reverse: PM TR P V COS IIII P P / Elagabalus standing, sacrificing over an altar, holding a patera and club. Star in field.
3.49 gm., 19 mm.
RIC #52.

This coin is from the last two and a half months of Elagabalus' reign. The reverse die shows damage due to "die clashing." An outline of the back of Elagabalus' head can be seen under COS IIII.
Callimachus

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