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Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more.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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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BCC Gr51 viewsDemetrias by the Sea
1st Century BCE
Obv:Turreted, veiled bust of Tyche rt.
Rev:LA / (Δ)Η Aphlaston
Diameter 17.5 x 16mm.  Thickness: 2.5mm.  
Weight: 3.45gm. Axis:0
Reference: Kushnir-Stein no. 6
Extremely rare. Additional Caesarea
Papers by Lampinen and Stieglitz also
discuss these coins. The original article
calling attention to a Seleucid coastal
town named Demetrias was published
by H. Seyrig in 1950. The possible
locations of this city in Southern
Phoenicia are controversial. One
suggestion has been Strato's Tower,
predecessor to Caesarea M. Research
into the origin of these coins is on-going,
and any ideas are welcome. Surface find,
Caesarea Maritima, 1972.
v-dromeNov 17, 2018
BCC CM352 viewsCaesarea Maritima
Trajan Decius 249-251CE
DECIVS AVG Laureate, draped bust right.
Altar with palm and olive tree behind.
AE 28 X 26mm 14.75gm.
Kadman #154
v-dromeNov 16, 2018
Ilkhanid: Abu Sa'id (1316-1335) AV Dinar, AH722, Wasit Mint (Album 2202, Type D; Diler 502; ICV 2133)2 viewsObv: Arabic legend within pentafoil - ﺿﺮﺏ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻳﺎﻡ ﺩﻭﻟﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﻠﻄﺎﻥ ﺍﻻﻋﻈﻢ ﺍﺑﻮﺳﻌﻴﺪ ﺑﻬﺎﺩﺭﺧﺎﻥ ﺧﻠﺪﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻣﻠﻜﻪ (Struck in the days of prosperity of the Supreme Sultan Abu Sa‘id Bahadur Khan, may God perpetuate his sovereignty); date within arms of pentafoil - ﺳﻨﺔ ﺍﺛﻨﺘﻴﻦ ﻭﻋﺸﺮﻳﻦ ﻭﺳﺒﻌﻤﺎﺋﺔ (year twenty two and seven hundred)
Rev: Arabic legend in multiple lines - ﻻ ﺍﻟﻪ ﺍﻻ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ (There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the apostle of Allah); ﺿﺮﺏ واسط above and below ﻣﺤﻤﺪ (Struck at Wasit above and below Muhammad); names of the four “Rightly Guided” Caliphs at 12:00 ﺍﺑﻮﺑﻜﺮ (Abu bakr), at 3:00 ﻋﻤﺮ (Umar), at 6:00 ﻋﺜﻤﺎﻥ (Uthman), at 9:00 ﻋﻠﻰ (Ali)
Quant.GeekNov 16, 2018
WWI Service Medal City of San Francisco5 viewsInscribed to: "E. E. NICHOLSON"

Conjoined busts of a Doughboy wearing helmet and a sailor facing left.: SAN FRANCISCO TO HER WARRIOR SONS 1919

Makers Mark: GRANAT BROS 980/1000 Silver (GRANAT BROS is still a large jeweler in the San Francisco Bay Area)

Date: 1919

Size: approximately 2"h x 1.25"w x 1/16"d

Weight: 12.4 grams.
Matt InglimaNov 16, 2018
Antiochus II Theos1 viewsarash pNov 16, 2018
Antiochus I Ekbatana mint0 viewsRarearash pNov 16, 2018
Demetrios I0 viewsarash pNov 16, 2018
Antiochus III0 viewsarash pNov 16, 2018
Seleukos I Ekbatana mint1 viewsRare ex CNG 2001arash pNov 16, 2018
Antiochus VII0 viewsarash pNov 16, 2018
Al-Walid I Mint Mahayy 96 AH0 viewsarash pNov 16, 2018
Dog symbol - Denarius, Crawford 122/21 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 206-195 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Below, Dog symbol; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.93 gm.
Reference: Crawford 122/2
Provenance: VAuctions sale 287, 13-SEP-2012, Lot 164; Ex. Goodman Collection, CNG 43, 24-SEP-1997, Lot 1405.

Dog symbol. Scarce issue, Flan crack 10:00 obverse, 2:00 reverse, otherwise, complete and GVF.
Steve B5Nov 15, 2018
Khusro II, SK, RY 362 viewsex Hoard found in Afghanistan arash pNov 15, 2018
Hormizd IV, YZ, RY 120 viewsex Hoard found in Afghanistanarash pNov 15, 2018
Varhran II with queen and prince0 viewsex CNG Rarearash pNov 15, 2018
Narseh 0 viewsex Hoard found in Afghanistan Rare with mint mark below fire altararash pNov 15, 2018

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Bronze weight for a gold excellente, busts of Ferdinand and Isabella31 viewsBronze coin weight, c. 1500. Bronze weights, Bronze weight for a gold excellente, 2.856g, 21.3mm, obverse confronted busts of Ferdinand and Isabella in a circle of parallel dashes; reverse, shield. Probably made in the Low Countries, but found in England. Ex FORVMPodiceps
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0057.0017, -/-//XXI•P•, Bust B/F, RIC V-II 734, AE-Antoninianus, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female and Emperor, #1196 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0057.0017, -/-//XXI•P•, Bust B/F, RIC V-II 734, AE-Antoninianus, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (B/F).
reverse: RESTITVT ORBIS, Probus standing left on right, holding globe and sceptre, facing Orbis to left, holding wreath.
exergue: -/-//XXI•P•, diameter: 21,5-22mm, weight: 3,86g, axes: 6h,
mint: Siscia, 9th. emission, date: 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 734, p-96, no star, Alföldi 0057.0017,
Gordian III and Tranquillina as confronted busts.
Tyche seated left on rock holding branch with river god swimming at her feet. The centaur, Sagittarius, above facing left and discharging bow.
30 gm 32.2 mm 238-244 AD Sear (GIC) 3804
Macrinus and Diadumenian, Markianopolis, Serpent26 viewsBronze pentassarion, Varbanov Vol I, p. 144, 1214; SNG Cop 226, aVF, 10.790g, 26.5mm, 180°, Marcianopolis mint, obverse AU K OPPEL CEUH MAKPEINOC K M OPPEL ANTWNEINOC, laureate head of Macrinus right facing bare-head of Diadumenian left; reverse UP PONTIANOU MARKIANOPOLEITWN, snake in four coils with head erect, E left; brown patina, flan crack
ex Wallace Widtman, ex FORVM
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