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Theme Galleries Galleries for various coin collecting themes, including best of type, masterpiece portraits, unpublished coins, plate coins, historic women, architectural, animals, and many more.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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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

163 files, last one added on Oct 06, 2019

Ancient Women


Women of the ancient world depicted on ancient coins.

163 files, last one added on Dec 11, 2017

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.

180 files, last one added on Nov 12, 2017

The Pantheon - Gods, Goddesses and Personifications


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

173 files, last one added on Jan 21, 2017

Historical Coins


Share your historically significant coins. Along with posting photos of the coin, please describe the historic event related to the coin.

82 files, last one added on Aug 28, 2019

Ancient Counterfeits and Barbarous Imitations


Ancient but not official.

218 files, last one added on Feb 22, 2019

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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Temp. Philip V & Perseus. 187-168 BC. AR Tetrobol of Amphipolis0 viewsMacedon, Temp. Philip V & Perseus. 187-168 BC. AR Tetrobol (2.60 gm) of Amphipolis. Club in center of Macedonian shield MA - KE. / Macedonian helmet w/ cheek guards. Monograms: BE  ΔI ꞮΩ  ❊ (Zoilos, magistrate). aXF.   Pegasi 129 #85. SNG Cop. 2 #1285; HGC 3.1 #324; AMNG III/2 p.10 #1 (plate II #9); Gaebler ZfN 20 (1897) p.180 #10 (plate VI #13); Liampi, Schild M39a; Pozzi 978. AnaximanderOct 23, 2019
Roman Protectorate, First Meris. 167/158-149 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Amphipolis0 viewsMacedon, Roman Protectorate, First Meris. 167/158-149 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.88 gm) of Amphipolis. Macedonian shield w/ diademed bust of Artemis Tauropolos r. / Macedonian war club, ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ - ΠΡΩΤΗΣ, all within oak wreath. Thunderbolt to l., monogram ΣΙΔΡ above, TKP & TYE below. gVF.  CNG EA 367 #180. AMNG III/1 p.58 #179; HGC 3.1 #1103; Prokopov Silver 357 (O77/R282). cf. SNG Cop 2 #1314-1315 (monogram 8 variant). AnaximanderOct 23, 2019
Roman Protectorate. First Meris. 167/158-149 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Amphipolis0 viewsMacedon, Roman Protectorate. First Meris. 167/158-149 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.89 gm) of Amphipolis. Macedonian shield w/ diademed bust of Artemis Tauropolos r. / Macedonian war club, ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ - ΠΡΩΤΗΣ, all within oak wreath. Thunderbolt to l., monogram ΣΙΔYΡ above, TKP & TYE below. gVF.   ACNAC Dewing 1220; AMNG III/1 p. 57 #176; Liampi, Schild M 55; Macdonald Hunter 4; McClean 749; SNG Ashmolean 3299; SNG Manchester 749. cf Prokopov Silver 213-229; SNG Cop 2 #1314-1315 (monogram 10 variant). AnaximanderOct 23, 2019
Aesillas. Roman Quaestor. 90-75 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Thessalonica0 viewsMacedon, Aesillas. Roman Quaestor. 90-75 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.24 gm) of Thessalonica. Alexander the Great r., with horn of Amon and streaming hair. ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ below, Θ behind. / Macedonian war club b/w cista (fiscus, money chest) and sella (curule chair), AESILLAS Q above, all enclosed in wreath. VF.  Traces of luster and pitting. ACNAC Dewing 1224-1225; AMNG III/I #223; Bauslaugh Gp VI O42A/187; HGC 3.1 #1110; McClean II #3716-3717 (plate 138 #10-11); SNG Cop 2 #1330; SNG Fitzwilliam 2346-2350; SNG Lockett 3303-3309. AnaximanderOct 23, 2019
Ottoman Empire. Abdulaziz. Kurush (Silber). (1277 - 1293 H. / 1861 - 1876). 1 views(18 mm / 1,13 g.)

Vs: Tughra.
Rs: Münzstätte, Jahr und Jahr des Regierungsantritts.

OC 32-021-03.

Ruslan KOct 23, 2019
Ottoman Empire. Murad I. Akce. (763 - 791 H. / 1362 - 1389).1 views15 mm. 1,27 g.
Ohne Jahr. Ohne Prägestätte.
Vs: Murad bin Orhan. Oben und unten Knoten.
Rs: Hüllide / Drei Linien / mülkühü.

Nuri Pere 8; Numos Typ 3;Ehlert S. 56 ff.;Damali 3-G3.
Ruslan KOct 23, 2019
1509 - 1547, HENRY VIII, AR Half-groat, Struck 1515 - 1530 at York, England under Archbishop Thomas (Cardinal) Wolsey0 viewsObverse: HENRIC•VIII•D•G•R•AGL•Z•F•. Youthful profile crowned bust of Henry VIII facing right within circle of pellets. Mint-mark: Voided cross.
Reverse: CIVITAS EBORACI. Shield bearing coat-of-arms on cross fourchée; T - W in upper field divided by shield; galero (cardinal's hat) below.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.0gm | Die Axis: 8
Virtually uncirculated but with a dark, almost black, tone
SPINK: 2346

The T W on the reverse of this coin refers to Thomas Wolsey, known to posterity as Cardinal Wolsey, one of the most powerful figures at the court of Henry VIII. Although this coin is undated, the issue of Henry VIII's second coinage only began in 1526 and so, since Cardinal Wolsey died in 1530, it must have been struck between those two dates.

Cardinal Wolsey
When Henry VIII became King of England in 1509 he appointed Thomas Wolsey to the post of Almoner, a position that gave him a seat on the Privy Council and an opportunity for establishing a personal rapport with the King to such an extent that by 1514 Wolsey had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state. In 1515, he was awarded the title Archbishop of York and this, followed by his appointment that same year as Cardinal by Pope Leo X, gave him precedence over all other English clerics. His ecclesiastical power advanced even further in 1523 when the Bishop of Durham, a post with wide political powers, was added to his titles.
After Wolsey attained the position of Lord Chancellor, the King's chief adviser, he had achieved more power than any other Crown servant in English history and during his fourteen years of chancellorship Wolsey, who was often alluded to as an alter rex (other king), used his power to neutralise the influence of anyone who might threaten his position..
In spite of having made many enemies, Cardinal Wolsey retained Henry VIII's confidence until, in 1527, the King decided to seek an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so that he could marry Anne Boleyn. Henry asked Wolsey to negotiate the annulment with the Pope and in 1528 the Pope decided to allow two papal legates, Wolsey himself and Cardinal Campeggio, to decide the outcome in England. Wolsey was confident of the outcome, but Campeggio took a long time to arrive, and then he delayed proceedings so much, that the case had to be suspended and the Pope decided that the official decision should therefore be made in Rome and not in England.
After his failure to negotiate the annulment, Wolsey fell out of favour with Henry and in 1529 he was stripped of his government office and property, including the magnificent Palace of Hampton Court, which Henry took as his own main London residence.
Wolsey was however permitted to retain the title of Archbishop of York and so he travelled to Yorkshire, for the first time in his career, to carry out those duties.
Now that he was no longer protected by Henry, Wolsey's enemies, including it is rumoured, Ann Boleyn, conspired against him and Henry had him arrested and recalled to London to answer to charges of treason. But Wolsey, now in great distress, fell ill on the journey back to the capital and at Leicester, on 29 November 1530, aged about 57, he died from natural causes before he could be beheaded.
*AlexOct 23, 2019
1327 - 1377, EDWARD III, AR (billon) Denier au Leopard, struck at Bordeaux, France1 viewsObverse: + EDVARDVS : REX around beaded inner circle containing legend ANGL between two lines, Leopard facing left above, trefoil of pellets below. Cross pattée in legend.
Reverse: + DVX AQITANIE around beaded inner circle containing cross pattée. Cross pattée in legend.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 0.70gms | Die Axis: 3
Second type issue. Scarce
SPINK: 8090

Unlike English silver coins which, with few exceptions were maintained at sterling fineness, these small denomination continental coins were often debased. At the time of issue they would have had a good silver appearance, but after some use their color darkened, hence they became known as “Black Money”.
Black money coins were hastily produced in large numbers and often poorly struck. They were the common circulating medium at the time and consequently they became very worn so that, during the ensuing years during which there were frequent re-coinages, they were the first into the melting pot. Surviving examples are therefore now quite rare and most of those that have survived are of a low grade.

Edward III was King of England from January 1327 until his death. He is noted for his military success and for restoring royal authority after the disastrous and unorthodox reign of his father, Edward II. During his long reign Edward III transformed the Kingdom of England into one of the most formidable military powers in Europe. His reign also saw vital developments in legislation and government, in particular the evolution of the English parliament, though it also saw the ravages of the Black Death.
Edward was crowned at the age of fourteen after his father was deposed by his mother, Isabella of France, and her lover Roger Mortimer. But at the age of seventeen he led a successful coup d'état against Mortimer, whom he executed, and began his personal reign.
In 1337, after a successful campaign in Scotland, Edward declared himself the rightful heir to the French throne which started what was to become known as the Hundred Years' War. Following some initial setbacks, the first part of this war went exceptionally well for England, the victories at Crécy and Poitiers led to the highly favourable Treaty of Brétigny in which, though Edward renounced his claim to the French throne, England made great territorial gains. However Edward's later years were marked by international failure and domestic strife, largely as a result of his inactivity and poor health.
Around 29 September 1376 Edward fell ill with a large abscess and, after a brief period of recovery, the king died of a stroke at Sheen on 21 June. He was succeeded by his ten-year-old grandson, King Richard II, since Edward's son, heir and Richard's father, the Black Prince, had predeceased Edward on 8 June 1376.
*AlexOct 23, 2019
1216 – 1272, Henry III, AR Penny, Struck 1217 - 1242 at London, England (Short cross type)0 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX around central circle enclosing a crowned, draped and bearded facing bust of Henry III holding a sceptre tipped with a cross pommee in his right hand.
Reverse: + GIFFREI ON LVND. Voided short cross dividing legend into quarters, crosslets in each quarter of inner circle. Cross pattée in legend. Moneyer: Giffrei, cognate with the modern English name of Geoffrey.
Issue type 7c, distinguishable by the degraded portrait and large lettering.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.1gms | Die Axis: 4
SPINK: 1356C

Henry III was the eldest son of King John and came to the throne at the age of nine. He was king of England from 1216 until his death in 1272, ruling longer than any other English monarch until the reign of George III.
Henry expressed a lifelong interest in architecture and much of what constitutes the Tower of London today is a result of Henry’s work, he added several towers and a curtain wall to expand the White Tower beginning in 1238. Westminster Abbey however, is considered to be Henry's greatest building work. The project began in 1245, when Henry sent his architect Henry de Reynes to visit the French cities of Rheims, Chartres, Bourges and Amiens and Paris’s royal chapel Sainte-Chapelle to learn the Gothic technique that he much admired.
The Westminster Abbey that stood previously on the site had been erected by Edward the Confessor in 1042. Edward the Confessor was a hero of Henry’s, and he probably named his son (the future Edward I) after him. The foundations and crypt are still those of Edward the Confessor’s Abbey, but everything above ground today is the building begun by Henry III. The tomb of Edward the Confessor was moved to a new position of honour in 1269 at the very centre of the new abbey, and when Henry III died in 1272 he was buried beside Edward’s shrine in the exact position the bones of his hero had lain for 200 years.
*AlexOct 23, 2019
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RIC 1137 Vespasianus15 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right; globe under the neck
Rev: S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS, in four lines, in oak wreath
AE/Sestertius (35.24 mm 25.21 g 6h) Struck in Lugdunum (Gaul) 71 A.D.
RIC 1137 (R), BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Künker Auction 326 Lot 1352
FlaviusDomitianusOct 23, 2019
Julia Domna. AR Denarius. AD 211-217.1 viewsRome mint, (2.82g, 19mm, 1h). IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right / VENVS GENETRIX, Venus seated left, extending right hand and holding sceptre in left. RIC 388 (Caracalla); RSC 212; BMCRE 23b (Caracalla).

Near Extremely Fine.

From a private European collection.

Ruslan KOct 23, 2019
Julia Domna. AR Denarius. AD 211-217.1 viewsRome mint, (3.44g, 20mm, 1h). IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right / DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, holding torch in both hands. RIC 373A (Caracalla); C. 32; RSC 32; BMCRE 1 (Severus).

Near Extremely Fine; attractive toning.

Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co. KG, September 2010.

Ruslan KOct 23, 2019
Ilkhans, Uljaytu, AH 703-716 (AD1304-1316). AR 2 dirhams 1 views(4.22 gm; 27 mm). Jajarm mint. Dated AH 710 (AD 1310/11). Album 2188 type C. Choice AU. Lustrous. Rare.
Ruslan KOct 23, 2019
Timurid, Timur, with Sultan Mahmud, AH 800-803. AR Tanka.0 views(5.78 gm; 26 mm). Unclear mint (Arzinjan?). Dated AH 803. Toned. Very Rare.Ruslan KOct 23, 2019
REVERSE: VIRTVS AVGVSTI (Virtvs dressed as amazon, with one breast nude, holding sceptre and leaning on shield)
BUST TYPE: E1 = radiate, cuirassed and helmeted bust left, holding spear and shield
WEIGHT 4.89g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 23mm
RIC: Unlisted
J.GUILLEMAIN, MONETAZIONE DI PROBO A ROMA (276-282 d.C.), 2009: 152 (1 EX.)

Ex Ph. Gysen collection

Only 2nd example of this type known!
1 commentsBarnaba6Oct 22, 2019

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Elagabalus, Bucther 476 (var)11 viewsAntioch mint, Elagabalus, 218-222 A.D. AE, 26mm 11.77g, Bucther 476 (var) (a, b or c = no symbol, star or crescent in left reverse field).
O: AYTKMAAYANTWNINOCCEB (var), laureate bare bust left, drapery on far shoulder
R: ANTIOXEWNMHTPOPKOLWNI (var) , Tyche of Antioch, veiled and turreted, seated left on rock, holding corn ears and resting left hand on rock. Below River God swimming left. In field on either side of Tyche D - E / S - C. Sometimes, symbol before.
BCC BW1127 viewsIslamic Weight
Bronze 2 Dirhem
Obv: Arabic inscription: ‘IMRAN
عمرا ن
Rev: Blank
Brick shaped, ends and sides bulged.
13.0 x 9.0 x 6.0mm.
Elagabalus Marcianopolis in 4 Lines17 viewsElagabalus, Assarion, Marcianopolis, struck 218-222 AD, 18mm, 2.48g, AMNG 934, Varbanov 1372, Zhekov/Jekov (R4)
REV: MAP / KIANO / ΠOΛEI / TΩN, (MAP KIANO pOLEI TwN) City legend in four lines with dot border.
RIC 0356 Domitian AE Sestertius137 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT PP
Laureate head of Domitian right

Domitian standing left holding spear and parazonium, right foot on a reclining figure of Rhenus (The Rhine)

Rome 85 AD


RIC 356 (C)

From the Enrico collection
This is the Wildwinds example
2 commentsJay GT4