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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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ISLAMIC, Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575 (Tim Wilkes plate coin)14 viewsTim Wilkes plate coin, Islamic Coins And Their Values, illustrated on page 123 as #1243.

Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575. (1170-1180 AD).
15.72 gm; 31 mm

Obverse: Helmeted male head left
Reverse: Kalima around.

Reference: S&S Type 61; Album 1861.2. Icv 1243 (this coin illustrated), Zeno #67807 (this coin)

Ex-CNG, Sale 84, lot #1688.
Ex-VAuction, Pars Coins Sale 5, lot #269
4 commentsIstinpolinFeb 14, 2020
Roman Empire, Domitian RIC 597 8 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
Ex: Harlan Berk Vcoins 2005 cc50283.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

Carradice, I. A. & Buttrey, T. V. (2007) Roman Imperial Coinage. Description of this coin on page 306. This coin pictured in plate number 128.
2 commentsorfewFeb 01, 2020
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #23311 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 430-425 BC. AR Nomos

20.5mm, 7.21 g, 4h
Taras, nude, riding dolphin left, holding akrostolion; below, fish left / Taras, as Oikistes, seated left, holding strigil with lekythos and distaff downward, at which cat, to left, jumps. Fischer-Bossert Group 17, 255h (V120/R191) = Vlasto 233 = Walcher von Molthein 115 (this coin); Vlasto, Taras, Type 47B; HN Italy 844; Jameson 104 (same dies). Old cabinet tone, scattered marks. Near VF. Very rare, only 13 noted by Fischer-Bossert, no additional pieces in CoinArchives.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Michael Pandely Vlasto Collection; Léopold Walcher de Molthein Collection (Cahn 9, 25 February 1901), lot 2598.
1 commentsLeoJan 30, 2020
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #4756 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 385-380 BC. AR Nomos

22mm, 7.88 g, 12h
Nude youth on horse leaping right; A to lower left, P to lower right / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos, riding dolphin left; X below, Ω above tail. Fischer-Bossert Group 31c, 471b (V199/R356) = Vlasto 475 = M.P. Vlasto, “Monnaies rares ou inédites de Tarente de ma collection” in RBN 1899, p. 150, 7 and pl. VI, 7 (this coin); HN Italy 880; Winterthur 225 (same dies). Old collection tone, minor flan flaws, small die break on reverse. Good VF.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection, 475.
LeoJan 30, 2020
Roman Empire, Philip I AR Antoninianus Aequitas - Superb Strike and Art - 15 viewsPhilip I AR Antoninianus.
Rome Mint: AD 244-249.
Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand, cornucopia in left.
References: RIC 27b.
Size: 24 MM, 3.02 Gr.
Very Slight double strike on obverse, otherwise a complete strike ( FDC ).

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSamJan 26, 2020
14 viewsAttica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. Circa 454-404 BC.
Head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, wearing round earring with central boss
Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ before; all within incuse square.

Kroll 8; Dewing 1591-8; SNG Copenhagen 31.

Diameter: 26 mm, 7h
Weight: 17.18g
2 commentsthomcoinJan 14, 2020
Nero RIC 5338 viewsNero. AD 54-68. Æ As. Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck circa AD 66.

IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P, Bare head right, small globe at point of bust
GENIO-AVGVSTI, Genius standing half-left, sacrificing from patera over lighted altar and holding cornucopia.

RIC I 533; BMCRE 370; WCN 591.

Diameter: 30 mm
Weight: 9,44 g
1 commentsTomasz KJan 14, 2020
BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2059 34 viewsOBV Figure of St. Helen Nimbate, turned slightly to the r. wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on long shaft in l. hand

REV Full-length figure of St. Constantine turned slightly to the l. wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on a long shaft in r. hand and in l. , anexikakia.

20mm 2.28gm

Almost as Struck,
SimonJan 09, 2020
ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius II Gothicus Antoninianus, Cyzicus5 viewsClaudius II Gothicus Antoninianus

Radiate, cuirassed bust right. Three dots below.

Roma seated left, holding Victory and sceptre, shield beside her. SPQR in exergue.


Unlisted by RIC. Only one other example found after considerable research (this on Wildwinds)
Harry GDec 23, 2019
Jordan, Jerash (Ancient Gerasa), The Oval Forum in Jerash, and the Cardo Maximus8 viewsThe Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, the Oval Forum in Jerash, and the Cardo Maximus, with modern Jerash in the background.

Ancient Greek inscriptions from the city support that the city was founded by Alexander the Great and his general Perdiccas, who allegedly settled aged Macedonian soldiers there during the spring of 331 BC, when he left Egypt and crossed Syria en route to Mesopotamia. However, other sources, namely the city's former name of "Antioch on the Chrysorrhoas, point to a founding by Seleucid King Antioch IV, while still others attribute the founding to Ptolemy II of Egypt.

After the Roman conquest in 63 BC, Jerash and the land surrounding it were annexed to the Roman province of Syria, and later joined the Decapolis league of cities. The historian Josephus mentions the city as being principally inhabited by Syrians, and also having a small Jewish community.[19] In AD 106, Jerash was absorbed into the Roman province of Arabia, which included the city of Philadelphia (modern day Amman). The Romans ensured security and peace in this area, which enabled its people to devote their efforts and time to economic development and encouraged civic building activity.[20]

Jerash is considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. And is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the "Pompeii of the Middle East" or of Asia, referring to its size, extent of excavation and level of preservation.

Jerash was the birthplace of the mathematician Nicomachus of Gerasa (Greek: Νικόμαχος) (c. 60 – c. 120 AD).

In the second half of the 1st century AD, the city of Jerash achieved great prosperity. In AD 106, the Emperor Trajan constructed roads throughout the province, and more trade came to Jerash. The Emperor Hadrian visited Jerash in AD 129–130. The triumphal arch (or Arch of Hadrian) was built to celebrate his visit.

The city finally reached a size of about 800,000 square meters within its walls. The Persian invasion in AD 614 caused the rapid decline of Jerash. Beneath the foundations of a Byzantine church that was built in Jerash in AD 530 there was discovered a mosaic floor with ancient Greek and Hebrew-Aramaic inscriptions. The presence of the Hebrew-Aramaic script has led scholars to think that the place was formerly a synagogue, before being converted into a church.

Azurfrog, 2 November 2013
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Joe SermariniDec 05, 2019
Roman Empire, Philip I, AD 244-249.Secular Games10 viewsPhilip I. AD 244-249. AR Antoninianus (21mm, 3.80g, 6h). Ludi Saeculares (Secular Games) issue, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome. Rome mint, 5th officina. 9th emission, AD 248. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Stag standing right; V in exergue.1 commentsXLiDec 02, 2019
Roman empire, Hadrian, 117-138. An as. 26-24 mm. 3 views26-24 mm. 12.30 grams. CLEMENTIA AVG COS III PP
BMC 1436.
ex NFA auction 17, June 1986, lot 824
Sear Roman Coins and Their Values II, 3677, this coin.
WarrenNov 29, 2019

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius II Gothicus36 viewsClaudius II AE Antoninianus. Antioch, AD 268-270. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate head left / IVNO REGINA, Juno standing left, peacock at her feet. Cohen 133. RIC 212L

*AAH* Claudius II AE Ant "Juno" *FTN Claudius II "Gothicus" AD 268-270 AE Antoninianus "Claudius is a strong and valiant leader." Obv: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG - Radiate head left Rev: IVNO REGINA- Juno standing left, peacock at her feet. Antioch mint: AD 268-270 = RIC Vi, 212L, page 229 - Cohen 133 *FTN = First time notice of the listing of this RIC type by AAH (02July04)2.80g.
Italy, Rome, Forum of Augustus161 viewsIt includes the Temple of Mars UltorJohny SYSEL
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARUS. Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.282 - 283.22 viewsObverse: A K M A KAPOC CEB. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Carus facing right.
Reverse: No legend. Dikaiosyne standing facing left, holding scales and cornucopiae; LA in upper left field, (= regnal year 1 = A.D.282 - 283).
GICV : 4774 | Geissen: 3161 ff. | Dattari: 5565 f. Weight: 7.71gms.