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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Last additions - Coin Collecting Theme Galleries
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Greek, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 425-415 BC. AR Nomos20mm, 7.25 g, 6h
Taras, nude, extending hand and holding shield, riding dolphin left; scallop shell below.
Taras, as Oikistes, seated left, balancing spindle on extended hand and holding strigil with lekythos.
Fischer-Bossert Group 18, 269 (V125/R202); Vlasto, Taras, Type 53C; Vlasto 244–5 (same dies); HN Italy 844; SNG Ashmolean 233 (same dies).
Old cabinet tone, typical die wear on reverse. VF.
Very rare, only 7 noted by Fischer-Bossert, no additional pieces in CoinArchives (except for the present coin).

Ex Matthew Curtis Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 460, 29 January 2020), lot 17.
1 commentsLeoSep 13, 2021
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Roman Empire, CLAUDIUS II Gothicus. Commemorative AE3 of Thessalonika. Struck A.D.317 - 318 under Constantine IObverse: DIVO CLAVDIO OPTIMO IMP. Laureate and veiled head of Claudius facing right.
Reverse: REQVIES OPTIMORVM MERITORVM. Claudius seated facing left on curule chair, raising right hand and holding sceptre in left; in exergue, •TS•Γ•.
RIC VII : 26 (r5)
EXTREMELY RARE
*AlexAug 31, 2021
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CITY COMMEMORATIVE, CONSTANTINOPOLIS AE3 ISSUE of Nicomedia. Struck A.D.330 - 335 under Constantine IObverse: CONSTANTINOPOLI. Laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis wearing imperial mantle facing left and holding sceptre over left shoulder.
Reverse: No legend. Victory standing facing left, right foot on prow, holding sceptre and shield with dot in centre; in exergue, SMNA (A = First officina).
Weight: 2.31gms
RIC VII : 196
SCARCE
*AlexAug 31, 2021
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CITY COMMEMORATIVE, CONSTANTINOPOLIS AE3 ISSUE of Siscia. Struck A.D.330 - 333 under Constantine IObverse: CONSTANTINOPOLIS. Laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis wearing imperial mantle facing left and holding sceptre over left shoulder. Crescent in crest of helmet.
Reverse: No legend. Victory standing facing left, right foot on prow, holding sceptre and shield with dot in centre; in exergue, BSIS.
RIC VII : 224
*AlexAug 31, 2021
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CITY COMMEMORATIVE, CONSTANTINOPOLIS AE3 ISSUE of Lugdunum. Struck A.D.335 under Constantine IObverse: CONSTANTINOPOLIS. Laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis wearing imperial mantle facing left and holding sceptre over left shoulder.
Reverse: No legend. Victory standing facing left, right foot on prow, holding sceptre and shield; in exergue, PLG.
RIC VII : 241 | Weight: 2.4gms
RARE
*AlexAug 31, 2021
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River God CaysterThe Lydian River god Cayster (Kaistros), father of Ephesus. From the frigidarium of the Vedius Gymnasium at Ephesus. Izmir Archaeological Museum. Photo William Hooton August 2021. Will A. HootonAug 27, 2021
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Marcus AureliusBust of Marcus Aurelius. Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Photo William Hooton August 2021. Will A. HootonAug 27, 2021
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BalbinusBust of Balbinus. Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Photo William Hooton August 2021. Will A. HootonAug 27, 2021
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Domitian A somewhat odd, colossal bust of Domitian, part of a collosal statue. Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Photo William Hooton August 2021. 2 commentsWill A. HootonAug 26, 2021
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Artemis Ephesia. Known as the beautiful Artemis Ephesia, in the Ephesus Archaeological Museum, it is one of 4 cult statues found in the Prytaneion in 1956, of Roman 1st century manufacture.

Photo William Hooton August 2021.
Will A. HootonAug 26, 2021
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LiviaBust of Livia, wife to Augustus. Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Photo William Hooton August 2021.Will A. HootonAug 26, 2021
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CommodusBust of Commodus. Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Photo William Hooton. Will A. HootonAug 26, 2021

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Roman Empire, Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3730, RIC V-I ???, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORD MILIT, -/-//XXIT, Bust-B1, Emperor and Concordia, #1110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3730, RIC V-I ???, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORD MILIT, -/-//XXIT, Bust-B1, Emperor and Concordia, #1
avers:- IMP-C-M-CL-TACITVS-AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed, (B1).
revers:- CONCORD-MILIT, Emperor togate stg. r., clasping the hand of Concordia stg. l., (EmpCo1).
exerg: -/-//XXIT, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,34g, axes: 7h,
mint: Siscia, issue-4., off-3., date: 275 A.D., ref: RIC-V-I-., T-(Estiot)-3730, C-, LV 2164
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras272-240 BC (Period VIII - The Roman Alliance)
AR Didrachm (18mm, 6.6g)
Lykinos magistrate.
O: Naked boy on horse pacing left, placing wreath on horse's head; ΣY (engraver) above, AYKI - NOΣ (magistrate) in two lines below.
R: Taras astride dolphin left, hurling trident with right hand, chlamys wrapped around left arm; owl behind; TA-PA[Σ] below.
Vlasto 836 / Evans VIII, A8 / Cote 473 / SNG ANS 1165 / SNG Cop 916 / SNG France 1999 / HN Italy 1025 / Sear 374v
ex Olympvs Coins

Following Pyrrhus’ withdrawal Taras was forced to submit to a Roman garrison in 272 BC, the period of this coin.

2 commentsEnodia
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan Denarius - Jupiter (RIC II 298)AR Denarius
Rome 115-116 AD
2.98g

Obv: Laureate draped bust of Trajan (R)
IMP TRAIANO OPTIMO AUG GER DAC PM TRP PP

Rev: JUPITER stg (L) holding thunderbolt and sceptre, protecting Trajan who holds a branch.

Minted after the Antioch earthquake in 115 AD; Trajan was in the city at the time and was lucky to survive. Cassius Dio recounts - "Great numbers were suffocated in the ruins. Those who lay with part of their body buried under the stones or timbers suffered terribly, being able neither to live any longer nor to find an immediate death... Trajan made his way out through a window of the room in which he was staying. Some being, of greater than human stature, had come and led him forth, so that he escaped with only a few slight injuries; and as the shocks extended over several days, he lived out of doors in the hippodrome"
COS VI PP SPQR


RIC II 298 RSC 108
1 commentsOptimo Principi

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