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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 415-405 BC.6 views22mm, 7.88 g, 9h
Nude rider seated right on horse, which he crowns; kerykeion to right, ΛA in exergue / Phalanthos, nude, extending his hand, riding dolphin right.
Fischer-Bossert Group 21, 297 (V134/R229); Vlasto 3201 (same dies); HN Italy 851; SNG Copenhagen 803 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 150 (same dies); SNG Lockett 351 (same dies); Hirsch 190 (same dies); Dewing 137 (same dies).
Even light gray tone, with iridescence around the devices, a few marks under tone on obverse, light scuffs under tone and die flaw on reverse. Near EF. Very rare.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex William N. Rudman Collection (Triton V, 15 January 2002), lot 1040.
2 commentsLeoSep 12, 2019
Roman Empire Provincial, Commodus as Augustus, Thrace, AE21 - 2 Assarion. Added to the Wildwinds site.37 viewsPhilippopolis 177-192 A.D. 4.52g - 21.2mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: AY KOMMOΔOC ANTΩNINOC - Laureate head right.

Rev: ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛEITΩN - Apollo standing left, holding patera in left hand over lighted altar, holding olive branch in right hand.

Varbanov 995 ("Bonus Eventus"); Moushmov 5182.
Christian ScarlioliSep 03, 2019
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465--450 BC17.22 g 11h Jenkins 220 {O58/R118} The Randazzo Hoard no.41 this coin42 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,column behind marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {pistrix}
Rev forepart of man-headed bull with Nike flying right to crown flan.
The Numismatic Chronicle 1894 page 212 contributions to Sicilian Numismatics by Arthur.J.Evans.These coins of Syracusan show the pistrix in the exergue of there reverse types,the introduction of which on the Syracusan dies Dr.Head has reasonably connected with Hierons great sea victory off Cumae of 474.I am inclined to go still further than Dr. Head,and to suggest that the symbol of sea power survived on the issues of the Syracusan democracy for another two decades or more.One of the novelties supplied by the present find is the appearance of the same sea-monster in the exergual position on a coin of Gela.It may ,therefore,be reasonably brought into connection with the same historical occasion,and may be regarded as a complimentary allusion to the great citizen of Gela who now ruled at Syracuse.It is possible that a Geloan contingent participated in the naval victory over the Etruscans,the victorious occasion of the present piece is ,indeed,accentuated and brought into direct relation with Gela itself by the obverse design,on which almost alone among the coins of this city,a flying Nike is seen crowning the head of the River-God.
1 commentsGrant HAug 28, 2019
ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMINUS II as Filius Augustorum. AE Follis (Nummus) of Thessalonika. Struck A.D.308 - 3099 viewsObverse: MAXIMINVS FIL AVGG. Laureate head of Maximinus II facing right.
Reverse: GENIO CAESARIS. Genius standing facing left, holding patera in right hand and cornucopiae in left; in left field, star; in right field, delta; in exergue, SMTS.
RIC VI : 32a

Maximinus Daia was the nephew of Galerius, who made him Caesar in A.D.305. He then changed his name to Galerius Valerius Maximinus and ruled over the East and Egypt from his headquarters at Antioch. When Licinius was made Augustus in A.D.308, Maximinus demanded the title also, especially since it had been usurped by Constantine in the West. Instead, both he and Constantine received the novel rank of Filius Augustorum in late A.D.308 or early 309. Galerius though finally acceded to Maximinus' demands and he was promoted to Augustus in May, A.D.310.
This coin bears the new (and short lived) Filius Augustorum title which only appears on some coins struck for Maximinus in the West. The issues of his capital, Antioch, only stress his position as Caesar until his promotion to Augustus.
1 comments*AlexAug 24, 2019
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #11394 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Tritemorion(?) (0.47 g).
Female head left / Three crescents facing outward around central pellet. Vlasto 1139 (this coin); HN Italy 924. Near VF, toned, cleaning marks. Apparently unique.

From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ex Spink Numismatic Circular CVIII.4 (August 2000), no. 2874; M.P. Vlasto Collection, 1139; Nervenga Collection (Sambon, 18 November 1907), lot 381.
LeoAug 24, 2019
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Dichalkon 125-28 AD star within Crescent23 viewsReference.

Laureate head right.

6 ray Star within crescent

0.98 gr
13 mm
okidokiAug 20, 2019
Roman Empire, Maximinus II Daia, Augustus, AE Follis.11 viewsAlexandria 308-310 A.D. 6.77g - 26.1mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG - Laureate head right.

Rev: VIRTVS EX-ERCITVS / Γ / K-P / ALE - Virtus walking right, holding spear and trophy, shield on left arm; in fields Γ / K-P. Mintmark ALE.

RIC VI 119b

scarliAug 09, 2019
Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels19 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

Billon Double Shekel (11.8 gm).
Obv.: Wreathed head of Tanit left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace
Rev;: Horse standing right, palm behind, pellet below.

SNG Copenhagen 190; Mller 104
3 commentsTanitAug 09, 2019
Byzantine, Justinian I, Decanummium.7 viewsJustinian I Decanummium. Carthage mint, year 13 (539-40). D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AG, diademed, draped, & cuirassed bust right / Large I, surmounted by cross; to left, A/N/N/O; to right, numerals representing the regnal year X/III ; in ex. CAR

Sear 269, DO.297-8, BMC 388-93.
TanitAug 09, 2019
Byzantine, Heraclius, quarter siliqua - UNIQUE7 viewsHaraclius, AR quarter siliqua, mint of Carthage.
10 mm ; 0.25 gr.
Obv. D.N.ERACAIO PP AV (or similar). Crowned, dr. and cuir. bust facing, beardless.
Rev. Cross potent, with star in each angle.

D.O. ..., BMC ..., T ...., R ...., BN ...(but now in BN), MIB 150 ; Sear 871a

TanitAug 09, 2019
Byzantine, ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS, AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.48 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. hand. Scroll or hilt of sword

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger cr. Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper right field.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron

Size 16mm

Weight 1.7gm

DOC lists 6 examples with weights from 1.2 to 1.9 gm and sizes 15x11 to 17mm
SimonAug 04, 2019
ROMAN EMPIRE, CLAUDIUS I, AE Dupondius19 viewsObv: Claudius facing to the left.
Rev: Ceres seated left. CERES AVGVSTI
approximately 29mm in diameter and weighs 12g
1 commentsKatie MAug 01, 2019
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus IONIA Ephesus mint, Zeus seated left9 viewsReference.
RPC III, -- ; Metcalf --; cf RIC II 478 var. (obverse legends).

Bare head right.

Jupiter seated left holding sceptre in l. and cult image of Ephesian Artemis in right

9.91 gr
31 mm
okidokiAug 01, 2019
Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 280-272 BC 19 mm 6.42g 20 viewsNaked boy-rider crowning stationary horse right and lifting up fore-leg./Taras seated sideways on dolphin to left,holding out a horned helmet.On either side a twelve - rayed star.Evans the horsemen of Tarentum plate VIII no 6 Pyrrhic Hegemony this type of coin was used to pay Pyrrhus and his army of 20.000 solders in his war against Rome. For a general so renowned in antiquity Hannibal apocryphally,ranked him second behind Alexander.1 commentsGrant HJul 26, 2019
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius52 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfewJul 20, 2019
The relief of the imperial triumph (Titus driving a quadriga) Arch of Titus, Rome, Italy13 viewsThe relief of the imperial triumph Arch of Titus, Rome, Italy. The Triumphal Arch of Titus, erected in c. 81 CE by Domitian to commemorate his brother Titus' campaigns in the Jewish War (70-71 CE).

On 14 April 70 A.D. Titus surrounded Jerusalem. He allowed pilgrims to enter to celebrate Passover but this was a trap to put pressure on supplies of food and water; he refused to allow them to leave. On 10 May he began his assault on the walls. The third wall fell on 25 May. The second wall fell on 30 May. On 20 July Titus stormed the Temple Mount. On 4 August 70 A.D., Titus destroyed the Temple. The Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av mourns the Fall of Jerusalem annually on this date. Upon his arrival in Rome in 71, Titus was awarded a triumph. As depicted in relief of the imperial triumph on the Arch of Titus in Rome, Titus rode into the city in a quadriga, enthusiastically saluted by the Roman populace and preceded by a lavish parade containing treasures and captives from the war. Josephus describes a procession with large amounts of gold and silver carried along the route, followed by elaborate re-enactments of the war, Jewish prisoners, and finally the treasures taken from the Temple of Jerusalem, including the Menorah and the Pentateuch. He was accompanied by Vespasian and Domitian. Simon Bar Giora was executed in the Forum, after which the procession closed with religious sacrifices at the Temple of Jupiter.

Date 22 August 2013 for photograph
Author Jebulon
Joe SermariniJul 13, 2019

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Lucilla95 viewsLucilla

RIC 788
MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), Peru, Copper centavos 1876.15 viewsRepublic of Peru. Copper 2 centavos 1895. REPUBLICA PERUANA, date above sun / UN CENTAVO within wreath.
KM 187.1a
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julian II AE3 VOT TESdelta25 viewsgparch
Anonymous (Ezanas Christian)518 viewsObverse: Bust rt. Garment draped on shoulders, v-neck collar, wearing a head cloth. Within a beaded border. Greek inscription BAX ACA (Interpretation uncertain)
Reverse: Greek cross in beaded inner circle, cross inlaid with gold. Greek inscription outside circle TOYTOAP[CHTHXWPA (May this please the country/people)
Date : AD.330-358
Reference : M-H 50, V27
Grade : EF
Weight : 0.73g
Metal : Silver

Comments : AR 13mm, Die Axis 0, Aksum has claims to be the first civilization anywhere to use Christian imagery on its coins. King Ezanas became a Christian early in his reign and quickly made Christianity the official state religion. Around A.D. 330 he began to use the cross on his coinage as propaganda to spread his new religion, this is type is thought to be the first of those issues.