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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Greek, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 450-425 BC. AR Nomos8.10 gm.
Dolphin rider l., with both arms extended; beneath, pecten.
Rev. Oecist seated r. on stool, holding staff and cantharus.
Vlasto 197. SNG France 1164 (these dies). F.B. 161. Historia Numorum Italy 844.
Lightly toned and extremely fine.
Ex: from Vinchon collection(1951).
1 commentsLeoJun 27, 2022
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Roman Empire, Gordian III, Gordianus Pius MedallionObv. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. MVNIFICENTIA GORDIANI AVG, Colosseum - within, bull on left fighting elephant on right; to left, Fortuna standing facing behind the Meta Sudans, her head left and holding rudder; to right, statue within small temple or shrine.
Mint: Rome, 244 AD.

37mm 34,84g

Cf. Gnecchi II 23 (pl. 104, no. 6); Banti 54.

Ex Lanz 128, 22 May 2006, lot 654.


In early AD 238, the infamous Year of the Six Emperors, the highly respected but octogenarian Gordian I and his son Gordian II led a revolt in North Africa against the unpopular military emperor Maximinus Thrax. While being recognized by the Senate in Rome, the two Gordiani were slain after a reign of only 20 days. Nevertheless, still anxious to capitalize on their respectable background and popularity, the Senate proclaimed Gordian III, the thirteen-year-old grandson of Gordian I, Augustus alongside Senators Pupienus and Balbinus. As senior statesmen, the latter were supposed to protect the interests of the Senate, while Gordian III. served as figureheads, but Pupienus and Balbinus were deeply unpopular and on July 29, 238 AD the Praetorian Guard murdered them and made Gordian III. to Augustus alone. The inexperienced Gordian III. was heavily influenced by Timesitheus, the Praetorian prefect, who arranged the young emperor's marriage to his own daughter and convinced him that the time was right to attack the Sasanian Persian Empire and its new ruler, Shapur I. In 243, Gordian III. and Timesitheus launched the campaign in Mesopotamia, where they won a victory at Rhaesena and forced the Persians to retreat across the Euphrates. After that the problems started. In the winter of 243-244 AD Timesitheus died under mysterious circumstances and Gordian III. was persuaded by C. Julius Priscus, who had served with Timesitheus as Praetorian Prefect, to appoint Priscus' brother, M. Julius Philippus, as his replacement.
The war resumed under new leadership in early AD 244, and promptly turned the previous year's gains into disaster. According to the Persians, the Romans were defeated at the battle near Misiche (Fallujah), but Roman sources indicate that the campaign was halted by Gordian III, who died under very uncertain circumstances. Philip, announced that the emperor had fallen ill and died of a fever, but it was widely assumed that he was responsible for the death of Gordian III. was involved. Nevertheless, he was immediately proclaimed Augustus by the army and reigned as Philip I "the Arab".

This medallion was minted in AD 244, no doubt before the start of the disastrous new campaign season and while the previous year's victories were still being clinched. The armored portrait type on the obverse presents the young Gordian III. as the new Alexander the Great, ready to inflict yet another defeat on the Persians. The reverse shows a remarkably detailed depiction of the Colosseum with a ferocious animal fight. Combined with the reverse legend referring to the "generosity of Gordian Augustus", the type almost certainly refers to games celebrated in connection with either the previous year's Persian victories or the New Year celebrations, erroneously pointing to new achievements in the Point East (written by NAC).
5 commentskcJun 02, 2022
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GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. c. Time of Kleonymos. Circa 302 BC. AV Tetrobol-Third Stater.AV. 2.84 g. 12.00 mm.
Obv. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled serpent.
Rev. Naked Taras driving biga right, holding trident in left hand, reins in right; above, star; below, dolphin downwards.
HN Italy 956; Vlasto 20 ; SNG ANS -; SNG Cop. 838 var. (no dolphin).
Very rare issue. VF/Good VF.
Ex Vinchon, November 1994, lot 8 (Coll. James et Sneja Velkov).

Struck c. 303-302 BC, when Tarentine invited Kleonymos, as son of Kleomenes II, to defend them against the Lucanians. The Spartan raised such a large mercenary army (it is said to have been made up of about 5,000 warriors) that the Italic enemy immediately asked for a peace terms.
2 commentsLeoApr 30, 2022
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GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos, c. 344-334 BC.AR. 7.69 g. 22.00 mm.
Obv. Hippacontist wearing crested helmet galloping right about to hurl a short javelin, which he holds in right hand; behind, Nike flying right crowning him; behind, ΦΙ / Π|-Μ.
Rev. Phalanthos astride dolphin left, holding one handled vase; the left hand resting on dolphin back; to right, ΤΑΡΑΣ.
HN Italy 894 and 895; Vlasto 536 (for Obv.) and 537 (for Rev.); Fischer Bossert 795 (V311-R616).
Attracvtive specimen, lightly toned with underlying luster. About EF.
Exteremely rare: Vlasto cites example 537 (which obverse for this author is from the same die of 536, with added star and a large flaw on horse's tail) as unique.
LeoApr 30, 2022
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Roman Empire, Constantius II Fallen Horseman, Constantinople 348-351 CE. Overweight specimen (7.67g, 25mm, 12h).Coin-in-hand video: LINK
Roman Imperial. Constantius II (Augustus, 337-361 CE) AE Centenionalis (7.67g, 25mm, 12h). Struck in Constantinople, 348-351.
Obv: D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust, surrounded by border of dots. Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO // Γ to left // CONSЄ* in exergue. Soldier standing left, holding long oval shield with circular boss, and spearing fallen horseman; bearded horseman astride fallen horse, turning and reaching back with left arm (FH3), wearing short-brimmed Scythian helmet, ornate tunic, and trousers. "Centering dot" between soldier and horse. Dotted border.
Ref: RIC 82-E, LRBC 2026; cf. RIC 81 (FH4). NVMMVS BIBLE II NBD N° 61536 (this coin; LINK).
Prov: Ex-Bertolami Fine Arts Auctions 37 (19 Sept 2017), Lot #689 (corr. RIC 81) & e-92 (2 Oct 2020), Lot 1554 (corr. weight as 7.70g, RIC 81).
Note: Based on the weight distribution provided for "Large AE2" in RIC VIII, only 2 of 405 specimens are as heavy or heavier than this one (7.7g & 8.2g). One Constantius Gallus Fallen Horseman weighing over 8.10g is reported in ACSearch (Roma 13, 939); Doug Smith has reported a 9.5g (!) Cyzicus FH in his collection, c. 1997.
2 commentsCurtis JJFeb 25, 2022
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Turtle, Aegina, AR Drachm (Testudo Graeca Ibera)Greek (Classical). Islands off Attica (Saronic Gulf), Aegina. AR Drachm (5.0g, 19.5mm, 3h?), struck c. BCE 350-338.
Obv: Land tortoise (prob. testudo graeca ibera) with segmented shell of 13 plates. Rev: Large incuse square with skew pattern, two pellets (astragalos?) in one of five compartments (left, top or bottom?) . Ref: Millbank Period V (404-375 BC), pl. II, 16; HGC 6, 443; SNG Cop 520; SNG Lockett 2004 ("acorn"). Prov: Ex-Colosseum Coin Exchange, Hazlet NJ, Mail Bid Catalog ca. 1990-1992 (possibly MBS 53, 22 Jan 91).
3 commentsCurtis JJFeb 20, 2022
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Byzantine, Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, Trachy SBCV-20112011 Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, 1195-1203. Trachy SBCV-2011
Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, 1195-1203. Trachy (Bronze, 27 mm, 2.88 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 1195-1197. Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, raising right hand in benediction and holding scroll in left. Rev. Alexius and St. Constantine standing facing, holding between them globus cruciger, and each holding a labarum. DOC 3. SB 2011. Dark patina. Extremely fine.

Ex Nomos, pictured lightened
SimonFeb 20, 2022
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LABORS OF HERCULESA Roman sarcophagus from 250-260 A.D. depicting the labors of Hercules found at Pappa Tiberiopolis, Pisidia in the Archaeological Museum, Konya.

Photo by David Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada.
1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 30, 2022
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Spain, Bilbilis (Augusta Bilbilis)Photo by Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20367699

Augusta Bilbilis was a city (or municipium) founded by the Romans in the province of Hispania Tarraconensis. It was the birthplace of famous poet Martial c. 40 AD. The modern town of Calatayud was founded near this Roman site.

Recent excavations have uncovered many of the impressive remains visible today which dominate the surrounding area and are testament to the city's rich past.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilbilis_(Augusta_Bilbilis)

Joe SermariniJan 27, 2022
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander, FORTVNA REDVCI, Rome, RIC 196Severus Alexander Denarius.
Rome, 228-231 AD.
IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder / FORTVNA REDVCI, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae.
RIC 196. RSC 63
18 mm/3.00 g.
Not a rare coin, but in great condition and pleasing style.
vindelicusJan 21, 2022
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GREEK, ATTICA. Athens. Tetradrachm (Circa 465-460 BC). Transitional issue.Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye.
Rev: AΘE.
Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square.
Starr Group V; HGC 4, 1596.
Condition: Good very fine.
Weight: 17.23 g.
Diameter: 25 mm.

Ex NN ,Nov 2021
XLiJan 16, 2022
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GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 340-335 BC. AR Nomos20mm, 7.90 g, 1h
Youth, nude, riding horse stepping left, his right hand placed on his steed’s head, and holding rein in his left; in background, another horse steps left; above, Nike flying left, crowning the youth; K-A-Λ in fields.
Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos in extended right hand and supporting himself with his left, riding dolphin left over waves below; TAPAΣ to right. Cf.
Fischer-Bossert Group 52, 709 (for similar type); otherwise, unpublished.
Iridescent tone, minor metal flaws, slight die shift on reverse. Near EF. Extremely rare, unpublished issue.


From the Pythagoras Collection.

Although this issue is unpublished, the types are identical to that of Fischer-Bossert 709, in his Group 52. The signature of the magistrate ˚Ŭ is present as of Group 56, but there is a letter ˚ on the Group 52 reverses that may indicate the same person. As such, it is nearly certain that this issue should be placed relative to these issues in Fischer-Bossert.
LeoJan 12, 2022

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, AE3 HeracleaConstantine I AE3.
307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

obv: CONSTANTINVS AVG, rosette-diademed head right /
rev: DN CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, laurel wreath enclosing VOT/XXX,
SMHA in ex.

Heraclea
RIC VII 71
2 comments
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Venus VictrixPlautilla, killed 212, wife of Caracalla
AR - Denar, 3.6g, 18mm
Rome AD 204(?), struck under Septimius Severus
obv. PLAVTILLA - AVGVSTA
draped bust, bare head r.
rev. VENVS VICTRIX
Venus bare to waist, standing l., holding apple and palmbranch, and
resting left elbow on shield; at her feet l., Cupido, holding helmet
RIC IV/1, 369; C.25; BMCR. 429
Scarce; about VF

VENUS VICTRIX, the victorious Venus. It was first Sulla who in a dream saw Venus with the weapons of Mars as Venus Victrix and made her to his personal patroness. Pompeius then was inaugurating the cult of Venus Victrix in Rome. In the night before the battle of Pharsalus 48 BC Pompeius was dreaming of Venus Victrix - seemingly a lucky sign -, whereas Caesar was sacrifying to Venus Genetrix, but issued as watchword 'Venus Victrix', and defeated Pompeius!
2 commentsJochen
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MEDIEVAL, Spain, Ferdinand III of Castile-LeonThe Saint.

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