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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Last additions - Coin Collecting Theme Galleries
Jordan, Tell HesbanJordan, Tell Hesban. In Numbers and Deuteronomy Esbus is the capital of Amorite king, Sihon (also known as Sehon). The biblical narrative records the Israelite victory over Sihon during the time of the Exodus under the leadership of Moses. Moses died soon after the victory, after viewing the "promised land" from the top of Mount Nebo. Restored under the name of Esboús or Esboúta, it is mentioned among the towns of the Roman Arabia Petraea by Ptolemy.

Photo by Bashar Tabbah
Joe SermariniOct 23, 2022
Philip II as Augustus, AE27 Sestertius. Added onto the Wildwinds site in April 2016.Dacia Year 3 = 248-249 A.D.

Obv: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG ● - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.

Rev: PROV-NIC-IA D-ACIA / AN III - Dacia in long robe and Phrygian cap standing facing, looking left, holding a curved sword and a vexillum marked XIII, another vexillum marked V to left, an eagle and a lion at her sides left and right. AN III in ex. AN III in ex.

Ref: AMNG 34; Martin 2.88.5; Varbanov 35.
Rated: Rare, R7 on the Varbanov Scale.
Provenance: Added onto the Wildwinds site in April 2016. Chris Scarlioli Collection.
Christian ScarlioliOct 21, 2022
Turkey, Iasos, View of the agora from the bouleuterionTurkey, Iasos, View of the agora from the bouleuterion

Iasos or Iassos, Latinized as Iasus or Iassus, was a Greek city in ancient Caria located on the Gulf of Iasos (now called the Gulf of Gulluk), opposite the modern town of Gulluk, Turkey. It was originally on an island, but is now connected to the mainland, near the village of Kiyikislacik, about 31 km from the center of Milas. Iasos was a member of the Delian League and was involved in the Peloponnesian War, 431–404 B.C. After the Sicilian expedition of the Athenians, Iasos was attacked by the Spartans and their allies; it was governed at the time by Amorges, a Persian chief, who had revolted from Darius II. It was taken by the Spartans, who captured Amorges and delivered him up to Tissaphernes. The town itself was plundered on that occasion. It became part of the Hecatomnid satrapy in the 4th century and was conquered by Alexander. We afterwards find it besieged by Philip V, king of Macedon, who, however, was compelled by the Romans to restore it to Ptolemy V of Egypt. It seems to have been abandoned in about the 15th–16th century, in the Ottoman period. Part of the city walls still exist, and are of a regular, solid, and handsome structure. In the side of the rock a theater with many rows of seats still remains, and several inscriptions and coins have been found there.

Photo source: By AlexanderVanLoon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Joe SermariniOct 09, 2022
England, London, British Museum, Nereid Monument from Xanthos LyciaLondon, British Museum, Partial reconstruction of the Nereid Monument at Xanthos in Lycia, ca. 390–380 BC. Main floor, room 16: Nereid Monument.

Joe SermariniOct 08, 2022
1 commentsDiggerOct 05, 2022
ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian, Carthage 29a/31aDiocletian
A.D. 298-303
27x29mm 9.3g
IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG; Laureate head right.
SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART; Carthage standing facing, head left, holding fruits in both hands.
In ex. A
RIC VI Carthage 29a/31a
1 commentsVictor COct 04, 2022
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus II Antioch 167bMaximinus II
A.D. 312
Ӕ follis 20x21mm 5.6g
IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG; laureate head right.
SOLI INVICTO; Sol standing left in long robe, right hand raised, left hand holding head of Serapis; B in left and ✶ in right field.
In ex. ANT
RIC VI Antioch 167b
Victor COct 04, 2022
Ukraine - Olbia, Sarmatia, Black Sea AreaRuins of Olbia, Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine

Source: (Image in public domain)

Pontic Olbia is an archaeological site of an ancient Greek city on the shore of the Southern Bug estuary (Hypanis) in Ukraine, near the village of Parutyne. The archaeological site is protected as the National Historic and Archaeological Preserve. The preserve is a research and science institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The Hellenic city was founded in the 7th century BC by colonists from Miletus. Its harbor was one of the main emporium on the Black Sea for the export of cereals, fish, and slaves to Greece, and for the import of Attic goods to Scythia.

Joe SermariniAug 30, 2022
ROMAN EMPIRE, PROBUS, ANTONINIANUS, VIRTVS PROBI AVG - Lugdunum (Lyon) - RIC.106VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
R/ TEMPOR FELICI, Felicitas standing right, holding caduceus and cornucopiae; I in ex
Lugdunum, Emission 5, Officina 1. End A.D. 277 – Early A.D. 278 - 23x24.5 mm - 4.07 g
Reference:– Bastien 209 (11 ex). RIC 106 Bust Type G.
gb29400Aug 06, 2022
Greece, Lesbos, Messa: The pan-Lesbian sanctuary of Messa, Lesbos (probably of Aphrodite).The pan-Lesbian sanctuary of Messon, at the center of the island, was established in early historic times and served as the seat of the Lesbian Koinon (Commonwealth). The temple had eight columns on the short sides and 14 on the long sides. Most of the temple was built of white volcanic rock. Marble was selectively used for the decorative elements. The cella walls were made of reddish volcanic rock. The temple was probably destroyed by an earthquake in the 3rd or 4th century A.D. Seven kilns from that period were found in the area. Architectural members of the temple were used to build the kilns, which were then probably used to burn other parts of the temple for lime production.

Photo by Tedmek 20 Jun 2010, released to Public Domain.
LondonJul 08, 2022
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
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).
6 commentskcJun 02, 2022

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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla AE27 Stobi, MacedonObv: IM C M AV ANTONINV. - Bust left
Rev: MVNICISTOBE - Nike advancing left with wreath and palm
Weight: 10.5g
ROMAN IMPERATORS, Augustus Plated Denarius - Bearded Barbarian Offering Vexillum (Hybrid, RIC 288/416)Plated Denarius
After 12 BC

Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Feronia, r.

Rev: Bearded barbarian, with cloak over shoulder, kneeling r. and offering vexillum.

RIC – For obverse: C 484. RIC 288 and for reverse: C 383. RIC 416.

ex. Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian
ex. V.J.E. Ryan Collection, Valentine John Eustace Ryan (1883-1947) sold by Glendining & Co., 2nd April 1952, 5th Part, Lot 2060 (Plate coin)
ex. Haeberlin Collection, Ernst Justus Haeberlin (1847-1925), Cahn & Hess, Frankfurt, 17th July 1933, Lot 3259 (Plate coin) Sold to Spink for 26 Reichmarks.
ex. Lawrence Collection, Cyrus Jay Lawrence (1832-1908) and his son, Richard Hoe Lawrence (1858-1936) of Westchester, New York.

3 commentsOptimo Principi
ROMAN EMPIRE, Licinius 308-324 ADAE 20.1x21.4mm post-reform radiate
Bust right, radiate
Jupiter standing left, holding victory on globe,
eagle with wreath left, bound captive right,
X over IIgamma in right field.
Ex. SMHA, Heraclea mint

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