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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins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Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Apollo kitharoidos (holding a lyre). Marble, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE, influence of Hellenistic statuary of the 2nd century BC. From the Temple of Apollo at Cyrene (modern Libya).The Apollo of Cyrene is a colossal Roman statue of Apollo found at the ancient city of Cyrene, Libya. This enormous sculpture was discovered in the mid-nineteenth century at the Temple of Apollo at Cyrene in Libya, where it was probably the main cult image. It was excavated by the British explorers and amateur archaeologists Captain Robert Murdoch Smith and Commander Edwin A. Porcher. The statue was found broken into 121 pieces, lying near the large plinth where it originally stood. The fragments were later reassembled in the British Museum to create a relatively intact statue with only the right arm and left hand missing.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_of_Cyrene
Joe SermariniJun 20, 2021
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Lybia, Kyrene (Cyrene) City RuinsCyrene was an ancient Greek and later Roman city near present-day Shahhat, Libya. It was the oldest and most important of the five Greek cities in the region. It gave eastern Libya the classical name Cyrenaica that it has retained to modern times. Cyrene lies in a lush valley in the Jebel Akhdar uplands. The city was named after a spring, Kyre, which the Greeks consecrated to Apollo. It was also the seat of the Cyrenaics, a famous school of philosophy in the fourth century B.C., founded by Aristippus, a disciple of Socrates. Joe SermariniJun 19, 2021
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GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaios, 323 - 317 BC. AR Drachm struck in the name and types of Alexander III at Lampsakos, MysiaObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANΔPOY. Zeus Aëtophoros seated facing left, right leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in right hand, sceptre in left; buckle in left field; Λ above Ω below throne.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 4.16gms | Die Axis: 7 | Cut mark above eyebrow on obverse.
Price: 1376

Alexander the Great reigned from 336 to 323 BC but this coin was struck shortly after his death, in around 323 to 317 BC under Philip III Arrhidaios.
1 comments*AlexJun 05, 2021
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Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze MedaillonCommodus Medaillon Felicitas Temporum
Obv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

Ex Tradart Sale 21, 15th February 2018, Lot 139.
Ex Ars Classica XVIII, Lucerne 1938, Lot 292.
Ex Collection Giovanni Chiarot, medal holder and foreign diplomate.
Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Auction 18, 27th May 1907, Lot 1031.
Ex Collection Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer.

Published in Banti lll-3, p. 205, 399.
Published in Francesco Gnecchi, Medaglioni Romani, Volume Secondo Bronzo - Parte Prima: Gran Modulo, p. 66, 133, pl. 87, 2.

Pomona, a goddess among the Romans, presiding over fruit -trees. Her worship was of long standing at Rome, where there was a Flamen Pomonalis who sacrificed to her every year for the preservation of the fruit. She lived in the time of Procas, king of Alba, devoted to the culture of gardens, to which she confined herself and shunning all society with the male deities.
Vertumnus, under various shapes, tried to win her hand, sometimes he came as a reaper, sometimes as a haymaker, another time as a ploughman or a wine-dresser, a soldier and a fisherman, but to equally little purpose. At length, under the guise of an old woman, he won the confidence of the goddess. And, by enlarging on the evils of a single life and the blessings of the wedded state, by launching out into the praises of Vertumnus, and relating a tale of the punishment of female cruelty to a lover, he moved the heart of Pomona; whereupon, resuming his real form, he obtained the hand of the no longer reluctant nymph.

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
3 commentskcJun 04, 2021
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Roman Empire, Domitian, denarius, 85 CEDomitian AR Denarius 88 CE (Sixth issue)
(3.49g)
Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P IIII
Rev: Minerva standing left with spear; IMP XI COS XI CENS PP P
RIC 393; BMC 87; RSC 189
Ex: Calgary coin
Ex: Savuto collection
orfewMay 07, 2021
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Greek, Phoenicia, Arados, 2 B.C Time of AugustusPhoenicia, Arados 2 B.C
RPC I 4483. Aradus mint, year 258 (local Era) = 2/1 BC. 8,9 g - 20mm
Obverse: Bust of Astarte-Europa right with smaller head of Augustus in front.
Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, Phoenician letters beth (B), taw (TH), zayin (Z) & aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 258 (ΣNH) below.
RPC I 4483.
1 commentsPaul R3May 02, 2021
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Greek, Calabria, Taras; c. 272-235 BC, StaterAR. 6.46 g. 21.50 mm.
Obv. The Dioskouroi riding right; [Ν]ΙΚΥΛΟΣ below.
Rev. Phalanthos astride dolphin left, holding trident and kantharos; AP monogram behind, ΤΑΡΑΣ below.
HN Italy 1046; Vlasto 935-7. R. Rare.
Well centred on a broad flan, brilliant with underlyng luster, with a very lively scene of the Dioskouroi. Minor area of striking weakness on reverse, otherwise about FDC.
2 commentsLeoApr 25, 2021
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Roman Empire, Hadrian, RIC 748, SestertiusDate: AD 133-135, Rome
Obv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP - Laureate and draped bust right
Rev: FELICITAS AVG // S C -
Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia
RIC 748
26,93g ∅ ca. 30-32mm
black, dark-green patina
3 commentsLaurentiusApr 10, 2021
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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #650GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 290-281 BC.
7.72 g, Helmeted horseman galloping l., holding spears and shield decorated with dolphin; below, KAΛ and around, A - Z - Λ.
Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Dolphin rider l., holding distaff; in l. field, COI and in r. field, trident pointing downwards.
Vlasto 650 (these dies). SNG Sweden II, 157. Fischer-Bossert 1136b (this coin illustrated). Historia Numorum Italy 940.
Rare. Of pleasant style and with a lovely iridescent tone, minor marks, otherwise about extremely fine Ex Vinchon sale 13th April 1985, 22.
2 commentsLeoApr 08, 2021
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Julia DomnaJulia Domna
AE of Ilion, Troas
17mm, 3.36 g.
Obv: Draped bust right. Rev: IΛI E ΏN, Athena standing right with spear (?).
Bellinger T227 [needs verification].
lawrence cMar 30, 2021
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Amyntas III, 393 - 370/369 BC. AE17 DichalkonObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles, wearing lion's skin, facing right.
Reverse: AMYNTA above Eagle standing facing right, grasping snake in it's talons and attacking it with it's beak.
Diameter: 16.92mm | Weight: 3.17gms | Die Axis: 6
SNG ANS 100 - 109 | SNG München 49-52 | AMNG 160, 7
*AlexMar 13, 2021
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Roman Empire, Domitian denarius 81 CEDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3)
(3.22g)
Obv: Head laureate right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Draped seat, Semi-circular frame with crescents; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 31; BMC 7; RSC 59
Purchased from Munzencontor Kornblum on MA-Shops

5 commentsorfewMar 11, 2021

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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, GORDIAN III, AE17, MOESIA INFERIOR // NIKOPOLIS AD ISTRUM - Varb. I /4122Av) AVT K M ANT ΓOPΔIANO
Laureated head right

Rv) NIKO ΠO ΛITΩN
Eros riding on a lion to the right, holding burning torch

Weight: 2,99g; Ø: 17mm; Reference: Varbanov I/page: 331/nr: 4122
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, AV AureusObv: NEROCAESARAVGVSTVS - Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend Exe: SALVS - Salus seated left, holding patera.

RIC 59; C 313
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Δ on GETA, AE20 ARABIA PETRAEA.ARABIA PETRAEA. Petra. Geta. Æ 20. A.D. 198-209 (as Caesar). Obv: (...)ΠCE(...)-(ГETACKAICAP) or similar. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; countermark before. Rev: AΔ(PI-ΠEP)TA-MHT. Within distyle temple, Tyche seated left, holding small stele in extended right hand, holding trophy in left hand. Ref: Spijkerman 51. Axis: 330°. Weight: 7.75 g. CM: •Î”• in circular punch, 5.5 mm. Howgego 801 (19 pcs). Collection Automan.Automan

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