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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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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Syria, Arwad / Ruad (Arados, Phoenicia)0 viewsArwad, an island about 800 m long by 500 m wide, about 50 km north of Tripolis, was settled in the early 2nd millennium B.C. by the Phoenicians. Ancient Arados was an important trading city surrounded by a massive wall and an artificial harbor on the east side toward the mainland. Its powerful navy and ships are mentioned in the monuments of Egypt and Assyria. In the Bible, an "Arvad" is noted as the forefather of the "Arvadites," a Canaanite people. Arados ruled some neighboring cities on the mainland, such as Marat (present-day Amrit) and Sumur, the former nearly opposite the island and the latter some kilometers to the south and held hegemony over the northern Phoenician cities from the mouth of the Orontes to the northern limits of Lebanon, something like that of Sidon in the south. Under the Persians, Arwad was allowed to unite in a confederation with Sidon and Tyre, with a common council at Tripolis. When Alexander the Great invaded Syria in 332 B.C., Arados submitted without a struggle under her king Strato, who sent his navy to aid Alexander in the reduction of Tyre. The city received the favor of the Seleucid kings of Syria and enjoyed the right of asylum for political refugees. It is mentioned in a rescript from Rome about 138 B.C. in connection with other cities and rulers of the East, to show favor to the Jews. This was after Rome had begun to interfere in the affairs of Judea and Syria and indicates that Arwad was still of considerable importance at that time.

Photo by NASA.
Joe SermariniJan 16, 2019
Turkey, Sanliurfa Province, Urfa - Roman Columns of Edessa0 viewsThe heritage of Roman Edessa survives today in these columns at the site of Urfa Castle, dominating the skyline of the modern city of Urfa.

Photo by Bernard Gagnon, 24 May 2014.
Joe SermariniJan 15, 2019
Roman Empire, Trajan, Quadrans Struck 114-117 A.D.21 views22077 Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Head of Trajan, laureate, right
Rev:S C
She-wolf walking left, at Bay
Rome 17mm 3.03g
RIC 694; Woytek 600b.

Ex Triskeles Auction sale 334
2 commentsBlayne WJan 12, 2019
Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus, AE Half Tetarteron SBCV-1979 DOC 22 CLBC 4.4.11 3 viewsOBV Large, often ill formed letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated with 6 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.33mm

Weight 2.59 gm

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.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This coin is good Very fine, lightly circulated. I believe this to be a perfect example.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights ranging from 1.10gm to 2.96 gm with sizes from 14mm to 18mm.
SimonJan 10, 2019
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #14010 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 470-465 BC. AR Nomos
18.5mm, 8.05 g, 7h
Taras, nude, raising left hand and supporting himself with his right, riding dolphin right; TARAS (retrograde) to left, scallop shell below / Head of nymph (Satyra?) left in linear circle within concave incuse. Fischer-Bossert Group 5, 91b (V41/R60) = Vlasto 140 (this coin, illustrated in both references); HN Italy 838; Berlin 65 (same dies). VF, old cabinet tone, a few marks.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex M. L. Collection of Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily (Numismatica Ars Classica 82, 20 May 2015), lot 4; A. D. Moretti Collection; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (with Numismatica Ars Classica, 4 December 1996), lot 575; Hess-Leu [11] (24 March 1959), lot 5; Kricheldorf IV (7 October 1957), lot 26; Münzen und Medaillen AG VIII (8 December 1949), lot 696; Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection; Maddalena Collection (Sambon & Canessa, 7 May 1903), lot 244.
2 commentsLeoJan 08, 2019
Turkey, Istanbul - the Column of Marcian7 viewsThe column of emperor Marcian, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey.

The Column of Marcian was dedicated to Marcian, built by the praefectus urbi Tatianus, sometime between 450 and 452. It still stands in modern Istanbul, though the statue of Marcian which originally topped it has been lost. Marcian also had a statue in the Forum of Arcadius, which contained the statues of several of Arcadius' successors.

Joe SermariniJan 06, 2019
Rondanini Medusa2 viewsSo-called “Rondanini Medusa”. Marble, Roman copy after a 5th-century BC Greek original by Phidias, which was set on the shield of Athena Parthenos.

Homer wrote about the Gorgon on four occasions, but only about the head, as if the creature had no body. Up to the 5th century B.C., the head depicted was very ugly, with her tongue sticking out, boar tusks, puffy cheeks, her eyeballs staring straight ahead and the snakes twisting all around her. The direct frontal stare was highly unusual in ancient Greek art. In some cases a beard, (probably representing streaks of blood) was added to her chin, making her appear as a wild. Gorgoneia painted on the shields of warriors on mid-5th century Greek vases, however, are not as ugly, strange or frightening. By that time, the Gorgon had lost her tusks and the snakes were rather stylized. The Hellenistic marble known as the Medusa Rondanini shows how the Gorgon changed over time into a beautiful woman.
Joe SermariniJan 02, 2019
Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE24. Thessalonica61 viewsObv: DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind
Rev: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is sitting on
ground, arms up.
Mintmark: TS epsilon 1028;; A in left field.

RIC VIII Thessalonica 129, rated scarce
1 commentsBritanikusDec 27, 2018
Roman Empire, Constans, AE2, Antioch. AD 348-350.32 viewsDN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe / FEL TEMP REPA-RATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, walking right, looking left; leading a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree with branches like sprays of millet. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs. Star in upper centre. Mintmark AN&Delta. RIC VIII Antioch 128; Sear 18700.1 commentsBritanikusDec 27, 2018
Roman Empire, Constantius II, Antioch 29 views324 - 337 AD (as Caesar) 337 - 361 AD (as Augustus)

D N CONSTAN TIVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe in right hand.
FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor in military dress standing left, holding labarum and resting left hand on shield; two captives kneeling before; ANA in exe
Antioch mint; RIC VIII 125

4.41gm 21-22mm.
BritanikusDec 27, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 21163 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagordDec 24, 2018
Turkey, Kizilcakuyu (Euromus, Caria) The Temple of Zeus Lepsinos16 viewsThe Temple of Zeus Lepsinos at Euromus was built on the site of an earlier Carian temple in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the emperor Hadrian.1 commentsJoe SermariniDec 15, 2018
Greece, Kos, Gymnasium of Kos, archaeologic site in Kos city, Kos island 9 viewsGymnasium of Kos, archaeologic site in Kos city, Kos island.Joe SermariniDec 15, 2018
Turkey, Dalyan - The rock tombs of Kaunos15 viewsOutside the official Kaunos archeological site, near Dalyan, Turkey there are six rock tombs on the Dalyan river (4th – 2nd century BC). The façades of the rock tombs resemble the fronts of Hellenistic temples with two Ionian pillars, a triangular pediment, an architrave with toothed friezes, and acroterions shaped like palm leaves.1 commentsJoe SermariniDec 14, 2018
GREEK, SILVER OBOL OF AIOLIS KYME FROM 480 - 450 BC 10 viewsOBVERSE – Head of Eagle Right, KY below
REVERSE – Incuse square punch
9.8 MM AND 1.01 GRAMS.
Extremly rare eagle to right(Third known) , no other example found with the same weight, unpublished in any known reference!!!
CanaanDec 14, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, hadrian MYSIA. Lampsacus, Priapus standing8 viewscf RPC III, -- 1550 Trajan; same SNG France 1272; BMC Mysia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop

Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right

ithyphallic Priapus standing left, right hand raised, left hand on hip

1.55 gr
15 mm
FORVM coin
okidokiDec 03, 2018

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Roman Empire, Faustina II SAECVLI FELICIT As24 viewsFaustina II
AE As 161-176
26mm, 10,8g
obv.: FAVSTINA – AVGVSTA Draped bust r.,
rev.: SAECVLI FELICIT Pulvinar on which are seated Commodus and Antoninus; at sides S – C,
ref.: BMC M. Aurelius 991, RIC M. Aurelius 1666
POST MEDIEVAL, SWITZERLAND, 1 TALER, 1620463 viewssilver coin with 27,69 grams
City of Saint Gallen, Switzerland
Ref.: KM#61, Dav.: 4677
lincon r2
ROMAN EMPIRE, Fausta AE3 Nicomedia31 viewsAE3 18.6x20.1mm
Bust right.
Fausta standing facing,
nursing two babies.
Ex. N gamma
Nicomedia mint, 3rd officina
ca. 326 AD
ROMAN EMPIRE, Philip I, P M TR P II COS P P97 viewsPhilip I, AR antoninianus, 245 A.D., Rome.

OBV: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.

REV: P M TR P II COS P P, Philip seated left on curule chair, holding globe and scepter.

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