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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Unlisted and Unpublished Coins


Post unpublished coins to identify them to collectors, scholars, authors, and publishers.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
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa465-450 BC 17.22g 28mm 11h.The Randazzo Hoard 1980 and Sicillian Chronology in the Early Fifth Century B.C. 41 this coin.3 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,behind free standing Ionic column,probably marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {ketos}.Rev forepart of bearded man-headed bull right,Nike flying right crowning Gelas {off flan}.
NGC 4625018-016 AU 3-4
Grant HSep 09, 2018
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARIA Euippe Hadrian, Artemis statue1 viewsReference.
RPC III -; apparently unpublished; AΔP c/m Howgego 511

Obv. [ ] AΔPIANOC [ ]?
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right, with a radiated head right facing on Hadrian his bust

Facing statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports; to inner left and right, stag standing outward, facing

19.82 gr
31 mm
okidokiSep 06, 2018
Roman Empire, Valentinian I, AE319 viewsValentinian I
364 - 368ad
Rev: GLORIA ROMANORVM - Emperor standing holding labarum, dragging captive by hair
Siscia mint

This common coin is in stunningly good condition; every hair is visible on the portrait, all details on the figures on the reverse are not worn, this coin is evenly patinated with a light brown patina and even all of the mint-marks are virtually flawless (although the reverse does have one small mark and is slightly weakly struck). The best of this type I have ever seen or owned.
Harry GAug 29, 2018
Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius9 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the database
2 commentsorfewAug 28, 2018
Greek, Akarnania Leucas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 22mm 8.35 g5 viewsPegasos flying left.Head of Athena right wearing Corinthian helmet ,Pileus behind.
The pileus seems to be an unpublished symbol.
Grant HAug 23, 2018
Greek, Akarnania Leucas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 19mm 8.46g5 viewsPegasos flying to the right,is unlisted in the standard reference, Pegasi by Romolo Calciati, Pegasi 129Grant HAug 23, 2018
GREECE, Athens, Burial Monument of Dionysios of Kollitos.6 viewsBurial Monument of Dionysios of Kollitos at the first cemetery of Athens Kerameikos.Grant HAug 19, 2018
Greece, Athens, Kerameikos Ancient cemetery of Athens.4 viewsKerameikos Ancient cemetery of Athens, Mans best friend guarding his masters last resting place for twenty five hundred years.Grant HAug 19, 2018
Greece, Athens, The Parthenon7 viewsGrant HAug 19, 2018
Greece, Athens, Heinrich Schliemanns house.7 viewsReverse die of an Athenian Tetradrachm Heinrich Schliemanns house Grant HAug 19, 2018
Alexander the Great at the Acropolis museum3 viewsGrant HAug 19, 2018
Greece, Athens, Heinrich Schliemanns house.3 viewsHeinrich Schliemanns coin cabinet at his family home,Athens Greece,where the national numismatic collection is housed.Grant HAug 19, 2018
Abbasid Al-Mamun Citing Ali Ibn Musa as heir5 viewsAl-Ma'mun AH 199-218 / AD 813-833. AR Dirham (27mm, 2.87 g, 3h). Citing 'Ali ibn Musa al-Rida as heir. Madinat Isbahan mint. Dated AH 202 (AD 817/8). Album 224; ICV 391

This coin is a very rare and historically important coin as it commemorates the significant event that Al-Mamun chose ali ibn musa (Known as Al-Rida) as his heir in order to control the shia rebellions and bring them under control as Al-Rida was leader of Shia muslims at the time. This was just a political move as he was only 2 years the heir . Al-mamun had him poisoned after 2 years in 203 AH . This coin cites the name of Ali Ibn Musa on it as the heir confessing Al-mamun to be Caliph of muslims and Al-Rida to be his heir.
arash pAug 19, 2018
GREEK, Seleukids Antiochus I3 viewsSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos I Soter. 281-261 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.27 g, 6h). Ekbatana mint. Diademed head right / Apollo Delphios seated left; monograms to inner left; at feet, forepart of horse grazing left. SC 409.2c; HGC 9, 128h.arash pAug 19, 2018
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Sasanian Ardashir I6 viewsSASANIAN KINGDOM: Ardashir I, 224-241, AR drachm (4.30g), G-10, pellet to right of the king's crown1 commentsarash pAug 19, 2018
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arab Sasanian Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr4 viewsARAB-SASANIAN: 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr, 680-692, AR drachm (3.93g), DA+P (Fasa), YE60, A-16, pellet at 11:30 in reverse margin
Some traces of horn silver
1 commentsarash pAug 19, 2018

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I AD 306-337 Constantinople (CONS)25 viewsObv: CONSTANTI-NVSMAXAVG
Rev: Victory Seated with Trophy,
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla (Maroneia in Thrace)52 viewsCaracalla (198-217)
Caracalla facing right
Dionysos standing left holding 2 spears, cloak, and grapes
Moushmov 3967
ROMAN EMPIRE, Procopius ae3, Constantinople981 viewsObv: D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: REPARATI-O FEL TEMP. Emperor standing facing, head right, holding labarum in right hand and resting left on shield. At foot, left, a small indeterminate object, possibly a helmet. Above, in right field, Chi-Rho; in exergue, CONS gamma.
RIC IX : 17a (R2)
9 commentsthe_Apostate
CAΓ and COL146 viewsSYRIA: SELEUCIS & PIERIA. Laodiceia ad Mare. Septimius Severus. Æ 31.A.D. 197-211. Obv: IMP(CAESL…) or similar. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus right, before and partly obscuring draped bust of Julia Domna, also right; 2 countermarks: (1) on bust of Septimums Severus, (2) before bust of Julia Domna. Rev: (…SEVERMETROPOLI-SEPT…) or similar. Marsyas walking left, with wine-skin over shoulder. Ref: SNG Cop. Suppl. 8/249; BMC -; Lindgren (III) 1204 similar (Caracalla). Axis: 45°. Weight: 20.46 g. CM(1): Monogram of CAΓ (?), in largely rectangular punch, 5 x 3 mm. Howgego 581 (116 pcs). CM(2): COL in largely rectangular punch, 6.5 x 3 mm. Howgego 586 (88 pcs). Note: The CM was applied after the city achieved status as colony in A.D. 197/198, allowing older coins to circulate alongside newer coins with Latin legends, although the countermark was also applied to coins with inscriptions in Latin. All coins bearing countermark (2) also bear (1). Collection AutomanAutoman