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Priapos, Mysia, 3rd - 1st Century B.C.
Unpublished in the references examined and the only example of the type known to Forum.
Priapos (Karabiga, Turkey today) is located on the Mysian coast, on a small east-facing bay at the mouth of the Biga River, about a third of the distance from ancient Parium to Cyzicus. Strabo mentions that the area produced fine wine and that the god Priapus gave the town its ancient name. Thucydides mentions the town as a naval station. In 334 B.C., the town surrendered to Alexander the Great without contest, prior to the Battle of Granicus. Deities worshiped there included Demeter, Apollo, Artemis, and Dionysus. Under the Eastern Roman Empire, the town was known as Pegae and was the site of a Byzantine fortress.
GB83634. Bronze AE 13, cf. BMC Mysia
p. 177, 14 (AE20, full ethnic
2 lines, bucranium
); SNG Tub
2500 (same); SNG BnF
2410 (similar); SNG Cop
-, VF, green patina
, corrosion, Priapos
(Karabiga, Turkey) mint, weight
2.400g, maximum diameter
13.4mm, die axis
, 3rd - 1st century B.C.; obverse head
of Demeter right, veiled and wreathed with grain; reverse
ΠPIA within grain wreath
; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Sunday, January 21, 2018.
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