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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |MÍn||View Options:  |  |  | 

MÍn on Ancient Coins

Luna, the Greek moon-goddess, was female, which seems natural because the female menstrual cycle follows the lunar month. But MÍn was a male moon-god, probably originally of the indigenous non-Greek Karian people. By Roman times MÍn was worshiped across Anatolia and in Attica. He was associated with fertility, healing, and punishment. MÍn is usually depicted with a crescent moon behind his shoulders, wearing a Phrygian cap, and holding a lance or sword in one hand and a pine-cone or patera in the other. His other attributes include the bucranium and chicken. A temple of MÍn has been excavated at Antioch, Pisidia.

Laodicea ad Lycum, Phrygia, c. 14 - 37 A.D.

|Laodicea| |ad| |Lycus|, |Laodicea| |ad| || |Lycum,| |Phrygia,| |c.| |14| |-| |37| |A.D.|, |AE| |17|
Luna, the Greek moon goddess, was female, which seems natural because the female menstrual cycle follows the lunar month. But MÍn was a male moon-god, probably originally of the indigenous non-Greek Karian people. By Roman times MÍn was worshiped across Anatolia and in Attica. He was associated with fertility, healing, and punishment. MÍn is usually depicted with a crescent moon behind his shoulders, wearing a Phrygian cap, and holding a lance or sword in one hand and a pine-cone or patera in the other. His other attributes include the bucranium and chicken. A temple of MÍn has been excavated at Antioch, Pisidia.
RP84485. Bronze AE 17, RPC I 2907; SNG Cop 513 ff.; BMC Phrygia p. 288, 64 ff.; Lindgren-Kovacs 984, VF, attractive style, nice green patina, reverse slightly off center, some light corrosion, weight 3.892 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Lycus (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, time of Tiberius, c. 14 - 37 A.D.; obverse ΛAO∆I−KEΩN, bust of MÍn right, draped, wearing Phrygian cap with ear flaps, laurel wreath, and necklace, crescent behind shoulders; reverse KOP (ligate), ∆IOΣKOYPI∆HΣ (Cornelius Dioskurides, magistrate), eagle standing slightly right on branch (or club), head left, wings slightly open; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection, ex Gitbud & Naumann e-auction 33 (5 Jul 2015), lot 372; SOLD


Saitta, Lydia, c. 198 - 222 A.D.

|Other| |Lydia|, |Saitta,| |Lydia,| |c.| |198| |-| |222| |A.D.|, |AE| |24|
Saitta (or Saittai) was in eastern Lydia, in the triangle between the upper Hyllus river (modern Demirci «ayi) and the Hermus river (modern Sidaskale). Representations of the river gods are found on coins of the Imperial Period. The moon god MÍn Akziottenos was honored, but Zeus, Dionysos, Aphrodite, Hygieia, Asklepios, Apollo, Kybele, and Herakles were also revered at Saitta. The town was a regional center for textile production. Hadrian probably visited in 124 A.D. In the city, In the Christian era Saittai was attached to the Archbishopric of Sardeis.
GB94281. Bronze AE 24, RPC Online VI T4427 (6 spec.); BMC Lydia p. 214, 15; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Leypold -; SNG MŁnchen -, Choice VF, full border centering, highlighting earthen deposits, light marks, some porosity, weight 5.949 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 180o, Saitta (Sidaskale, Turkey) mint, c. 198 - 222 A.D.; obverse AZIOTTHNOC, Men Aziottenos draped bust, wearing Phrygian cap, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CAITTHNΩN, Dionysos standing slightly left, head left, pouring from kantharos in right hand, filleted thyrsus vertical in left hand, panther left at his feet on left with head turned back right; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 82 (6 Oct 2019), lot 252; rare; SOLD


Antiocheia, Pisidia, c. 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

|Pisidia|, |Antiocheia,| |Pisidia,| |c.| |2nd| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.|, |AE| |13|
MÍn was a moon god, ruler of paradise and the underworld. He wears a Phrygian cap, on some specimens his hat is ornamented with stars.
GB89082. Bronze AE 13, SNG BnF 1059, SNGvA 4918, SNG Cop 14, BMC Lycia -, VF, green patina, earthen deposits, areas of porosity, weight 1.222 g, maximum diameter 12.6 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvac, Turkey) mint, c. 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.; obverse ANTI-OCH, bust of MÍn left, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CO-LO-NI, humped bull right; ex Ancient Imports (Marc Breitsprecher); rare; SOLD







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