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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Phrygia| > |Laodicea ad Lycus| > RP84485
Laodicea ad Lycum, Phrygia, c. 14 - 37 A.D.
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, Laodicea ad Lycus (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, weight 3.892g, maximum diameter 16.7mm, die axis 0o, 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

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