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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.

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

|Other| |Lydia|, |Saitta,| |Lydia,| |c.| |198| |-| |222| |A.D.||AE| |22|
In Greek mythology, Hyllos was the eldest son of Herakles and his wife Deianira. Heracles had an affair with the younger and more beautiful Iole. Years earlier, the centaur Nessus had attempted to rape Deianira. Herakles saved her by shooting Nessus with poisoned arrows. The centaur told her in his dying breath that if she were to give Herakles a cloak soaked in his blood, it would be a love charm. Deianira, believed him and saved some of Nessus' blood. Worried by Herakles' infidelity, she gave Herakles a blood soaked cloak, but Nessus' blood was deadly poison. Upon realizing she had unwittingly poisoned her husband, Deianira killed herself. Before Herakles died, because of his love for Iole, he asked his eldest son, Hyllus to marry her so that she would be well cared for. Iole and Hyllus had a son called Cleodaeus, and three daughters, Evaechme, Aristaechme, and Hyllis.
RP110433. Bronze AE 22, GRPC Lydia 39; RPC Online VI T4428; BMC Lydia p. 216, 24; SNG Cop 396; SNGvA 3089; Winterthur 3884; Hochard 1795, aVF, broad flan, strike a little flat, areas of corrosion, light earthen deposits, scratches, weight 5.719 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Saitta (Sidaskale, Turkey) mint, c. 198 - 222 A.D.; obverse AZIOTTHNOC, draped bust of MÍn Aziottenos right, wearing Phrygian cap, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CAITTHNΩN / YΛΛOC, river-god Hyllos reclining left, reed in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, resting elbow on inverted vase from which water flows; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00







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