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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.

Mostene, Lydia, c. 69 - 120 A.D.

|Other| |Lydia|, |Mostene,| |Lydia,| |c.| |69| |-| |120| |A.D.||diassarion|
Mostene, in ancient Lydia, prospered in Roman and Byzantine eras. There is debate, based on a line in Tacitus, over whether Mostene was a Macedonian colony or a native Lydian city. In 17 A.D. the city was hit by an earthquake and was assisted by relief from Tiberius.
RP99972. Bronze diassarion, GRPC Lydia III 12; RPC Online II 994A (1 spec., type added post publication), Nice gVF. green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, tight flan, light scratches, weight 3.563 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, Mostene (Kepecik, Turkey) mint, c. 69 - 120 A.D.; obverse ΘEON CYNKΛHTON, youthful draped bust of Senate right; reverse MOCTHNΩN KAICAPEΩN, Apollo-MÍn (or hero) on horseback left, wearing chlamys, reins in left hand, labrys (double ax) in right hand over right shoulder; very rare; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


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


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Pappa Tiberiopolis, Pisidia

|Pisidia|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.,| |Pappa| |Tiberiopolis,| |Pisidia||AE| |23|
Pappa Tiberiopolis, formerly Pappa, in the Roman province of Phrygia Pacatiana, was mentioned by Ptolemy, Socrates of Constantinople, and Hierocles. At various times, it was considered as part of Phrygia, Isauria, and the late Roman province of Pisidia. Today it is the village of Yunuslar, Beysehir district, in Konya Province, Turkey. The famous Roman sarcophagus showing the Twelve Labors of Hercules now displayed at the Konya Archaeological Museum was recovered at Tiberiopolis.Sanctuary
RP97768. Bronze AE 23, RPC IV-3 T7694; VA Pisidiens I 1149; SNG BnF 1666; SNG Cop 176; SNGvA 5832; SNG Righetti 1411; SNG PfPs 287; BMC Lycia p. 233, 1; Waddington 3778, F, well centered, dark patina, porosity, scratches, weight 6.396 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Pappa Tiberiopolis (Yunuslar, Turkey) mint, Aug 138 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI A∆P - ANTWNINOC (W appearing as U), laureate head right; reverse TIBEPIEW-N - ΠAΠΠHNWN, MÍn standing slightly right, right foot on bucranium, wearing Phrygian cap, long scepter vertical in left hand, pine cone in right hand, crescent behind his shoulders; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Pappa Tiberiopolis, Pisidia

|Pisidia|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.,| |Pappa| |Tiberiopolis,| |Pisidia||AE| |22|
Pappa Tiberiopolis, formerly Pappa, in the Roman province of Phrygia Pacatiana, was mentioned by Ptolemy, Socrates of Constantinople, and Hierocles. At various times, it was considered as part of Phrygia, Isauria, and the late Roman province of Pisidia. Today it is the village of Yunuslar, Beysehir district, in Konya Province, Turkey. The famous Roman sarcophagus showing the Twelve Labors of Hercules now displayed at the Konya Archaeological Museum was recovered at Tiberiopolis.Sanctuary
RP110219. Bronze AE 22, RPC IV-3 T7694; VA Pisidiens I 1149; SNG BnF 1666; SNG Cop 176; SNGvA 5832; SNG Righetti 1411; SNG PfPs 287; BMC Lycia p. 233, 1; Waddington 3778, VF, blue-green patina, oval flan, porosity, edge split, edge bump, weight 7.349 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 0o, Pappa Tiberiopolis (Yunuslar, Turkey) mint, Aug 138 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI A∆P - ANTWNINOC (W appearing as U), laureate head right; reverse TIBEPIEW-N - ΠAΠΠHNWN, MÍn standing slightly right, right foot on bucranium, wearing Phrygian cap, long scepter vertical in left hand, pine cone in right hand, crescent behind his shoulders; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Sillyum, Pamphylia

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.,| |Sillyum,| |Pamphylia||AE| |37|
MÍn was a moon god, ruler of paradise and the underworld.
SH56886. Bronze AE 37, SNGvA 4873 (same obverse die), SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -; cf. RPC Online 5724 (different bust and obverse legend), gF, weight 30.081 g, maximum diameter 37.2 mm, die axis 37.2o, Sillyum mint, obverse AYT KAICAP Λ AYPHΛ KOMO∆OC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind, c/m Artemis Anaitis in oval punch; reverse CIΛΛYEΩN, MÍn on horseback right, crescent behind shoulders, wearing a Phrygian cap; ex Gemini VI, lot 832; ex Boston Museum of Fine Arts inventory no. 63.859; purchased from Hesperia Art Bulletin XXV, 80, in 1963 by the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoe Wilbour; rare; SOLD







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