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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.

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

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


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