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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.

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

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |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. It struck its own coins from the time of Trajan. 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 Online IV.3 T7694; vA Pisidia I 1149; SNG BnF 1666; SNG Cop 176; SNG Righetti 1411; SNG Pfšlzer 287; Waddington 3778; BMC Pisidia p. 233, 1, 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 - ANTONINOC, laureate head right; reverse TIBEPIEΩN ΠAΠΠHNΩN, 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; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


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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