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Priapus

Priapus or Priapos was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia. In Rome, where he had a temple, he was also called Mutinus Titinus and was especially worshiped by young married women. Statues of Priapus were sometimes placed on boundaries and hung with signs which threatened sexual assault on trespassers.


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Lampsakos, Mysia

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Priapus or Priapos was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia. Statues of Priapus were sometimes placed on boundaries and hung with signs which threatened sexual assault on trespassers.
GB88942. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 2274 (8 spec.); SNG BnF 1267; BMC Mysia p. 87, 79; SNG Cop -, Nice gVF, attractive green patina, slightest porosity, slightly off center, weight 3.290 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lampsacus (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 16 Jan 27 B.C. - 19 Aug 14 A.D.; obverse CEBACTOY clockwise behind, youthful laureate head of Augustus right; reverse ithyphallic Priapus standing left, uncertain object in raised right hand, left hand on hip, L-A/M-Ψ/A-K in three divided lines across field; rare; SOLD


Roman Republic, Quintus Titius, 90 B.C.

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Priapus, also called Mutinus Titinus, had a temple in Rome and was especially worshiped by young married women. His use by Quintus Titius is one of the usual found on Republican coinage.
RR88386. Silver denarius, Crawford 341/1, Sydenham 691, RSC I Titia 1, BMCRR I Rome 2220, RBW Collection 1274, SRCV I 238, VF, attractive dark toning, small thick flan cutting off Pegasus' head, obverse die wear, weight 3.780 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 90 B.C.; obverse head of Priapus (Mutinus Titinus) right, wearing winged diadem, pointed beard, curly lock of hair down neck; reverse Pegasus springing right from a base or tablet inscribed QTITI; SOLD


Lampsakos, Mysia, 190 - 85 B.C.

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Priapus or Priapos was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia. Statues of Priapus were sometimes placed on boundaries and hung with signs which threatened sexual assault on trespassers.
GB87735. Bronze AE 21, Lindgren III 258; SNG Tb 2311 corr. (palm), SNG BnF 1248 corr. (branch not desc.), SNG Cop 224 ff. var. (no branch), BMC Mysia p. 86, 69 var. (same), aVF, green patina, centered, corrosion, weight 7.510 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 190 - 85 B.C.; obverse head of Priapos right, bearded, horned, wearing ivy wreath; reverse forepart of Pegasos right, laurel branch upright on right, ΛAMΨA/KHNΩN divided in two lines, starting above, ending below; scarce; SOLD







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