William Q. writes: I am a college student and I am looking for a coin or type of money called minae? I need pictures and I was wondering you knew where to look? Please could you help me?
I’m not sure what you are looking for but here’s a couple of roads to travel:
- Mina in ancient times refers to a unit of weight equal to 100 drachmae.
- Minaeans were an ancient tribe of southern Arabia who produced coinage copying the types of Alexander the Great.
- In the early 18th Century in Brazil some gold coins were struck with an “M” mint mark and were products of the Mint at Villa Rica, the capital of the province of Minas Geraes.
- 4th Century B.C., Crete didrachms, drachms and staters were minted with folk legends as part of the design. The labyrinth built for Minos by Daedalus at Cnossus is commonly on the reverse of this city’s coins. The abduction of Europa by Zeus who, in the form of a bull, brought her to Crete where she gave birth to Minos, is featured on other city coinage of the period.