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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Other Sicily| > GB21930
Enna, Sicily, 258 - 150 B.C.
Triptolemus was a demigod of the Eleusinian mysteries who presided over the sowing of grain-seed and the milling of wheat. His name means He who Pounds the Husks. In myth, Triptolemos was one of the Eleusinian princes who kindly received Demeter when she came mourning the loss of her daughter Persephone. The young goddess was eventually returned to her from the Underworld. Demeter, in her munificence, instructed Triptolemos in the art of agriculture and gave him a winged chariot drawn by serpents so that he might travel the world spreading her gift.
GB21930. Bronze litra, Calciati III p. 234, 5; SNG ANS 1337; SNG Cop -, aF, rough, Enna mint, weight 2.806g, maximum diameter 22.5mm, die axis 315o, obverse [ENNAIΩN], Triptolemos standing facing, holding scepter; reverse two winged snakes drawing plow right, barley grain below; very rare; SOLD

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