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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Athens| > SH49956
Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 340 - 335 B.C., Eleusinian Festival Coinage
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.
SH49956. Bronze AE 16, BMC Attica p. 113, 20; Kroll 38 var. (control mark); SNG Cop 414 (control mark), F, Athens mint, weight 4.006g, maximum diameter 16.4mm, die axis 180o, obverse Triptolemos seated left in winged chariot drawn by two serpents, stalk of grain in his right hand; reverse EΛEYΣI, piglet standing right on mystic staff, bee (control symbol) below; ex BCD with his hand-written round tag; SOLD

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