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Electronic Auction 552

Lot nuber 61

ATTICA, Athens. Circa 340-335 BC. Æ (16mm, 3.95 g, 8h). Eleusis mint. VF.

Electronic Auction 552
Lot: 61.
 Estimated: $ 200

Greek, Bronze

Sold For $ 750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ATTICA, Athens. Circa 340-335 BC. Æ (16mm, 3.95 g, 8h). Eleusis mint. Triptolemos, holding grain ear, seated right in winged chariot being drawn by two serpents / Pig standing right on mystic staff; boukranion below. Kroll 38h–k; HGC 4, 1764. Brown surfaces. VF.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 222 (11 November 2009), lot 140.

The obverse is inspired by a statue of Triptolemos that was presumably still in its temple when Pausanias (I. 38, 6) visited Eleusis in about AD 160: “The Eleusians have a temple to Triptolemos... They say that the plain called Rharion was the first to be sown and the first to grow crops... Here is shown a threshing floor and altar. My dream forbade the description of the things within the wall of the sanctuary, and the uninitiated are of course not permitted to learn that which they are prevented from seeing.”

Closing Date and Time: 13 December 2023 at 10:20:00 ET.

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