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Sicily, Selinus, Litra

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Sicily, Selinus, Litra (obverse) Sicily, Selinus, Litra (reverse)

Already the very first coins from Selinus, issued around the mid-6th century BC, bore the leaf of the celery plant 'selinon' in Greek.

One and a half centuries later, the celery leaf was still depicted on the coins from Selinus, although it had been reduced to a small symbol. On this litra we see the nymph Eurymedusa with a serpent which she feeds from her breast; the serpent stands for recurring renewal. The reverse shows a man-headed bull, a symbol for the river god Selinus.

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