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Mandrabul

From gold to nothing, like Mandrabul's offering. Mandrabul, having found a gold-mine in Samos, offered to Juno a golden ram for the discovery; next year he gave a silver one, then a brazen one, and in the fourth year nothing. The proverb “to bring a noble to ninepence, and ninepence to nothing,” carries the same meaning.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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