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Waxeba (Axum), Copper, Coin (Uncertain Value), Uncertain Mint, circa 340-circa 400

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the king draped facing right and wearing head cloth with naps at the forehead and rounded ribbon falling behind “earring.” Surrounded by two ears of grain.

OYΛΗΒCΒΙΛY

Reverse

Draped bust, as on obverse, but smaller, enclosed in a circle, and with gilt central background.

OTCΛPΕΣHTHXPA

Obverse

Bust of the king draped facing right and wearing head cloth with naps at the forehead and rounded ribbon falling behind “earring.” Surrounded by two ears of grain.

OYΛΗΒCΒΙΛY

Reverse

Draped bust, as on obverse, but smaller, enclosed in a circle, and with gilt central background.

OTCΛPΕΣHTHXPA

Accession number BZC.2009.014
Ruler Waxeba (Axum)
Metal Copper
Denomination Coin (Uncertain Value)
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date circa 340circa 400
Diameter 17.0 mm
Weight 2.27 g
Relation of Dies 11:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

The reverse inscription reads, “May this please the country.”

W. Hahn, “Aksumite Numismatics: A Critical Survey of Recent Research,” 311, no. 72.

S. C. Munro-Hay, The Coinage of Aksum, 91.

Acquisition History

From the Füeg Collection, Stack's NYC sale, 12 January 2009, lot 3412, ex Dix Noonan Webb sale 9, April 2008, lot 505.