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Arma (Axum), Copper, Coin (Uncertain Value), Uncertain Mint, circa 630-641

 
 

Obverse

King seated on high-backed throne facing right and holding a long staff with cross on top. 

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Reverse

Voided cross surrounded by two ears of grain.

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Obverse

King seated on high-backed throne facing right and holding a long staff with cross on top. 

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Reverse

Voided cross surrounded by two ears of grain.

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Accession number BZC.2009.015
Ruler Arma (Axum)
Metal Copper
Denomination Coin (Uncertain Value)
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date circa 630641
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 2.15 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Copper unit with gilded center. The reverse inscription reads, “Let there be joy to the people.”

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

S. C. Munro-Hay, The Coinage of Aksum, 148, type 153.

Acquisition History

Füeg Collection, Stack's NYC, 12 January 2009, lot 3420. From Spink's sale 13, July 2000, lot 948.