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Aksum is the purported home of the Ark of the Covenant. According to regional tradition, the Ark is housed in the Church of Mary of Zion. The Ark, according to legends, was brought to Aksum by King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba's son and placed under guard. No one but the one guard priest is allowed in, and thus no one can verify the Ark's existence.
GB25151. Bronze AE 15, Vaccaro 34, F, Aksum mint, weight 0.788g, maximum diameter 14.7mm, obverse XX[...], crowned and draped bust right; reverse HTHXW[...], cross-crosslet with X, traces of gilt center; green patina; SOLD
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