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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Aksumite Kingdom| > GB28094
Aksumite Kingdom (Axum), Armah, Early 7th Century A.D.
According to tradition, the Ark of the Covenant is housed in the Church of Mary of Zion. The Ark, according to legend, was brought to Aksum by Menelik, the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. No one, but one guard priest is allowed in, thus no one can verify the Ark's existence. According to the Kebra Nagast, when Menelik, came to visit his father in Jerusalem, his father gave him a copy of the Ark, and commanded the first-born sons of the elders of his kingdom to go to Ethiopia and settle there. The sons of the elders did not want to live away from the presence of the Ark, so they switched the copy with the original and smuggled the Ark out of the country. Menelik only learned that the original was with his group during the journey home.
GB28094. Billon AE 16, BMC Aksumite p. 46, 566; Anzani 272, gF, toned, Aksum mint, weight 1.181g, maximum diameter 16.4mm, die axis 0o, obverse Ge'ez legend, "King Armah", half-length crowned and draped bust right, cruciform scepter in left, behind a cruciger that appears to be a wheat-stalk topped with a cross; reverse Ge'ez legend, "Mercy and Peace", cross with gold inlay on arch supported by two columns, two smaller crosses emerging from the capitals, inside the arch a key -shaped design with a circle inlaid with gold at the bottom; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange; rare; SOLD











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