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Aksumite Kingdom (Axum), Anonymous, c. 400 - 500 A.D.
A curious aspects of Axumite coinage is the use of gilding on some of the silver and bronze coins.
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, thus no one can verify the Ark's existence.
GB58755. Bronze AE 16, Munro-Hay Type 76, BMC Aksumite 328, gF, Aksum mint, weight 1.756g, maximum diameter 16.0mm, c. 400 - 500 A.D.; obverse BAX - A-CA (blundered), half-length bust right, cross behind, holding scepter cruciger which breaks legend to the right; reverse + TOV TO APECH TH XWPA (May This [the cross] Please the Country), Greek cross with arms merging with a circle around it, gold gilding
in center punch; ex Manfra, Tordella and Brooks Inc (Joseph H. Rose, 1969); SOLD
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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