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Tremissis - Ouazebas

Features

Country Aksum
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 350-400
Value Tremissis (1/3)
Metal Gold plated bronze
Weight 2.0 g
Diameter 18 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized yes
References MHAC# 54, BMC Aksum# 245
Aksumite Coins
by Stuart Munro-Hay
(Spink)
Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum
by Stuart Munro-Hay
(British Museum)

Obverse

Bust of Ouazebas right, wearing headcloth ornamented on the front, draped, flanked by grain ears.

Lettering: +ΟνΥΑΖΗEΒΑΣ ΒΑϹΙΛΕΥΣ

Translation: "King Ouazebas".

Reverse

Small bust right, wearing headcloth ornamented on the front, draped, within circle with gilt inlay.

Lettering: +ΤΟΥ ΤΟ ΑΡΕϹΗ ΤΗ ΧωΡΑ

Translation: "May this please the country".

Comments

These coins are enough gilded in order to give them a highly significant value. This also explains why there are often gilding residues on the coin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (350-400) 

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