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Tremissis - Ouazebas

Features

Country Aksum
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 350-400
Value Tremissis (1/3)
Currency Roman-Byzantine Solidus contemporary currency (301-cca. 640)
Composition Gold plated bronze
Weight 2.0 g
Diameter 18 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
References MHAC# 54,
Stuart C. Munro-Hay, Bent Juel-Jensen; 1995. Aksumite coinage. Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9780907605638.
BMC Aksum# 245
Stuart Munro-Hay; 1999. Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum. British Museum Press, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9780714108834.

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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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (350-400) 

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