Ouazebas (circa 356)
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Currency||Roman-Byzantine Solidus contemporary currency (301-cca. 640)|
|Composition||Gold plated bronze|
Stuart C. Munro-Hay, Bent Juel-Jensen; 1995. Aksumite coinage. Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.BMC Aksum# 245
Stuart Munro-Hay; 1999. Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum. British Museum Press, London, United Kingdom.
Bust of Ouazebas right, wearing headcloth ornamented on the front, draped, flanked by grain ears.
Lettering: +ΟνΥΑΖΗEΒΑΣ ΒΑϹΙΛΕΥΣ
Translation: "King Ouazebas".
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".
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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