Bronze coin - Ioel long cross

Bronze coin - Ioel (long cross) -  obverse Bronze coin - Ioel (long cross) -  reverse


Country Aksum
Type Common coin
Years 550-570
Metal Bronze
Weight 0.85 g
Diameter 11 mm
Shape Round (Irregular)
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized yes
References MHAC# 134, BMC Aksum# 484-507
Aksumite Coins
by Stuart Munro-Hay
Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum
by Stuart Munro-Hay
(British Museum)


Crowned facing bust; crescent to right

"King Ioel"
(in Ge'ez)


Long cross

"Christ is with us"
(in Ge'ez)


Unlike gold and silver coinage minted for the trade route between the Byzantine Empire and India, this bronze coin seems to have a local use.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (550-570) 

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Bronze coin - Ioel (long cross)