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Æ 11 - Ioel long cross

Features

Country Aksum
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 550-570
Currency Roman-Byzantine Solidus contemporary currency (301-cca. 640)
Composition Bronze
Weight 0.85 g
Diameter 11 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References MHAC# 134,
Stuart C. Munro-Hay, Bent Juel-Jensen; 1995. Aksumite coinage. Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9780907605638.
BMC Aksum# 484-507
Stuart Munro-Hay; 1999. Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum. British Museum Press, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9780714108834.

Obverse

Bust of Ioel, right, crowned, wearing cloak; crescent in right field.

Translation: "King Ioel".

Reverse

Long Latin cross.

Translation: "Christ is with us".

Comments

Lettering in Ge'ez language.

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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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (550-570) 

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