Gold quinarius - Endubis
|Value||Gold quinarius (1/2)|
|References||BMC Aksum# 1-3
Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum
by Stuart Munro-Hay
Bust of the king wearing a headcloth and a drape. Crescent above with wheat stalks on both sides of the portrait. Legend in greek ΕΝΔΥΒΙC ΒΑCΙΛΕΥC, (King Endybis)
Lettering: ΕΝΔΥΒΙϹ ΒΑϹΙΛΕΥϹ
Same design as obverse with legend AΧWMITW (Axum) BICI ΔAXY (man of Dakhu)
Lettering: ΑΧωΜΙΤω ΒΙϹΙ ΔΑΧΥ
Aksum was on the maritime trade route between the Roman (and later Byzantine) Empire and India. This coin seems to be compatible with the Roman gold Quinarius, or half Aureus.
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