½ Siliqua - Ioel

½ Siliqua - Ioel -  obverse½ Siliqua - Ioel -  reverse

Obverse © simoneo80 - Reverse © worldcoincatalog


Issuer Aksum
King Ioel (circa 560)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 560
Value ½ Siliqua (1/2)
Currency Roman-Byzantine Solidus contemporary currency (301-cca. 640)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 0.85 g
Diameter 12 mm
Shape Round
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 70730
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References MHAC# 129
Stuart C. Munro-Hay, Bent Juel-Jensen; 1995. Aksumite Coinage (A revised and enlarged edition of "The Coinage of ). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.


Bust of Ioel facing, crowned, wearing cloak, three pellets in right field.

Script: Ge'ez

Translation: "King Ioel".


Cross with gilt center, within a circle.

Script: Greek

Lettering: ΑΡΕϹΗΧΥ

Translation: "By the grace of Christ".


Aksum was on the maritime trade route between the Roman Empire, which became the Byzantine Empire in late 6th century, and India. This coin seems to be compatible with the Roman-Byzantine Half-Siliqua, created after the Roman coinage reform of Constantine I and remaining after the Anastasius reform replacing the Roman system by the Byzantine system.

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