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Tremissis - Kaleb

Features

Country Aksum
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 475-525
Value Tremissis (1/3)
Currency Roman-Byzantine Solidus contemporary currency (301-cca. 640)
Composition Gold
Weight 1.6 g
Diameter 17 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
References MHAC# 102,
Stuart C. Munro-Hay, Bent Juel-Jensen; 1995. Aksumite coinage. Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9780907605638.
BMC Aksum# 408
Stuart Munro-Hay; 1999. Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum. British Museum Press, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9780714108834.

Obverse

Bust of Kaleb right, crowned, draped, flanked by grain ears, within beaded circle.

Lettering: +ΧΑΗΒ ΒΑϹΙΛΕΥϹ+

Translation: "King Kaleb".

Reverse

Bust of Kaleb right, wearing headcloth ornamented on the front, draped, flanked by grain ears, within beaded circle.

Lettering: +ΥΙΟϹ ΘΕΝΕΝΑ+

Translation: "Son of Tazena".

Comments

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 Tremissis, created in the last Roman Empire century and remaining after the Anastasius reform replacing the Roman system by the Byzantine system.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (475-525) 

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