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Aksumite Empire: Ella Gabaz (ca. 610-630) Unit (Hahn, Aksumite 70.2; Munro-Hay 120; BMC Aksum 414)

Obv: "King WZN" (in Ge'ez), draped bust right wearing headcloth, holding sceptre cruciger
Rev: "He who is Fitting for the People" (in Ge'ez), long cross with ends terminating in smaller crosses over a smaller Greek cross; gilding in center

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« Last Edit: February 13, 2016, 12:28:24 PM by Quant.Geek »
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Re: Aksumite Empire: Ella Gabaz (ca. 610-630) Unit (Hahn, Aksumite 70.2)
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2016, 10:13:29 AM »
The cross with the small speck of gold on this makes an immediate strong impression.
I very much appreciate the distinctive style of these ancient Aksumite coins. Thanks for showing !

Anthony

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Re: Aksumite Empire: Ella Gabaz (ca. 610-630) Unit (Hahn, Aksumite 70.2)
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2016, 11:53:35 AM »
Very much agreed. Just when you think you've seen it all this jaw dropper comes along. Wouldn't this qualify as an early bi-metallic coin?

Peter
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Re: Aksumite Empire: Ella Gabaz (ca. 610-630) Unit (Hahn, Aksumite 70.2)
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2016, 12:06:11 PM »
Great!

As there is a cross on top of the wheat stalk, you have a sceptre cruciger on this coin. So this is Munro-Hay # 120.

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Re: Aksumite Empire: Ella Gabaz (ca. 610-630) Unit (Hahn, Aksumite 70.2)
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2016, 12:31:21 PM »
@Peter, Anthony: Thanks guys!  Afrasi's original posting of Aksumite coins influenced me to start collecting these as well.  Been on the lookout for a while and bought a small lot of these coins.  Still got three more coins to go.

@Afrasi:  Thanks for the update.  I used the attribution from an analogous coin from CNG's website, but I guess they got it wrong....
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