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Endubis gold coin

Endubis (approx. 270 – approx. 320 AD) was the first ruler of Aksum to have coins minted . These coins appeared in gold and silver and had a coin legend in Greek on the obverse, namely BACIΛEYC AΧWMITWΝ ("King / Emperor of the Aksumites"). On the back was written, also in Greek, BICI ΔAXY, "bisi Dachu", whereby bisi is possibly ancient Ethiopian and could mean man of . The coins show the head of the ruler with a tight cap as a headdress, ears of wheat and a crescent moon are arranged around it. It is remarkable that the gold coins were based on the Roman solidus in terms of weight and fineness .

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  • Stuart Munro-Hay: Aksum. An African Civilization of Late Antiquity. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 1991, ISBN 0-7486-0106-6 , p. 75.

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