Coin Depicting King OusanasEthiopia, 4th centurySilver-gilt, 1.2…

Coin Depicting King Ousanas

Ethiopia, 4th century

Silver-gilt, 1.2 cm in diameter

The Aksumite Kingdom began to issue coins about AD 270. Silver and bronze coins were issued for local, everyday use, and generally followed the design of Roman coins with a bust portrait of the ruler in profile on one side. Aksumite coins were the first in the ancient world to carry the cross as a symbol of the ruler’s devotion to the Christian religion; Christianity was like introduced to Aksum during Ousanas’ reign.

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