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Coin Depicting an Anonymous King
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Coin Depicting an Anonymous King

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Description 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.
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Provenance William Wright Gallery, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Knopfelmacher Collection, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1996, by gift.
Credit Gift of Joseph and Margaret Knopfelmacher, 1996

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4th century
silver with traces of gilt
(Coins & Medals)
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1/16 x 9/16 in. (0.1 x 1.4 cm) (d. x diam.)


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