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ID:     253361
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Ancient Africa
Region:     AKSUMITE KINGDOM
Issuer:     Armah
Date Ruled:     ca. 600-630 AD
Metal:     Bronze
Diameter:     20 mm
Weight:     2.20 g
Obverse Description:     "King Armah" (in Ge'ez), king enthroned right, holding cross sceptre; three pellets to right
Reverse Description:     "Let There be Joy to the People" (in Ge'ez), voided cross in wreath; gilt center
Primary Reference:     Munro-Hay 153
Reference2:     BMC Aksum 589
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=42099
Grade:     VF, dark green patina.
Notes:     Armah is the last Axumite king known to have struck coinage. By the last half of the 7th century Muslim raiders had cut off the Red Sea trade route upon which Axum's prosperity depended, and the kingdom began a long slow decline.