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ID:     253359
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Ancient Africa
Region:     AKSUMITE KINGDOM
Issuer:     AGD
Date Ruled:     ca. 500-525 AD
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     AR16
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD Circa 525-550
Diameter:     16 mm
Weight:     1.49 g
Obverse Legend:     "AGD King of Axum" (in Ge'ez)
Obverse Description:     Crowned facing bust; gilt crown
Reverse Legend:     "The king who Exalts the Savior" (in Ge'ez)
Reverse Description:     Cross under arch; gilt center
Primary Reference:     Munro-Hay 126
Reference2:     BMC Aksum 444
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=42095
Grade:     VF
Notes:     The entire surface of the coin appears to have been silver-enriched. Our knowledge of the later Axumite kingdom is fragmentary; we know little about the absolute chronology of the period, and even the names of the kings are subject to debate. We know king AGD (or ADG) only from his coins- the name is sometimes read as Adegu.