Ancient Coinage of Axum, Ousanas

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BMC 245KINGS of AXUM. Ousanas. Circa 350-400 AD. AE18mm. OVAZEBAC BACI LEYC, draped bust right in headcloth, flanked by grain ears / +TOV TO APECH TH XWPA (May This [the cross] Please the Country), small draped bust right in circle; the interior of the circle gilt. Munro-Hay 54; BMC Aksum 245. TextImage
BMC 28KINGS of AXUM (Aksum). Ousanas. Circa 300 AD. AR 15mm (1.59g, 12h). BACILEYC OYCANAC (King Ousanas), draped bust right, in headcloth; pellet in crescent above / AxwMitwN BICIGICENE (Of the Aksumites man of Gisene), draped bust right, in headcloth; pellet in crescent above. Munro-Hay Type 26; BMC Aksum 28. TextImage
BMC 402AXUM. Ousas. Circa 500. AV 18mm (1.58 g, 11h). Crowned bust right, holding whisk; grain ears flanking / Draped bust right, in headcloth, holding whisk; grain ears flanking. Munro-Hay Type 86; BMC Aksum 402. TextImage
BMC 405KINGS of AXUM (Aksum). Ousana. Circa 500 AD. AV Third Solidus, 17mm (1.56 g, 12h). +OYCANA B-AGILELC (King Ousanas), crowned & robed bust right, framed by two grain ears / +BEDV [E]V +I+LIIC (By the grace of God), draped bust right, in headcloth, framed by two grain ears. Munro-Hay Type 89; BMC Aksum 405. TextImage
BMC JJ78AXUM. Ousana. Circa 500. AV 18mm (1.58 g, 11h). Crowned bust right, holding whisk; symbol above head; grain ears flanking / Draped bust right, in headcloth, holding whisk; grain ears flanking. Munro-Hay Type 86; BMC Aksum J-J 78. TextImage
Munro_26KINGS of AXUM (Aksum). Ousanas. Circa 290-300 AD. AR 15mm (1.78 g, 1h). BACILEVS OVCANAC, small draped bust right, in head cloth; crescent & pellet above / AxWMITWN BICI GICENE, small draped bust right, in head cloth; crescent & pellet above. Munro-Hay 26; cf. BMC Aksum 27-28. TextImage
Munro_27AXUM. Ousanas I. Circa 300-330. AR 15mm (1.87 g, 12h). Draped bust right, in headcloth; pellet-in-crescent above / Draped bust right, in headcloth; pellet-in-crescent above. Hahn, Aksumite 13a; Munro-Hay type 27; BMC Axum -. TextImage
Munro_28KINGS of AXUM (Aksum). Ousanas. Circa 300 AD. AR 13mm (0.85g, 12h). BACILEYC OYCANV (King Ousanas), draped bust right, in headcloth within circle; pellet in crescent above / AxmMITwN (Of the Aksumites), draped bust right, in headcloth; pellet in crescent above. Munro-Hay Type 28; BMC Aksum 29-39. TextImage
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Munro_85KINGS of AXUM (Aksum). Ousas. Circa 500 AD. AV Third Solidus (17mm, 1.50 gm, 12h). +OVCAC BACILEYC, draped bust right, in triple-arched crown & holding scepter; two grain ears flanking; symbol in outer left field / QEOV EVXAPICTIA(final A inverted), draped bust right, in headcloth & holding fly whisk; two grain ears flanking. Munro-Hay 85; Anzani 185; BMC Aksumite pp. 38-39. TextImage
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See also: Search for Ousanas at CoinArchives.com
Search for Ousanas in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Search for Ousanas in the ANS Database