Copying Roman facing portraits
Lot 1606
AXUM. Aphilas, circa 300-330. AE (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.68 g, 12 h). AΦΙΛAC (pellet-in-crescent) BACIΛEY-C Draped facing bust of Aphilas, wearing head cloth (?). Rev. AωMITωN (pellet-in-crescent) BICIΔIMHΛ-H ('of the Aksumites, man of Dimele') Draped bust of Aphilas to right, wearing head cloth. Munro-Hay p. 97, Type 14. Hahn p. 123 and pl. I, 10-11. Extremely rare and of great interest. The reverse a bit weak, otherwise, very fine.

The extremely rare silver and bronze coins of Aphilas showing a facing portrait were copied from Roman prototypes of the era, most likely from the famous solidi of Licinius I from 321.
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Closing time: 31-May-20, 18:53:30 CEST
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