Thanks for the positive comments Steve. Some Axumite coins (like @sap's) include inscriptions in both Ge-ez and Greek.
The gold inlays has always been a point of fascination for me, however... I wonder how that was expected to impact the value?
The only information that I have found about the little spot of gold in the cross is this (quoted directly from @quant-geek at numista.com):
There have been a lot of study on the Axumite gilding process and why they gilded their coins. There are varying theories, but nothing concrete. As the number of gold coins decreased, some speculate that it was to increase the value of the copper and silver coins by gilding important religious icons on the coin. This also was extended to the crown of the King. Others speculate that it was purely decorative as several religious items have been found that was gilded.
Finally, in researching the answer to your question, I stumbled upon another Axumite coin previously posted on CCF:http://goccf.com/t/72925
Sorry about the previous omission @jeff11!
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