Wazeba of Axum

Wazeba (early 4th century) was a King of the Kingdom of Aksum, centered in the highlands of modern Ethiopia and Eritrea. He succeeded Aphilas atop the throne. Wazeba is primarily known from the coins that he minted during his reign. He was the first Aksumite ruler to engrave the legends of his coins in Ge'ez, and the only King of Aksum to use that language on his gold currency.[2]

King of Aksum
Reignlate 330s[1]

S. C. Munro-Hay suggests, based on a number of recovered coins that use a die from Wazeba on the obverse and a die from Ousanas on the reverse, that these two kings may have been co-rulers.[3] Wolfgang Hahn and Vincent West instead suggested that Wazeba was an usurper who interrupted the reign of Ousanas.[1]

Wazeba's coins were the first Aksumite coins to use the Ethiopian script and language (Ge'ez), with some variations on the regalia on gold coins.[1] The standard design was restored by Ousanas.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Hahn, Wolfgang; West, Vincent (2016). Sylloge of Aksumite Coins in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Oxford: Ashmolean. p. 11.
  2. ^ S. C. Munro-Hay, Aksum: An African Civilization of Late Antiquity (Edinburgh: University Press, 1991), p. 189
  3. ^ Munro-Hay, Aksum, p. 76