Ethiopia: Empress Zauditu silver Pattern Birr EE1917 (1925),...
SECOND KNOWN PATTERN BIRR FOR EMPRESS ZAUDITUEmpress Zauditu silver Pattern Birr EE1917 (1925), Gill-Z5 but struck in silver instead of tin and not uniface. Aged cabinet patina over full mint brilliance, a choice UNC piece. This extremely rare and exotic pattern was unknown to Gill when he wrote his ground-breaking reference on the coins of Ethiopia, but two examples have now come to light. The obverse features the crowned and veiled bust of Zauditu with the designer's name, M. Dammann, below her chin and ESSAI in the lower right field. The reverse depicts the fierce version of the Lion of Judah with the designer's name, J. C. Chaplain, to the right of the lion's left paw. There are no Paris Mint privy marks and the edge is fully lettered. 28.10 grams. Zauditu was the daughter of Menelik II and acceded to the throne in 1917. She was forced to share power with Ras Tafari, the new Regent, who later became the Emperor Haile Selassie.
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