Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice



    Empress 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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2011
    2nd-3rd Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 6,052

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Jan 4, 2011 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 36 days left to consign to the 2021 August 12 - 13 ANA WFOM World Coins Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I want especially to thank you for your courtesy and professionalism. I felt taken care of.
    Stephen M.,
    New York, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search