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    Haile Selassie gold Airplane Medal EE1921 (1928), Gill-RT12, choice brilliant UNC with small contact marks on the reverse, this impressive medal features a crowned bust of Haile Selassie on the obverse and a crudely designed propeller airplane on the reverse with a pilot and machine gun. The Amharic inscription above the plane translates to "flying Tafari." This medal commemorates the acquisition of four airplanes from France which constituted the beginning of the Ethiopian Air Force. One of the planes was specifically for the use of the Emperor. Extremely rare and believed to be the specimen sold in the Farouk Collection in 1954, lot 1280. Plain edge, 43 mm, 39.40 grams.

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    January, 2012
    2nd-3rd Monday-Tuesday
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