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Modern coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens of other continents => Sub-Saharan Africa => East Africa => Topic started by: Austrokiwi on April 10, 2011, 04:00:05 PM

Title: Possible unlisted Ethiopian medal
Post by: Austrokiwi on April 10, 2011, 04:00:05 PM
On e bay I recently saw a medal that seemed very similar in style to a known Ethiopian medal. There was little interest in the piece so I purchased it. Over the last few days, off and on, I have been comparing the "unknown medal to the known (Gill M38, page 123 in gills book). The known medal is 27 mm in diametre and according to Gill should have a loop attached.  You can see in the photographs the unknown is of larger diametre. I believe the two are so similar in style so as to suggest the unknown is possibly an Ethiopian struck piece.

Can any one offer their opinion?   
Title: Re: Possible unlisted Ethiopian medal
Post by: Austrokiwi on April 10, 2011, 04:00:53 PM
Here is the reverse comparison

Title: Re: Possible unlisted Ethiopian medal
Post by: Figleaf on April 10, 2011, 04:34:01 PM
Interesting detail: the cross on top of the crown over the arms...

Peter
Title: Re: Possible unlisted Ethiopian medal
Post by: Austrokiwi on April 10, 2011, 05:59:40 PM
Interesting detail: the cross on top of the crown over the arms...

Your referring to its absence on the unknown piece?   That' s one of the features that  suggests its from a different source... For me its the primative engraving style and similar shape of the letters on the Unknown piece with the The Ethiopian Medals reverse. The obverse, I am guessing, was taken from  French made dies.