Ethiopia 1966 200 dollars
The coin shown is a two hundred dollar gold coin, dated 1958 (Ethiopian Era) and 1966 AD. On the obverse is a portrait of King Haile Selassie. The reverse has the crowned lion of Judah with Amharic script in exergue. The date is along the base and is written in a format peculiar to Ethiopia, with an extra digit denoting magnitude. The Gregorian date is listed below it. This coin was issued on the 75th Anniversary of Haile Selassie's birth, and fiftieth Jubilee of his reign.This set was lot 1755 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted,
"ETHIOPIE, Hailé Selassié Ier (1930-1974), proof set de 5 p. en or commémorant son 75e anniversaire: 200, 100, 50, 20 et 10 dollars 1966. Dans l'écrin original. Flan Poli. (Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I (1930-74), proof set of five pieces in gold commemorating his seventy-fifth birthday, including the 200, 100, 50 20 and ten dollars of 1966, in the original box. Proof.)"
Recorded mintage: 8,823.
Specification: 80 g, 0.900 fine gold, 2.315 AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 38 (20 dollars) thru 42 (200 dollars), Fr. 30-34, KM PS2.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.