Ethiopia 1966 20 dollars

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Goldberg sale 62, lot 3550
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles
Heritage sale 3008, lot 21136
Courtesy Heritage Auctions

The first specimen was lot 3550 in Goldberg sale 62 (Beverly Hills, February 2010), where it sold for $322. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ethiopia. 20 Dollars, 1966. Emperor Haile Selassie. Reverse: Lion of Judah. Choice Brilliant Proof." The second specimen was lot 21136 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, Jan 3, 2010), where it brought $345. The catalog description reads: "Haile Selassie gold 20 Dollars 1966, Proof 67 Ultra Cameo NGC, honoring the birth and reign of Haile Selassie."

This design was used on commemoratives ranging from ten dollars to two hundred dollars. The emperor was ousted by military coup in 1975.

Recorded mintage: 25,000.

Specification: 8 g, .900 fine gold, 0.2315 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-33; KM-39.


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  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 62: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.

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