Ethiopia EE1969 5 cents

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Ethiopia underwent a revolution in 1974, with a military council (the Derg) deposing King Haile Selassie. He died the following year. The country was reformed as the People's Democratic Republic with Major Mengistu Haile Mariam as leader. The Soviet Union and Cuba replaced the western powers as Ethiopia's primary allies. The country underwent years of insurrection and famine until the collapse of the Mengistu regime in 1991 to counter-revolutionary forces.

Despite radical changes in government structure, Ethiopia continued with currency denominated in cents and birr, even continuing with the image of a lion (albeit modified from the older lion of Judah) on the coinage. Shown is a five cent coin in copper-zinc, dated 1969 (Ethiopian Era). This is a frozen date. The obverse features a lion and the date along the base. The reverse features a farmer carrying a rifle, presumably to fend off counterrevolutionaries.

Recorded mintage: 201,275,000.

Specification: 3 g, brass, 20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 44.1.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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