Ethiopia EE1984 200 birr
The coin shown is a 200 birr gold coin, dated 1972 (Ethiopian Era). It commemorates the Decade of Women.
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.
This specimen was lot 6867 on June 17, 2011, at the June 2011 Baltimore Auction – Sale #92 by Stacks Bowers Auctions. It brought $309. The catalog description reads: "ETHIOPIA. 200 Birr, 1984. Decade For Women. CHOICE BRILLIANT PROOF."
Recorded mintage: 298.
Specification: 7.13 g, 0.900 fine gold, 0.2063 AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-44; KM-72.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.