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Ethiopia coinage

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This message aims at: requesting the creation or the modification of a currency in the catalog

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stratocaster
Joined: 30-Aug-2019
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The earliest option for Ethiopian currency is the Birr from 1903, but there have been currencies before that.

Can the referee check this please?

Thanks!

Andrei
Jarcek Numista team
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Hmm, you are right, what is the correct date range? :.
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stratocaster
Joined: 30-Aug-2019
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So compiling Krause and Wikipedia this should be it:
  • Mahaleki (1887-1894)
  • Abyssinian Birr (1894-1931); 1 Birr = 20 Gersh = 40 Bessa; Werk ~ 4 Birr
  • First Birr (1931-1936); decimalized: 1 Birr / Dollar = 100 Santeems / Cents / Matonas / Metonnyas
  • Foreign currency (1936-1944)
  • Second Birr (1944-date); 1 Birr / Dollar = 100 Santeems / Cents / Matonas / Metonnyas

Rulers:
  • Emperor Menelik II (1889-1913)
  • Lij Yasu (1913-1916) - No known coinage
  • Empress Zauditu (1916-1930)
  • Emperor Haile Selassie I (1st rule, 1930-1936)
Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1936-1941)
  • Emperor Haile Selassie I (2nd rule, 1941-1974)
  • People's Republic (1974-1991)
  • Federal Republic of Ethiopia (1991-present)

*Krause and Wikipedia list:
1 Birr = 20 Gersh (until 1903)
1 Birr = 16 Gersh (after 1903)
However, the actual silver content of the Gersh and Birr didn't change at the 1903 issue. So either:
- there is a mistake in the silver weights listed by Krause
or
- the 1903 change didn't happen.

**All dates I've listed in AD.
EE (Ethiopian Era) = AD - 8 years

Best,

Andrei
Jarcek Numista team
Joined: 22-Dec-2014
Posts: 6067
Ugh, soo much information B. This will take a while.
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stratocaster
Joined: 30-Aug-2019
Posts: 29
yep... sorry it's not an easy answer. took a while to check everything.

But no rush, and once you update the sections, I am happy to redistribute the coins

thanks

Andrei
Status changed to Accepted (Jarcek, 13-Oct-2019, 01:05AM)
Jarcek Numista team
Joined: 22-Dec-2014
Posts: 6067
Ok, one after another, I just modified currencies and created Mahaleki (1887-1894) currency. <:D
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stratocaster
Joined: 30-Aug-2019
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Thanks! much appreciated!

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