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27 Jan: Menelik & Lion

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27 January 1895: Menelik II & Lion of Judah

 

Quantity Issued:

320,700 each 1/4G

307,500 each 1/2G

300,000 each 1G

309,000 each 2G

211,500 each 4G

220,650 each 8G

219,00 each 16G

Designer: J. Lagrange; Engraver: Eugene Mouchon
Printer: Atelier de Fabrication des Timbres-Postes, Paris
Printing process: Typography in 7 colors

1/4 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

1

1

1

1

1/2 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

2

2

2

2

1 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

3

3

3

3

2 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

4

4

4

4

4 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

5

5

5

5

8 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

6

6

6

6

16 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

7

7

7

7

In 1894, Ethiopia ordered from the Atelier de Fabrication des Timbres-Postes in Paris, France, a set of seven values depicting an effigy of Menelik II: , , 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 Guerche; and three values depicting the Lion of Judah: 4, 8, and 16 Guerche. Of the ten, only seven were issued: the four lower Menelik values and the three Lion of Judah values. These were issued on 27 January 1895. Menelik II and the Lion of Judah represent the tradition of the unbroken lineage of the Ethiopian Solomonic dynasty that trace its roots back to the marriage of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.