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27 January 1895: Menelik II & Lion of Judah

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: ¼, ½, 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 Guerche; and three values depicting the Lion of Judah: 4, 8, and 16 Guerche. Of the ten stamps, 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.
 
 
  Doig Kohl  Stanley
Gibbons 
Michel  Minkus  Payne  Scott  Yert &
Tellier 
1/4 Guerche: Menelik II 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1/2 Guerche: Menelik II 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
1 Guerche: Menelik II 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
2 Guerche: Menelik II 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
4 Guerche: Lion of Judah 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
8 Guerche: Lion of Judah 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
16 Guerche: Lion of Judah

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Quantity Issued: 

   1/4 Guerche:

        Document Date: 6/21/1984; Print Date: 6/18/1894; Control Number: M 1806; Quantity: 320,700

   1/2 Guerche:

        Document Date: 6/28/1894; Print Date: 6/25/1894; Control Number: M 2506; Quantity: 307,500

   1 Guerche:

        Document Date: 7/4/1894; Print Date: 6/28/1894; Control Number: M 2806; Quantity: 300,000

   2 Guerche:

        Document Date: 7/7/1894; Print Date: 7/3/1894; Control Number: M 307; Quantity: 309,00

   4 Guerche:

        First Printing - Document Date: 8/11/1894; Print Date: 8/2/1894; Control Number: O 208; Quantity: 201,000
        Second Printing - Document Date: 8/18/1894; Print Date: ?; Control Number: ?; Quantity: 10,500

   8 Guerche:

        First Printing - Document Date: 8/13/1894; Print Date: 8/8/1894; Control Number: O 808; Quantity: 201,000
        Second Printing - Document Date: 8/18/1894; Print Date: 8/11/1894; Control Number: O 1108; Quantity: 19,650

16 Guerche:

        First Printing - Document Date: 8/11/1894; Print Date: 8/7/1894; Control Number: O 708; Quantity: 201,000
        Second Printing - Document Date: 8/18/1894; Print Date: ?; Control Number: ?; Quantity: 18,000

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

 

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