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19xx: Jigjiga Customs

19xx: Harar Customs

1917: Coronation Officials

1919: A&R Officials

1921/22: A&R Narrow OP Officials

1927/28: A&R Wide OP Officials

1928: Definitives Officials

1928: Definitive Gov't Business Officials

1930: Coronation Gov't Business Officials

1930:Provisional OP Gov't Business Officials

1930: Coronation Officials

1930: Imperial Lion - Proofs $MTD

1931: Provisional Officials

1942?: Restoration Fiscals

1948: Imperial Lion - $MTD

1952: Imperial Lion (1st Issue) - $Eth

1952: Imperial Lion (2nd Issue) - $Eth

Imperial Lion - 3rd Issue - $Eth

1949: AA C of C Revenues

1950x: Eritrean Revenue Overprinted 

195x: Ethiopian Eritrea Revenues

1969?: Imperial Lion - New Design 

1974: PMG Revenues

1976: AA C of C PMG Revenues

1989: PDR Revenues

1991: FDR Revenues

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Jigjiga Customs Stamps

The exact origin and purposes of this issue has not yet been firmly established. They have been referred to as Jigjiga Customs stamps as well as Salt Tax revenue stamps. Research on these stamps continues. Based on my research, these are clearly customs stamps as almost every example I have examined bears the inscription in Amharic ጉምሩከ ᎓ or customs. Currently I have seen examples with Amharic (of) Harar የሐረር ፡ and (of) Jigjiga  የጅጅጋ ᎓  inscriptions. One researcher in early Ethiopian taxation practices posits that specific customs stamps may have been used to pay various types of duties.

Please contact me if you have scans to share of customs stamps or related documents not shown on my website.

ቲምቡር : on the 1/4 and 1/2 Piastres stamps may indicate the type of tax paid - this is still an area of research

Values are only in Amharic on the 1/4 and 1/2 Piastre stamps 
1/4 Piastre 1/4 Piastre 1/2 Piastre 1/2 Piastre

2 Piastres 2 Piastres 4 Piastres 4 Piastres

5 Piastres  10 Piastres  12 Piastres  12 Pastres 
ሩኛንቢሪ ፡ on the 2 Thalers stamps may indicate the type of tax paid - this is still an area of research 

1 Thaler  2 Thalers 2 Thalers  2 Thalers 


10 Thalers  50 Thalers  50 Thalers   
Document with Jigjiga Customs Stamps
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