1897(EE 1889), Ethiopia, Emperor Menelik II. Scarce Gold 1 Werk Coin. Emperor: Menelik II Mint Place: Addis Ababa Mint Year: 1897 (EE 1889) Denomination: Gold 1 Werk Reference: Friedberg 30, KM-18. Certified and graded by NGC as MS-63! 900 Diameter: 20mm Weight: 7gm. Obverse: Crowned bust of Emperor Menelik II within wreath. Date (EE 1889) below. Reverse: Crowned Lion of Judah, holding cross-topped banner with right paw left. Legend around and in exergue. The Lion of Judah is the symbol of the Hebrew tribe of Judah (the Jewish tribe). According to the Torah, the tribe consists of the descendants of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob. The association between Judah and the lion, most likely the Asiatic lion, can first be found in the blessing given by Jacob to his son Judah in the Book of Genesis. The Lion of Judah is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, as a term representing Jesus, according to Christian theology. Due to its association with Selassie, it continues to be an important symbol among members of the Rastafari movement. Menelik II (baptised as Sahle Maryam ; 17 August 1844 12 December 1913) was Negus of Shewa (186689), then Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to his death in 1913. At the height of his internal power and external prestige, the process of territorial expansion and creation of the modern empire-state was completed by 1898, which expanded the Ethiopian Empire to the extent of the historic Aksumite Empire. Menelik was also remembered for leading Ethiopian troops against the Kingdom of Italy in the First Italo-Ethiopian War, where Menelik scored a decisive victory at the Battle of Adwa. Ethiopia was transformed under Emperor Menelik: the major signposts of modernisation with the help of key ministerial advisors, such as Gäbre-Heywät Baykädañ, were put in place. Externally, Meneliks victory over the Italian invaders earned him great fame: following the Battle of Adwa, recognition of Ethiopia’s independence by external powers was expressed in terms of diplomatic representation at his court and delineation of Ethiopia’s boundaries with the adjacent colonies. Menelik expanded his kingdom to the south and east, into Kaffa, Sidama, Wolayta and other kingdoms. He is widely called “Emiye Menelik” in Ethiopia for his forgiving nature and his unselfish deeds for the poor. Later in his reign, Menelik established the first Cabinet of Ministers to help in the administration of the Empire, appointing trusted and widely respected nobles and retainers to the first Ministries. These ministers would remain in place long after his death, serving in their posts through the brief reign of Lij Iyasu and into the reign of Empress Zauditu. They also played a key role in deposing Lij Iyasu. The item “1897(EE 1889), Ethiopia, Emperor Menelik II. Scarce Gold 1 Werk Coin. NGC MS-63″ is in sale since Sunday, December 23, 2018. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Africa\Ethiopia”. The seller is “coinworldtv” and is located in Europe. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Certification Number: 36335922
- Certification: PCGS
- Grade: MS63
- Composition: Gold!
- Year: 1897