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Coronation Medal of Haile Selassie I, 1930
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Coronation Medal of Haile Selassie I, 1930
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Large circular bronze medal; the face with a portrait of Emperor Haile Selassie I in coronation robes facing left and wearing the Imperial crown circumscribed in Ge‘ez ‘Haile Selassie the First’; the reverse with a trilobe filled with intricate design and circumscribed in Ge‘ez ‘Ethiopia Shall Soon Reach Out Her Hands Unto God’, (A Song of David, Psalms Chapter 68, verse 31); now lacking suspension loop and ribbon.

The Medal was instituted in two classes on 30 November 1930 by Emperor Haile Selassie I to mark his coronation and awarded to those who attended, participated in or assisted in it. Haile Selassie (1892-1975) claimed direct descent from The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. He became Crown Prince and Regent in 1916 and was Emperor from 1930 to 1974 when a revolution brought a Marxist military junta to power.

His greatest challenge arose from the Italian invasion of 1935 and he is best remembered for his moving and dignified speech to the General Assembly of the League of Nations, being the only head of state ever to address that assembly, which won him instant worldwide acclaim and respect that he never lost.

This example is of local manufacture.

Coronation Medal of Haile Selassie I, 1930
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