Large circular silvered metal medal with integral imperial Ethiopian crown suspension; the face with a portrait of Emperor Haile Selassie I in military uniform facing left and circumscribed in Amharic ‘No one can separate’; the reverse with two female figures, one crowned, symbolising Ethiopia and Eritrea embracing and circumscribed in Ge‘ez ‘What nature has bound together’ and ‘This bone is of my bone’ and dated ‘1945’ (1952); usual slight loss of silvering in places and surface scratches; on original ribbon.
The Medal was instituted by Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1952 in three classes, gold, silver, as here, and bronze, and was awarded to those who had served in the campaign to join Eritrea in federation with Ethiopia after World War II.
Subsequently in 1960 the Eritrean parliament voted unanimously for independence. There followed a long and bitter war for independence that ended only in 1991. Eritrea became independent on 24 May 1993 but war broke out again from 1998 to 2000 and many issues remain unresolved.
The Medal is now quite rare in all three classes.