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1944 Ethiopia 25 Santeem coin pendant Lion of Judah Haile Selassie Addis Ababa Rastafari Jewish tribe Adama African Abyssinian lion Oromo people Amharas Solomonic Lalibela Zion WWII era n000618

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1944 Ethiopia 25 Santeem (EE 1936) {1-year issue} 64S 1L 

Hailé Selassié I

front: crowned Lion of Judah holding a ribboned cross

Lettering: ሃያ:አምስት:ሳንቲም
Translation: 25 Santeem

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. The lion of Judah was also one of the titles of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and was depicted on the flag of Ethiopia from 1897-1974. Due to its association with Selassie, it continues to be an important symbol among members of the Rastafari movement.

back: Haile Selassie bust, date below - year 1936 of the Ethiopian calendar in Ge'ez script (digits "1", "9", "100", "30", "6")

Lettering: ፲፱፻፴፮

Haile Selassie was crowned Emperor on 2 November 1930 with the titles "King of Kings", "Lord of Lords", "Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah", "Elect of God." He took—as his regnal name—Haile Selassie I which translates to "Power of the Trinity".

• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Copper coin
• diameter: 25.5 mm
• weight: 6.63 g
• shape: scalloped (with 14 notches)

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