The first coin I pulled was a 1998 Cuban 5 centavos, featured on Tuesday. And then I pulled this…
Ethiopia, 10 santeem, 1977 (KM #45.2)
The lion on this coin is totally awesome. That is one fierce creature that I wouldn’t want to cross. Makes me not want to f–k with Ethiopia, to leave them alone! This coin has a message, and that message is “go away, or I will bite you!”
The script on this coin is all Ge’ez, but the numerals underneath the lion’s head read “1969”. This is, of course, 1969 on the Ethiopian calendar, which lags the gregorian calendar by eight years. For example, it’s 2003EE right now. So 1969EE is 1977AD.
The mintage of this coin is 202,722,000, and its value is 0.60 cents USD.
Weight 4.5 g
Diameter 23 mm
Engraver Stuart Devlin