100325 | ETHIOPIA. Menelik II bronze Medal.
100325 | ETHIOPIA. Menelik II bronze Medal. Dated EE 1895 (1903). Commemorating the Opening of the Ethio-Djibouti Railway (32mm, 16.32 g, 12h). By J. C. Chaplain and H. Patey in Paris.
Crowned and draped bust right / Steam locomotive left. Edge: Plain; with ball suspension and suspension ring.
Barac 4; Gill M41. Choice Mint State. Pleasing matte brown surfaces. Attractive and interesting.
The railway between Djibouti City (in Djibouti) and Dire Dawa (in Ethiopia) was completed in 1903, allowing for a rapid expanse in the former and a virtual French enclave in the latter. Further expansion to the line included the eventual terminus at the capital of the Ethiopian empire, Addis Ababa, 784 km (487 miles) inland from the Port of Djibouti.
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