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Eritrea, Vittorio Emanuele III, silver tallero

Eritrea, Vittorio Emanuele III (1900-46), silver tallero, Rome, 1918 (KM 5), 28.01 g. Bt Münzenhandlung Auction 80, 11-13 March 2003, lot 0183.

Eritrea, a former province of Ethiopia, was an Italian colony 1889-1936. This coin represents a failed attempt by the Italians to create a rival to the ubiquitous Maria Theresa thaler, for circulation in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

(CM.2054-2003)

Purchased from the Buttrey Fund