Banknotes and Banking in Abyssinia and Ethiopia

Figure 12

An essay prepared by the Security Banknote Company for the ‘Imperial Ethiopian Government Currency Board’. Compare the front of this note with Figure 15; in both examples bee hives are depicted in a tree and bees are included in the designs. This early essay obviously led to the later design. The Lion of Judah on the back of the essay later found expression in the first issue by the State Bank of Ethiopia.

© Peter Symes