Eritrea 1-CENT (KM43) Red-fronted Gazelle
According to this site, the animal depicted on this coin is an Ibex. In fact, there are two species of Ibex found in Eritrea: The Walia ibex and the Nubian ibex. In either case, this depiction would have to be of a young female, but the problem is that the horns of both curve in a very different way from the depiction on the coin.
Therefore, I have concluded that this is a Red-fronted gazelle. To me, the give-away is in the way the horns curve very gently toward the back, then just before the end they change direction and curve forward. Exactly like a Red-fronted gazelle, which is native to Eritrea.
This coin was minted in 1997 only. The 1991 date on the reverse refers to the year the "de facto" state was formed.
[Thanks to Maria for help with this one!]
- Diameter: 17 mm
- Composition: Nickel-clad Steel
- CAT#: KM43