Eritrea 1-CENT (KM43)
Eritrea 1-CENT (KM43)

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!]

Specifications

  • Diameter: 17 mm
  • Composition: Nickel-clad Steel
  • CAT#: KM43

Obverse Legend

STATE OF ERITREA 1997 1 ONE CENT

Reverse Legend

LIBERTY EQUALITY JUSTICE 1991

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