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1899 Imperial Railway Company Of Ethiopia


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Stock Code VM-EIR1899

  Certificate dated 14th September 1899 for a 500 franc share in this African railway company. Engraving by the famous military painter and illustrator, Louis Charles Bombled (1862 to 1927) of the Ethiopian emperor Menelik II on his horse awaiting an oncoming train. The Swiss engineer Alfred Ilg, minister under emperor Menelik II, convinced him to build this railway from the coast inland bound, ca. 78 km. over mountains 2.424 m. high. It was a small size track from Djibouti, along Harare, Antotto and Kaffa to the White Nile and Addis Ababa. The money was raised in France that had a strategic interest in the area after the Abyssinian war with Italy. The track was completed in 1917, one year after the death of  Alfred Ilg

Certificate size is 42 cm high x 32 cm wide (17.5" x 13"). It will be mounted in a mahogany frame, with gold inlay, size 45 cm high x 35 cm wide.

A perfect personalised gift for someone who:

  • works or worked in the railroad industry

Framed Certificate Price : 225.00

Certificate Only Price : 175.00



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