Order of Solomon, Breast Star
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This Order was established by Tafari Makonnen in 1922 acting as regent, although it had been proposed some 9 years earlier by the British Minister to Ethiopia. It was created as a special class of the Order of the Seal of Solomon, but by the time it was awarded by Makonnen as Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1930, it had become an entirely separate award. The Order was discontinued as a state award following the collapse of the Empire in 1974. It is currently awarded as a dynastic order by the Crown Council of Ethiopia.
It is conferred upon the Emperor and Empress of Ethiopia, other members of the Imperial Family, and foreign monarchs.
The Breast Star resembles the medal and features a Ge’ez inscription on the obverse that can be translated to “The Queen of Sheba Came to Hear Solomon’s Wisdom.”
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Obv: [GE'EZ INSCRIPTION]
The attributes listed here have been taken from the medal of King George V in the collection of the Royal Collection Trust.
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