Please help ID coin/medal in 1950 film "King Solomon's Mines"

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  1. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    Please help ID coin/medal in 1950 film "King Solomon's Mines"

    I watched today the DVD of the 1950 film "King Solomon's Mines" which starred
    Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr and was filmed in Africa.

    About 4 minutes into the film, professional safari hunter Stewart Granger's
    assistant is killed by an elephant and Stewart removes a decoration from
    the man's neck to give to his wife.

    The decoration looks like two silver dollar sized coins or medals attached
    to beads.

    These are the best screen captures that I can get from the DVD.

    Anyone have an idea what the coins or medals are?



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  3. Ardatirion

    Ardatirion Où est mon poisson

    I haven't seen the movie, but I love the book.

    Unfortunately, I can't make out what it is from those pictures.
  4. byrd740

    byrd740 Numismatist

    The second picture makes it look more like an Ethiopian coin.
  5. rdwarrior

    rdwarrior Junior Member

    I agree, maybe this one 1 Birr 1887-89?

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  6. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    Thank all of you for your help in identifying the coin in the 1950 film
    "King Solomon's Mines"

    I thought it might be the silver dollar sized Ethiopia One Talari or Birr coin,
    but due to the poor quality of the images, I could not be sure.

    As the film was set in 1897 East Africa, one of these coins would
    date correctly as they were made from 1894 to 1904.

    I have an interest in coins used in movies and have a website with
    section devoted to this topic, it is at:

  7. volker00

    volker00 Coin Collecting Noob

    I checked out your site. You should add The Dark Knight to your list, the newest Batman Movie. One of the characters, Harvey Dent, has a Peace Dollar, which plays an important part of the movie.

  8. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector


    I have always been puzzled by the film Troy staring Brad Pitt, etc. The film depicts the assault on Troy by some united Greek forces back in something like 1200 BC. This is Greek mythology & I looked up the date when the film first came out. I think I have the 1200 BC date about right. The film reminds us of great names like Achilles & Hector. According to the film, it was normal to place coins on the eyes of the fallen prince of Troy (Hector) before they burned his remains. They flash the coins in the DVD but I couldn’t get a clear image. I’m curious what “coins” were used more than 500 years before the Lydian wart-nose lion coins. I guess this is a question for you ancient guys.

    Very best regards,

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