King Solomon's Mines (1950)
Ethiopian silver dollars used as medals
The 1950 MGM film "King Solomon's Mines" shows some Ethiopian birrs or talaris (Ethopian silver dollars)
used as medals by African hunters.
starred Stewart Granger as Allan Quatermain and Deborah Kerr as Elizabeth Curtis.
silver dollar size coins.
Allan Quatermain, a professional hunter, takes two clients, Elizabeth Curtis and her brother,
to search for Elizabeth's husband who is missing in Africa.
The husband went looking for a legendary treasure.
Allan removes a decoration from the man's neck to give to his wife.
The coins have been identified as Ethiopian birrs or talaris (silver dollars).
looking for the husband and the famous mines.
2. Two hunters in Africa, man in back is wearing coin necklace
3. Elephant shot, rolls onto native hunter
4. Allan comforting fallen man
5. Allan holding the two coins
6. Another view of one of the coins
The coins appear to be Ethiopian birrs or talaris (silver dollars).
7. Ethiopian birr or talari of King Menelik II
The date on the coin is the Ethiopian Era year 1889 (AD 1897).
They are the size of a US silver dollar (38mm) and were made from AD 1894 to 1904.
Elizabeth meets Allan and asks him to find her husband.
8. Allan and Elizabeth in his office
9. Elizabeth and Allan in the jungle
Deborah Kerr as Elizabeth Curtis
Stewart Granger as Allan Quatermain
Richard Carlson as John Goode
Writers: Helen Deutsch, H. Rider Haggard (novel)