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Proof Coin - 18 Piastres, Cyprus, 1901 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12270

Proof 18 Piastres, Issued by, Cyprus, 1901
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
The British sovereign was declaired the sole legal tender for unlimited amount by an Order in Council; dated 17 September 1900. British Imperial silver coins had been in use on the island since 1882 with the British shilling as 9 piastres. In 1900 it was decided that piastre denominated silver coins would be struck and this was the first isue of thses. Under the new system silver coins were legal tender to 540 piastres and bronze to 27 piastres. The Deputy Master of the Royal Mint pointed out that, although there would be a loss of profit in not sending Imperial silver coins to Cyprus, from that time the duty of replacing worn silver would be shifted to the Cypriot government.

18 piastres was the local valuation of the Imperial 2 shilling coin
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29.8 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.326 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins, who mach it is
Themes this item is part of: George William de Saulles, Sculptor, Designer & Engraver (1862-1903), Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, George William De Saulles, Medallist (1862-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Cyprus
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1901 AD
Denomination: 18 Piastres
Obverse Description: Crowned bust of Victoria left; around, VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REG FID DEF IND IMP
Reverse Description: At centre, crowned shield of arms depicting a lion rampant to left; below crown, a scroll inscribed, CYPRUS; the date 1901 divided by the shield; below, outside partial circle of beads, EIGHTEEN PIASTRES
Edge Description: milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Cyprus, 1901
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1901
Artist: George de Saulles - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1901
References: Pridmore 2A
  1. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1960
  2. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009

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