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Proof Coin - 1/4 Piastre, Cyprus, 1879 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12378

1/4 Piastre, Issued by, Cyprus, 1879
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Other Details: Exhibited 1880 Melbourne Exhibition by Melbourne Mint
Statement Of Significance:
Government of Cyprus was ceded by the Ottoman Empire to Britain by the Anglo-Turkish Convention of 4 June 1878 by which Turkey received an annual payment equal to what it would have received in taxation. The coinage of the island was based on the Turkish copper piastre and the British elected to continue this system, introducing bronze coins of 1 piastre , 1/2 piastre and 1/4 piarstre in 1879. All coins featured a head of Queen Victoria.

This proof (not bronzed) is from the collection formed at the Melbourne Mint and is believed to have been part of their display at the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881. It was transferred to Museum Victoria ( then the Science Museum of Victoria) in 1978.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21.8 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.885 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Royal Mint, London, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891), Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Cyprus
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1879 AD
Denomination: 1/4 Piastre
Obverse Description: Head of Queen Victoria facing left wearing coronet which is ornamented with oak leaves and acorns; around, VICTORIA QUEEN 1879
Reverse Description: At center within beaded circle, 1/4 around, . CYPRUS . QUARTER PIASTRE
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Cyprus, 1879
Mint: Royal Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1879
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Australia, 1880 - 1881
Exhibitor: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Australia, 1880-1881
References: Pridmore 76A
  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, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006

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