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Proof Coin - 2 Shillings, Cyprus, 1947 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12281

Proof 2 Cyprus Shillings, Issued by, Cyprus, 1947
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
After World War II the price of silver caused many countries to move away from that metal for their coinage, Cyprus had requested a return to silver in 1945 but the request could not be met. The denomination had been 18 Piastres before the war and equated to 2 shillings, now, with the new alloy, came a change in the denomination on the coin.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.321 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british commonwealth coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Royal Mint, London, Percy Metcalfe, Coin Designer, (1895-1970), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Cyprus
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Proof of Record
DateEra: 1947 AD
Denomination: 2 Shillings
Obverse Description: Crowned head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA. REX ET IND. IMP.; the artist's initials, PM, below the neck truncation
Reverse Description: Two heraldic lions to left (two lions passant guardant); around, + TWO CYPRUS SHILLINGS * 1947
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Copper-Nickel
Issued By: Cyprus, 1947
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1947
Artist: Percy Metcalfe - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1937
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1938
References: Pridmore 8A
  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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