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Proof Coin - 1/4 Piastre, Cyprus, 1895 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12379

1/4 Piastre, Issued by, Cyprus, 1895
Minted by Royal Mint, London
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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21.8 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.978 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins, 1895
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Cyprus
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1895 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 1895
Reverse Description: At center within beaded circle, 1/4 around, . CYPRUS . QUARTER PIASTRE
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Cyprus, 1895
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1895
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain
References: Pridmore 84A
  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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