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Proof Coin - 1/2 Piastre, Cyprus, 1879 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12353

1/2 Piastre, Issued by, Cyprus, 1879
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.

This bronzed proof is from the collection formed at the Sydney Mint and isbelieved to have been part of their display at the Sydney International Exhibition 1879-1880. When the Mint was closed in 1926 this was one of many coins purchased by the prominent Melbourne collector Dr. William Howat with the intention of placing them in the State collection. He donated it to the National Gallery of Victoria in 1926 and it was transferred to Museum Victoria ( then the Science Museum of Victoria) in 1976.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.759 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions sydney international 1879-1880, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, 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), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Cyprus
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1879 AD
Denomination: 1/2 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 centre within beaded circle, 1/2 around, CYPRUS . HALF 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
Place & Date Exhibited: Australia, 1879-1880
Exhibitor: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, Australia, 1879-1880
References: Pridmore 51A
  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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