1/2 Piastre, Issued by, Cyprus, 1879
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Head of Queen Victoria l. wearing coronet which is ornamented with oak leaves and acorns; around, VICTORIA QUEEN 1879
At centre with beaded circle, 1/2; around, . CYPRUS . HALF PIASTRE
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 piastre in 1879. All coins featured a head of Queen Victoria.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
27.5 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.725 g (Weight)
Pridmore 51 KM#2
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories.
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.