1/2 Piastre, Issued by, Cyprus, 1879
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Head of Queen Victoria l. wearing coronet which is ornamented with oak leaves and acorns; around, VICTORIA QUEEN 1879

Reverse Description

At centre with beaded circle, 1/2; around, . CYPRUS . HALF PIASTRE

Edge Description



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.

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