1/4 Piastre, Issued by, Cyprus, 1895
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Head of Queen Victoria facing left wearing coronet which is ornamented with oak leaves and acorns; around, VICTORIA QUEEN 1895
At center within beaded circle, 1/4 around, . CYPRUS . QUARTER 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 piarstre in 1879. All coins featured a head of Queen Victoria.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Type of item
21.8 mm (Outside Diameter), 2.978 g (Weight)
Pridmore 84A KM#32
[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.