Proof 45 Piastre, Issued by, Cyprus, 1928.
Minted at Royal Mint, London
Crowned bust of George V left; around, GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: REX ET IND: IMP:; artist's initials, BM, on bust truncation
Two heraldic lions, one above the other, to left, heads facing; around, + 1878 * CYPRUS * 1928 + FORTYFIVE PIASTRES; artist's initials, KG, below lions
The year 1928 was the 50th anniversary of British occupation of Cyprus, this coin was intended for circulation but was also to commemorate that anniversary. The denomination, 45 Piastres was included in the Coinage Order of 1900, but this was the first occasion when a coin of that denomination was issued. This coin is a Royal Mint Proof of Record striking.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Type of item
38.7 mm (Outside Diameter), 28.297 g (Weight)
Pridmore page 87 No.1A KM#19
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories.