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BRITISH COLONIAL COINAGE OF CYPRUS (KING GEORGE VI 1936-1952)

Coins with various denominations under King George VI were issued in Cyprus in 1938, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949 as follows:

HALF PIASTRE (COPPER-NICKEL)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI REX IMPERATOR.

Reverse: 1/2 in the centre and in a circle the inscription: · CYPRVS · HALF PIASTRE · 1938 ·

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HALF PIASTRE (BRONZE)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI REX IMPERATOR.

Reverse: 1/2 in the centre and in a circle the inscription: · CYPRVS · HALF PIASTRE · 1942 · (all dates)

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HALF PIASTRE (BRONZE)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI SEXTVS DEI GRATIA REX.

Reverse: 1/2 in the centre and in a circle the inscription: · CYPRVS · HALF PIASTRE · 1949 ·

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ONE PIASTRE (COPPER-NICKEL)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI REX IMPERATOR.

Reverse: 1 in the centre and in a circle the inscription: · CYPRVS · ONE PIASTRE · 1938 ·

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ONE PIASTRE (BRONZE)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI REX IMPERATOR.

Reverse: 1 in the centre and in a circle the inscription: · CYPRVS · ONE PIASTRE · 1942 · (all dates)

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ONE PIASTRE (BRONZE)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI SEXTVS DEI GRATIA REX.

Reverse: 1 in the centre and in a circle the inscription: · CYPRVS · ONE PIASTRE · 1949 ·

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FOUR & A HALF PIASTRES (SILVER)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA. REX ET IND. IMP.

Reverse: Two heraldic lions. K.G. (=Kruger Gray) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: ·CYPRUS· FOUR AND A HALF PIASTRES · 1938 ·

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NINE PIASTRES (SILVER)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA. REX ET IND. IMP.

Reverse: Two heraldic lions. K.G. (=Kruger Gray) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: ·CYPRUS· NINE PIASTRES · 1938 · (or 1940)

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ONE CYPRUS SHILLING (COPPER-NICKEL)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA. REX ET IND. IMP.

Reverse: Two heraldic lions. and in a circle the inscription: + ONE CYPRUS SHILLING + 1947

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ONE CYPRUS SHILLING (COPPER-NICKEL)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS SEXTVS DEI GRATIA REX :

Reverse: Two heraldic lions. and in a circle the inscription: + ONE CYPRUS SHILLING + 1949

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EIGHTEEN PIASTRES (SILVER)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA. REX ET IND. IMP.

Reverse: Two heraldic lions. K.G. (=Kruger Gray) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: ·CYPRUS· NINE PIASTRES · 1938 · (or 1940)

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TWO CYPRUS SHILLINGS (COPPER-NICKEL)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA. REX ET IND. IMP.

Reverse: Two heraldic lions. and in a circle the inscription: + TWO CYPRUS SHILLINGS + 1947

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TWO CYPRUS SHILLING (COPPER-NICKEL)

Obverse: Crowned head to left. P.M. (Percy Metcalfe) in relief below and in a circle the inscription: GEORGIVS SEXTVS DEI GRATIA REX :

Reverse: Two heraldic lions. and in a circle the inscription: + TWO CYPRUS SHILLINGS + 1949

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References: “The Coins of Cyprus” A.Fitikides, 2008

                       “Coins of Cyprus” Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 2010

                      “1801-1900, Standard Catalog of World Coins”, 2007 5th Edition

                      “1901-2000, Standard Catalog of World Coins”, 2010 37th Edition

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