Cyprus 1887 1/4 piastre

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Ponterio sale 155, lot 7196
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 7196 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $862.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "CYPRUS. 1/4 Piastre, 1887. NGC MS-65 RB." The SCWC lists this type for 1878-98 where it was struck in moderate numbers along with half piastres and one piastres, all in bronze. Cyprus, seized from the Turks by the British in 1878, was given a quasi-sterling coinage where nine piastres = one shilling.

Recorded mintage: 60,000.

Specification: bronze.

Catalog reference: KM-1.1.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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