Cyprus 1908 1/2 piastre
This specimen was lot 29611 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $4,817.50. The catalog description noted, "British Colony - Edward VII 1/2 Piastre 1908 MS63 Brown NGC. A significant, one-year type with glossy, chestnut coloration and instances of blended coppery color throughout. Absolutely scarce at this level and rarely offered in the marketplace, this selection presents well-struck devices and fields that are fairly clear, lacking any noteworthy disruptions. Visually engaging and somewhat undervalued in the [SCWC] reference." This one year type, slightly more than a British half penny, is scarce, along with the matching quarter piastre and one piastre.
Recorded mintage: 36,000.
Catalog reference: KM 11.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.