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  • 1 Piastre 1942-1946, KM# 23a, Cyprus, George VI
  • 1 Piastre 1942-1946, KM# 23a, Cyprus, George VI

The 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 piastre in 1879.

George VI (1895–1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward. George's elder brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII upon the death of their father in 1936. However, later that year Edward revealed his desire to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin advised Edward that for political and religious reasons he could not marry a divorced woman and remain king. Edward abdicated in order to marry, and George ascended the throne as the third monarch of the House of Windsor.


Crown, legend around.

The Tudor Crown, also known as the King's Crown or Imperial Crown, is a widely used symbol in heraldry of the United Kingdom. While various crown symbols had been used for this purpose for many years previously, the specific Tudor Crown design was standardised at the request of Edward VII. It was never intended to represent any actual physical crown, although in shape it bears a close resemblance to the small diamond crown of Queen Victoria.

Abbreviation meaning: George VI King and Emperor

Engraver: Percy Metcalfe



1 in a circle the inscription and date in the left.



1 Piastre

KM# 23a
Material Bronze
Weight 5.18 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 1.72 mm
Shape wavy (scallop, sun-shaped)
Notches 12
Alignment Medal
Royal Mint

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