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Cyprus, Colony of the Venetian Republic, Emergency Issue, Ottoman Siege, 1570 A.D.
Cyprus became an overseas colony of the Venetian Republic after it was purchased in 1489. This coin was an emergency issue minted while Famagusta was under siege by the Turks. It was to be redeemable in silver after the war. In 1571 Famagusta was captured and Cyprus became part of the Ottoman Empire.
ME16470. Bronze Bisante, Duby II 4; Neumann I 917; Schlumberger Tf. 8.14, F, Farmagusta mint, weight 3.800g, maximum diameter 27.7mm, die axis 225o
, 1570 A.D.; obverse CYPRIPRESSIIH PRO REG, winged lion left, 1570 below; reverse VENETOR FIDES INVI OLABILIS BISANTE 1 F, in five lines; SOLD
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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