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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.
SH52140. Bronze Bisante, Lambros 107, gVF, double strike, Nicosia mint, weight 4.251g, maximum diameter 27.4mm, die axis 45o
, 1570 A.D.; obverse PRO REGNI CIPR PRESIDIO, winged lion left, 1570 below; reverse VENETORV / FIDES INVI / OLA BILIS / BISANTE / I, inscription in five lines; very scarce
Catalog current as of Friday, July 19, 2019.
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