50 Cents Abduction of Europa - Copper-Nickel

Features

Country Cyprus
Period Republic (1960-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1991-2004
Value 50 Cents (Sent) (0.5 CYP)
Currency Pound (decimalized, 1983-2007)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 7 g
Diameter 26 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Equilateral curve heptagon (7-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-2008
Number N# 1379
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References KM# 66
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

The coat of arms of the Republic of Cyprus (a dove holding an olive twig, the independence year 1960, laurel twigs around).
Country name in English, Greek, and Turkish.

Lettering:
CYPRUS · ΚΥΠΡΟΣ · KIBRIS
1991

Translation:
Cyprus · Cyprus · Cyprus
1991

Engraver: Antis Ioannides

Reverse

A composition based on a 4th century BC coin of the Cypriot Kingdom of Marion depicting the abduction of Europa by Zeus transfigurated into a bull.
"King Timocharis" written in Cypriot syllabary (characters not supported here).

Lettering:
𐠞𐠪
𐠯𐠗𐠊𐠥𐠵𐠩
50

Translation:
King (pasi)
Timocharis (timokariwose)
50

Engraver: Antis Ioannides

Edge

Plain

Comments

large + narrow date:


There are several official sets issued for these coins
Set of coins in brilliant uncirculated(BU) condition, 1994 issue, in a brochure.

Set of uncirculated condition coins, 2004 issue, in a rigid plastic case.

Set of coins in uncirculated condition, minted in 2004, in a three-ply folder.  It was issued in 2007 as the set of the last Cyprus pound coins.


Subject: Abduction of Europa
large + narrow date example

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1991  3 005 000 0.56 1.19 0.96 2.42 25% Small date, narrow date
1993  300 000 0.77 0.83 19% Large date
1994  0.4% In set only
1994  500 000 0.48 0.71 0.91 0.36 2.01 41% Large date
1996  6 000 000 0.30 1.19 1.19 26%
1998  5 000 000 0.50 1.19 0.80 21%
2002  7 000 000 0.99 1.19 0.59 2.69 18% Kremnica Mint
2004  0.2% In Sets only, three-ply folder, 2007 issue
2004  5 000 000 0.59 1.24 1.19 2.08 19% Kremnica Mint
2004  2.86 1.8% Kremnica Mint; In Sets only plastic case

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