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1 Pound 1943, Cyprus

in Krause book Number: 24
Years of issue: 22.01.1943
Edition: 1 256 000
Signatures: Commissioner of currency: Mr. George Frederick Wilson
Serie: 1939 Issue
Specimen of: 1937
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 145 х 91
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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1 Pound 1943




Griffin and inscription: "Government of Cyprus".

I have not yet found a connection between the griffin and Cyprus. Maybe this is due to some ancient coin, found in Cyprus, with the image of a griffin (most likely). I think, that the head of the bird, which serves as a watermark on many banknotes of modern Cyprus (before the Euro), also is the head of this particular griffin. But, for now, this is all just speculation.


1 Pound 1943

HM The King George VI.

The portrait appears to have been taken specifically for coins and postage stamps, which traditionally show the profile of the monarch.


1 Pound 1943


Badge, used semi-officially (1905–1960) by British colonial officials.

Inscription: "Government of Cyprus".