The design appearing on a new pair of gold and silver coins from the Republic of Cyprus recently caught my eye. The coins are issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Central Bank of Cyprus.
The reverse design of the coin features a depiction of a young girl holding an olive branch with fruit. This is intended to symbolize hope for the new period following 50 years contribution of the Central Bank of Cyprus to the Cypriot economy. The background includes alternating symbols of the Cyprus pound and the euro, which were the official currencies during the 50 year period.
The obverse design of the coin contains the emblem of the Central Bank of Cyprus with the anniversary dates “1963-2013”.
The same designs are featured on both a 5 Euro Silver Coin and a 20 Euro Gold Coin. The silver coin is struck in 92.5% purity with a weight of 28.28 grams, diameter of 38.61 mm, and mintage of 4,000 pieces. The gold coin is struck in 91.7% purity with a weight of 7.9881 grams, diameter of 22.05 mm, and mintage of 1,000 pieces.
The coins were minted by the Greek Mint and designed by George Stamatopoulos, who has also designed the 2014 COTY winner for most historical coin and more recently a pair of Greek Coins featuring Hippocrates.
The 2013 50th Anniversary of the Cyprus Central Bank Coins went on sale November 25, 2013. The Central Bank of Cyprus has an eshop where the coins are shown as available for €40.00 for the silver coin and €600.00 for the gold coin.