§ MR. THOMSON HANKEY
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Under what authority a coinage of bronze piastres, bearing the effigy of Her Majesty on one side with the words "Victoria Queen," and on the other the word "Cyprus," has been issued from the Royal Mint, as stated in the last Mint Report, page 11; and, whether such an issue is consistent with the rights of Sovereignty generally understood to have been reserved to the Sultan?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
The coinage to which the hon. Member refers was issued by command of Her Majesty on my recommendation as the Master of the Mint. With regard to the second Question, I do not conceive that there is anything inconsistent with the rights of Sovereignty over Cyprus reserved to the Sultan in issuing from the Mint a coinage for circulation in Cyprus, in which the coinage of many nations is already in circulation.