Banking without a Central Bank

  • Kate Phylaktis


A striking feature of the institutional financial set-up of Cyprus during the colonial period was the lack of detailed legislative or regulatory arrangements for the monetary and banking system. As in all the British colonies, the currency system was based on the sterling exchange standard.1 Under that system, the issue of Cyprus notes was made upon the authority of a Commissioner of Currency who was the Accountant General. The Commissioner of Currency was authorised to issue Cyprus notes on condition that the equivalent amount in sterling was lodged with the Crown Agents in London and carried in a separate account known as the Note Security Fund. The operations were, in fact, carried out by the Ottoman Bank acting on behalf of the Commissioner. Thus, all Cyprus notes were covered by an equivalent amount of sterling in London.2


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© Kate Phylaktis 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate Phylaktis
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  1. 1.City University Business SchoolLondonUK

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