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Cyprus Stamps 2 May 2014: EUROPA 2014 
"National Music Instruments"
Available now to Pre-order for dispatch on first day of issue until midnight 30 April 2014

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Cyprus Stamps 2 May 2014 Information:

EUROPA 2014  "National Music Instruments"
Commemorative Issue.

"The theme for this year's series "Europa", is "National Music Instruments", chosen by the European Public Postal Operations (PostEurop) and is common for all country-members of the Organisation. Cyprus has chosen the "pithkiavlin" (the Cyprus flute) and the "laouton" (the lute)."

Sample images depicted below are taken from the advanced issue leaflet and produced by the Cyprus post office. The images will be replaced with exact scans on or after the very first day of issue.

Available at our lower price only if pre-ordered and paid for on or before 23:59hrs on Wednesday 30 April 2014.  The stamps will be dispatched to you on the very first day of release and generally we aim to have the envelopes stamped with the special cancel for the stamp issue. Note: our currently listed price will increase post issue date.

The set will consist of 2 single stamps:
Also available on official First Day Cover, Booklet and 2 full sheets (1 x 8 stamps of each value: €0,34c and €0,51c to form 2 sheets in total).

Below images are sample images only as taken from the post office issue leaflet.
The images will be replaced with original scans in the NEW Stamp Issue category on or after the first day of issue (2 May 2014).


The "pithkiavlin" (Cyprus flute):
As archaeological excavations have shown, is the most ancient Cypriot musical wind instrument. Findings from the sanctuary of Aphrodite in Pafos, evidence the use of the flute since 2500 B.C., linking it with celebrations and feasts in honour of Aphrodite and Apollo. The makers and players of the instrument were mainly shepherds. The pithkiavlin is made from reeds and in particular from the section between two knots. Each one has its own sound and clarity, depending on its diameter and pipe length. (See €0,34c value stamp below)

 Cyprus stamps SG 2014 EUROPA - set of 2 stamps

The "laouton" (lute):
It is the principal musical instrument of Cyprus, which rhythmically accompanies the violin in Cypriot dance melodies and in particular in the Cypriot Suite that is unique, because it is still alive at present and is associated with both male and female dancing. The laouton has 4 double strings and are tuned in five-courses: Do-Sol-Re-La. It is played with a long narrow plectrum that the player ("lutenist") usually passes through his fingers. Its predecessor is the ancient Greek pandoura or pandourida. (See €0,51c value stamp above)

Example of Cyprus 2014 EUROPA Booklet issue:

Cyprus stamps SG 2014 EUROPA - Booklet

Cancel mark for this issueCyprus stamps 2014 EUROPA cancel

Example scan of the official FDC for Cyprus 2014 EUROPA

Cyprus stamps SG 2014 EUROPA FDC


Technical Information
Design-Artwork: Ioanna Kalli, Nicosia
Printing method: Litho-Offset on unwatermarked paper
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient Matsoukis S.A., Greece
Size of stamps: 27mm x 40mm in sheets of 8 stamps

Text: Achilleoudis
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Service, Cyprus Post



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