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  1. Republic of Cyprus 10 July 2017
    Joint Stamp Issue Euromed 2017 - Trees of the Mediterranean

    This year's common theme adopted by the member states of the Postal Union for the Mediterranean "Euromed" is "Trees of the Mediterranean".

     

    Available as a single stamp and Official First Day Cover.

     

    Cyprus Stamps Euromed 2017 - Trees of the Mediterranean

     

    Technical Information
    Design: Artwork: Christina Vasiliadou, Lemesos
    Text: Barkev Mihranian

    Size of stamps: 30x40 mm in sheets of 8 stamps
    Printing method: Litho-Offset on unwatermarked paper
    Printer: Veridos Matsoukis S.A., Greece

     

    North Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot) - 31 July 2017
    Endemic Plants / Endemik Bitkiler

    A set of 4 stamps of different values and featuring the following:
    1.00 TL - Teucrium divaricatum subsp. canescens
    1.50 TL - Dianthus strictus subsp.Troodi
    1.65 TL - Teucrium salaminium
    1.80 TL - Sideritis cypria

    2017 (d) North Cyprus Stamps Plants MINT 

    And below is the Official FDC for this Turkish Cypriot stamp issue:

    2017 (d) North Cyprus Stamps Plants Off FDC

    The stamps and FDCs referred to in this article can be found on our website (currently in the NEW Stamp Issue category up until the next stamp issue is released) or in the relevant Republic of Cyprus Stamps and/or North Cyprus Stamps categories on our website at www.CyprusStamps.com

     

     
  2. Cyprus Stamps: The End Is Nigh....

    Well, not quite...... let's just say that with the Cyprus 2015 Christmas stamp issues being released yesterday - 19 November 2015 brings the year to a close.

    In case you missed out on the stamp release dates by Cyprus postal authority for 2015, here's a quick run through of Republic of Cyprus stamp issues for this year:

    1. On 4 February 2015:
    a)  "Intellectual Personalities of Cyprus - Part B" - Definitive Stamp Issue 2014 - 2015
    Comprising of 12 stamps in honour of scholars, scientists and artists who were born before 1920 and who brought honour to Cyprus their homeland, through their work and deeds in the last century.

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (a) Intellectual Personalities of Cyprus Definitives

    b) "Organisms of the Mediterranean marine environment - 2015 €0,34 Overprint".  (Overprint of the 2013 stamp issue depicting Sea Anemones). A surprise issue!

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (b) 34c Overprint on 43c Sea Anemone Marine Stamp - M

    2. On  2nd  April 2015
    c) "60th  anniversary of the EOKA Cyprus Liberation Struggle 1955-1959" - comprising one souvenir sheet.   

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (c) 60th anniversary of the EOKA Cyprus Liberation St
     
    d) "Joint  stamp issue Cyprus - Armenia" - comprising one stamp.

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (d) Joint stamp issue Cyprus & Armenia - MINT

    e) "Cyprus Sweets" - comprising three stamps

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (e) Cyprus Sweets - MINT

    also  "The Refugee stamp reprint 2015"

    Cyprus Stamps 2015 Refugee Fund Tax - MINT

    3. On 5th  May 2015:
    f) "EUROPA 2015" - This issue will consist of two stamps and a booklet containing a strip of 4 sets of stamps (8 stamps).
    The common theme adopted by the European Postal Organization  (POSTEUROP)  is "Old Toys"

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (f) Europa Old Toys Spinning Top and Marbles - MINT

    4. On 9th July 2015 the commemorative issues :
    g) "Mediterranean Boats" common issue of members of Euromed Postal - comprising one stamp.

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (h) Euromed, Boats of the Mediterranean - MINT

    h) "Picturesque Akamas" - comprising  two stamps.

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (g) The Beauty of Akamas - MINT

    5.   On 14th September 2015:
    i) "Traditional Cyprus Folk Art" - comprising of four stamps.

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (I) Traditional Cyprus Folk Art - MINT

    j) "Castles of Cyprus" - comprising of four stamps

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (J) Castles of Cyprus - MINT

    k) "150 Years of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)" - comprisng one stamp. Extra to the provisional list

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (k) 150 Years of the International Telecommunications

    6. On 19th November 2015:
    l) "Christmas 2015" - comprising three stamps.

    Cyprus Stamps SG 2015 (L) Christmas - MINT

    To find all of the above issues in our online shop at CyprusStamps.com we suggest using the search term "2015" in the Product Search field at the top any page from the website. Or, use this link: Search for Cyprus 2015 stamp issues

    Unfortunately, the Search option will not allow complicated searches or search strings so a one word search will produce more results.

    1. On 4 February 2015:
    a)  "Intellectual Personalities of Cyprus - Part B" - Definitive Stamp Issue 2014 - 2015
    Comprising of 12 stamps in honour of scholars, scientists and artists who were born before 1920 and who brought honour to Cyprus their homeland, through their work and deeds in the last century.
    - See more at: http://www.cyprusstamps.com/cyprusstampscalendar.html#sthash.KxbWYxRE.dpuf
    1. On 4 February 2015:
    a)  "Intellectual Personalities of Cyprus - Part B" - Definitive Stamp Issue 2014 - 2015
    Comprising of 12 stamps in honour of scholars, scientists and artists who were born before 1920 and who brought honour to Cyprus their homeland, through their work and deeds in the last century.
    - See more at: http://www.cyprusstamps.com/cyprusstampscalendar.html#sthash.KxbWYxRE.dpuf
    1. On 4 February 2015:
    a)  "Intellectual Personalities of Cyprus - Part B" - Definitive Stamp Issue 2014 - 2015
    Comprising of 12 stamps in honour of scholars, scientists and artists who were born before 1920 and who brought honour to Cyprus their homeland, through their work and deeds in the last century.
    - See more at: http://www.cyprusstamps.com/cyprusstampscalendar.html#sthash.KxbWYxRE.dpuf
  3. "Cyprus Through the Ages" is a series of four stamp issues which started with Part 1 in October 2007 and ended with Part 4 in October 2010. They were released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus after gaining independence in 1960. 

    They were issued as: Full Sheets (of 8 stamps), Booklets and First Day Covers and feature many periods of the chequered history of Cyprus.

    2 October 2007 - Part 1
    All 8 stamps with values Cy£0,25c (€0,43c) and featuring the following:
    Pigmy hippopotamus - 10 000 B.C
    Stone vessel - 7 000 B.C
    Choirokoitia Settlement - 7 000 B.C
    Female figurine - 3 000 B.C
    Terracotta vessel - 2 000 B.C
    Greek inscription on a bronze skewer - 1 000 B.C
    Bird-shaped vessel - 800 B.C
    Ancient kingdoms of Cyprus

    Cyprus Through the Ages stamps SG 1137-44 2007

     

    2 October 2008 - Part 2
    All 8 stamps with values €0,43c from the following periods:
    The Archaic period (750-480 B.C.)
    The Classical period (480-310 B.C.)
    The Hellenistic period (310-30 B.C.)
    The Roman Period (30 B.C.-324 A.D.)
    The Early Byzantine period (324-481 A.D.)

    Cyprus Through the Ages stamps SG 1170-71 2008

     

    10 September 2009 - Part 3
    All 8 stamps with values €0,43c and featuring the following:
    Ayia Paraskevi church in Yeroskipou (9th century)
    Monastery of St. John Chrysostom, Koutsoventis (1090-1100)
    The Coat of Arms of the Lusignans
    History (chronicle) of Leontios Machairas (15th century)
    Caterina Cornaro - Cession of Cyprus to the Venetians (1489)
    Venetian Walls (1567-1570)
    Siege of Cyprus by the Ottomans (1570-1571)
    Larnaca Aqueduct (18th century)

    Cyprus Through The Ages stamps SG 1198-1205 2009

     

    1 October 2010 - Part 4 (Final)
    All 8 stamps with values €0,43c and featuring the following:
    The Treaty of Sevres (1920) and Lausanne (1923)
    The Government House
    The Imprisoned Graves
    Gregoris Afxentiou (1928-1957)
    The Presidential Palace
    The Turkish Invasion (1974)
    Cyprus' accession to the European Union (2004)
    Fifty Years of the Republic of Cyprus (1960-2010)

    Cyprus Through the Ages stamps SG 1225-32 2010

    Something to note which is of special interest regarding the FDC (First Day Cover) for Part 4 (official release date given as 1 October 2010) is that the day of issue is actually a national holiday throughout Cyprus and so effectively, these stamps were never made available over the post office counters until Monday 4 October 2010.

    With this in mind, we created our own special cachet or unofficial cover for Cyprus stamps SG 1225-32 2010

    special cachet

    You can find all available items we currently have listed for Cyprus Through the Ages via the link.

  4. How to use the Product Search on Cyprus Stamps website.

    Now, those of my website visitors who correspond with me on a regular basis will know that the Product Search function is not my most favourite piece of kit when it comes to trying to get results :-(

    So I'm going to try to explain using words and images as to why when you perform a search on Cyprus Stamps website, you may not receive the results you were antiicipating - and ways to get around the issue....

    Recently we were asked for some specific stamp issues for a collector who joined us just this year. He's looking for only certain years for a particular reason, which I will not go into - and in trying to assist with his quest, I came across an oddity which is what prompted me to write this blog post.

    Let's say you're looking for a particular stamp - for example SG 652 (one of the stamps in the set SG 648-662 1985 6th Definitives)

    652 Product Search - a simple search option

    652 a simple search

    As you can see in the image above, you get a fairly short and simple list (but unfortunately, we do not have SG 652 available in our online shop at this time). However, it shows perfectly how the search performs with a straightforward number search.

     

    SG 652 a short phrase search results

    Cyprus stamps SG 652 search results

    Now, if you type SG 652 into the Product Search field you will see something you really wouldn't enjoy! (see above image).
    You can see there are 38 pages of search results simply because you entered SG with a space before the number 652.
    Not a good look, is it?

    Want a longer list but with more results? That's an easy one!
    If you know the year the stamp you are looking for was issued - then just type the year into the Product Search field.


    Know the year of issue? Simply type it in the Product Search field

    Cyprus stamps search for a single year of issue

     

    You can also use quotation marks around a 2 or 3 word search, but it helps if you know the stamps you are looking for contain those words in the title such as: "intellectual personalities" or "boy scouts" (see example below)

    boy scouts search results using quotation marks

    As you can see the Product Search field performs quite differently depending on what you enter there. The easy solution is to type only a single word (or number) search into it and hit the Enter key to get a sensible list of results.

    I hope my "How to..." guide will help those collectors who perhaps in the past may have been as frustrated as I have when trying to find either a single stamp or a set.

    As a tip, when we list Cyprus stamps in full sets we do not put a space between the hyphen, so SG 648 to SG 662 will be listed as SG 648-62

    If you're a Thematics collector - please take a look at the left hand side column (visible on any page of the website) for some of our most popular searches made by visitors to Cyprus Stamps website.

    Thematic stamp search

  5. Cancels and Rural Postmarks of Cyprus

    Note: the spelling is as it appears on the Canceller and not necessarily the way the name of the village or area is written in modern times.

    AGRIDHIA - Cyprus Stamps Postmark GR Rural Service

    AGRIDHIA Cyprus stamps postmarks


    AKACHA - Cyprus Stamps postmark ER1 E.R.Rural Service

    AKACHA Cyprus Stamps postmark ER1 E.R.Rural Service


    AMIANDOS - Cyprus Stamps postmark DS4 Date Single Circle
    Date in two lines with star. 24–25mm.

    AMIANDOS - Cyprus Stamps postmark DS4 Date Single Circle


    ARADHIPPOU - Cyprus Stamps postmark DD7 Datestamp Double Circle
    Time and date in three lines, thin lines for curved panels, size of letters varies

    ARADHIIPPOU Cyprus stamps postmarks


    ASGATA - Cyprus Stamps postmark DS7 Date Single Circle
    Date in one line, 25–28mm. A widely used type first introduced in the 1930s

    ASGATA Cyprus Stamps postmark DS7 Date Single Circle


    ATHIAENOU - Cyprus Stamps postmark DS7 Date Single Circle
    This below from July 1972

    ATHIAENOU Cyprus Stamps postmark DS7 Date Single Circle


    AY THERAPON - Cyprus Stamps Postmark GR Rural Service

    AY THERAPON Cyprus Stamps Postmark GR Rural Service


    DHRYNIA - Cyprus Stamps Postmark GR Rural Service

    DHRYNIA Cyprus Stamps Postmark GR Rural Service


    FAMAGUSTA - Cyprus Stamps postmark

    FAMAGUSTA Cyprus Stamps postmark


    FAMAGUSTA TOWN - Cyprus Stamps postmark Date stamp Double Circle
    Date stamp Double Circle 10 August 1963

    FAMAGUSTA TOWN Cyprus Stamps postmark Date stamp Double Circle

    and finally, for this selection is....

    KAKOPETRIA - Cyprus Stamps postmark DD7 Date Stamp Double Circle
    Time and date in three lines, thin lines for curved panels, size of letters varies

    KAKOPETRIA Cyprus Stamps postmark DD7 Date Stamp Double Circle

     

    Types of cancellations used on Cyprus postal items:
    Numeral Cancellations, Manuscripts, (Victorian) VR rural service, (Edwardian KEVII) ER rural service, (King George V and VI) GR rural service, Rural Postal Service, Single Circle date stamp, Double Circle date stamp.

  6. Here's a nice piece of news which involves one of our regular stamp collectors at CyprusStamps.com website!

    John W (you can see his posts feature heavily in our Guestbook page) recently entered his local stamp club competition with a 9 sheet entry of Cyprus Europa stamps and cover issues.

    Here he is below pictured with his trophy in front of his winning Europa display at the Rushden & District Stamp Club event.

    Stamp Champ

    Well done, John and thank you very much for sending us the photograph.
    Finally, we get to put a face to the name!

    Putting Rushden & District Stamp Club on the map

  7. Well, my last "spotlight" on EUROPA stamps of Cyprus was quite a few months ago, in fact it was October last year, which came as a bit of a shock!

    So, it's time to get my finger out and put fingers to keyboard, collect some images and get ready to provide the info...

    Find here below the list of Cyprus EUROPA stamps which were issued in 1980 by the Cyprus post office.

    Enjoy the Spotlight!

    1980 - Europa "Personalities of Notable Cypriots" 28 April 1980
    Cyprus stamps 1980 Europa - personalities of notable Cypriots

    1981 - Europa "Folk dances" 4 May 1981
    Cyprus stamps 1981 Europa - Folk Dances

    1982 - Europa "Historical Events" 3 May 1982
    Cyprus stamps 1982 Europa - Historical Events

    1983 - Europa "Ancient Works of Cypriot Ingenuity" 3 May 1983
    Cyprus stamps 1983 Europa - Ancient Works of Cypriot Ingenuity

    1984 - Europa "Bridge" 30 April 1984
    Cyprus stamps 1984 Europa - Bridge

    1985 - Europa "Composers and Musicians" 6 May 1985
    Cyprus stamps 1985 Europa - Composers and Musicians

    1986 - Europa "Conservation of Nature and Environment" 28 April 1986
    Cyprus stamps 1986 Europa - Conservation of Nature and Environment

    1987 - Europa "Modern Architecture" 11 May 1987
    Cypru stamps 1987 Europa - Modern Architecture

    1988 - Europa "Transportation and Telecommunications" 9 May 1988 Cyprus stamps 1988 Europa - Transportation and Telecommunications

    1989 - Europa "Traditional Children's Games" 8 May 1989
    Cyprus stamps 1989 Europa - Traditional Childrens Games

    Looking for EUROPA stamps from other years? That's easy - just click on this EUROPA stamps search link!

    Alternatively, you can use the "Search Product" field at the very top of each page of our website (as a suggestion, just type the year (eg: 1964) of interest rather than the title of the issue as the Search field is not so good with specifics). Or, click through the Thematics, Topical and Popular Searches list in the left hand side column.

     

  8. I found something that really amused me this morning...

    Today (6 January) is a public holiday in Cyprus and many other countries for Kings' Day or Epiphany so as I had some free time to myself I decided to continue with the one game I play continually on Facebook - Criminal Case.

    I'm currently at Level 81 on Case 26 "The Lake's Bride". And, as I just got my results back from the forensic laboratory I was informed of something very strange. An unusual piece of evidence has come to light...

    Beware of stamp collectors

    Beware of stamp collectors 2

    Beware of stamp collectors 3

    You have been warned.... "beware of stamp collectors" :-)

  9. I did promise a while back when I published my last "spotlight" on EUROPA stamps of Cyprus issues from the 1960s that I would be back later with details of Cyprus EUROPA stamps from 1970s.

    I've done that just this morning and you can take a look at the full article on my other Cyprus stamp collecting blog (Cyprus Stamps Blogspot), which shows the images of all Cyprus' Europa stamps that were released between May 1970 to April 1976.

    The first Cyprus EUROPA stamp issue from the 1970s:

    1970 -  Europa "Flaming Sun" 04 May 1970Cyprus stamps 1970 Europa Flaming Sun

    The final EUROPA stamp set as released by the Cyprus post office in April 1979 was Europa "Telecommunications" (pictured here below):

    1979 - Europa "Telecommunications" 30 April 1979
    Cyprus stamps 1979 Europa Telcommunications