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  1. In order to handle the massive problems caused by the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, with 200.000 Greek Cypriots displaced in their own country, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus set up a “Special Refugee Fund”. To support the Fund and to reduce the financial impact of the refugee problem, Cyprus Post issued a special refugee stamp, which, under legislation, must accompany every object to be posted.

    The 3 mils stamp from the 1971 Definitive Issue, which was overprinted with 10 mils value and the wording “Refugee Fund” in black, was the first refugee stamp.

    At the end of 1974 the first official 10 mils refugee stamp was issued, depicting a Cypriot refugee old woman holding her grandchild on her shoulders.
    In 1977 a new refugee stamp was in circulation, valued at 10 mils, in a black and white design by the well-known Greek engraver Tassos, depicting a refugee boy from Cyprus, sadly sitting in front of the barbed wires of occupation.

    This particular refugee stamp was issued until 1984, when it was re - issued in the same black and white design valued at 1 cent. From 1988 until 2007, the same refugee stamp was issued in grey background. In 2008, it was re-issued at the value of €0,02. Since 2009, the refugee stamp has been re-issued with the same design, but with a different-coloured font.

    You can find all of our current listings of Cyprus Refugee Stamps on our website by browsing the Cyprus Refugee (Tax Fund) Stamps shop category.

    Below is the Cyprus Stamps 2019 Refugee Tax Fund Reprint for this year in a block of 4 stamps:
    Cyprus Stamps 2019 Refugee Fund Tax stamp reprint - block of 4

  2. North Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot) 19 May 2019
    "Centenary of National Struggle"

    To start a national struggle against the decision of the World War I allies to divide many territories of the defeated Ottoman Empire, and to rescue the Turkish nation from enemies who come in like a flood, Mustafa Kemal Pasha left Istanbul with "ship" named Bandirma on 16 May 1919 and arrived in Samsun on 19 May 1919. Upon landing, he started the Turkish national movement, contrary to the orders given to him by the Ottoman government in Istanbul, that resulted in the declaration of the Republic of Turkey four years later.

    Available: stamps (single stamp issue), official FDC and Souvenir Sheet containing 4 stamps. Full Sheets - subject to availability.

    North Cyprus Stamps SG 2019 Centenary of National Struggle

     

    North Cyprus Stamps SG 2019 Centenary of National Struggle Souvenir Sheet

    North Cyprus Stamps SG 2019 Centenary of National Struggle FDC

    North Cyprus Stamps SG 2019 Centenary of National Struggle Full Sheet

  3. "Aromatic Stamps - Origanum"
    This commemorative stamp issue was released on 2 May 2013 and consisted of a souvenir sheet (mini sheet) and one stamp. For the printing of the stamps an aromatic varnish was used.

     
    Cyprus 2013 Aromatic Stamps - Oregano Cyprus 2013 Aromatic Stamps MS - Oregano
     
    Cyprus 2013 Aromatic Stamps - Oregano cancellation mark
     
    Oregano - or "rouvanos" -  is a member of the Lamiaceae family. It is an aromatic bush or semi-bush growing up to 100cm tall with spade-shaped, succulent and thick hairy leaves.

    It is a species native to Cyprus, restricted mainly to the Pafos forest area and thrives in rocky areas in various habitats, at an altitude between 200-100m. It is used extensively in cooking and is one of the most popular herbs in the Mediterranean cuisine. Oregano is effective against headaches and insomnia and acts as a cure for stomach ailments. It also has analgesic and sedative properties. Its essential oils are extracted and used in the perfumery and pharmaceutical industry.

    Oregano can be used as an ornamental plant and provides ground cover in combination with other species. It is also used in rock gardens and pots. It thrives in well-drained soil and can be planted from seed.
     

    Text: Department of Forest
    Source: 
    Stamps and Philatelic Service, Cyprus Post


    Available as single stamps, Mini / Souvenir Sheet (Mint and Used/CTO) and on Post Office official First Day Cover.

    Images above are sample images as taken from the post office issue leaflet
     
    The above issue is the third of the Aromatic stamps to be produced by Cyprus Post. The first was in 2011 called "Roses" with the second following in 2012 entitled "Jasmine".

    You can find all our current stock of Aromatic stamps by following the link here, or simply type the word "Aromatic" into the Search function on our website.
     
    Thank you for looking!
  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

    Cyprus Stamps product search instructions - 652 single stamp

     

    Cyprus Stamps product search - 652 single stamp results (2)

    As you can see in the image above, you get a fairly short and simple list (but unfortunately, we do not have SG 652 single stamp 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. Here's how it all began...

    The primary postal administration in Cyprus was set up by the Austrians in 1845. In 1871 the principal Ottoman mail station was opened in Nicosia, and a second in Larnaca in 1873. All these were shut in 1878 when a transitory British Postal Service was opened.


    Amid these early years the main open transport that worked among Larnaca and Nicosia was a pony drawn carriage or a mail truck. A pony conveyed mail to and from different towns and a mounted postman was not allowed to work in excess of 100 miles for every week. Donkeys were used in more rustic zones and pedal bikes inside towns and/or rural areas.

    In 1910 mail motorised vehicles started to be used for services between Limassol and Nicosia by means of Kophinou and Larnaca, then in 1915 an agreement was entered to with the Cairo motor company based in London for mechanised mail administrations covering every one of the towns along these routes proclaiming the finish of a long age of mail buses.

    Towards the middle of the twentieth century mail transports were placed in administration between real towns. Vans, for example, those delineated on the 2013 Europa stamps, were presented for the gathering and dissemination of mass mail between remote post workplaces in the towns and urban communities. Bikes were switched by mopeds or what we refer to as scooters.

    Cyprus (Republic) and north Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot) 2013 EUROPA "Postal Vehicles"
    Cyprus Stamps SG 1297-98 2013 EUROPA Postal Vehicles  North Cyprus Stamps SG 0759-60 2013 EUROPA Postal Vehicles

    If you're looking for EUROPA 2013 Cyprus or north Cyprus Postal Vehicles stamp issues, we do still have a small selection available. You can find them easily if click just here!

  6. 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

     

     
  7. 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
  8. "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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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