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1880 Stamps of Great Britain surcharged 'CYPRUS'

1 p red 2 1/2 p lilac 4 p green 1 Sh green

1/2 p red 1 p red, cancelled '974' 1 p red
(Reduced sizes)

  1/2 p red
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p lilac
  4 p green
  6 p black
  1 Sh green

Surcharged

30 p on 1 p red 'HALF PENNY' on 1 p red

Larger overprint
(Reduced size)

  'HALF-PENNY' on 1 p red
  '30 PARAS' on 1 p red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 pRRSmaller overprint than the other values
1 p *****Double overprint: RRR
2 1/2 p*** 
4 p***R 
6 pRRRR 
1 ShRRRR 
Surcharged
1/2 p on 1 p ******Cheapest type (see below)
30 pa on 1 pRRRR 

For the specialist: the 'HALF-PENNY' on 1 p red exists in 3 types, 1): the overprint is 18x3 mm, 2): the overprint is 16 1/2x3 mm and finally 3): the overprint measures 13 1/2x2 mm.

These overprints have only been applied to stamps with a restricted number of plate numbers. Any overprints on other plate numbers than stated here, are forgeries.

The 1/2 p red has the plate numbers 12, 15 or 19.
The 1 p red has 174, 181, 184, 196, 201, 205, 208, 215, 216, 217, 218 or 220.
Plate numbers in the 1/2 p and 1 p are often difficult to distinguish!

The 2 1/2 p has the numbers 14 or 15.
The 4 p only has the plate number 16.
The 6 p also has the plate number 16.
Finally the 1 Sh was only issued with plate number 13.
The overprint 'HALF-PENNY' on 1 p was issued with the following plate numbers: 174, 181, 201, 205, 208, 215, 216, 217, 128 and 220.
The '30 PARAS' on 1 p has the numbers 201, 216, 217 or 220.

2 1/2 p lilac Plate number 15
Example of plate numbers: 14 and 15

Forgeries:


Forged Cyprus stamps; the plate number is 5 in the first stamp and 13 in the second!

Other forgeries:

Forgery!
In this stamp the letters are of the wrong type and the 'P' is too low.

Forgery!
In this stamp the word 'CYPRUS' is much too small!

Other forgeries:


(These forgeries have a completely different 'y')

Cancels:


('942': Larnaka, Cyprus)

The following number cancels were used in Cyprus: 098 (Platres), 942 (Larnaka), 969 (Nicosia), 974 (Paphos), 975 (Famagusta), 891 (Limassol), 982 (Kyrenia), D47 and D48. There exists also a circular cancel with ornaments to in the corners to make it look like a square (see 1881 issue for some examples).

 

1881 Queen Victoria

30 pa lilac '975' number cancel 2 Pi blue 4 pi olive with typical Cyprus cancel 12 pi brown

  30 pa lilac
  30 pa lilac and green
  1/2 pi green
  1/2 pi green and red
  1 pi red
  1 pi red and blue
  2 pi blue
  2 pi blue and lilac
  4 pi green
  4 pi green and lilac
  6 pi grey
  6 pi brown and green
  9 pi brown and red
  12 pi brown
  12 pi brown and black
  18 pi grey and brown
  45 pi lilac and blue

These stamps have perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'CC crown' (1881)
1/2 pi green****** 
1 pi redRRR 
2 pi blueRR*** 
4 pi greenRRRR 
6 pi greyRRRR 
Watermark 'CA crown' (1883)
30 pa lilac****** 
30 pa lilac and green ** 
1/2 pi green** 
1/2 pi green and red** 
1 pi red**** 
1 pi red and blue** 
2 pi blue*** 
2 pi blue and lilac*** 
4 pi green****** 
4 pi green and lilac****** 
6 pi grey****** 
6 pi ****** 
9 pi brown and green ****** 
12 pi brownRRRR 
12 pi brown and black ****** 
18 piRR 
45 piRRRR 

Surcharged

'1/2 1/2' on 1/2 p green, close variety '1/2 1/2' on 1/2 p green, '1/2's further apart

  '1/2 1/2' on 1/2 pi green
  '30 PARAS' on 1 pi red

For the specialist: Two varieties of the '1/2 1/2' on 1/2 p green exist, the first one has the '1/2' quite close to each other, in the second variety the two '1/2's are further apart (see pictures above).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 pi on 1/2 pi R***Watermark 'CA Crown' or 'CC Crown' (R)
both types exist on both watermarks
30 pa on 1 pi RRRWatermark 'CC Crown'

Forged overprints exist, example:

Cancels, example:


(D47 cancel)

 

1903 King Edward

  5 pa yellow and black
  10 pa orange and green
  30 pa violet and green
  1/2 pi green and red
  1 pi red and blue
  2 pi blue and lilac
  4 pi green and lilac
  6 pi brown and green
  9 pi brown and red
  12 pi brown and black
  19 pi black and brown
  45 pi lilac and blue

These stamps have perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'CA crown' (1903)
30 pa** 
1/2 pi** 
1 pi***** 
2 piRR*** 
4 piRRR 
6 piRR 
9 piRRRR 
12 piRR 
18 piRRRR 
45 piRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1904)
5 pacc 
10 pa*c 
30 pa** 
1/2 pi*c 
1 pi*** 
2 pi*** 
4 pi****** 
6 pi****** 
9 pi****** 
12 pi****** 
18 piRR 
45 piRRRR 

 

1912 King George

The third stamp has a typical cancel of Cyprus. 45 pi lilac and blue 10 Sh green and red on yellow

  10 pa orange and green
  10 pa grey and yellow
  30 pa violet and green
  30 pa green
  1/2 pi green and red
  1 pi red and blue
  1 pi violet and red
  1 1/2 pi orange and black
  2 pi blue and lilac
  2 pi red and blue
  2 3/4 pi blue and lilac
  4 pi green and lilac
  6 pi brown and green
  9 pi brown and red
  12 pi brown and black
  18 pi black and brown
  45 pi lilac and blue
  10 Sh green and red on yellow
  1 Pound lilac and black on red

These stamps have perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1912)
10 pa orange and green cc 
30 pa violet and green*c 
1/2 pi*c 
1 pi red and blue*c 
2 pi blue and lilac*** 
4 pi****** 
6 pi****** 
9 pi****** 
12 pi****** 
18 piRR 
45 piRRRR 
10 ShRRRRRR 
1 PoundRRRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA crown' (1921)
10 pa orange and green ** 
10 pa grey and yellow** 
30 pa violet and green*c 
30 pa green*c 
1 pi red and blue***** 
1 pi violet and red**** 
1 1/2 pi **** 
2 pi blue and lilac****** 
2 pi red and blue***** 
2 3/4 pi ****** 
4 pi****** 
6 piRR 
9 piRR 
18 piRRRR 
45 piRRRRRR 

 

1924 King George in a shield

Image obtained from http://www.sandafayre.com

  1/4 pi grey and brown
  1/2 pi black
  1/2 pi green
  3/4 pi green and red
  3/4 pi black
  1 pi lilac and brown
  1 1/2 pi orange and black
  1 1/2 pi red
  2 pi red and green
  2 pi orange and black
  2 1/2 pi blue
  2 3/4 pi blue and lilac
  4 pi green and lilac
  4 1/2 pi black and orange on green
  6 pi brown and green
  9 pi brown and lilac
  12 pi brown and black
  18 pi black and orange
  45 pi lilac and blue
  90 pi green and red on yellow
  1 Pound lilac and black on red

A 5 pounds black on yellow exists, but was merely used for fiscal purposes. All the above stamps have watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (except 1 pound, which has watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'. All stamps have perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/4 picc 
1/2 pi black** 
1/2 pi green cc 
3/4 pi green and red *c 
3/4 pi blackcc 
1 pi*c 
1 1/2 pi orange and black *c 
1 1/2 pi red** 
2 pi red and green**** 
2 pi orange and black** 
2 1/2 pi ** 
2 3/4 pi ****** 
4 pi** 
4 1/2 pi**** 
6 pi**** 
9 pi**** 
12 pi****** 
18 pi****** 
45 pi****** 
90 piRRRR 
1 PoundRRRRWatermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
5 PoundsRRRRRR 

I have seen a block of eight forged 5 Pounds stamps (with cancel), they were very badly perforated (the horizontal and vertical perforation doesn't 'match', I have no further information who made these forgeries). I've also seen an uncancelled forgery and the next block of 4 forged 5 Pounds stamps (probably made by the same forger?):


(Forgeries)

 

In 1928 a new pictorial serie was issued with inscription '1878 1928' (10 values, ranging from 3/4 pi to 1 Pound), they fall outside the scope of this catalogue.


Postal Stationery

Example:

Post card of Great Britain, overprinted 'CYPRUS':


(Reduced size)


Fiscal stamps

1878 Queen Victoria


(Reduced sizes)

The following values exist: 1 p lilac and black, 2 p lilac and blue, 3 p lilac and green, 6 p lilac and green, 8 p lilac and red, 1 Sh green and black, 2 Sh green and blue, 2 Sh 6 p green and brown, 5 Sh green and lilac and 10 Sh green and red. Some provisional surcharges were made in 1883: 1 pi on 2 p, 4 1/2 pi on 1 p and 1 Sh on 3 p and in 1898 these stamps were surcharged in brown: 1 Sh on 1 Sh, 2 Sh on 2 Sh 2, Sh 6 p on 2 Sh 6 p, 5 Sh on 5 Sh and 10 Sh on 10 Sh.

1898 New design, inscriptions in greek and arabic below.

With Queen Victoria (1898): 1 pi lilac, 2 pi lilac, 4 1/2 pi lilac.

Similar designs with King Edward and King George exist.


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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