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Chypre  Zypern
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(Reduced sizes)
1/2 p red 1 p red 2 1/2 p lilac 4 p green 6 p black 1 Sh green Surcharged
(Reduced size)
'HALFPENNY' 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  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
1/2 p  R  R  Smaller overprint than the other values 
1 p  **  ***  Double overprint: RRR 
2 1/2 p  *  **  
4 p  ***  R  
6 p  RR  RR  
1 Sh  RR  RR  
Surcharged  
1/2 p on 1 p  ***  ***  Cheapest type (see below) 
30 pa on 1 p  RR  RR 
For the specialist: the 'HALFPENNY' 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 'HALFPENNY' 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.
Example of plate numbers: 14 and 15
Forged Cyprus stamps; the plate number is 5 in the first stamp and 13 in the second!
Other forgeries:
In this stamp the letters are of the wrong type and the 'P' is too low.
In this stamp the word 'CYPRUS' is much too small!
Other forgeries:
(These forgeries have a completely different 'y')
('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).
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  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
Watermark 'CC crown' (1881)  
1/2 pi green  ***  ***  
1 pi red  RR  R  
2 pi blue  RR  ***  
4 pi green  RR  RR  
6 pi grey  RR  RR  
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 brown  RR  RR  
12 pi brown and black  ***  ***  
18 pi  R  R  
45 pi  RR  RR 
Surcharged
'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  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
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  RR  R  Watermark 'CC Crown' 
Forged overprints exist, example:
Cancels, example:
(D47 cancel)
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  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
Watermark 'CA crown' (1903)  
30 pa  *  *  
1/2 pi  *  *  
1 pi  ***  **  
2 pi  RR  ***  
4 pi  RR  R  
6 pi  R  R  
9 pi  RR  RR  
12 pi  R  R  
18 pi  RR  RR  
45 pi  RR  RR  
Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1904)  
5 pa  c  c  
10 pa  *  c  
30 pa  *  *  
1/2 pi  *  c  
1 pi  **  *  
2 pi  **  *  
4 pi  ***  ***  
6 pi  ***  ***  
9 pi  ***  ***  
12 pi  ***  ***  
18 pi  R  R  
45 pi  RR  RR 
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  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1912)  
10 pa orange and green  c  c  
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 pi  R  R  
45 pi  RR  RR  
10 Sh  RRR  RRR  
1 Pound  RRR  RRR  
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 pi  R  R  
9 pi  R  R  
18 pi  RR  RR  
45 pi  RRR  RRR 
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  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
1/4 pi  c  c  
1/2 pi black  *  *  
1/2 pi green  c  c  
3/4 pi green and red  *  c  
3/4 pi black  c  c  
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 pi  RR  RR  
1 Pound  RR  RR  Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' 
5 Pounds  RRR  RRR 
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?):
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.
Example:
Post card of Great Britain, overprinted 'CYPRUS':
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(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.
With Queen Victoria (1898): 1 pi lilac, 2 pi lilac, 4 1/2 pi lilac.
Similar designs with King Edward and King George exist.


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