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The Stamps and Postal History of Cyprus

Cyprus StampsAustrian and Turkish stamps were used in Cyprus until 1878 and are identifiable by their postmarks, the administration for the island was then taken over by Great Britain who treated the Post Offices at Larnica, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos as extensions of the GPO system and issued them with numeral postmarks which are highly collectible when found on British stamps. The first stamps made for use solely on Cyprus were British stamps overprinted “CYPRUS” issued on 1 April 1880.


The first purely Cypriot designs were issued on 1 July 1881. In 1886 rural and parcel services were introduced and by 1917 mule transports, which had been the traditional link between villages, were replaced by motor transport.


In 1924 Cyprus became a Crown Colony and the First flight to carry mail from the island took place on 25 September 1930. Clashes between the Greeks and Turks began in 1963 and a separated postal service was established in the Turkish Cypriot areas. On 29 October 1973 stamps to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Turkish republic were issued by Turkish Cyprus, but these were not used for mail outside this area until after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974.


Cyprus makes the most of its long history and beautiful surroundings to produce many wonderful stamps alongside its fascinating postal history. We recommend the listing in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue and also the excellent “Cyprus Stamp Catalogue” published by A. Karamitsos which includes much helpful information on the early stamps and postmarks.

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  • Lot 269 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £33

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    CYPRUS - 1880 1d red overprint Plate 215, SG 2, fine used
  • Lot 270 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £33

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    CYPRUS - 1880 1d red overprint Plate 208, SG 2, fine used
  • Lot 271 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £27 - £29

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    CYPRUS - 1880 1d red overprint Plate 201, SG 2, fine used
  • Lot 272 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £32 - £34

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    CYPRUS - 1880 1d red overprint Plate 217, SG 2, fine used
  • Lot 273 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £40

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    CYPRUS - 1880 4d sage-green optd CYPRUS, SG 4, unused without gum
  • Lot 274 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £50

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    CYPRUS - 1881 ½d on 1d red (18mm opt), SG 7, plate 208, fine unused no gum
  • Lot 275 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    CYPRUS - 1881 ½d on 1d red, SG 8, plate 201, fine unused without gum
  • Lot 276 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    CYPRUS - 1881 ½d on 1d red (13mm opt), SG 9, mint
  • Lot 277 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £45

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    CYPRUS - 1881 30pa on 1d red, plate 201, SG 10, good used
  • Lot 278 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £45

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    CYPRUS - 1882-86 (wmk Crown CA, Die I) 30pa pale mauve, SG 17, fine mint.

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