Cyprus Stamps online

I am a collector of Cyprus stamps (Pre-Republic and Republic of Cyprus).

In addition, I buy and sell Cyprus First Day Covers and Postal History Items along with Turkish Cypriot stamps and covers from the Occupied areas of Northern Cyprus.

For more information and to see my available stock, please feel free to visit my website:
All stamp purchases are completed using PayPal secure payment system - we never see your payment details.

Also Cyprus Geological collectables (books, ophiolite specimens, maps etc) and other Cyprus collectable items - postcards, maps, breweriana and more...

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our latest discovery - adhesive Cyprus stamp booklet 2011

Cyprus Stamps SG 1249 and 1245 2011 Postcard stamps - Booklet MINT


Cyprus Stamps SG 1249 and 1245 2011 Postcard stamps - Booklet MINT
Postcard stamps 
Special booklet containing postage stamps for 6 postcards (0.45c) for all countries.
Adhesive Stamp Booklet
NOTE. The 43c Lighthouse stamp has different perforations than the regular stamp

The picture shows the front and back of the booklet
The booklet is folded in the correct way and includes: Lighthouse of Cape Greco 0,43c value and 2011 Refugee stamp 0,02c value.

The booklet was issued in August 2011 with no advance publication advice. We found it quite by accident in our local post office in Polemedia this week!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cyprus Postal Museum

Cyprus Postal Museum, NicosiaCyprus Postal Museum, NicosiaBritish Queen Elizabeth post box - NicosiaBritish Queen Elizabeth post box - NicosiaA study in stampsPostal airmail and envelopes
Wooden post cancellers Wooden post cancellers Wooden post cancellers Empire CollectionCyprus rural postal service box - redCyprus rural postal service box - yellow
Big stamps!Remember these days?IMG_1891Ploutis Loizou, curator of the Cyprus Postal MuseumCyprus Penny RedsIMG_1895
IMG_1896IMG_1897Coin operated stamp vending machine

Cyprus Postal Museum, a set on Flickr.

Set inside a traditional house inside Nicosia city walls.

Cyprus Postal Museum, 3B Ayios Savvas St, across from Ayios Savvas Church, Old Nicosia.

These photos were taken during our visit to the museum on Friday 25th November 2011.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Planning a visit to the Cyprus Postal Museum

I have some time off at the end of the week and early next week as my parents are coming to the end of their month long holiday in Cyprus so I want to spend some time with them before they fly back to the UK.

We plan to take a trip to Nicosia, hopefully on Friday 25th November and would like to pay a visit to the Cyprus Postal Museum on Ayios Savva Street in Nicosia.

We believe it's fairly close to Ledra Street where we usually park so I'm looking forward to that and my camera will be coming too! Watch this space for photos over the weekend...

While we are in Nicosia we will be crossing the UN green line into the north of the island and hope to collect the more recent north Cyprus stamp issues from 2011.

Keep checking Cyprus Stamps website after the weekend to see our latest additions!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Cyprus Year Pack - RIP

The Cyprus Post Office does it again!

Whilst we were all eagerly awaiting the traditional Year Pack of stamp issues for 2011 they replaced it - in the form of a yellow hard backed book (A4 size) which contains all the stamp issues and booklets for the year as expected but with additional information and history of each issue.

There are separate pages dedicated to the artist or designer who produced the idea behind each new stamp. 

The NEW look Cyprus stamps Year Pack / Book will be listed very soon on Cyprus Stamps website. Look out for it in the Year Pack category or the Latest Stamp Issue category. 

Currently available at Cyprus Stamps are the Cyprus 2011 Commemorative stamp issues (not including Booklets). Cost to buy £16.50 plus postage as displayed on our site. (See the photo below)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cyprus stamps - Auctions, Buy It Now and various collectables

It's been a bit of a mad week at work and I haven't had too much spare time over the weekend as I wasn't very well.... Came down with a rotten cold on Friday which kind of mucked up the weekend :-(

So, time to do some updating methinks.

First off - Cyprus Stamps News

We've just this week added the new Cyprus 2011 Christmas stamp issue to our website. You can order in advance (pre-order and pay before Wednesday 9th November) and have them dispatched to you on the First Day of Issue which is Friday 11th November.  

Yes, Cyprus postal services have changed the stamp release schedule - again! 
They were originally due for release on Wednesday 9th November. But a phone call to the philately department this morning confirms all is as per the latest leaflet we received.

There will be a set of 3 stamps with values of €0,22c, €0,51c and €0,68c plus Official First Day Cover and a set of 3 Maxim Cards.
The stamps will also be available as full sheets (8 stamps per sheet). We are offering the sets and full sheets in either Mint or CTO (Cancelled To Order on first day of issue). 
Simply choose the correct type when you make your online purchase from Cyprus Stamps website.

The images below are taken from the official stamp issue leaflet as we don't yet have the originals to take a direct scan from.

Birth of Christ:
The €0,22c stamp, depicts a detail from a mural of Birth of Christ (1740-1750) from the Cathedral Church of Agios Ioannis.

Christmas Decorations:
€0,51 and €0,68 cent stamps depict the celebratory, joyous message of Christmas, that is traditionally represented on Christmas decorations.

Not the most exciting of Christmas stamps we've seen but they do appear to follow a similar theme of the last 2 Christmas issues with the snowball and snowflake decorations....

An Interesting "Find"

We recently acquired the 2011 Stanley Gibbons stamp catalogue and noticed some new Cyprus stamp catalogue variation listings. This of course made us check through our existing collection and it seems we have this variation (one kind only which is listed as SG50a - Mint and Used). A lucky find for us :-) 

The 3 listings are:
Cyprus SG40a 1896 Half Piastre 
Cyprus SG50a 1902 Half Piastre
Cyprus SG62b 1904 Half Piastre

What's the difference with SG50a, I hear you ask? 
Well, I can tell you it's referred to as a "large S" in Piastre. The top curve of the "S" is taller than the letter "T" and there is a slight "blot" at the end of the top curve where the letter ends.

We will be listing them on eBay very soon so keep an eye on our stuff!

Click to see our Cyprus stamps eBay auctions where we have a few interesting postmark items listed. They may be of interest to those who collect rural postmarks.

I'm thinking we may set up a new category of Rural Postmarks of Cyprus as they have their own particular niche. What do you think, would it be of interest to you?

We do have some nice eBay collections of stamps from north Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot) in the form of mini sheets. We're offering these at an exceptional price so if you're a collector, don't miss out on them!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Major overhaul at Cyprus Stamps website

I've been busy this weekend and have made some major changes to our Cyprus Stamps online shop and website.

For those who visit us regularly and have purchased in the past you may notice now the NEW drop down menu links to our Shop Categories for Cyprus Pre-Republic, Cyprus Republic and North Cyprus / Turkish Cypriot stamps.

By hovering your mouse over the categories you will see the further sub-categories under these headings. So for example if you were  looking for Cyprus Republic 1980's stamps or covers all you need to do is hover over the Republic of Cyprus category to open up the sub menu and click on 1980's which will take you to the list of all the categories for the year of interest: First Day Covers, Sheets - Mint & Used, Stamps - Mint, Stamps - Used and Year Packs.

Take a look now and enjoy collecting Cyprus stamps!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cyprus Stamps NEW 5th October 2011 issue - The Children's Stamp.

The Hare & The Tortoise Cyprus adhesive stamp issue was released today, Wednesday 5th October 2011 by the Cyprus Post Office.

For the very first time since 1965 the Cyprus Post Office have not released an Official First Day Cover for this particular issue - probably because of the type of stamp. The stamps are adhesive stamps in a booklet format.

First day covers are produced by machines and therefore must have encountered difficulties with these "sticker" type stamps. As a general rule, the Cyprus Post Office release between 8,000 - 9,000 First Day Covers!

Based on this information, Cyprus Stamps website have produced their very own Unofficial First Day Cover envelopes and we expect these to become very rare, so grab them while you can!
Only a very limited supply is available on our website.

The tortoise and the hare - Aesop's Fables (The Children's Stamp of Cyprus for 2011)

One day the hare was ridiculing the tortoise over its slow-moving pace. The tortoise, unmoved, turned towards the hare and said:

"Let us have a race and see who is faster!"

The hare burst out laughing listening to the tortoise but accepted the challenge. The race was fixed for the following morning. The fox gave the signal and the race began.

The tortoise began walking, slowly of course, but at a steady pace towards the finish line. The hare, seeing his opponent's slow rhythm and certain of his victory, lay down under a tree in the middle of the course and fell asleep. When he woke up it was too late because the tortoise had reached the finish line and had won the race!

Moral: "He who is modest in life achieves his goals in the end".
Text: Aesop's Fables
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post

Design-Artwork: Ioanna Kalli, Nicosia 
Size of adhesive stamp booklet: 9 x 22 cm 
€1,70: 30000 
Printing method: Litho-offset on adhesive paper 
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient Matsoukis S.A. Greece 

Image shows the front and back (containing the stamps) of the booklet.
The stamps are described as "adhesive" and a set comprises of 5 single stamps, each with a value of €0,34c. The set is produced in booklet form.

Friday, September 30, 2011

North Cyprus Post Boxes - Kyrenia District

We arrived back yesterday from a short stay in Kyrenia in the Turkish occupied North of Cyprus.

Whilst wandering around the town I managed to snap some photos of a few of the post boxes we came across.

This first image is a King George VI Cyprus post office box erected during the current reign of the designated monarch.

This second image is a more modern Kibris post office box and is located in the main street of Kyrenia shopping area. It's close to one of the street dog feeding stations.

And this ugly monstrosity below is an ultra modern post box situated outside Kyrenia North Cyprus Post Office.

As I mentioned earlier about the Street Dogs, I decided to put a photo of them here too:

The "Street Dogs" are looked after by the Kyrenia Animal Rescue services. Dogs are taken from the streets, neutered and treated for worms and ticks as necessary plus any medical treatment if needed.

The dogs then have a numbered red chip clipped into their ear and are returned back to the streets. Preliminary visits are made to the area before releasing the dogs with checks to the local residents/shopkeepers to verify they will keep an eye on the animals, provide the food and water and that they will contact KAR if there is a problem.

Nice one!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

NEWS from Cyprus Stamps website.

Single or Individual Cyprus stamps available at

Don't forget - not only do we sell Cyprus stamps in sets, we also sell singles or individual stamps (subject to availability) in order to help you complete your stamp collection.

So if you have a gap to fill, please use the Product Search field at the top right of the page menu and simply enter the year of issue ie: 1962 to get a page of results of our listings for all our available stamps issued in that year. 

This is how the page search of results will display for a search using 1962 in the Product Search field.

Take me there now.

We're trying to make it easier for you!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cyprus Stamps on YouTube

If you are interested in placing an order at Cyprus Stamps online website and want to see how the finished order will look when you receive it, check out the video below posted on YouTube by one of our customers:

Cyprus Stamps send orders to customers Worldwide.

Our postage costs are fixed by the total cost of your order with a maximum postal charge of £5 for European countries and £6 for WorldWide destinations (USA, Australia, Asia etc). For India, we require that all our items are dispatched by Registered Mail as we have experienced the odd problem with deliveries in the past. The postal rates are clearly displayed on each page of our website in the left hand column.

The prices displayed under "Local" refers to orders dispatched to the South of Cyprus only.

For more information please visit our website and pay attention to the following pages:
Shipping & Returns
Order FAQ's
Quick Shop (for a faster Checkout experience)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cyprus Post Box - Limassol New Port

Cyprus post box - Limassol New Port. 31 July 2011 on Twitpic

Taken today, Sunday 31 July 2011 after a visit to the Amerigo Vespucci Italian tall ship moored in the new port.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Peace in our time" - Neville Chamberlain.

We've come across a little gem of a 1930's bronze bust of Neville Chamberlain which we listed on eBay the other day.

The bust came from the home of a retired UK antiques collector and we believe it has been stored for over 30 years before we got our hands on it.

See the images below:

View the eBay listing 

Below is the YouTube video of the famous "Peace in our time" speech when Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany (3 September 1939).

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New - Malta & Gibraltar First Day Covers

We've added just a few into the relevant Malta or Gibraltar "mint & used stamp categories".

I've put the images on my twitpic account too:

Many more Cyprus (Republic) and Turkish Cypriot (North Cyprus) stamps and covers available on Cyprus Stamps online shop and website.

Monday, June 13, 2011

NEW – Specialist Cyprus stamp collectors album.

Brought to you by Onlne PR Media

Online PR News – 12-June-2011 –Cyprus Stamps website is privileged to be able to provide this specialist printable Cyprus stamp album.
Specially designed by Eastwood Albums, these album pages (all fully illustrated in colour), in A4 format, cover all Cyprus stamps issued from 1880 right up to the present day and are planned to accommodate a straightforward collection, which includes the main watermark and perforation changes.

You will find that this album closely follows the SG One Country Catalogue 2008 edition. It will include especially designed front pages along with album splines.
Revenue and Frama label pages may be purchased as an optional extra.
Please note: the album will be sent to you in PDF format, recorded on a CD and dispatched by Royal Mail directly to you by the designer. The album pages are formatted to print in UK A4 format only.
Available to purchase now in the "New In Stock" category.

Friday, June 10, 2011

NEW Cyprus stamps - Tall Ships & Cypriot Nobel Prize Winner, Christopher Pissarides

 "Tall Ships" and Christopher Pissarides "The Cypriot Nobel Prize Winner" - 2 new stamp issues were released on 8th June 2011.

Cyprus Stamps SG 2011 Tall Ships 3 values
 Tall Ships - 8 June 2011 Cyprus issue 

Tall ships have a particular place in the history of shipbuilding, that is vessels with sails that hang from the mast or from the spars of the mast and which capture the force of the wind so that these vessels move along.
The ancient Egyptians were the first to build sailing vessels. The first sails manufactured were from animal hides or reeds and woven linen sails were manufactured subsequently. Sails come in various shapes and have different names (for example topsail, topgallant, etc). The Arabs were the first to introduce triangular sails, known as "latini" which were suitably adjusted on the masts and gave the vessel the ability to "cruise" even against the direction of the wind.

By the 16th century when shipbuilding developed, a second deck was added to sailing vessels and the variety of sail formations and naval architecture created countless varieties of vessels (caravels, frigates, brigs, brigantines, barques, galleys, etc).

The invention of the steam engine at the end of the 18th century and its introduction into shipbuilding at the beginning of the 19th century led to an abandonment of sail and the domination of steam engines on the seas.

Today, tall ships are powered by sails and engines and sailboats are used for pleasure purposes or to take part in sailing competitions.

Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post

The 2011 issue comprises of 3 indivdual stamps (Galleon €0,22, Caravel €0,43 and Brig €0,85). Also available on first day cover and as full sheets.

Cyprus Stamps SG 2011 Cypriot Nobel Prize Winner

Christopher Pissarides, the Cypriot economist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics, jointly with Dale Mortensen and Peter A. Diamond, in 2010, for their contribution to the theory of search frictions and macroeconomics.
Christopher Pissarides, whose origins are from Agros, a village in the mountains, and who was born in Nicosia in 1948, is the first Cypriot to have been awarded a Nobel Prize. He attended the Eleneio Elementary School and the Pancyprian Gymnasium. he studied at the University of Essex and subsequentlly received his PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE).

He is currently a Professor of Economics at the LSE, the Director of the Economics Department and of the Research Programme on Macroeconomics at the Centre for Economic Performance, both at the LSE. He is an expert on the labour market and in research into economic policy. His book, "Equilibrium Unemployment Theory" is considered standard reference book on unemployment. It has contributed to the better understanding of this phenomenon and constitutes a vital tool in labour market analysis.

Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post

This 2011 issue comprises of a single stamp with the value of €1,71

To view more stamps, first day covers and full sheets from these issues please visit Cyprus Stamps website.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Exchange or Sell - Austrian First Day Covers (approx 250 - 300)

All different from 1970's and 1980's.

Looking for Exchange - Cyprus, Turkish Cyprus stamps and covers or, Cyprus Joint Issue / Related stamps and covers.

If you are interested to exchange or buy, please contact me.

Some examples can be seen below: