|The surcharge of stamps with a new value is usually decided in case of postage revaluations or the exhaustion of certain value of a definitive issue. Also when there is an urgent need for the release of a stamp for a particular reason as it happened in 1974 with the known "first refugee stamp". Cyprus stamps have been surcharged six times in the past (before 1986). The present surcharge of 7c and 18c on the 6c and 13c stamps of the 1985 definitive issue has been decided to meet the increasing demand for stamps of 7c and 18c as a result of the new postage revaluations of 1st July 1986. The 7c stamp depicts a picturesque road in the mountainous grape-producing village of Omodhos, while the 18c stamp depicts various seas sports. The printing of the present surcharge was carried out by the Government Printing Office in Nicosia.|
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.