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14 November 2012
9/2012
Miniature Sheet

Christmas 2012 - Miniature Sheet

Cyprus
This year's Christmas series, consists of a commemorative sheet (feuilee) and two stamps with the same number of icons depicting the Virgin and Child. These icons are from the occupied areas of Cyprus and are currently being exhibited at the Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation.

Text: Dr. Ioannis A. Eliades, Byzantine Museum, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Service, Cyprus Post

The Virgin Mary Enthroned  

The Virgin Mary Enthroned

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The €0,68 commemorative sheet depicts the Virgin Mary Enthroned between St. George and St. Nicholas and at the bottom are the benefactors of the icon. The icon is dated to the 16th century overpainted with the benefactors in a renaissance style dated to the first quarter of the 17th century. According to the inscription, the icon belonged to a priest, George, the head priest of St. George in Venice, from Vatyli. The icon was transferred to St. George's Church in Vatyli at the beginning of the 17th century by the head priest's wife following the deaths of the members of the priest's family. The icon survived the theft and looting following the Turkish invasion in 1974 because it was at the Holy archbishopic in Nicosia having returned from an exhibition abroad.

Cancellation Stamps

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Christmas 2012 - Miniature Sheet

Technical Information

Design-Artwork:
Constantinos Tsaggarides - Antonia Hadjigeorgiou, Nicosia
Printing method: Litho-Offset on
unwatermarked paper
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient Matsoukis S.A., Greece
Size of miniature
sheet: 65 x 65 mm
Quantities:
€0,68: 45.000
FDCs: €1,02: 7.000
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