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06 September 1982
4/1982
Commemorative Issue

Overprint on 1980 definitive - 75m to 100m

Cyprus
Surcharges on stamps with new values are an established practice of Post Offices, in cases where a certain necessity arises: e.g. the exhaustion of a value, postage revaluation, etc. Four other surcharges have already taken place, on Cyprus Republic stamps: 5m on the 3m stamp of the definitive issue of 1962 (30/05/1966); 20m on the 15m stamp of the definitive issue of 1971 (21/09/1973); 10m on the 5m stamp of the definitive of 1971 for the issue of the first refugee stamp with the inscription "Refugee Fund" (1/10/1974); finally, 10m on the 3m stamp of the definitive issue of 1971 (5/01/1976).

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

  This stamp presents a funerary stele made of limestone. The stele is 92cm high and it belongs to the 5th century B.C. The stele which was found at Marion in North-west Cyprus depicts a seated young maiden bidding farewell to a bird and a mirror, symbols of the joys of life. The new value of the stamp is 100 mils and this value is now used as an airmail postage for letters to countries of "Zone A" (Greece and Near East) or for postcards and second class mail to countries of "Zone B" (Europe, Middle East and to some African countries). The printing of the new surcharge on the stamp was carried out in the Nicosia Printing Office of the Republic of Cyprus.

Technical Information

Quantity: 500000
Designer: Andreas Malekos
Size: 27 x 40 mm
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