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05 May 2015
5/2015
Europa

Europa 2015 - Old Toys

Cyprus
The theme for this year's "Europe" series is "Old Toys", chosen by the European Public Postal Operators (PostEurop) and common to all country-members of the Organisation.

By Old Toys we mean the variety of playthings that were such an important part of the lives of children in days gone by, giving them not only great pleasure but at the same time contributing to their social development and encouraging habits that would be useful in the future.

Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos
Source: Cyprus Post, Stamp and Philatelic Service.

Svoura  

Svoura

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The €0,34 stamp depicts children playing with a top (svoura), a spinning, pointed toy of wood or metal, either in a single colour or, more often, multi-coloured, thrown by hand or with aid of string or rope to whirl on the ground.

Pirilia  

Pirilia

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The €0,64 stamp depicts young children playing with marbles (volous), known in the Cyprus dialect as "pirilia". Marbles were small, round objects, single- or multi-coloured, made of glass or other materials. They were used to play a variety of games.

Cancellation Stamps

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Europa 2015 - Old Toys

Technical Information

Design-Artwork: Costas Panayi, Mitsero Christodoulou
Printing method: Litho-Offset on unwatermarked paper
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient Matsoukis S.A., Greece
Size of stamps: 27mm x 40mm
Quantities:
€0,34: 275.000
€0,64: 275.000
Sheet layout: Sheets of 8 stamps
Booklets: €3,92: 12.000
FDCs: €1,39: 6.000
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