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Cyprus

1st April 1880

British Colony 39

cyp1
  #1 xxx
Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
GB overprints
½ penny rose   1 1      
1d red   2 2      
2½d claret   3 3      
4d light olive-green   4 4      
6d olive-grey   5 5      
1 shilling green   6 6      

Both Scott [1] and Gibbons [2] (Gibbons especially) differentiate between the plate numbers of the GB stamps used.

Floyd A. Walker (see Syria) writes, " CYPRUS #1 was issued in 1880 when the country was a British colony …"


Cyprus

August 16th 1960

Middle East 15, 15a

Cyp183
TurCyp
Independence
Turkish Cyprus
1960 Sc183 SG188 1974 Sc1 SG1

Independence / Occupation

"…and then marked its independence issue in 1960 (#183) [August 16th]. The first stamp is rather pricey ($100 mint or used) but the independence issue is 15$ either way. There is another first issue you may want to include. The Turks invaded northern Cyprus in 1974 and established the Turkish Republic of Notthem Cyprus. Scott lists a #1 for the country, but other than Turkey, no other country recognizes it politically. "