1st April 1880
|GB overprints †|
|½ penny rose||1||1|
|4d light olive-green||4||4|
|1 shilling green||6||6|
† Both Scott  and Gibbons  (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 …"
August 16th 1960
|Middle East||15, 15a|
|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. "