Bi-color portrait definitive Cyprus stamps, similar to those first introduced in 1894, continued in use throughout the reign of King Edward VII and through much of the reign of King George V. These small-format portrait definitive stamps would be discontinued in 1928, and they would be permanently replaced by larger-format pictorial definitive and commemorative postage stamps that would better reflect the history and culture of this island nation.
Some very large denomination portrait definitive Cyprus stamps were introduced
during the reign of King George V, and they were denominated in Pounds
Sterling instead of Piasters. These stamps were valid for postage on
commercial mail, however they were primarily used as revenue stamps.
These Cyprus stamps, with postal cancellations are very rare. With revenue
cancellations, they are much more common and affordable. The Pound Sterling
equivalents, in Piasters, are as follows.
05 Shillings = 045 Piasters
10 Shillings = 090 Piasters
01 Pound = 180 Piasters
05 Pounds = 900 Piasters
The twelve major-type portrait definitive Cyprus stamps shown above were issued between 1903 and 1907.
The Scott catalog attributes, for stamps that are watermarked Multiple Crown and C A, are as follows.
£ 1 (1924 - Sc. #110) -Black and Red on Red.
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