December 11, 2017

3214 CYPRUS - Orange seller

Because it has a subtropical climate, Cyprus offers a full range of citrus fruit available almost all year around, but mainly on winter time, from October to June, with many of the popular varieties of oranges, lemons, grapefruit and soft citrus. Though oranges are good refreshment for summer, but during winter, many Cypriot parents want their children to eat oranges during winter to protect them from colds and influenza. The main varieties of oranges that grown in Cyprus, all of high quality, are Navel, Jaffa and Valencia.

About the stamps

The first stamp is a special one, issued on March 10, 2016, as a Refugee Fund Tax. All mail dispatched out of Cyprus must carry the Refugee Fund stamp (current value 0,02 EUR) in order to be posted officially. The very first Refugee Fund stamp was issued in October 1974 (originally a 1971 commemorative issue overprinted 5m to 10m Refugee Fund). New issues have been released on a fairly regular basis and since 10th January 1977 all have been of the same design depicting a person squatting in front of a stretch of coiled barbed wire. Only the colour has changed over time, most recently changing from a greyish purple colour to the recent bisque colour issued in 2010.

The second stamp is one of the two designed by Ioanna Kalli and issued on May 4, 2017 by Cyprus for Europa Stamps 2017, with the theme Palaces and Castles
• Larnaca Castle (0.41 EUR)
• Paphos Castle (0.64 EUR) - It's on the postcard 3214

The Orange of Cyprus - The Gintings Open Door

Sender: Diana Tenea (direct swap)
Sent from Limassol (Cyprus), on 27.11.2017
Photo: George Hadjimenikou

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