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I specialize only in Cyprus stamps (Republic) and North Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot) stamps and First Day Covers. Please note: I can only answer questions on stamps from the country (island) of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean. All Cyprus stamps will have: ΚΥΠΡΟΣ, KIBRIS or CYPRUS printed on them! I can answer most questions related to stamps and values. I can provide opinions on values as a collector of Cyprus stamps but not as a professional. I do not have any knowledge of stamps from USA or other countries. For these stamps please direct your questions to another Specialist.

Experience in the area

I am a long time collector based in Limassol, Cyprus for over 12 years with access and contacts to relevant information. Unfortunately, due to a family illness I had to return permanently to my home country in May 2016.


I am a member of the Cyprus Philatelist Society.


The Cyprus Mail. Cyprus Anglo Info. My online website:


High School (United Kingdom - North West) 1976

What do you like about this subject?

Finding pieces of Cyprus history and its culture on small paper items with perforations!

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Cyprus is still a divided island since the Turkish invasion in 1974. It operates 2 totally different postal services. Stamps issued in the occupied north of the island may not be used on postal mail dispatched in the Republic (south) of Cyprus and vice versa.

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Prashant S Akerkar10/10/16101010Dear Michele Thanks. Prashant
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Recent Answers from Michele Chapman

2017-01-25 early Cyprus forgeries and bogus:

Hello Gerhard  Thank you for your question.... Unfortunately, I've received it quite late in the day and will be travelling for the next few days so it's not something I can get back to you on immediately

2015-11-05 stamps issued in Northern cyprus:

Hello Roger and thank you for your question.    Hmmmm, not such an easy one to answer I'm afraid as postmarks from Cyprus are specialist enough with north Cyprus even more so. It's difficult to put a price

2015-01-24 Postage stamps shapes.:

Hello Prashant    Certainly Cyprus has been able to produce circular stamps quite recently in 2012 to celebrate the Poland and Ukraine held European UEFA Cup matches on a joint miniature sheet.    The

2014-11-05 July4, 1776 stamps issued in 1976:

Hi Ken    It's a little difficult to answer without seeing a photograph or a scan of the stamp you refer to but Cyprus did issue such a stamp in 1976 to commemorate the USA Bicentennnial and it's referenced

2014-10-05 Cyprus Stamps:

Hello Mike  Thank you for your enquiry.  With regards to the pack and from the images you have shown of the stamps contained in it, it appears this may not be an official presentation pack of the commemorative


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