The 1d stamp was printed using the One Penny “G1” type of Great Britain. Out of the 152 GB plates, 13 were used for the Cyprus issue. 338.880 stamps were issued in 1412 sheets were overprinted. 135,292 were sold as remainders, i.e. nearly 564 sheets. From the original sheets, a number was used for the "HALF-PENNY" and the "30 PARAS" overprints.
A number of varieties have subsequently been carried through and some others are still to be found. The ones that have been located are the broken pin and the reversed watermark varieties. The former occurring on a large number, but not on all of the sheets between columns “B” & “C”, while the later again on a large number of the sheets and is distinguishable on the margins. Another variety that has been recorded on the British stamps which has not yet been located on the Cyprus ones is the inverted watermark variety. The frequency with which the inverted watermark variety exists on the British stamps is once every 700 sheets. Thus statistically less than two sheets may exist carrying the overprint. Therefore, varieties occurring on the one penny stamp can be categorized under two major headings. The generic ones that have carried over from the GB issue and the ones that have to do strictly with the “CYPRUS” overprint.
Blocks of the most common plates can easily be found and there is an abundance of minor varieties due to miss-printing and under or over inking of the plates.
Varieties inherited from the Great Britain stamp
Varieties on the "CYPRUS" overprint
Studies on the plates