The ½ d Constant Varieties
The ½ d rose-red was overprinted with “CYPRUS” (13mm X 2mm) in black san-serif capitals, using the typography method, on three plates, namely 12, 15 and 19. The sheet layout was a single pane of 480 stamps in 20 rows by 24 columns. 68,640 stamps were printed i.e. 143 sheets of which only 2 from plate 19. 13,573 stamps were sold as remainders.
The overprinting was made from a plate of 120 subjects, necessitating four separate operations as illustrated below. Thus the varieties that occur on the sheet are constant. There are two general types of varieties that occur on the stamp. The first type is the one that originated from the Great Britain first half penny stamp of 1 October 1870 and it has to do with the right hand side of the sheet being imperforate as there was a mish-match between the size of the sheet and the perforator used.
The second type are the varieties that have to do with the actual “CYPRUS” overprint.