The ½ pi piastre dull green
The ½ pi piaster stamp was produced to cover the local inland rate for letters not exceeding 1 oz. With the exception of the detached triangle variety, this stamp is known with an inverted watermark although only one example has been recorded so far with a clean BPA certificate.
The ½ Piastre imprimatur
Inverted Watermark - The only recorded example to date.
Cover franked with a half piastre postmarked with a Type 4 Larnaca postmark dated July 2nd, 1885, receiving an arrival back stamp at Nicosia on July 3rd, 1885. Half piastre being the normal rate for local letters.
An O.H.M.S. cover bearing a ½ pi pi stamp cancelled "974" with an additional date stamp ofo Kyrenia, 20 August 1884, addressed to the High Commissioner at Troodos with intermediary cancellations of Larnaca, Nicosia (21/8) and Limassol (22/8) on the reverse.
A two piastre registered pre-paid cover, tied with an additional half piastre stamp for the local letter rate, postmarked with a "982" Famagusta cancellation and a September 3rd, 1888 postmark. On the reverse, a Larnaca arrival cancellation of the same date.
1889 OHMS cover, franked with a pair of half piastre stamps cancelled with a Nicosia type 4 stamp, sent in error to Larnaca and subsequently returned with the excuse that the addressee was “Not Known”. Furthermore the cover was returned via the “Return Letter Office”, the cancellation of which can be seen in the centre right of the cover and is of type 10AA. The stamps are cancelled with a June 9, 1889 date stamp and there is a second date stamp at Nicosia of the following date, probably because the cover remained overnight at Nicosia. The arrival stamp on the reverse at Larnaca is of the 11th of June and the return letter office stamp of June 21st. The rate paid is for double weight.