30 Paras denomination
The damaged “US” variety at position row 5, column 5 which is constant on all 30 paras stamps of the Victorian and Edwardian issues of Cyprus on both panes. The block of ten showing the variety from the left pane as there is no plate number at the top margin. A complete pane of the stamp from the right pane also exists proving that the operation by which the Country and the denomination tablets were field were performed twice for each side of the sheet.
A two piastres postal stationery pre-registered cover additionally franked with four 30 Paras and two ½ half piastre stamps for a total rate of four piastres to Beirut in Syria. Two piastres pay the foreign letter rate and the remaining two the extra weight. The cover is postmarked Nicosia 24 March 1896 with an intermediary post mark on the reverse of the same date. An arrival post mark at the Beyrout British Post Office date 30 March 1896 is also on the reverse.
A blue 2 piastre registered postal stationery cover additionally franked with a total of 4 piastres, paying the double rate for overseas letters. The rate is composed of one ½pi, a vertical pair of 30 Paras and one 2 pi stamps. Postmarked Larnaca 23 March 1896, the cover traveled to Ipswich in England with the arrival stamp on the back indicating that it arrived on April 4th. A red oval registration stamp lies in the centre of the cover.