First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
Cyprus' strategic location in the northeast corner of the Mediterranean Sea kept it under foreign rule for centuries. The first mention of Cyprus in written history records its domination by the Egyptians about 1500 B.C. Then came the Assyrians, Persians, and Greeks. Britain administered the island from 1878 to 1960, and still controls 99 square miles in two military bases. Cyprus' population is largely divided between Greeks and Turks. In recent years, political conflicts between the two groups have caused numerous violent clashes. Cyprus is noted for its hilltop castles, old churches, golden sandy beaches, and rugged mountains.
Cyprus honored Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee with the release of this historic First Day Cover which is postmarked in English, Greek, and Turkish; all meaning Cyprus and significant of that country's hopes for unity and peace.