1952/53 saw some more large format stamps issued.
4 stamps for the King's birthday and this was a year late as well! One shows a seated female figure rather than his majesty.
Finally a very nice set of 7 showing National Products which are mostly fruits and wines, these are very imaginative and large format stamps. Only the cheap and slightly pale printing ruin it. Still a great impact like the 1951 National Reconstruction set.
In 1954 came a set of new definitives showing again ancient art, artefacts and sculptures.
From what I can make out, this set was reissued in new colours and more values in the new currency in 1955.
100 Dr - Pericles - Athenian leader in the 5th century BC, 2,400 Dr - Minoan Frieze, 200 Dr - Head of Bull on Rhyton (Drinking cup), Minoan or Mycenaean c1,400BC,
300Dr - Orion?, 500Dr - Head of Classical era statue 450BC, 600 Dr - Head from early classical statue of youth c.480BC, 1000 Dr - Head of Alexander the Great as Apollo, 4,000 Dr - Exekias/Amasis drinking cup interior showing Dionysos on boat surrounded by dolphins and vines (Attic Black figure of about 540BC)
1,200 Dr - Head of Charioteer from bronze, c.470BC, 2,000 Dr - Dipylon Vase, c.750BC very early Attic vase from Kerameikos cemetery showing Funeral rites, 2,500 Man carrying calf relief c. 550BC archaic, 20,000 Dr - Women carrying water vessels, late Classical relief c.420 - 400BC.
I could be wrong with some, but seem fairly certain
The other set is in the new currency and was about Cyprus's status as a British colony, they wanted to join Greece and the British said no - start of the revolt and fight for indepence, the stamps show a blot on the Westminster agreement and 6 were issued, 3 in English, 2 in Greek and 1 in French, I have 4 of them.
There was an opposition from Britain and the 25% of the island's residents who were Turkish and Muslim. Indpedence came in 1960, but civil war began almost straight away with the Island divided after a Turkish invasion in 1974 and to this day, the conflict and stalemate ensues.
The 1940s to 1960s saw a mass exodus of Greek and Cypriot peoples to other parts of the world, especially Australia, the UK and the USA.