12 April 2019

UNESCO Campaign - Egypt

Commemorative se-tenant stamp set issued in 2016 for the 50th Anniversary of the campaign to save the monuments of Abu Simbel. 

First Day Cover. 

25 January 2017

1866 - Egypt's #2

Joining my collection this week is this Egypt #2 stamp issued in 1866.

Queen Nefertiti - Germany

New!!  Cover issued in 2013 to commemorate Treasures of German Museums, with postmark and stamp of Queen Nefertiti.  

1 February 2013

Queen Nefertiti - Monaco FDC

Really lovely First Day Cover received a few days ago, which was issued on 19 October 2012 in Monaco.
 It commemorates the Centenary of the discovery of the Bust of Nefertiti by a team of German archaeologists in Tell el-Amarna in 1912.   
Today the Bust can be seen in the Berlin Museum.

Queen Nefertiti - Germany

Just received!!
Stamp issued in Germany on 02 January 2013 to commemorate the 100-year Anniversary of the discovery of the Bust of Queen Nefertiti.

31 May 2012

Nubian Monuments - Monaco FDC

A beautiful First Day Cover issued in Monaco on 24 October 1995.

19 May 2012

Nubian Monuments - Monaco

A set of two stamps issued in Monaco in 1995 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO.

5 May 2012

Nubian Monuments - Egypt

 An aerogramme.
The pre-printed stamp shows the Small Temple of Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel.

And now for something completely different...

A front view of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel on a ticket from the New York World's Fair 1964-65 (UAR Pavillion).

Nubian Monuments - Netherlands

A nice personalised stamp/vignette from the Netherlands.  It shows the Great Temple at Abu Temple.

And now for something completely different...

 The Great and Small Temples of Abu Simbel on an Egyptian £1 note.

Nubian Monuments - Liberia

Another long-anticipated arrival!  It's not the beautiful Souvenir Sheet which is still eluding me but it is a very nice find.

This is a mint $2 stamp, issued in Liberia in 1997, depicting the colossal statues of the Great Temple of Abu Simbel.
The text at the bottom of the stamp reads "Monument of Nubia at Abu Simbel (Egypt)".  The text on the right-hand side reads "50th Anniversary of UNESCO".
In all, a series of 24 stamps and souvenir sheets of various denominations and showing many international treasures were issued for the occasion.

UNESCO Campaign - Dahomey

It's finally here!  I have been looking for this FDC for ages and it was well worth the wait! 

It was issued on 09 March 1964, in Cotonou, in the Republic of Dahomey which existed from 1960 - following independence from being a French colony - until 1975 when it became the People's Republic of Benin.   Cotonou is still Benin's largest city today.

16 June 2011

UNESCO Campaign - Pakistan overprinted Bangladesh

Pakistan stamps overprinted BANGLADESH

These types of stamps exist in different varieties, printed in English and/or Bengali and with different colour inks.  I have not found them in catalogues but came across an interesting discussion on the subject on a collectors' forum.  A short extract is reproduced below:
"Immediately after the establishment of Bangladesh's Government , the post office could not afford printing new stamps for Bangladesh. Instead, they overprinted Pakistani stamps and postal stationery with the new country name "BANGLADESH" (valid March 26, 1971 until April 30, 1973).
The overprints were in English only - see
http://homepage3.nifty.com/~mariamma/tak-p11i.jpg and http://www.malariastamps.com/images/Pakistan/160_HandStamp2_z_z.jpghttp://www.malariastamps.com/images/Pakistan/160_HandStamp2_z_z.jpg ; in both English and Bengali letters - see http://www.malariastamps.com/images/Pakistan/160_HandStamp4_z_z.jpg ; and in Bengali letters only.
In the latter half of 1972, new Bangladeshi stamps were provided to post offices in the country. As a result, in 1973, Pakistani stamps, even with "BANGLADESH" overprints, became invalid throughout Bangladesh. (...)There were 14 former eastern districts plus a few others and all issued their own handstamps. I guess, that when order was restored and regular stamps were issued, they threw away the overprint devices and thus no combined record of who or where had that particular handstamp seems to exist."  (www.collectingbanter.com).

A great source of information - though unofficial - can be found here (www.paperheritage.co.uk).  

15 June 2011

UNESCO Campaign - Pakistan

(Front cover and inside view)
A nice philatelic document from Pakistan containing the two commemorative stamps for the UNESCO Campaign to Save Nubian Monuments (SG 211 and SG 212), issued on 30 March 1964.

The document describes the stamps:
"13-paisa:  Depicts the Temple of Thot on the left and an inset of three standing figures on the right.  This inset is relevant to the Temple of Thot and represents Queen Nefertari (in the middle) and her maids performing some ritual."
"50-paisa:  Depicts a side view of the rock containing four colossal figures of Rameses II.  This is generally known as the Temple of Abu Simbel.  A partial view of the river Nile and its banks is also shown on the left."
The document folds into three parts and contains several black and white pictures of Abu Simbel and Philae temples with a geographical and historical description of the region.  It explains why the monuments would be lost without the intervention of the UNESCO.

UNESCO/Nubian Monuments - Egypt

Egypt, 1968, SG 959
 Aerial view of Philae Temple.
Egypt, 1968, SG 961
Philae Temple.

UNESCO Campaign - Upper Volta

Stamps and First Day Covers from Haute-Volta (now Burkina Faso). Issued in 1964, for the UNESCO Campaign to save Nubian monuments, it depicts a colossal statue of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.

UNESCO Campaign - Benin

Pillar from Great Hall (Abu Simbel), SG 771
Colossal statue of Ramses II (Abu Simbel), SG 772
Temple of Abu Simbel, SG 773

And now for something completely different...

The bust of Queen Nefertiti on the Egyptian 5pi note.

And now for something completely different...

The Temple of Abu Simbel on the Egyptian £1 note.

UNESCO Campaign - Mali FDC

First Day Cover issued on 09 March 1964 in Bamako.

UNESCO Campaign - Egypt FDC

First Day Cover issued in Cairo on 24 October 1964,
for the Campaign to Save Nubian Monuments, with 
the full set of commemorative stamps.

UNESCO Campaign - Yugoslavia FDC

A simple First Day Cover issued on 10 April 1962.

UNESCO Campaign - Tunisia FDC

First Day Cover, issued on 08 March 1964, 
in aid of the UNESCO Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia.

The stamp depicts Philae while the envelope's illustration is of Abu

Queen Nefertiti - Egypt FDC

First Day Cover for the "Semaine Internationale des Musees" 
issued on 15 October 1956.

The stamp depicts the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti (SG 518).

6 May 2010

UNESCO Campaign - Pakistan

First Day Cover issued in Lahore on 30 March 1964
Stamps show Philae and Abu Simbel temples, SG 211-2

Nubian Monuments - Guinea

Republic of Guinea, 1997,
Abu Simbel Temple

UNESCO Campaign - Monaco

First Day Cover, 03 June 1961, Monaco

Maximum Card

13 April 2010

Nubian Monuments - Sierra Leone

Stamp issued in 1996 by Sierra Leone to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO.

The title says "Monument of Nubia at Abu Simbel (Egypt)" but strangely shows the entrance of the temple of Philae as can be seen from the picture below!

Is this a fake? Unfortunately, I do not know anything about this stamp so if you have any information about it, do drop a comment.

UNESCO Campaign - Morocco FDC

Colossal Statue of Ramses II at Abu Simbel

First Day Cover issued in Casablanca, Morocco
on 03 October 1966
to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the creation of the UNESCO

UNESCO Campaign - Chad FDC

UNESCO Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia,
Ramses II on his war chariot, painting from Abu Simbel temple

First Day Cover, Fort-Lamy, Chad
09 March 1964

UNESCO Campaign - Egypt FDC

Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia
The Coronation of Queen Nefertari, from the small temple of Abu Simbel

First Day Cover, Cairo, Egypt
31 October 1962