1 May 2008

1866 - Egypt's First Stamp

This is it! Egypt's first stamp, the 5 para Grey.

Although it doesn't quite fit into my original "egyptology" theme, I find the arabesque design really appealing so decided recently to include it in my collection. Unfortunately I do not have that one but in time...

According to my source (Stanley Gibbons Catalogue Part 19, 6th Edition), in mint condition, this stamp is worth £42 (£27 for a used one). There are different variants such as imperforates or with different perfs and watermarks but I will keep it simple and not go into such details.

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