FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TIBET UPRISING
AGAINST THE ILLEGAL CHINESE OCCUPATION.
Chinese invaders have illegally occupied the country of Tibet since 1951. The year 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising against the Chinese oppressors, in 1959, so to mark the date in a philatelic way, a set of two CAL stamps featuring the Tibet flag was issued.50c
... Tibet flag
, with a red
stripe down the right margin.$1
... Tibet flag
, with a white stripe down the right margin.
The stamps can be used on regular mail or overseas airmail by anyone.
The cal stamps are on gummed paper and perf 13.5. They were printed by NZ Post Ltd.
Date of issue of these stamps was 21st September 2009.
Each stamp shows the years 1959 - 2009 in small print below the flag. The margins of the sheets have been printed in blue, with a Tibet website down both sides, a heading along the top, and a three-line inscription along the bottom. This edge printing was privately done. The text at the bottom of the sheets reads:These stamps remember the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising against the illegal Chinese occupation of their country. The uprising followed repeated Chinese violations of the 1951 "17 Point Agreement" which China forced on Tibet.
Here for auction is a fine used set.
These cals were NOT
included in the Annual Packs, as NZ Post frantically scrambled to avoid "offending" the occupying power. (Tibetans have been offended by the occupier for over 50 years!)
For further information on the current situation between China and Tibet, visit http://www.Tibet.org
More discussion on these elusive cals can be found on Stampboards here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=406&p=2596243&hilit=cals#p2596243
Asking price = AUD $160.Post free by airmail anywhere.