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So,

After seeing so many nice collections and stamps, I have decided to put mine up here for the world to see!

If anyone else collects pre UAR Egypt, please, post your pictures here too!

The first issue is Ottoman 1866 but they are a bit too expensive for me!

So this is my first page, Second Issue 1867-69 Sphinx and Pyramid, Perf 15 X 12 ½ and no English was used on these stamps.

I'm missing the 5 PI

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Then page 2, Third issue 1872 to 1875 complete with surcharges, also featured the 5p inverted frame.
These wer printed by the Govt at the time, one printing was on thick paper with clear impressions, also one printing of thin paper with blurred impressions.
Perf 12½ X 13½

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The watermark for this era is a crescent with a star above, however many stamps had inverted watermarks, which increase their Values.

As always the Royal family were avid stamp collectors having imperforate sheet of every stamp printed for them with the Royal Cartouche stamped on the back.

The Sultan of Egypt in these times was Muhammed Tewfik Pasha (Arabic: محمد توفيق باشا‎‎, Turkish: Muhammed Tevfik Paşa; April 30 or November 15, 1852 – January 7, 1892), also known as Tawfiq of Egypt, was khedive of Egypt and the Sudan between 1879 and 1892.

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Here is some of my Egyptian collection. The 1914 Pictorial issue.
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1m Olive Brown – Boats on Nile
2m Deep Green – Cleopatra
3m Orange – Ras-el-Tin Palace
4m Red – Giza Pyramids
5m Lake – Sphinx
10m Dark Blue – Colossi of Thebes
20m Olive Green – Pylon of Karnak and Temple of Khonsu
50m Red Violet – Citadel at Cairo
100m Black – Rock Temple of Abu Simbel
200m Plum – Aswan Dam

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Hi VFND55

A very nice set indeed! They were also reprinted in 1921 with a different WMK and different colours. Good to meet a fellow Egyptian stamp collector
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Great thread Laurie.

Finally I could show my collection to someone interested.... :D :D

I shall need to start scanning what I have as I did not do that before, but nevertheless it would be a pleasant task.

My era of interest is the Kingdom till the republic era; (1922-1953). First page in my album is this one (unfortunately still missing the 100mil with the star & crescent watermark (SG37, SC90).... :( ):

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1922 Egypt pictorials set of 13 with the Crown overprint - commonly known as the "1922 Proclamation of Monarchy" set.


A bit of history:

Although Egypt was under a "disguised" British rule since 1882, it was never declared as a colony or protectorate. At the outbreak of WWI, Britain declared Egypt to be a protectorate - The fate of the Suez Canal was just too serious to take any chances.

The international climate was promoting the ideas of home rule and independence. Egypt's nationalists saw how the rest of the Ottoman Empire was being divided up and wanted to be granted similar rights. Britain quickly came to the conclusion that it was better to grant independence to pro-British Egyptians rather than wait for nationalists to take power for themselves. In 1922, the protectorate was officially ended, and Egypt was declared to be an independent kingdom on 15th March 1922.
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An excellent and informative post!
I can't wait to see the rest of your collection, and thank you for your kind words.
What a crisp, clean set Mohammed!
My next post will be the de la rues, one of the most common pre 1900 stamps I feel.
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Here are the De La Rue printed Sphinx and Pyramid stamps, and the OP from 1879 to 1888

The third Sphinx and Pyramid design. Usually known as the De La Rues (printed in London). Seven values: 5pa, 10pa, 20pa, 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p. Some stamps experienced changes in colour.

20 para surcharge of 1884 utilised unused high value 5p overprinted to meet shortage of low-value 20-para stamps.

Then The DLR Issue with changes in value to reflect currency change: Turkish paras replaced by milliemes. Some stamps underwent colour changes.

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VFND55 and mseif_99 have taken care of 1914 to 1922 with excellent pages,
only the 1915 surcharge has not been shown....yet! :D

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in 1923 - 24 Completely new designs were released, showing a portrait of King Fuad and the first £1 stamp. All inscriptions in Arabic. Twelve values: 1m, 2m, 3m, 4m, 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 50m, 100m, 200m, £1.

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laurie02 wrote:Here are the De La Rue printed Sphinx and Pyramid stamps, and the OP from 1879 to 1888

The third Sphinx and Pyramid design. Usually known as the De La Rues (printed in London). Seven values: 5pa, 10pa, 20pa, 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p. Some stamps experienced changes in colour.

20 para surcharge of 1884 utilised unused high value 5p overprinted to meet shortage of low-value 20-para stamps.

Then The DLR Issue with changes in value to reflect currency change: Turkish paras replaced by milliemes. Some stamps underwent colour changes.

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Nice collection Laurie. Interesting postmarks too.
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Thanks Mate!

I'm waiting for some of your special stamps to go up!

:D :D :D
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laurie02 wrote:in 1923 - 24 Completely new designs were released, showing a portrait of King Fuad and the first £1 stamp. All inscriptions in Arabic. Twelve values: 1m, 2m, 3m, 4m, 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 50m, 100m, 200m, £1.

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Nice set Laurie. Although relatively easy to find used, finding them with clean cancels that do not ruin the stamp design needs patience.

This is the first issue to bear the portrait of King Fouad I, issued 1923-24 as you said. Commonly known as "Fouad Arabic set" since all inscriptions are in Arabic (whereas Egyptian post is written on the left & denomination on the right). In comparison, the 1927-37 second portrait issue is commonly named as "Fouad French" as inscriptions were in French. Basic set is 25 stamps, but when shades are included it could reach 45+.

My album page of the second portrait issue up to the £1 value including some shades:

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The stamps from Egypt are beautiful from this period!!
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They are Uppercanadian,

and some of the early commemoratives are even better than these I feel, I do like King Fuad in his Fez and also the ancient statues and monuments of the 1914-22 era.
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Great collections you and mseif_99 have shown. Sorry to backtrack to the 1866 definitives, but I would like to tell a tale of forgery from Egypt.

Egypt’s first definitive stamps were issued 1-1-1866. They were printed by the Firm Fratelli Pellas (Pellas Brothers) in Genoa, Italy. The stamps were perforated 12½ and watermarked Pyramid and Sun. They are also overprinted in Arabic to denote the value. There are perf. varieties and some issues without watermarks. The paper was badly gummed and caused serious problems during the printing process.

Needless to say the Pellas Brothers had a difficult time printing the stamps and many were damaged during that process. They were running out of the watermarked paper and still needed to print the higher values. After corresponding with the Egyptian Postmaster, the Pellas Brothers returned the remaining stock of watermarked paper over to the Egyptian Postal Administration. The last value stamps were printed on commercial paper, half glazed and without watermark.

Around 1890, an individual secured the watermarked paper from the Egyptian Postal Administration with the intent to forge the first Egyptian issues of 1866. He had the audacity to contact Messrs. Stanley Gibbons firm to ask if they would print the stamps for him. Here is the correspondence to Gibbons as follows:

Alexandria, February 23Td, 1891
"I hereby propose to you a very serious affair, and worth your attention. I possess about twenty sheets of paper watermarked like the postal stamps of the first issue (1866); each sheet can contain one hundred stamps, which makes two thousand in all. In case you are not a buyer, tell me whether you will have them re-imprinted for me, and what price you want for the two thousand. However, I have to impress you that I only want re-imprinted the five and ten piastres and the five piastres error, with the inscription "ten piastres" in Arabic."

Messrs. Stanley Gibbons promptly wrote to the Acting Postmaster General of Egypt which in turn was able to trace the correspondent and confiscate the paper. Inclusive of the paper, were original date stamps also seized. The Egyptian Postal Administration destroyed the paper and defaced the date stamps.

One would think that this was the last of this daring endeavor of forgery but the same individual had more of the watermarked paper! In 1913, he sold forged copies to prominent collectors and through the course of time, one of the collectors he deceived consequently determined they were forgeries.

Upon confronting the forger with evidence, the collector agreed not file a complaint if he would turn over all his stock and materials as reimbursement for his expense. The forger complied but still had more forgeries at his disposal which were eventually sold to dealers in Cairo and Alexandria.

Over time during his debauchery, the forger fabricated the 5 and 10 paras; the 2, 5 and 10 piasters, the error of the surcharge of the 10 piasters on the 5 piasters also the 5 paras value with surcharge of the 5 piasters and a 10 piasters value with the surcharge of 5 piasters. All of these forgeries are now circulating the world. However, they are easily detected but don’t be fooled. This is not the first forgeries of this issue and you should buy from a trusted Dealer or consult with a specialist for any high valued stamps before purchasing or trading.

Here, from my collection, an authentic unused 1866, 10 paras, partial gum perforated 12½ and watermarked Pyramid and Sun. Although torn on one side and scissor trimmed perfs, it is still a keeper.
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what an interesting story, thanks VFND55 for sharing, I never knew about those forgeries!

I have yet to start collecting 1866 and the prices are well out of my reach!
Beautiful stamps though and thanks for showing yours, and the watermark!

Do you have others?

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Great Set Mohammed,
once again your pages are well set out and with clean, mint stamps they look amazing!
Mine are in a Schaubek stockbook waiting to be transferred onto hingeless pages....eventually!

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Great and informative post VFND55.

No need to worry for backtracking - I believe the thread is not meant to have a chronological order. My POV is that there is a scarcity of information available on early Egypt stamps, and I was just telling Laurie that this thread is a brilliant way to start researching and posting useful information similar to your excellent post.

I myself intend to elaborate a bit on the Crown o/p issues since I've spent some time studying these. Not a complete nor extensive study I must admit, but useful and interesting information for Egypt collectors.
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+1 with Mohammed! knowledge is power and the more knowledge we have on our chosen area the more informed and sharper our wits will be when it comes to forgeries, postmarks, and also little known stories like the one VFND55 put up.

Don't worry about chronological order, and please, expand and share info on the history of the country and times of when the stamps were issued.

I'm looking forward to lots of stories and lots of pictures!

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So now to Egypt's first Commemorative Stamp!

Egypt waited until 1926 before issuing its first commemorative set. Marking the International Geographical Congress in Cairo, it comprised three stamps, 5m 10m and 15m, in three colours showing Thoth, the Ancient Egyptian god of writing and knowledge.

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And here is a short piece on the congress itself, very insightful I feel.

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From Egypt Study Circle

Egypt’s second set of commemoratives was issued to mark the Twelfth Agricultural and Industrial Exposition, held in Cairo during March 1926. Whether to heighten interest among collectors or unashamedly to fleece them, as well as the 5, 10 and 15 millième values, which could be used for normally expected postal rates, there were three higher denominations of 50, 100 and 200 millièmes. The 5m paid the inland postage,
the 10m the overseas letter rate to the UK or internal registration, and the 15m paid the overseas rate or overseas registration. There would have been some difficulty in using the 50m genuinely and almost impossible to use the two higher denominations other then on perhaps a parcel card.
Bear in mind, though, that the then definitive set, First Portrait Fouad issue, included these high-value stamps and an £EI value as well.
The original high values were printed in optimistic quantities identical to the three lower values, that is, 202,500 of each. For the 200m value this compares reasonably with the Fouad 200m stamp, of which 235,000 were printed. It would seem indicate that the Post Office was expecting collectors to buy the complete set of the commemorative issue. In fact only 52,500 stamps of the 50m stamps were sold and 35,000 each of the two higher values. This may have caused some embarrassment somewhere with only 18 per cent sold overall. The commemoratives were on sale between March 1 and April 30.

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And here come the Surcharges, and a bit of background info on them.

To avoid wasting the unsold higher-value stamps, they were later surcharged, the 50m, 100m and 200m becoming 5m, 10m and 15m respectively. On a cover, these surcharged stamps - if not rare – are far from common and genuinely used as opposed to philatelic covers are certainly not found easily.
Sorry about the 50/5m this is the best i have at the moment.

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I have not yet put my Egyptian stamps into any album or stockbook - but this thread is beginning to whet my appetite for it.

I absolutely love the THOTH set - I am still missing the 15 Mills Blue in MNH.

Another set I love is the 1926 Ship of Hatshepsut (clearly the hottest Pharaoh ever!!) which commemorates the International Navigation Congress in Cairo. I don't have the overprinted "Port Fouad" Inauguration Issue - sadly!!



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Beautiful set and an excellent scan!
the Port Fouad overprints are sadly out of my league, I did see 1 set go for $US 1,500 a while ago
Here is a picture from the internet
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And a brief piece on how they came about

King Fuad Was Egypt's ruler. He was a highly educated man, with a great passion for stamp collection. In his role as ruler, it became easy for him to decide which stamp will become valuable and collectible. He started issuing stamps frequently, and in 1926, he celebrated his 58th Birthday with the launch of a new valuable stamp, portraying himself as a naval commander.

Soon thereafter he announced that a limited number of ship stamps and 1500 copies of his birthday stamps will be overprinted "Port Fuad", in celebration of the inauguration of the new port town being constructed to relieve congestion on the then over-exhausted "Port Said".

Collectors everywhere were convinced that it would be a profitable investment, but as it turned out most of the copies were already purchased by officials in charge of the stamp production house. There was huge disappointment in post office queues, disappointment that rapidly evolved into rage.

In the riots that followed, five people died for king Faud’s birthday stamps, according to the New York Times.

Today, these birthday stamps are sold at values of up to one-hundred times more than their original face value, but the value does not recount the human cost.
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Here is a very common set from 1927.

The international Cotton Congress organised by the International federation of master cotton spinners' & manufacturers' associations.
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Also in 1927 Egypt held the Statistical Congress in Cairo and released 3 stamps to commemorate this.

The ones I have are relevant to the event having the official cancel, I also have a mint set.

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laurie02 wrote:From Egypt Study Circle

The original high values were printed in optimistic quantities identical to the three lower values, that is, 202,500 of each. For the 200m value this compares reasonably with the Fouad 200m stamp, of which 235,000 were printed. It would seem indicate that the Post Office was expecting collectors to buy the complete set of the commemorative issue. In fact only 52,500 stamps of the 50m stamps were sold and 35,000 each of the two higher values. This may have caused some embarrassment somewhere with only 18 per cent sold overall. The commemoratives were on sale between March 1 and April 30.

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Interesting background Laurie. However regarding the numbers printed for higher values, the excellent book of (Egypt Stamps Handbook), which has become the new (Zeheri); the actual numbers for higher values are as follows:

50mil - 52,500
100mil - 35,500
200 mil - 35,000

and all were printed in sheets of 50.
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laurie02 wrote:
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Tried to contact them twice to join but never heard back from them.... :(
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Since we reached to 1929, below is my album page of the rather common commemoratives of the year:

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The second row depicts the 1929 International Medical Congress held in Cairo, and commemorating 100 years of the Egyptian school of medicine.

First stamp features Imhotep, quoting BRITANNICA; [Imhotep, Greek Imouthes (born 27th century BCE, Memphis, Egypt), was an architect, astrologer, and chief minister to Djoser (reigned 2630–2611 BCE), the second king of Egypt’s third dynasty, and was later worshipped as the God of medicine in Egypt and in Greece].

Second stamp depicts Mohamed Aly; the Founder of Modern Egypt, who has set the first School of Medicine in Egypt in 1827.
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Third row of the above page is a set of 4 stamps issued to commemorate the 9th Birthday of Prince Farouk, Egypt's Crown Prince.

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Many resources list it as the (9th Birthday), but I have also seen others list it as (10th Birthday) which is more logical...:) - Maybe someone could highlight this better.

Original printing of the set had slate center, whereas as 200,000 stamps of each value was printed. Special printings/verities occur whereas the center is printed in black (5mil) and brown (10,15 & 20mil values). Only 2000 sets were printing which explains the £520 catalogue value of the special set.
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Very nice!
Farouk is a lot slimmer there!

I have the 5mil in black and the 15mil in brown, just biding my time for the others to come along.... :D :D :D 8)

We missed Egypts first airmail and express stamps!

it was 1926 when these were first issued, love the fez on a motorbike!

both are incredibly beautiful stamps, the shade of the purple in the airmail is quite stunning.
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Beautiful set with very good centering Bill. Mos of the times I find it difficult to have the full set with a decent centering. And if it was, the perfs are not in good shape.

Please continue to share your collection... :)
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I have the 5mil in black and the 15mil in brown, just biding my time for the others to come along.... :D :D :D 8)
Could you show us these Laurie - side by side with the original set? I guess one could not understand the difference without a direct comparison.
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I can my friend, I shall do it in the morning for you

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In answer to your request Mohammed, here they are side by side with the common issue.
The common is on the left and the centre is slate grey, you can see the change in shade for the 5 mil and the 15 mil is a definite brown.
I remember reading somewhere that the common issue was lithograph and the limited run were photogravure? this could be wrong and maybe someone can enlighten me?

I actually won an auction for AU$2.00 inc postage and got the 2 limited Farouk birthday in that, not bad for US $ 150.00 X 2 stamps!

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so for today I have the 1929 updated Airmail and the colour change for the Express motorcycle.

Here they are
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Some of the airmails were overprinted to use for the Graf Zeppelin flight in April 1931,
Two values were used for this 50 and 100 mil, I don't have these stamps.....yet!
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And onto 1933 with the Railway congress set, this is one of my favourites!

Here's a small piece on the history of railways in Egypt:

British engineers who built the world’s first railways in their own country also introduced them to others.One of these was Egypt, whose first railway was engineered by Robert Stephenson.

But the first Egyptian line was unlike the others. It was built not so much for the benefit of the local population as for the hardy travellers and empire builders of the mid-19th century who had to endure the discomforts of the ‘overland route’ across Egypt on their way to India and the Far East.

Moreover it had two distinct “lives”, the first of which was surprisingly short.

On the other side of Egypt, from Europe to Alexandria and from Suez eastwards, the famous P & O Line pioneered the steamship services with great success. However, they found they were being blamed for the shortcomings of the overland route, over which they had little control.

So the shipping company was more than pleased, when in 2850 the Egyptian Government invited Stephenson to survey a route for a railway. Work began in the following year, and in 1852 the first locomotive, built by Stephenson, started running experimentally.

But the all-important route across the desert from Cairo to Suez was not completed until 1858. And only eleven years later the Suez Canal was opened. As the steamers started to run direct from Europe to India through the canal, the railway passengers disappeared.

In those days few people travelled purely for pleasure; but by the 1930s the tourist trade meant big business, and Egypt was keen to receive her share. In 1936 the line reopened, so that visitors could see the desert from the comfort of a modern train.

The story of Egypt’s first railway is recalled by the stamps.

It was issued for the International Railway Congress held in Cairo in 1933.
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Egypt's railway museum was built in 1932 next to Misr Station (now Ramses Station) in Cairo. The museum opened in January 1933 to mark the city's hosting of the International Railway Congress. Its stock of over 700 items includes models, historic drawings and photographs. Among its most prominent exhibits are three preserved steam locomotives:

2-4-2 no. 30, built by Robert Stephenson and Company in 1862.
0-6-0 no. 986 (originally 189, then 142), built by Robert Stephenson and Company in 1861.
4-4-2 no. 194 (originally 678) built by the North British Locomotive Company in 1905.
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laurie02 wrote: I remember reading somewhere that the common issue was lithograph and the limited run were photogravure? this could be wrong and maybe someone can enlighten me?

I actually won an auction for AU$2.00 inc postage and got the 2 limited Farouk birthday in that, not bad for US $ 150.00 X 2 stamps!

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Thank you Laurie - Nice scans.

Both SG & Egypt Stamps Handbook list the two printings as Litho, no mention for different printing. SG mentions however that the limited issues have "clearer portraits".
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laurie02 wrote:
I actually won an auction for AU$2.00 inc postage and got the 2 limited Farouk birthday in that, not bad for US $ 150.00 X 2 stamps!

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You should list these in the forum thread of online auction bargains.... :D

On ebay, each one of the four is sold for around £60.00 as far as I've seen - Great buy indeed.
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Thanks Mohammed, they certainly were a bargain!
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laurie02 wrote:so for today I have the 1929 updated Airmail and the colour change for the Express motorcycle.

Here they are
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Ok a little jump in time since we are discussing the express stamps:

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The above are the 1943 Express Mail issues, in both 26mil & 40mil denominations. The design of 1926 remains the same but inscription on the left changed to "POSTES EXPRES" instead of just "EXPRES".
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nice stamps mate!

tell me, did you design your pages or did you buy them like that?

Are they hingeless?

They are very neat and the stamps are set out so well all straight and even.
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laurie02 wrote:nice stamps mate!

tell me, did you design your pages or did you buy them like that?

Are they hingeless?

They are very neat and the stamps are set out so well all straight and even.
Thanks Laurie. Yes they are hingless pre-printed paged by PALO. I needed something to guide me through the collection, and they seemed the best fit since they produce pages for all countries, plus being flexible enough to offer "partials".
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Moving forward, these are the 1932 surcharges on the earlier issued high values; 50mil & £1, lowering the value of both to be 50mil & 100mil respectively:

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The tall stamp was initially issued in 1926 commemorating King Fouad 58th Birthday, while the £1 violet-blue stamp was part of the first definitive set of the King's portrait issued 1923-1924. Originally, both issues were assigned to Harrison & Sons, London, but the birthday issue was printed by a Dutch sub-contractor; Nederland Rotogravure Maatschappi.

Surcharges were done by the Survey Department, Cairo.
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mseif_99 wrote:Third row of the above page is a set of 4 stamps issued to commemorate the 9th Birthday of Prince Farouk, Egypt's Crown Prince.

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Many resources list it as the (9th Birthday), but I have also seen others list it as (10th Birthday) which is more logical...:) - Maybe someone could highlight this better.

Original printing of the set had slate center, whereas as 200,000 stamps of each value was printed. Special printings/verities occur whereas the center is printed in black (5mil) and brown (10,15 & 20mil values). Only 2000 sets were printing which explains the £520 catalogue value of the special set.
Prince Farouk was born on February 11, 1920 and these stamps were released on his 9th birthday, February 11, 1929. Logically, to have these stamps printed and issued on his birthday, his picture had to been taken when he was 8 years old.

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Another set of stamps depicting Farouk was issued in July 1937. This time, at the age of 18 he is now King Farouk. The stamps were issued for his investiture to Egypt's Parliament. I don't have a full set but here is a canceled block of four (separated horizontally unfortunately).
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mseif_99 wrote:Moving forward, these are the 1932 surcharges on the earlier issued high values; 50mil & £1, lowering the value of both to be 50mil & 100mil respectively:

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The tall stamp was initially issued in 1926 commemorating King Fouad 58th Birthday, while the £1 violet-blue stamp was part of the first definitive set of the King's portrait issued 1923-1924. Originally, both issues were assigned to Harrison & Sons, London, but the birthday issue was printed by a Dutch sub-contractor; Nederland Rotogravure Maatschappi.

Surcharges were done by the Survey Department, Cairo.
The French Fouad 1 pound is one of the hardest stamps to get hold of....and in mint condition, almost impossible!
well done Mohammed on collecting this stamp!
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nice block there VFND55 and excellent cancel, the whole set of these definitives are a good looking set and the later variations (3 barred and the "king of egypt and Sudan" OPs) make for a big set of many variations and errors!
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so today we have the first set of airmails from 1933 of an aircraft over the Pyramids in Giza (Gizeh) this is the 1933 original set and I haven't included the 1941 additional colours and charges.

I am slowly building a mint set of these. Believe it or not, the hardest value to get is the 7 mil!
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And now to one of the key sets in Egyptian stamps,
the 1933 International Aviation Congress commemoratives,
5 stamps and a beautiful set to own.

This started me on a quest to collect the Zeppelin stamps from different countries, maybe we need a thread started on that?

Heres the stamps!
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Good morning!
Today we have my pride and joy, the 1934 U.P.U set complete to £1.
The set commemorates the Universal Postal Union Congress, held in Cairo, in 1934.

Many believe this is the key set for Egypt collectors with mint sets selling above AU$ 1000.00.

Featuring Isma'il Pasha, who was the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan and ruled from 1863 to 1879.
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