A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

Egyptian: Definitives, Air & Express Stamps 1948

In May 1948 Egyptian troops quickly established a postal organisation in the West and South of Palestine. From the start special stamps were used: definitives and other regular Egyptian stamps were overprinted for use in Palestine.
The overprinted values were issued on 15.05.1948, followed shortly by eleven further values: overprints in design types 1, 1a, and 2a in red, black and green.
Furthermore a series of air stamps (12 values) and one express stamp were issued: overprints in design type 2 in red and black.

The base stamps:

  • Definitives 1937--1940: design type 78 (King Faruk) in perforation 13:13.5. Recess printing on paper with watermark type W48.
    Values of 3, 6, and 13m.
  • Definitives 1939--1940: design types 85, 86, and 87 (and similar designs) in perforation 14:13.5 and 13.5. Produced in recess with watermark W48.
    Values of 100 and 200m, 50p and £E1.
  • Definitives 1944--1946: design type 91 in perforation 13.5. Recess printing on paper with watermark type W48.
    Values of 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 15, 17, and 22m.
  • Definitives 1947: design type 106 (and similar desins: King Faruk with monuments) in perforation 14:13.5. Produced in recess printing with watermark W48.
    Values of 30, 40, and 50m.
  • Express stamp 1944: design type 52a (motorbike) in perforation 13.5. Offset-Lithography on paper with watermark W48.
    One value of 40m.
  • Airmail stamps 1947: design type 101 (King Faruk in medallion with barrage and airplane) in perforation 13.5. Produced in recess printing with watermark W48.
    Values of 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, and 200m.

GType_1 (8K)

Overprint design type 1

GType_1a (11K)

Overprint design type 1a

GType_2 (11K)

Overprint design type 2

GType_2a (9K)

Overprint design type 2a

As with most overprint issues there are several overprint errors or varieties known:

  • vertically or horizontally shifted overprint
  • double overprint
  • inverted overprint
  • damaged overprint, especially missing an E

Definitives 1948

g001 (14K) g002 (15K) g003 (14K) g004 (16K)
g005 (16K) g006 (13K) g007 (16K) g008 (14K)
g009 (15K) g012 (17K)
g010 (16K) g011 (15K)
g013 (16K) g014 (16K) g015 (16K)
g016 (16K) g017 (16K)
g018 (29K) g019 (39K)

Airmail Stamps 1948

g020 (23K) g021 (26K)
g022 (24K) g023 (24K)
g024 (24K) g025 (25K)
g026 (26K) g027 (24K)
g028 (26K) g029 (27K)
g030 (25K) g031 (23K)

Express Mail 1948

gE032 (26K)

Image: Thomas Schubert.

Definitives 1948
SG Michel Value Issue Colour Design Waterm. Perf. Overpr. Colour Base Base
1 4 1m --.--.1948 orange-brown 91 W48 K13.5 1 Gr 291 268
2 5 2m --.--.1948 vermillion 91 W48 K13.5 1 Gr 292 269
3 1 3m 15.05.1948 sepia 78 W48 K13.5 1 Gr 250 225
4 6 4m --.--.1948 deep green 91 W48 K13.5 1 R 294 271
5 7 5m --.--.1948 rred-brown 91 W48 K13.5 1 S 295 272
6 2 6m 15.05.1948 yellow-green 78 W48 K13.5 1 S 253 228
7 8 10m --.--.1948 violet 91 W48 K13.5 1 R 296 273
8 3 13m 15.05.1948 carmine 78 W48 K13.5 1 Gr 255 230
9 9 15m --.--.1948 deep purple 91 W48 K13.5 1 R 298 274
7 10 17m --.--.1948 olive-green 91 W48 K13.5 1 R 299 275
11 11 20m --.--.1948 slate-violet 91 W48 K13.5 1 R 300 276
12 12 22m --.--.1948 deep blue 91 W48 K13.5 1 R 301 277
13 15 30m --.--.1948 deep olive 106a W48 K14:13.5 2a R 340 319
14 16 40m --.--.1948 sepia 106 W48 K14:13.5 2a R 341 320
15 17 50m --.--.1948 greenish blue 106b W48 K14:13.5 2a R 342 321
16 18 100m --.--.1948 dull purple 85c W48 K14:13.5 2a R 280 256
17 19 200m --.--.1948 violet 85d W48 K14:13.5 2a R 281 257
18 13 50p --.--.1948 green/sepia 86 W48 K13.5 1a R 282 258
19 14 £E1 --.--.1948 blue/sepia 87 W48 K13.5 1a R 283 259
Airmail Stamps 1948
SG Michel Value Issue Colour Design Waterm. Perf. Overpr. Colour Base Base
20 20 2m --.--.1948 vermillion 101 W48 K13.5 2 S 322 305
21 21 3m --.--.1948 sepia 101 W48 K13.5 2 R 323 306
22 22 5m --.--.1948 brown-lake 101 W48 K13.5 2 S 324 307
23 23 7m --.--.1948 orange-brown 101 W48 K13.5 2 S 325 308
24 24 8m --.--.1948 green 101 W48 K13.5 2 R 326 309
25 25 10m --.--.1948 violet 101 W48 K13.5 2 R 327 310
26 26 20m --.--.1948 blue 101 W48 K13.5 2 R 328 311
27 27 30m --.--.1948 purple 101 W48 K13.5 2 S 329 312
28 28 40m --.--.1948 carmine 101 W48 K13.5 2 R 330 313
29 29 50m --.--.1948 greenish blue 101 W48 K13.5 2 R 331 314
30 30 100m --.--.1948 olive 101 W48 K13.5 2 R 332 315
31 31 200m --.--.1948 grey 101 W48 K13.5 2 R 333 316
Express Mail Stamp 1948
SG Michel Value Issue Colour Design Waterm. Perf. Overpr. Colour Base Base
E32 32 40m --.--.1948 brown/black E52a W48 K13.5 2 R E290 278

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