A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

Egyptian Occupation: Definitives and Airmail Stamps 1955

Following the overptrint stamps of 1953, it took the Egyptian authorities until 1955 to provide new sets of stamps for the Gaza Strip. Various Egyptian series of definitives and airmail stamps were overprinted with design types 1, 2 und 8 in red and blue.

The Base Stamps:

  • Definitives 1954--55: Design type 137 (agricultural worker) in perforation 13:13.5. Recess printing on paper with watermark W48. Overprint in type 1.
    Values of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5m.
  • Definitives 1953: Design type 130B (soldier) in perforation 13:13.5. Printed in recess on paper with watermark W48. Overprint in type 1.
    Values of 10, 15, 17, and 20m.
  • Definitives 1953--55: Design type 131 (Sultan Hussein Mosque, Cairo) in perforation 135:14. Printed in recess on paper with watermark W48. Overprint in type 8.
    Values of 30, 32, 35, 40, and 50m.
  • Definitives 1953: Design type 132 (Nefertiti) in perforation 13.5:14. Printed in recess on paper with watermark W48. Overprint in type 8.
    Values of 100, 200, 500m, and £E 1.
  • Airmail Stamps 1953: Design type 133 (airplane over barrage) in perforation 13:13.5. Printed in recess on paper with watermark W48. Overprint in type 2.
    Values of 5 and 15m.

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

gerr_E (7K)
GType_1 (8K) GType_2 (11K) GType_8 (9K)

Overprint type 1

Overprint type 2

Overprint type 8

Definitives 1955

g069 (13K) g070 (14K) g071 (14K)
g072 (14K) g073 (14K)
g074 (14K) g075 (15K) g076 (16K) g077 (15K)
g078 (17K) g079 (18K) g080 (19K)
g081 (17K) g082 (18K)
g083 (18K) g084 (17K)
g085 (18K) g086 (17K)

Airmail Stamps 1955

g086a (32K) g086b (32K)
Definitives 1955
SG Michel Value Issue Colour Design Waterm. Perf. Overpr. Colour Base Base
69 70 1m --.--.1955 red-brown 137 W48 K13:13.5 1 Bl 495 474
70 71 2m --.--.1955 slate-purple 137 W48 K13:13.5 1 Bl 496 475
71 72 3m --.--.1955 blue 137 W48 K13:13.5 1 R 497 476
72 73 4m --.--.1955 deep bluish green 137 W48 K13:13.5 1 R 498 477
73 74 5m --.--.1955 carmine-red 137 W48 K13:13.5 1 Bl 499 478
74 75 10m --.--.1955 sepia 130 B W48 K13:13.5 1 Bl 419 400
75 76 15m --.--.1955 grau 130 B W48 K13:13.5 1 R 420 401
76 77 17m --.--.1955 deep turquoise-blue 130 B W48 K13:13.5 1 R 421 402
77 78 20m --.--.1955 bright violet 130 B W48 K13:13.5 1 R 422 403
78 79 30m --.--.1955 green 131 W48 K13.5:14 8 R 423 404
79 80 32m --.--.1955 blue 131 W48 K13.5:14 8 R 424 405
80 81 35m --.--.1955 bright violet 131 W48 K13.5:14 8 R 425 486
81 82 40m --.--.1955 red-brown 131 W48 K13.5:14 8 Bl 427 406
82 83 50m --.--.1955 dull purple 131 W48 K13.5:14 8 Bl 428 407
83 84 100m --.--.1955 brown-red 132 W48 K13.5:14 8 Bl 429 408
84 85 200m --.--.1955 deep turquoise-blue 132 W48 K13.5:14 8 R 430 409
85 86 500m --.--.1955 bright voilet 132 W48 K13.5:14 8 R 431 410
86 87 £E 1 --.--.1955 multicol. 132 W48 K13.5:14 8 R 432 411
Airmail Stamps 1955
SG Michel Value Issue Colour Design Waterm. Perf. Overpr. Colour Base Base
86a 88 5m --.--.1948 red-brown 133 W48 K13:13.5 2 R 433 412
86b 89 15m --.--.1948 bronze-green 133 W48 K13:13.5 2 R 434 413

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