A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

The Stamps of Palestine 1996

 

Arafat Definivites 1996 / International Stamp Exhibitions 1996 /
Elections 1996 / Olympic Games 1996 /
Plants 1996 / Christmas in Bethlehem 1996

During 1996 Palestine issued four stamp series and four blocks:
  •   Arafat Definivites (20.03.1996)
  •   International Stamp Exhibitions (16.05.1996)
  •   Elections (block) (20.05.1996)
  •   Olympic Games (stamps + block) (19.07.1996)
  •   Fruits & Plants Of Palestine (stamps + block) (22.11.1996)
  •   Christmas in Bethlehem (block + folder) (16.05.1996)

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Arafat Definitives 1996

On 20.03.1995 a definitive stamps series depicting President Yasir Arafat was issued. It consists of five stamps in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 1,000 Fils. The stamps were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10 (2x5). Total value: 1,180 Fils. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 13.75:14. Designer: Wolfgang Mauer.

An official FDC was issued, bearing a special postmark dated 20.03.1996. Additionally there are five FDCs containing the top and bottom pair from the sheet grouped together to resemble a block-of-four cancelled with the special postmark.
There also exist "First Day Leafs" (Ersttagsblätter or ETB) which are traditional to German stamp issues. These generic (ie. not specific to an issue with descriptions etc) leafs contain the top and bottom pair from the sheet grouped together to resemble a block-of-four, cancelled with the special postmark used for the FDC. Reports suggest that only 40 copies were made and presented to officials and dignitaries.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
4210f27.6x32.9mmK 13.75:14n/asheets of 10 (2x5)
4320f
4350f
44100f
451,000f

042 (15K) 043 (16K)
044 (16K) 045 (16K) 046 (16K)
042 Sheet 043 Sheet 044 Sheet 045 Sheet 046 Sheet
042 FDC4 043 FDC4 044 FDC4
045 FDC4 046 FDC4
042 ETB4 043 ETB4 044 ETB4
045 ETB4 046 ETB4

International Stamp Exhibitions 1996

A series of stamps was issued on 18.05.1996 commemorating four international stamp exhibitions: "China '96" (Beijing), "Istanbul '96", Internationale Briefmarkenmesse Essen '96, and "CAPEX '96" (Toronto). Depicted are:
  •   Seventeen-Arch Bridge (十七孔) on Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace Gardens, Beijing, China
  •   Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) in Istanbul, Turkey.
  •   Villa Hügel in Essen, Germany
  •   Skyline of Toronto, Canada

The four stamps (denominations: 20, 50, 100, and 1,000 Fils) were printed in two different sheet forms:
  •   regular sheets of 10 (2x5) for each individual stamp.
  •   a sheet with the stamps printed se-tenant in two blocks-of-four separated by a pair of gutters (depicting the four exhibition logos): Zobbel ZdKb 1.
Total value: 1,170 Fils, ZDKB: 2,340 Fils. The stamps were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14:13.75. Designer: Wolfgang Horst.
The regular FDC contains a se-tenant block-of-four and bears a special postmark dated 18.05.1996.

External links:
  •   Seventeen-Arch Bridge (十七孔) (picture)
  •   Summer Palace Gardens (Chinese Wikipedia)
  •   Seventeen-Arch Bridge (Beijing Trip)
  •   Seventeen-Arch Bridge (Travel China Guide)
  •   Hagia Sophia Museum (official website)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
4720f46x27.6mmK 14:13.75n/asheets of 10 (2x5), also in se-tenant sheet with 2 blocks-of-four: Zobbel ZdKb 1
4850f
49100f
501,000f

050__block (86K)
050__sheet (161K)

(sheet: size reduced to 3/4)

047_sheet 048_sheet 049_sheet 050_sheet

Elections 1996

A block was issued on 20.05.1996 commemorating the "First Palestinian Legislative and Presidential Elections". It contains one stamp denomnated at 1,250 Fils. The block was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 13.75. Designer: Wolfgang Mauer.
An FDC was also issued, bearing a special postmark dated 20.05.1996.

One should note an error in the Arabic inscription at the bottom of the stamp where the letter alef is missing twice:
لسلطة لفلسطينية should read السلطة الفلسطينية. However this is not a variety but an error in the stamp design. There exist no stamps with the correct inscription! (see illustrations below).

This block is reported with changes in colour saturation incidental to the printing process. The illustrations shown below (scanned in one go) were selected from a run of 200 blocks (two whole packages) to show the two extreme ends of the variations found.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
511,250f35.1x35.1mmK 13.75n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 4 (105.2x70.6mm)

051_block (70K)
051_block_det
Illustration of missing alef design error.
051_block_var1 051_block_var2
051_block_deta 051_block_detb 051_block_detc 051_block_detd
Illustration of changes in colour saturation.

Olympic Games 1996

A series of stamps and a block was issued on 19.07.1996 on the occasion of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 100th anniversary of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The stamps are denominated at 30, 40, 50, 150, and 1,000 Fils, total: 1,270. The stamps of 50, 150, and 30 Fils are printed se-tenant in a block, total value: 230 Fils. The Stamps (sheets of 10, 5x2) and the block were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin (print run: unknown) and perforated K 13.75. Designer: Detlef Glinski.
Two FDCs were issued, one containing the stamps, the other the block; both cancelled with a special postmark dated 19.07.1996.

The 40 Fils stamp, Zobbel no. 53, is reported with changes in colour saturation (sporting a more blueish appearance) incidental to the printing process. This 'variant' was purchased from the offical philatelic office in Gaza. An illustration is shown below.

External links:
  •   Designs of Glinski (Wikimedia Commins)
  •   Designs of Glinski (Philateca)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
5230f35.1x35.0mmK 13.75n/aSheets of 10 (5x2)
Zobbel no. 52, 54, and 55 printed se-tenant in a block: Zobbel Bl. 5 (140.1x105.9mm)
5340f
5450f
55150f
561,000f

052 (22K) 053 (21K)
054 (23K) 055 (21K) 056 (22K)
056__block (81K)

(block: size reduced to 3/4)

052 Sheet 053 Sheet 054 Sheet
055 Sheet 056 Sheet
053_comp (33K)
Illustration of changes in colour saturation.

Thanks to Thomas Schubert for the report and illustration.

Fruits & Plants Of Palestine 1996

A series of stamps and a block was issued on 22.11.1996 depicting agricultural plants:
  •   Poppy (Papaver rhoeas, Poppy)
  •   Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
  •   Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  •   Lemon (Citrus limon)
  •   Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  •   Olive (Olea europea)
The stamps are denominated at 10, 25, 100, 150, 750, and 1,000 Fils. The stamps 10–750 Fils were printed in Sheets of 10 (5x2), the 1,000 Fils stamp is on the block only. Stamps and block were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin (print run: unknown) and perforated K 13.75. Designer: Detlef Glinski.
Three FDCs were issued containing stamps Zobbel no. 57–59, Zobbel no. 60–61, and Zobbel Bl. 6, respectively. All were cancelled with a special postmark dated 22.11.1996.

External links:
  •   Designs of Detlef Glinski (Wikimedia Commins)
  •   Designs of Detlef Glinski (Philateca)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
5710f35.0x35.0mmK 13.75n/aSheets of 10 (5x2)
5825f
59100f
60150f
61750f
621,000f Zobbel Bl. 6 (140.1x105.9mm)

057 (24K) 058 (24K)
059 (25K) 060 (25K) 061 (23K)
062_block (82K)
057 Sheet 058 Sheet 059 Sheet
060 Sheet 061 Sheet

Christmas in Bethlehem 1996

To celebrate Christmas, a block entitled "Christmas in Bethlehem 1996" was issued on 14.12.1996 depicting scenes from the birth of Christ. The stamps are denominated at 150, 350, 500, and 750 Fils and printed se-tenant in one block. The block, designed by Margit Zauner-Corduan, was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin (print run: unknown) and perforated K 13.75.

An official FDC (sized 252x176mm) was issued, containing the block cancelled with a special oval postmark dated 14.12.1996.
Additionally a six page folder "Weihnachten in Bethlehem" (Christmas in Bethlehem, in German) exists, featuring Zobbel Bl. 7 in mint condition (hingeless mount) and as text a bible passage from Luke: ch. 2, 1–20 (in German). The folder is sized 200x212mm and was also designed by Margit Zauner-Corduan.

Margit Zauner (or Zauner-Corduan) also designed a number of German stamps:
  •   40 Years Council of Europe (15.05.1989, Mi-Nr. 1422)
  •   100th birthday Werner von Siemens (5.11.1992, Mi-Nr. 1642)
  •   Ohm's Law and Planck's Law (5.05.1994, Mi-Nr. 1732–3)
  •   100th anniversary of the death of Hermann von Helmholtz (8.09.1995, Mi-Nr. 1752)
  •   75th anniversary of German War Graves Commission (9.11.1995, Mi-Nr. 1768)
  •   100 years Röntgen-Radiation (X-rays) (9.03.1996, Mi-Nr. 1784)
  •   Bundesliga Champion 1994/95: Borussia Dortmund (9.11.1995, Mi-Nr. 1833)
  •   100 years Olympic Games (13.06.1996, Mi-Nr. 1861–4)
  •   75 years Donaueschingen Festival (Donaueschinger Musiktage) (18.10.1996, Mi-Nr. 1890)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
63150f35.0x35.0mmK 13.75n/aZobbel Bl. 7 (165.7x106.1mm)
64350f
65500f
66750f

066__block (100K)

(block: size reduced to 3/4)



Illustration of the 1996 christmas folder "Weihnachten in Bethlehem."

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