A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

The Stamps of Palestine 1998

 

Baal 1998 / Archaelogy 1998 / Medicinal Plants 1998 /
Birds of Prey 1998 / Admission to the United Nations 1998 /
Wonderful World of Butterflies 1998 / Christmas 1998: Bethlehem 2000

During 1998 Palestine issued three stamp series and four blocks:
  •   Baal (block) (15.06.1998)
  •   Archaelogy (22.06.1998)
  •   Medicinal Plants (30.09.1998)
  •   Birds of Prey (12.11.1998)
  •   Admission to the United Nations (block) (12.11.1998)
  •   Wonderful World Of Butterflies (block) (3.12.1998)
  •   Christmas 1998: Bethlehem 2000 (block) (3.12.1998)

Baal 1998

A block was issued on 15.06.1998 depicting a painting of the Canaanite god Baal, a bull and a Canaanite city.. It contains one stamp denominated at 600 Fils. The block was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14.
A FDC was issued, bearing a special postmark dated 15.06.1998.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
81600f43x25.5mmK 14n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 9 (70.95x110.05mm)

081_block (69K)

Archaelogy 1998

Palestine issued a stamp series on 22.06.1998 depicting scenes from a 6th century floor mosaic in the Byzantine church of St. Hilarion's monastery (Tel Umm el-'Amr, near Jabalia). The four stamps are denominated at 50, 125, 200, and 400 Fils and were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10. Total value: 775 Fils. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 13.75.
An official FDC was issued with a special first day postmark dated 22.06.1998.

External links:
  •   Tel Umm al-'Amr (St. Hilarion's monastery) (World Monuments Fund)
  •   "Raising Awareness of Cultural Heritage in Palestine: Conference in Paris Focuses on St. Hilarion" by RenĂ© Elter & Alessandra Peruzzetto (World Monuments Fund)
  •   "The rivers of Paradise in the Byzantine Church near Jabaliyah - Gaza" by Jean-Baptiste Humbert
  •   "Archaeologists race to save Gaza's ancient ruins" by Daniela Beretta & Ibrahim Barza
  •   "The History and Archaeology of Gaza before Islam" by Moain Sadeq or PDF (This Week In Palestine)
  •   Gaza Mosaics in Jabalya dating to Byzantine period, showing the remains of a monastery (Sabella Photo)
  •   Gaza man looks at a mosaic at St. Hilarion’s monastery (Yahoo Photo)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
8250f35x35mmK 13.75n/asheets of 10
83125f
84200f
85400f

082 (22K) 083 (22K)
084 (21K) 085 (22K)

Medicinal Plants 1998

On 30.09.1998 a stamp series depicting medicinal plants native to Palestine was issued. The plants shown are:
  •   sea quill (Drimia maritima, Urginea maritima)
  •   mediterranean milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
  •   fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  •   yellow fleabane (Inula viscosa, Dittrichia viscosa)
The four stamps are denominated at 40, 80, 500, and 800 Fils and were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10 (5x2). Total value: 1420 Fils. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14.
An official FDC bearing a special cancellation mark dated 30.09.1998 was also issued.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
8640f25.5x43mmK 14n/asheets of 10 (5x2)
8780f
88500f
89800f

086 (17K) 087 (19K) 088 (19K) 089 (16K)
086 Sheet 087 Sheet
088 Sheet 089 Sheet

Admission to the United Nations 1998

A block was issued on 12.11.1998 commemorating the admission of Palestine to the United Nations (referring to the broading of rights of the observer status of Palestine according to resolution A/RES/52/250 of 7.07.1998). It contains one stamp denominated at 700 Fils. The block was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14.
A FDC was issued, bearing a special postmark dated 12.11.1998.

External Links:
  •   Secretary-General Note on Palestine Participation, 4.08.1998 (Mission of the State of Palestine to the UN)
  •   UN General Assembly resolution 67/19 [29.12.2012, A/RES/67/19] (Wikipedia)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
90700f43x25.5mmK 14n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 10 (70.95x110.05mm)

090_block (45K)

Birds of Prey 1998

On 12.11.1998 a stamp series depicting birds of prey native to Palestine was issued. The birds shown are:
  •   Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata)
  •   Hobby or Sooty Falcon (Hypotriorchis or Falco concolor)
  •   Verreaux's Eagle (Aquila verreauxii)
  •   Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)
  •   Buzzard (Buteo buteo).
The five stamps are denominated at 20, 60, 340, 600, and 900 Fils and were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10 (5x2). Total value: 1,920 Fils. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 13.75
Two official FDCs, one with stamps Zobbel nos. 91–93, the other with Zobbel nos. 94–95, were issued, both bearing the special cancellation mark dated 12.11.1998.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
9120f35x35mmK 13.75n/asheets of 10 (5x2)
9260f
93340f
94600f
95900f

091 (20K) 092 (20K)
093 (21K) 094 (20K) 095 (20K)
091 Sheet 092 Sheet
093 Sheet 094 Sheet 095 Sheet

Wonderful World Of Butterflies 1998

A block was issued on 3.12.1998 under the title "Wonderful World Of Butterflies" depicting four butterflies native to Palestine:
  •   Southern Swallowtail (Papilio alexanor)
  •   Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)
  •   Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra taurica)
  •   Levantine Marbled White (Melanargia titea)
The block contains the four stamps (100, 200, 300, and 400 Fils) printed se-tenant in this order: Zobbel no. 96 / 97 // 98 / 99). The block (total value: 1,000 Fils) was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14.
One official FDC was issued, bearing a special postmark dated 3.12.1998.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
96100f43x25.5mmK 14n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 11 (105.9x84.9mm)
97200f
98300f
99400f

099__block (97K)

Christmas 1998: Bethlehem 2000

The 1998 Christmas block was issued on 3.12.1998 commemorating also the start of the "Bethlehem 2000" projects. "Bethelehem 2000" refers to a broader campaign to prepare for the 2000th anniversary celebrations, but also to the specific UN and World Bank development projects (see links below). The block contains one stamp denominated at 1,000 Fils and was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 13.75.
An official FDC (sized 256x176mm) was issued, bearing a special postmark dated 3.12.1998.

External links:
  •   Bethlehem 2000: A global vision of peace and reconciliation (UN)
  •   Bethlehem 2000 by Dr. Nabeel Kassis (UN)
  •   UNESCO launches project to renovate (UNESCO)
  •   Bethlehem 2000 Project (World Bank)
  •   Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation, Bethlehem
  •   In Bethlehem, after 2,000 years and a building boom, pilgrims may find no room at an inn next Christmas (by William Orme)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
1001,000f35x35mmK 13.75n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 12 (90.9x140mm)

100_block (127K)

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