A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

The Stamps of Palestine

Guide to the Cartor Christmas and Easter Stamps (1999, 2000, 2001)

Between 1994 and 2005 all Palestinian stamps were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin, but during the years 1999, 2000, and 2001, Palestine issued several stamps series, block and a booklet printed by French printers Cartor Securty Printing, La Loupe (France). The most prominent feature of some is the application of 24 carat gold foil.

There series in question are:
  •   Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000 (8.12.1999)
  •   Easter 2000 (stamps + block) (23.04.2000)
  •   Bethlehem 2000 (booklet) (28.06.2000)
  •   Christmas 2000 (stamps + block) (25.12.2000)
  •   Easter 2001 (stamps + block) (15.04.2001)

Cartor also printed for Palestine two further series, but with very distinct designs:
  •   Bethlehem 2000 (15.11.1999)
  •   Arab Postal Day 2012 (10.07.2013)

As some designs are shared by multiple stamps issued in sheets, as blocks and in a booklet, it's sometimes difficult to distinguish between them and identify the correct stamp at once. This guide shall help in that endeavour as it concisely lists the stamps by design/motif and denomination/value.

 

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The 13 Motifs

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136_cartor (60K) 133_cartor (60K) 135_cartor (60K) 177_cartor (60K) 155_cartor (60K)
171_cartor (60K) 138_cartor (60K) 141_cartor (60K) 154_cartor (60K)
168_cartor (60K) 169_cartor (60K) 174_cartor (60K) 176_cartor (60K)

Giotto: Nativity of Jesus

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
126200 fyesblack
black
126_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
a) sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x126 + 1x127
b) sheets of 10 (2x5): 10x126
127200 fyessilver
silver
127_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x126 + 1x127
128280 fyeswhite
white
128_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
a) sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x128 + 1x129
b) sheets of 10 (2x5): 10x128
129280 fyessilver
silver
129_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x128 + 1x129
1362,000 fyes
white
 
denomination:
bottom
136_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
sheetlet (sized 113.25x142mm) of four (2x2) with and without five-digit numerator (ink-jet)
1532,000 fyes
white
 
denomiation:
top
153_cartor (60K)Bethlehem 2000 (booklet)
(28.06.2000)
Pane 1 in booklet Zobbel MHBl. 002

Giotto: Adoration of the Magi

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
130380 fyesblack
black
130_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
a) sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x130 + 1x131
b) sheets of 10 (2x5): 10x130
131380 fyessilver
silver
131_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x130 + 1x131
132460 fyeswhite
white
132_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
a) sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x132 + 1x133
b) sheets of 10 (2x5): 10x132
133460 fyessilver
silver
133_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x132 + 1x133

Giotto: The Flight into Egpyt

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
134560 fyesorange
orange
134_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
a) sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x134 + 1x135
b) sheets of 10 (2x5): 10x134
135560 fyessilver
silver
135_cartor (60K)Christmas 1999: Bethlehem 2000
(8.12.1999)
sheets of 10 (2x5): 9x134 + 1x135

Giotto: The Last Supper

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
138150 fno
white
138_cartor (60K)Easter 2000
(23.04.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)
139200 fno
yellow
139_cartor (60K)Easter 2000
(23.04.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)

Giotto: The Mourning of Christ

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
140300 fno
white
140_cartor (60K)Easter 2000
(23.04.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)
141350 fno
yellow
141_cartor (60K)Easter 2000
(23.04.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)

Giotto: Crucifixes

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
142650 fnoorange
orange
142_cartor (60K)Easter 2000
(23.04.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)
1432,000 fyesgold
orange
143_cartor (60K)Easter 2000
(23.04.2000)
Block: Zobbel Bl. 15
1542,000 fyesgold
white
154_cartor (60K)Bethlehem 2000 (booklet)
(28.06.2000)
Pane 2 in booklet Zobbel MHBl. 002
1772,000 fyes
white
177_cartor (60K)Easter 2001
(15.04.2001)
Block: Zobbel Bl. 18

Fra Angelico: Madonna of the Star

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
170350 fno
purple
170_cartor (60K)Christmas 2000
(25.12.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)
1721,000 fno
white
172_cartor (60K)Christmas 2000
(25.12.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)
1552,000 fyes
white
155_cartor (60K)a) Bethlehem 2000 (booklet)
(28.06.2000)
Pane 2 in booklet Zobbel MHBl. 002
b) Christmas 2000
(25.12.2000)
Block: Zobbel Bl. 17

Fabriano: Nativity

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
167100 fno
blue
167_cartor (60K)Christmas 2000
(25.12.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)
171500 fno
red
171_cartor (60K)Christmas 2000
(25.12.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)

Fabriano: Adoration of the Magi

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
168150 fno
white
168_cartor (60K)Christmas 2000
(25.12.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)

Fra Angelico: The Annunciation

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
169250 fno
red
169_cartor (60K)Christmas 2000
(25.12.2000)
sheets of 10 (2x5)

Fra Angelico: Ascent of Christ to the Calvary

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
173150 fno
blue
173_cartor (60K)Easter 2001
(15.04.2001)
sheets of 10 (2x5)
174200 fno
white
174_cartor (60K)Easter 2001
(15.04.2001)
sheets of 10 (2x5)

Fra Angelico: Lamentation over the Dead Christ

ZobbelValueGoldborder colour
inscription colour
pictureissue
notes
175300 fno
yellow
175_cartor (60K)Easter 2001
(15.04.2001)
sheets of 10 (2x5)
176350 fno
white
176_cartor (60K)Easter 2001
(15.04.2001)
sheets of 10 (2x5)

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