Guide to the Stamps of Egypt
While ancient Egyptian kingdoms had their own postal system, the modern Egyptian postal system developed primarily during the Khedive (Viceroy) Period from 1867 to 1914. Subjects for Egyptian philately are extremely rich, including Egyptian religious symbols, gods/goddesses, Pharoahs, Cleopatra, the Sphinx, pyramids, and the Nile River. Even after millenia have past, the premium quality of Egyptian artifacts continues to transcend so many modern examples of artistic expression.Modern Egypt stamp collecting can be divided into three main periods: 1.) the Khedive Period (1867 to 1922), 2.) European Colonialism (1922 to 1971), and 3.) Modern Egyptian Independence (1971 to today). Throughout these periods, Egyptian governments attempted to establish a greater sense of authority, legitimacy and industrial control over the nation through a modernized postal system.
During the modern period, most Egypt stamps have been printed in multiple languages – chiefly Arabic, English and French. When European nations held small territorial enclaves, they issued their own private stamps. Like all stamps, the most rare Egyptian varieties are based on limited circulation, printing errors, and unique variations.
Stamps of Egypt from the Khedive Period – especially the 1867, 1872, 1879, and 1888 collections – reminisce about ancient Egypt, displaying the Sphinx in front of a pyramid in a number of beautiful earthtone colors.
During European Colonialism, a standard myriad of ancient symbols – Cleopatra, Rameses II, and the Nile River – were displayed on attractive colors with a crown imprint and Arabic text for the 1922 definitives.
United Arab Republic stamps (1958 to 1971) celebrate growing autonomy with industrial motifs, revolutionary anniversaries and the commemoration of the African Postal Union.
The following are the rarest Egyptian stamps:
Suez Canal, 1, 5, 20 and 40 cents in Black, green, blue and red colors
1895 Cleopatra lounging near the Nile River, Fondation des Fetes, 1 piastre, 3 and 5 milliemes, Blue, yellow, and red colors
1926 Inauguration of Port Fouad, Royaume d’Egypt, 50 piastres, Purple color
King Farouk Eighteenth Birthday, Egypte, Green color, 11 Fevrier 1938, Variations include frame only or frame with picture
King Farouk and Queen Farida Royal Wedding, Egypte, Red color, 20 Janvier 1938
1953 Overprint on 1947, Postes D’Egypte, 40 Mills, Brown color.
Egyptian stamp collecting merges the rich ancient tradition with the modern political, industrial and cultural movements to create an impressive timeline of history. Most Egyptian stamps have incredibly, rich, classical earthtone colors. An accomplished stamp collector should include some stamps from the most popular collections (i.e. 1867, 1872, 1879, 1888, and 1922), along with odd variations. Each of the primary periods – with leader portraits, important events and ancient Egyptian art commemoratives – should be represented. A couple of rare stamps included within the collection would be a crowning accomplishment, so that all will appreciate your Egyptian treasure.
Where to Buy Stamps of Egypt:
For general information on where to buy stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.
What’s my collection worth?
allworldstamps.com/ deals in Egyptian Stamps (and those from most other countries) and provides a good valuation service, however you must become a member and subscribe to their service to use it.
Stanley Gibbons also offers a valuation service and have an extensive database which includes egyptian stamps. They do charge an annual subscription fee for this service
Clubs and Societies:
The Egypt Study Circle, is devoted to the study of Egyptian philately. They usually meet on Saturdays at the Victory Services Club, Seymour Street, London (near Marble Arch). they also have an online website and programme.