Little is known, however, about what was around before the Judean Coin came to be – or, to be exact, what happened in the months preceding the formation of the state of Israel. I am talking about the interim period stamps – the local issues that came about for emergency purposes and are not to be found in widely used catalogues. As the British Mandate came to an end, postal operations were abruptly interrupted in many areas, and the ‘handing over’ of postal operations to Israeli authorities did not proceed smoothly. This lead to a communication chaos between March and April 1948, where some areas were surrounded by Arabs and mail delivery became rather a difficult task in mists of a war.
Some municipal (or settlement) councils therefore began to print their own stamps, to be used as emergency issues. Among these were Naharriya, Safad and Rishon Lezion. I encountered a specimen of the last by chance and found, to my surprise, very little information about them. We are lucky to live in the era of the internet, and a fellow collector named Rossi helped me out in a philatelic forum, and recommended the Bale catalogue for information on stamps from the interim period.
The Rishon Lezion stamps were issued on the fourth of April of 1948, kept in circulation until the twelfth of May of that same year, and were supposed to travel by armored car until Tel Aviv. In truth, the car was not armored, but rather escorted by armed men, always using different routes to travel through the enemy-occupied streets. The route was breadened soon after its issue, to also include Nahalat Yehuda.
The stamps were issued both perforated and not, in sheets of 10, and printed rather crudely. They were printed at Hatzinkographioth Hame’Ukhadoth Ltd in Tel Aviv, and the plate had numerous flaws, which enable the identification nof a single stamp's position on the sheet. Known varieties also exist (such as error in the ‘R’ from Rishon, presented in the imperforated version pictured here). We can also note the inscription "Erez Israel", or 'Land of Israel' on the stamp, one of the biblical terms that would give name to the new country.
Ancient Judea Coins value for denominations 3-250m: used and unused *
Ancient Judea Coins value for denominations 500 and 1000m: used **, unused ***
(Ancient Judea Coin Stamps with attached tags sell for a much more)
Rishon Lezion: Perf unused *, Imperf unused ***
Stampboards Forum Post "Rishon Lezion and Interim Israeli Stamps 1948". Available online at: http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=74708
Besieged Rishon. Available online at http://interimpost.wikia.com/wiki/Besieged_Rishon