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If you are a classic-period-only collector, you might be missing out on this country. First issues collectors have it in sight, but when we think of the first stamps of Israel, we usually consider those issued a couple of days after its independence, on May 16, 1948. Interestingly the series coincided with the it’s declaration of independence, and were so quick to reach the post offices that not even the name of the country had been decided upon at the time, reason they carry the Hebrew inscription ‘Doar Ivri’ (“Hebrew Postage”), differing it from subsequent issues. It features the shekel, based on archaeological findings, and relevant for the nation’s history. Like Israeli stamps issued today, the Judean Coins set also had tabs attached, reading “Bronze coin from the period of the Maccabean or the first revolt: For the redemption of Zion”. They were printed by letterpress, and can be found either rouletted or with perforations 10, 11, or a combination of 10 and 11 (both rouletted and perforate versions can be seen in the picture above).
Always joyful when more experience collectors share their 20 cents around. Thank you, Rossi for making this post possible.
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
* 0.1 - 49 USD
** 50 - 99 USD
*** 100 - 499 USD
**** 500 - 999 USD
***** 1'000 - 9'999 USD
****** + 10'0000 USD
The First Issues Blog is a place to discuss about the stamp number 1 of each country, territory, district, etc. Each additional item to my new collection shall receive a small description about the item, its history and curiosities.
Note that I may add more than 1 'number one' stamp to a place. This happens as I judge that in the case of independence or any other political issue that changed the postal history or when I deemed interesting to do so. This will be noted on the posts when it happens.