Thursday, February 24, 2011

Libyan stamps and Colonel Gaddafi

According to a Wikipedia entry, "The first stamps of modern Libya were issued on 24 December 1951 and were overprinted stamps of Cyrenaica. Three different types of overprints were used, for the three provinces of Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan. The first stamps inscribed Kingdom of Libya were issued on 15 April 1952."

Up to 1969 a variety of inscriptions were used on Libyan stamps until 1969 including Libye, Libya, Libia and United Kingdom of Libia or Libya.

In 1969 King Idris I was deposed in a military coup lead by Colonel  (then a captain) Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi.

Since then Gaddafi (alos spelled Khadafi) has appeared on many Libyan stamps and souvenir sheets. Philatelicum - Libyan Philatelic Center has posted on YouTube several videos titled  LIBYA - Khadafi in Libyan stamps. 

Part 1 can be seen by clicking on the stamp above. All three parts can be seen by clicking here.

Shown above, a 1956 stamp showing the provinces that came together to form modern Libya.

To read the entire Wikipedia entry, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM