Egypt definitives
 


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Egypt issued some of the finest designs in early stamps (you can see most of them here). More recently their issues have increased in quantity with the usual fall-off in quality. Egypt has gone through a number of political changes since issuing its first stamp in 1866. The currency used has been consistent since 1888, but inflation appears to have been high since the 1980s.

Years Description Currency / Notes
1866-1914 Turkish Suzerainty 40 paras = 1 piastre
(1888) 1000 milliemes = 1 piastre, 100 piastres = 1 Egyptian
1914-1922 British Protectorate No new 1m  or 1  stamps issued in this period

1922-1936
1936-1952
1952-1953
Kingdom
King Fuad I
King Farouk
King Ahmed Fuad II
 
1953
1958
1971
Egyptian Republic
United Arab Republic
Arab Republic of Egypt
 

 

     
1866
Sc7 SG4
1 pi mauve
30 / 4
 
1867
Sc13 SG14
1 pi dull rose
4 / 1.25
There are four main variants in this classic design, see here
1872
Sc22m SG27
1 pi red
150 / 2.50
SG27 is lithographed, SG31, same design, typographed. SG38 is a paper and perf variant/
1879
Sc36 SG47
1 pi rose
10 / 20p
 
1884
Sc37 SG54
1 pi blue
1.50 / 10p
Same design as SG47, new colour
1888
Sc43 SG58
1 m pale brown
25p / 10p
Change of currency

1902 SG64 paper variant

1902
Sc SG69
1p ultra
2 / 10p
   
1914
Sc50 SG73
1m sepia
10p / 10p
Native boats on the Nile

1921 SG84 perf and w/m variant

1922
Sc78 SG98
1m sepia
25p / 20p
King Fuad I

SG84 o/p The Kingdom of Egypt 15 March 1922 in Arabic

1923
Sc92 SG111
1m orange
10p / 10p
 
1927
Sc128 SG148
1m orange
10p / 10p
 
1927
Sc SG170
1  chestnut and slate
30 / 3.50
SG170 is all photogravure
1937 Sc149 SG172 110 / 16 is centre photo, frame litho (illustrated)
1933
ScC5 SG193
1m black and orange
10p  / 10p
Airmail. One of the finest stamp designs ever, Handley Page HP42 over Pyramids
1934
Sc177 SG219
1m orange
15p / 15p
Khedive Ismail Pasha
1936
Sc191 SG233
1m orange
10p  / 10p
King Fuad I
1937
Sc206 SG248
1m orange
10p  / 10p
King Farouk
1938
Sc224 SG272
1  sepia and green
65 / 55
King Farouk's 18th birthday
1940
Sc240 SG283
1 sepia and blue
7.50 / 70p
 
1945
Sc242 SG291
1m orange-brown
10p / 10p
 
1946
Sc258 SG315
1m yellow-green
10p / 10p
Arab League Congress
King Farouk and Inshas Palace
1949
Sc269D SG346
1  sepia and blue
10 / 1
 
1949
Sc273 SG352
1m green
10p / 10p
16th Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition
1952
Sc299 SG373
1m orange-brown
10p / 10p
SG291 o/p King of Egypt and the Sudan 16th October 1951
1952
Sc316 SG391
1  sepia and blue
27 / 9
SG346 o/p
1953
Sc322 SG414
1m red-brown
10p / 10p
Agriculture
1953
Sc340 SG432
1 red and bluish-green
7 / 1
Queen Nefertiti

Possibly the most beautiful stamp, ever.

Following the establishment of the Republic, a series of overprints were issued with the images of previous rulers obliterated with three bars. Sc342 SG435, SG248 o/p 2 / 2
Sc345 SG438, SG291 o/p 10p / 10p
Sc360 SG454, SG346 o/p 10 / 2
Sc360A SG467, SG373 o/p 1.40 / 1.40
1954
Sc368 SG495
1m red-brown
10p / 10p
Agriculture
1957
Sc SG538
1m deep turquoise-green
10p / 10p
Country woman and cotton plant
1958 Sc413 SG540 watermark variant illustrated
1958
Sc SG553
1m carmine
10p / 10p

Inscribed UAR Egypt

1959
Sc SG603
1 m vermilion
10p / 10p
inscribed 'UAR'
1960
Sc SG634
1 red and bluish green
6 / 1.40
  SG432 o/p 'UAR'
1961
Sc SG669
1m greenish blue
10p / 10p
  as SG553 inscribed 'UAR'
1964
Sc SG769
1m blue and yellow-olive
10p / 10p
  C14 glass vase
1970
Sc SG1039
1m multi
10p / 10p
  'Step' pyramid, Sakkara
1972
Sc SG1131
1m green, brown and blue
10p / 10p
  In 1971 Egypt became the Arab Republic of Egypt
1978
Sc SG1340
1m indigo
10p / 10p
  Irrigation wheels, Fayoum

This is the last of the 1millieme stamps. I will show the 1 piastre stamps from here on...

1985
Sc SG1575
1p brown
10p / 10p
  Priest of the god Mout.

...Well that was the plan, but inflation must have set in at this point because this is the only 1 piaster stamp. In the next definitive set in 1997, the lowest value was 5p. there was a 1 stamp, see SG2025

1993
Sc SG1870
1 brown and blue
40p / 20p
  "Bust of woman", it says in Gibbons.
1997
Sc SG2025 and SG2032 (air)
1 multi
1 brown, yellow and black
both 35p / 20p
  Queen Nefertari

Gilded wooden statue of Tutenkhamun

Inflation is still running at this point, as 1 stamps now become commonplace. Definitives only from here.

2002
Sc SG2242
1 ochre, blue and brown
25p / 15p
  Snefru's pyramid

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