Archive for April 2007

Basil Fleihan stamps

Lebanon Philately reprint Thu Apr 19, 2007

A Basil Fleihan stamps set was issued yesterday on Basil’s passing
anniversary. From the grainy TV picture I make out:

500 LL Yellowish, Basil in graduation gown and business suit
1500 LL Blueish EU/Lebanon partnership with Basil, the Lebanese flag and
EU flag
2000 LL Lebanese flag background and Basil in the foreground

4000 LL Souvenir sheet containing the three stamps with brown, map of
Lebanon, background

Also saw what looks like a first day cover dated April 18, 2007 with
writing in Arabic: isdar awal and signed Marwan Hmedeh. The cover has
the three stamps set.

Wasn’t this the only set since the Hariri anniversary set?


2007 New issues Fleihan and Beirut Arab Book

Lebanon Philately reprint Thu Apr 19, 2007

Hi all,
The new stamps were issued yesterday, 3 stamps for Bassil Fuleihan,
and one SS, as well as the 50th anniversary Beirut Arab Book expo
ebay: 160108279352, 160108278861

cool large sized stamps. average design. The book stamp is very nice

Moustafa Assad

Mechanical test for the Gaufré Victory Sheet

Lebanon Philately reprint Wed Apr 18, 2007

last week i spent a lot of time with an ebay seller in order to detect
if the Gaufré Victory sheet (Mi Block 8Y) he is selling is genuine or not.
Sometimes scans are not enough to detect if a sheet is genuine or not.
So I’ve asked the seller to make the mechanical test which consists to
hold horizontally the sheet with two fingers or a philatlic “pince”
and define the horizontal angle.
The usual forged sheet will remain horizontal (as it is rigid) and the
genuine will make #45 degrees.
I’ve uploaded an image to the files section of the mechanical test
under the name maechanical8Y2.

This test was created jointly with our friend Roger Zreik.


Lebanese 2000 issues now issued

Lebanon Philately reprint Mon Apr 16, 2007

It is not only that Escwa stamp was now released on the market value
at its face value after being sold up to $35. Many commemorative
Lebanese issues were available for collectors without being valid for
postage. This means that the stamp was not yet truly issued. They
were like cinderellas. These issues included:
the Escwa stamp
the Arab woman stamp
president Lahhoud sheet of 4 stamps
martry judge sheet
60th anniversary of independence set of 4 and MS
Arab League Summit set of 2
UPU anniversary stamp
Beirut Arab Cultural Capital stamp
Francophonie conference set of 2

Imagine that these stamps were in Libanpost stock not available for
postage. This will yield that these are not trully postage stamps. The
rule is that any stamp must pass through the post, being cancelled,
and available to everyone. Now LibanPost has a variety of postage
stamps to use for franking. At least nice looking stamps not like
those that were used right now.
It would have been better if LibanPost overprinted the released
issues, it would have been a nice philatelic event where collectors
will run fetching old and newer issues, like what happened in the Cana
set of 15, which is considered to be the most valuable set in Lebanon
and recent, imagine!
It has been said that maybe this set or some of its values still are
in LibanPost, but according to several requests asked to them, the
answer was negative. But who knows?
Zaher Kanafani

The ESCWA stamp

Lebanon Philately reprint Sat Apr 14, 2007

Three weeks ago we were surprised that the Lebanese postal
administration sent back to the market a stock of the 10000L Escwa stamp.
They didn’t overprint it in order to make it different from the
original issue.
It is a shame for the collectors:
who had never bought the escwa for 35 usd ?
who had never spent a lot of time searching for it on the net?

But at least one positive point:
A couple of years ago in a Lipos exposition a seller tried to convince
some people of the administration to sell him all the held Escwa stock
(as usual by slightly overpaying the stock and as usual for monopoly
reasons). By miracle these people didn’t accept with this guy.

A question: i do not know if i should wish or not that the
administration has some forgotten cross-qana stock and they will send
it back to the market… ;)