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2006 Philately Activity

Lebanon Philately reprint Wed Jan 3, 2007

Hi everybody,
a)first of all i wish all the members of this group a happy 2007 year.
b)Only Rafic Hariri set was issued, which was very successful among
collectors. A folder was created by the telecommunication minister
with the stamps issue for the VIPs.
c) We began to enumerate some of the forgery resellers (check for
threads).
d)Unfortunately the activity of the group was slowed down -even
stopped- by the Lebanon summer events.
e)Unfortunately we continued to have the fantasy bechir and
independance folders on ebay; among with artificial Souvenir Sheets
FDCs and forged expensive stamps on envelops.

Let’s hope to have a good 2007 philatelic year.
Regards from Paris
Elie

Why we should inform people

Lebanon Philately reprint Sat Jun 24, 2006

Hi everybody,
I’ve met yesterday a very honest Lebanon philatelist who told me that
we should no more talk about forgeries because it makes drop the
prices of Lebanon stamps. I’ve heard the same thing some time ago from
non-honest dealers .

To my opinion it is very important to talk , document & inform about
forgeries for at least these reasons:

a)by respect to beginners or philatelists who think that they bought a
very rare item and discover too late that they were crooked…. Don’t
they deserve some help and information in order not to buy a fake
soldiers sheet (50% fakes), or the fake beshir sheets (90+% fakes) or
the fake famous victory gauffré?

b)I’ve always considered philately as part of culture of a country. So
informing will also discourage the “deformers” of this culture. If you
take for example the fake Paul VI sheet, you will find that he has
three grains de beauté on his head (skin spots); or a fake union des
libanais dans le monde what an ugliness when you see the misprinted
lebanon & beyrouth on it. Don’t the cedars of Lebanon (who are
considered to be the cedars of God) deserve a better treatment than to
be on ugly & tasteless fake stamps.

c)Concerning prices and money. When a philatelist discover that he
bought a fake item he will propbaly be discouraged to buy any other
item. But if he was informed before, he will search honest dealers ,
experts in whom he can trust, then buy and never be discouraged.
Informing people is one of the reasons of stabilty of prices. NON
INFORMING PEOPLE WILL ONLY MAKE RICHER THE CROOK DEALERS (and poorer
the philatelists): that’s the reason why these non honest dealers are
annoyed by this group.

Finally a thought to late Elie Mrad who has the courage to inform
people by emails and on his website and who was annoyed by some dealers.
And an encouragement to those members of the group who continue
informing us although they received threats (no names in order not to
forget somebody ;))

Have a nice WE
Elie

Lebanese Philately for 2004 – Summary

Lebanon Philately reprint Sun Dec 26, 2004

2004 Group Summary :
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Good start of the group which was created by Bassem Medawar.
Successful action with APS to take off some forgeries from their store.
Discussions about errors & doubtful material. As expected very active
discussions between members on errors, the AK signature on Beshir
folders, …
Discussions about pricing cross Quana serie: buyers give low prices &
sellers give high prices. It is normal, no?

2004 Lebanon Issues Summary:
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A lot of issues:Mainly the Post Office building, ski issues, cultural
festivals, st georges hospital.
The fiasco of 100LL&300LL of ski issue: different stamps in the serie
with same values. After deciding the retention of these stamps, they
were released short time after.
and we hope that next year stamps will be beautiful & the issues less
archaic.

Elie AOUAD