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FIRST STAMPS E.E.F. stamps (Palestine) 10 February 1918.

FIRST STAMPS ISSUED November 1920.


CURRENCY

1920, 1000 milliemes = 100 piastres = £1 Egyptian
1927, 1000 milliemes = £1 Palestine.
1950, 1000 fils = 1 Jordanian dinar.



Part of the Turkish province of Syria lying east of the Jordan captured by Colonel Lawrence's irregular forces in 1918. It was administered from Syria until 25 April 1920 when it was mandated with Palestine to Britain under the name Transjordan. In 1921 Abdullah, a son of the King of the Hejaz, was made Emir and on 26 May 1923 Transjordan was recognized as an autonomous Arab state with British advisers. Abdullah assumed the title of King of Transjordan on 25 May 1946 and the country's independence from Britain was acknowledged. It was renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 2 June 1949. Its boundaries have been in dispute with Israel ever since. An attempt at federation with Iraq in 1958 was upset by revolution in Iraq.


In the Turkish period the region was virtually without posts.


Until 1927 stamps of Palestine or Hejaz were overprinted in Arabic 'East of Jordan' or 'Arab Government of the East'. From 1927 to 1947 they were inscribed TRANSJORDAN.


Jordanian Occupation of Palestine

In 1948 the Arab Legion occupied areas within the boundaries allocated to the newly proclaimed state of Israel. These were incorporated into Jordan on 24 April 1950, but lost again in the 'Six-day War' of 1967.


Stamps of Transjordan overprinted PALESTINE in English and Arabic were used 2 December 1948 - 24 April 1950.




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