The Rarest Algerian Stamp

18/06/2014     Algeria

In November 1962, the 1f+9f olive-green, black & red perforated semi-postal stamp (SG 395a, Yvert 363A) was issued to raise money for the War Orphans' Fund.

The stamp, commemorating the 8th anniversary of uprising against the French rule in Algeria, depicts a hand holding an Algerian flag and a map of Africa; it is inscribed only in Arabic (against UPU regulations).

It is the most expensive Algerian stamp (excluding varieties and errors) with a cat value of 400 Euro in Yvert. The stamp probably didn't see any real postal use, because it is listed in catalogues as only in mint condition.


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