One of the most important areas of classic philately with many of the greatest names in stamp collecting having formed important collections. The first Greek stamps were printed in Paris and issued on 1 October 1861 but the plates were subsequently transferred to Athens, where printings were produced from November 1861. These imperforate classical stamps are known by philatelists as the “Large Hermes Heads”. In 1886 a smaller, less impressive design was issued called (you guessed it) the “Small Hermes Heads” series, initially printed in Belgium production moved to Athens and perforations in various gauges are known as well as imperforates. The first pictorial issue was for the 1896 First International Olympics, its classical Greek designs highly regarding amongst philatelists.
Perhaps the rarest stamp of Greece is from the Large Hermes Heads series, the 1870-71 40L ‘Solferino’ is an unusual lilac- rose colour apparently matching a shade created by the mixture of blood and tunic seen in the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino. A turbulent history with many local uprisings saw the Turkish sultan propose a rectification of the frontiers in July 1878 and in the many conflicts that followed, the Balkan Wars, WWI and conflicts with Turkey we see many wonderful & unusual stamps issued! WWII saw invasion by Italy and Germany but Greek stamps continued to be used throughout the territory until independence was regained in October 1944.
We offer Greece stamps and Greece stamp collections, complete sets, errors and varieties, proofs, essays, postal history and covers including first day covers for this area. Philatelists should regularly visit this page as our auction lots constantly change so whether you are searching for rare stamps from Greece, classic stamps, postmarks and cancellations, specialised collections, estate boxes and anything related to Greece stamp collecting and filling your stamp albums – just keep your eye on us!