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The Stamps and Postal History of Greece

One of the most important areas of classic philately is Greece stamps, with many of the greatest names in collecting having formed important collections. Included are the Greece stamps, first printed in Paris and issued on 1st October 1861. However, 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 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, it's classical Greek designs highly regarding amongst philatelists.

The rarest is from the Large Hermes Heads series, the 1870-71 40L ‘Solferino’ is an unusual lilac-rose colour. This apparently matches 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 also in the many conflicts that followed, for example the Balkan Wars, WWI and conflicts with Turkey we see many wonderful and unusual stamps issued! WWII saw invasion by Italy and Germany, however Greece stamps continued to be used throughout the territory until independence was regained in October 1944.

Greece stamps

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  • Lot 360 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £60 - £80

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    GREECE - 1886-1895 SMALL HERMES HEADS used values to 1d with many shades, perf & imperf types, printings, postmarks interest, and a few mint/unused. (780+ stamps)
  • Lot 361 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £180 - £220

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    GREECE - 1944-80's never hinged mint collection on pages, fairly solid. (Qty)
  • Lot 362 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £60 - £80

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    GREECE - COLLECTION IN FOUR STOCKBOOKS mint and used ranges to 1990's, incl. many large and small Hermes heads in mixed condition, areas incl. Crete etc, some duplication throughout. (Qty)
  • Lot 363 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £50 - £70

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    GREECE - ITALIAN OCCUPATION OF CEPHALONIA & ITHACA 1941 overprints on Mythological issue, 40l. and 2d reading upwards, 6d, 7d and 10d reading downwards, never hinged mint, all signed Vlastos. (5 pa...
  • Lot 449 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £45

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    GREECE - 1860's-1880's LARGE HERMES used group to 80L,mixed condition (42).

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  • Lot 450 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    GREECE - 1861 1L chocolate, Paris print, SG 1, mint no gum, fault at top.

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  • Lot 451 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    GREECE - 1861 40L mauve on blue, Paris print, SG 5, FU, 4 marg, sm thin

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  • Lot 452 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    GREECE - 1926 'Aeroespresso' complete Air set, SG 406/409, NHM (4)

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  • Lot 453 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £36 - £39

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    GREECE - 1926 Air Patakonia semi-official set, Michel 300/03, NHM (4)

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  • Lot 454 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    GREECE - 1947 Anti-TB Fund surchs set, Michel 81 & A81,SG C559/60, NHM (2)

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