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1928 Definitive Issue


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1928, September 5
Designs from photographs. 
Ras Tafari was engraved by A. Delzers, and Empress Zautitu was engraved by A. Mignon.
Printed by typography by Atelier de Fabrication des Timbres-Postes, Paris.
Sheets of 75 in 3 panes of 25 (5 x 5) separated by gutters. Perforated 13½ x 14.
Scott: 155-164. Stanly Gibbons: 223-232. Michel: 96-105. Yvert: 146-155.
226 1/8 m Orange and blue 
700,000
227 ¼ m Blue and vermillion
700,000
228 ½ m Green and black
700,000
229 1 m Carmine and black
700,000
230 2 m Blue and black
700,000
231 4 m Yellow and olive
700,000
232 8 m Violet and olive
700,000
233 1 t Red brown and violet
700,000
234 2 t Green and brown
700,000
235 3 t Purple brown and green
700,000
Notes:
1. Quantity reported at 7,000,000 total. The stamps occur about equally for an approximate quantity of 700,000 of each value. Many of these were later overprinted.
2. The Geez inscription reads:
   Ras Tafari             - "Ethiopia streatches her hands to God."
   Empress Zauditu   - "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has Conquered."
3. Shortly after this set was issued all prior stamps, except the P.T.T. overprint, were delcared invalid for postage.
4. Stamps occur with centers shifted. Gutter pairs exist.
5. Plates numbers: 1m - N 2508 7 & 8 2808 7; 4m - M 309 7; 1t - G 26011 15; 2t - O 209 6; 
   3t - M 1109 7.
6. In 1930 the Ethiopian Government advertized 4, 153, 394 remainders of this issue for sale. These were purchased by Thomas Cliffe, and English stamp wholesaler. Many of the remainders were overprinted.

Presentation Sheets


1925

1927
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Printed by typography by Atelier de Fabrication des Timbres-Postes, Paris.
Imperforate in colors as issued. Size approximately 250 x 300 mm, with tissue cover. 
Beware of sheets which have been trimmed down to fit an album page. (these images cropped)
235A 1925 Serie Speciale
1m, 2m, 4, 2t, and 3t impeforate in colors as issued
                   
235B 1927 Deuxime Serie Speciale
1/8m, ¼m, ½m, 8m, and 1t imperforate in colors as issued
  

                    Last update: September 22, 2000