IRAQ DOME OVERPRINTS






Following is an attempt to illustrate the differences between the many 'Dome overpints' issued in Iraq during the 1990's. Most were issued during 1994.
The original stamps were issued on 15th May 1977, and showed the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. They were inscribed "To the Welfare of the Families of Martyrs and Freedom Fighters of Palestine". Michel catalogue listing is Iraq 912 and SG is Iraq 1291.
The stamps were printed in sheets of 50 (10 wide X 5 deep) by VEB Wertpapierdruckerie der DDR/GDR [banknote & security printers] in Leipzig which was then in East Germany,
The frame width of each stamp is 23.5mm and the frame height is 28.5mm.
The overprints were added in Baghdad, except for the two issued in Erbil. All the illustrations of both thumbnails and enlargements are the same size. Scans are at 300dpi. The exception is the scan of of the pair of One Dinar overprints which is not to scale with the other scans.
Because Michel catalogues give the actual measurements of the overprints in mm I have used their catalogue references in preference to SG who only show 'not to scale' illustrations of the different overprints, and confuse matters by using the same illustration for two 'different' overprints. [SG ref types 464 and 464a - can you spot the difference?]
If I have made any mistakes with the illustrations and catalogue references then I apologise, but please let me know what you find to be incorrect.
Two overprints issued only in Erbil in the Iraqi Kurdistan region are also shown below but these are not shown in any catalogues.
Two 'varieties' of One Dinar' overprint are to be found in a single sheet and an illustration from a corner block is shown.
I will accept no liability or responsibility whatsoever for persons buying any Dome overprints from a source other than Magan Stamps and who use this listing as a guide to their choice of purchase which they later find to be incorrect or inconsistent with any catalogue listings.
Many of the stamps listed below are also available in blocks of four

Place mouse pointer on stamps to see enlargements.





ORIGINAL STAMP

Michel 912 - SG 1291
The original Dome stamp 'Palestinian Welfare' issued 15th May 1977
Millimetre calibration showing width of frame is 23.5 mm



2.00

100 FILS OVERPRINT

Michel 1505 - SG 1927
100 Fils overprint issued 23rd November 1992
Overprint approx. 15mm
No known varieties



2.50

500 FILS OVERPRINT

Michel 1517 - SG 1939
500 Fils overprint 14.5mm long issued 1994.
Michel give 2 varieties of the 14.5 mm overprint 1517-I with with higher characters and 1517-II with lower characters but unfortunately do not illustrate these. They also list a 17mm long overprint [1517-III] which I have yet to see & so do not have available for illustration.



1.50





ONE DINAR OVERPRINTS
Michel 1505 - SG 1927
Michel list several varieties with different lengths of overprint
[1518-1, 1518-1V, 1518-V, 1518-V1, 1518-V1, 1518-V111]
and SG show different cat. numbers for each difference [SG 1941-1944].
There are many differences in both the length and the height of the overprints and the Arabic words 'One' and Dinar'and also have differences in the actual letter characters. A bit of a headache for collectors!
Stamps illustrated were all received in one shipment in 1994 and although I can vouch for their authenticity the lengths of the several different overprints vary
Because of the inconsistent density of ink, and other variations no doubt caused by the difficulties being experienced by the printers at that time - remember that severe sanctions were being applied to Iraq during the 1990's - variations in size of 0.5mm, or even 1mm, seem inevitable and so in my opinion also irrelevant unless the characters themselves or the spacing between words are obviously different.
Only one of the 1 Dinar varieties has the '1' in Arabic numerals. All other One Dinar overprints are with 'One' in Arabic script.
Both SG and Michel fail to indicate this point, also that the varying lengths of overprints are all to be found when the 'One' is in Arabic script.

1 DINAR OVERPRINT

'1' in Arabic numerals
Michel 1518-I - SG 1940
Overprint 13.5 mm



1.00

ONE DINAR OVERPRINT

'One' in Arabic script
Michel 1518-IV - SG1943
Overprint 15.5 mm



5.50

ONE DINAR OVERPRINT

'One' in Arabic script
Michel 1518-V - SG1942
Overprint 17 mm



3.60




ONE DINAR OVERPRINT

'One' in Arabic script
Michel 1518-VI - SG1944
Overprint 17.5 mm



12.00


DIFFERENT ONE DINAR OVERPRINTS WITHIN SAME SHEET

Michel 1518-IV and Michel 1518-VI overprints are to be found in the same sheet of 50 stamps [10 columns X 5 rows]. The longer 17.5 mm overprints are in columns 2 and 9. I have only seen these different overprints in corner blocks from both sides of the sheet. I have them from NW, NE, and SE corners. Blocks from the top margin [not corner blocks] and blocks from within the sheet all have the 15.5mm [Mi. 1518-IV] overprint, so I assume [aways a dangerous thing to do!] that the longer 17.5 mm [Mi. 1518-VI] occurs in only columns 2 and 9, so only on 10 stamps in each sheet of 50.


Corner block with 2 X Type IV + 2 X Type VI - 40.00

Corner pair with one of each Type - 20.00

ONE DINAR OVERPRINT

'One' in Arabic script
Michel 1518-VII - SG1941
Overprint 18 mm
These overprints actually measure in excess of 18mm but less than 19mm
.


Michel list both 18mm and 19mm long overprints but, as you can see, the ink is quite heavy on this example

2.00






ONE DINAR OVERPRINT

'One' in Arabic script
Michel 1518-VIII - SG1944
Overprint 19 mm



2.00

TWO DINAR OVERPRINT

'Two' in Arabic script
Michel 1519=V - SG 1946
Overprint 15.5 mm




2.00

TWO DINAR OVERPRINT

Two' in Arabic script
Michel 1519-VI - SG 1945
Overprint 15.5 mm




3.75

3 DINAR OVERPRINT


The '3' is in Arabic numerals
Michel 1520-I - SG 1947
Overprint 13.5 mm



1.50





THREE DINAR OVERPRINT

'Three' is in Arabic characters
Michel 1520-IV - SG 1948
Overprint 16 mm




1.50

5 DINAR OVERPRINT

The '5' is in Arabic numerals
Michel 1521-1 - SG 1950 or 1951
[SG Cat illustrations Type 464 & 464a are identical]
Overprint 13.5 mm



1.20

5 DINAR OVERPRINT

The '5' is in Arabic numerals
Michel 1521-111 - SG 1950 or 1951
[SG Cat illustrations Type 464 & 464a are identical]
Overprint 17 mm



2.00

FIVE DINAR OVERPRINT

The 'Five' is in Arabic characters
Michel 1521-IV - SG1952
Overprint 17 mm



5.00





TEN DINAR OVERPRINT

The 'Ten' is in Arabic characters
Michel 1522-IV - SG 1954
Overprint 16.5 mm



2.35

25 DINAR OVERPRINT

'25' is in Arabic numerals
Michel 1523-1 - SG1955
Overprint 12 mm



4.75

25 DINAR OVERPRINT

'25' is in Arabic numerals
Michel 1523-II - SG1957
Overprint 15 mm



7.50

FIFTY DINAR OVERPRINT

'Fifty' is in Arabic characters
Michel 1524-IV - SG1958
Overprint 20 mm



15.50





25 DINAR OVERPRINT on OVERPRINT

25 is in Arabic numerals
25 D overprint on previous overprint.
Michel say on 10 D original o/p and SG say on 100 Fils original o/p
SG 1994 - Michel 1547. Issued February 1966
Original overprint obliterated.




4.15
No longer available.

Overprints issued in IRAQI KURDISTAN

During 1994 Iraqi Kurdistan issued it's own postage stamps in Erbil. The first two stamps issued were vertical overprints on the Dome stamp. There were two printings, both quite faint




6.50

Overprints issued in IRAQI KURDISTAN

These overprints are not listed in any catalogues but some FDC's were issued and some stamps can be found on mail - but are extremely rare.




6.50

A Note for Collectors

Catalogue values for used Dome
overprints are shown by Michel and SG
as being the same as for unmounted mint
Based on my own research I believe that
used stamps will become much scarcer
than the unmounted mint. During the 1990's
I received regular mail from several sources
in Iraq with various stamps from the early
1990's but there are very few with a
Dome overprint stamp.
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