IRAQI KURDISTAN
1993 to 1999


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IRAQI KURDISTAN POSTAGE STAMPS 1993 - 1999
All stamps listed below are unmounted/non-hinged mint unless shown to be otherwise
The stamps shown below first appeared in 1993 when the overprinted 1977 Iraq issue of The Dome of The Rock [SG1291 - ScottRA23 - Mi912] was issued.
Another set of stamps showing the Kurdistan National Assembly Building was issued simultaneously.
The datestamps on FDC's for both issues show 4th June 1993.
The margins of the sheets of 'Kurdish Assembly Building' set has, in English and in bold print, THE FIRST EVER KURDISH POSTAGE STAMP [picture]
and each stamp value shows the date in English - 1993 at the top and 1992 at the bottom!
Later issues showed 1993 at both top and bottom.[Strictly speaking the first Kurdish postage stamps were the 'Sheikh Mahmoud' issues of 1923]

In the early months of the year 2000 the perforating machine in Erbil broke down and imperforate sets were offered for sale for a while,
then stamps with terribly rough perforations appeared.

Early information indicated that only the first two issues were actually officially valid for postage, but subsequent announcements in
Kurdish newspapers and on Kurdish official websites gave details of later issues officially sanctioned by the Kurdish authorities.

4th June 1993


1993
The very first stamp to appear in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Iraq Dome of the Rock issue.SG1291 ‘Dome of The Rock’
with a vertical, usually quite faint, 'One Dinar' overprint.
There are 2 types of overprint - see illustration.

£12.00 the pair

4th June 1993


1993
National Assembly of Kurdistan Building’.
Stamps with Arabic and English script
and inscribed ‘National Assembly of Kurdistan 4/6/1992 on the bottom
but with the date 1993 on the top.
Both stamps are printed on shiny paper with peelable yellow backing.
Rough perfs. 10.5 X 10.5 and printing faults.

£10.00


4th June 1993


1993
National Assembly of Kurdistan Building
A single marginal 2 ID value.
Peelable backing paper

£5.00

4th June 1993


1993
National Assembly of Kurdistan Building
Ungummed stamps on white paper.
A rare 1 ID [Iraqi Dinar] value has been added to the series
and the year 1993 is shown at the top and bottom of this stamp.
The date at the bottom of the blue 2 ID stamp has been corrected to 1993,
but the green 3 ID still shows 1993 at the top and 1992 at the botton.
The value of the 2 ID now shows "2 ID" and not "ID 2" as on the shiny stamps.
The 1 ID value is a rare item and was not issued in shiny self-adhesive form.

sold out
4th June 1993


1993
National Assembly of Kurdistan Building
Ungummed stamp on white paper. A single 3 ID value.

£7.00

4th June 1993



Overprint on SG1891 [15th Oct. 1989] Iraq Tourism issue
showing Erbil a and Kurdish girls in colourful Kurdish dresses.
Overprints are applied either horizontally [left stamp]
or vertically and are usually are very faint.

sold out
14th March 1997



Serok Barzani [1903 - 1979] the Kurdish leader.
Set of 3 identical stamps with different values.
Rough perfs.throughout the sheet.
All values were printed within one sheet, but with very few 5 ID values.
A scarce set

14th March 1997



Serok Barzani [1903 - 1979] set of 3.
The 1 ID and 5 ID values as a vertical se-tenant pair

This set as shown - £25.00

14th March 1997



Serok Barzani [1903 - 1979] set of 3.
The 1 ID and 5 ID values as a vertical se-tenant pair

This set as shown - £20.00

14th March 1997



Serok Barzani [1903 - 1979] row from bottom of page.
with central gutter
2 ID on left, and 3 x 1 ID stamps on right.

As shown - £20.00

14th March 1997



Serok Barzani [1903 - 1979] marginal block of 6
4 X 1 ID stamps and 2 X 2 ID stamps
Vertical perf. error

£25.00

14th March 1997



Serok Barzani [1903 - 1979] marginal block of 4
4 X 1 ID stamps

£15.00

14th March 1997



Serok Barzani [1903 - 1979] corner block of 4
4 X 1 ID stamps - darker blue

£15.00

14th March 1997



Serok Barzani [1903 - 1979] single 1 ID stamp

£3.50

11 September 1997



Hawler [Erbil], declared the Capital of Kurdistan.
The yellow 5 ID was described as being very rare by my supplier,
and this could be true, as sets from another source did not include the yellow 5 ID value.
The black 5 ID is printed on gummed paper but the
other 3 values seem to have gum brushed onto them . Perf. 10.5

£20.00

11 September 1997



Hawler [Erbil], declared the Capital of Kurdistan.
The black 5 ID is printed on gummed paper but the other 2 values
seem to have gum brushed onto them . Perf. 10.5

£12.00

21 March 1999



Nawrooz - Spring Festival.
One mulicoloured stamp, value 2 ID.

£6.50

Notes on the Spring Festival (Nawrooz) issue

There appears to have been at least two printings of this issue as shown below.
The block on the left has very rough perforations and the stamps
are printed on gummed paper.
The block on the right has clean perforations and the gum appears
to have been has been applied by hand,
as on earlier issues
Perhaps this block is from the centre of the sheet
with both vertical and horizontal central gutters.
21 March 1999



Spring Festival.(Blk.1)
Block of four as shown above.

£25.00

21 March 1999



Spring Festival. (Blk.2)
Block of four as shown above.

£25.00

April 1998



Muqdad Beder Khan Anniversary.
Again, rough perfs around 11 X 11 & brushed gum

£7.50

April 1998



Kurdish Nature
set of four values

£15.00

April 1998



Tree - single 5 ID stamp from 'Nature' set.

£4.50

April 1998



Fish - single 3 ID stamp from 'Nature' set.
As with so many other sheets, the perforation width was set
incorrectly thus reducing the width of this stamp.

£3.50

April 1998




Kurdish Settlements/Cities Through the Ages


April 1998



Kurdish Settlements/Cities Through the Ages
2 ID single value

£4.00

April 1998



Kurdish Settlements/Cities Through the Ages
3 ID single value

£4.00

April 1998



Kurdish Settlements/Cities Through the Ages
5 ID single value

£4.00

December 1998



Kurdish Historic Sites

April 1998



Historic Sites
1 ID value single stamp

£4.00

April 1998



Historic Sites
3 ID value single stamp

£4.00

April 1998



Historic Sites
5 ID value single stamp

£7.50

21st April 1999



Second Computer & Communications Conference.
This stamp was printed in the same sheet as the 5 ID value
of the Kurdish Tourism set

£5.00

21 April 1999



"Second Computer & Communications Conference" se-tenant with
the 3 ID value of the Kurdish Tourism set

£15.00

1999



Kurdish National Costumes
Set #1

£7.50

1999



Kurdish National Costumes
Set #2

£7.50

1999
Tourism - Kurdish scenes
These pictorial stamps appeared during 1999 and have been lumped into one 'set'



1999



Kurdish Scenes 1 ID
Mountain Resort

£3.50


1999



Kurdish Scenes 2 ID
Refugees fleeing

£3.50

1999



Kurdish Scenes 2 ID
Smoking building

£3.50

1999



Kurdish Scenes 3 ID
Sherwana Castle, Kalar

£3.50

1999



Kurdish Scenes set 3 ID
Monument
(printed with Computers & Communications stamp)

£3.50

1999



Kurdish Scenes 5 ID
Erbil

£3.50

1999



Kurdish Scenes set 5 ID
Lakeside Resort

£3.50

15 November 1999



KURDSAT - Kurdish TV Satellite set of 4

£15.00

1999


Set of 21 Flowers + two buildings

Large sets of stamps began to appear in 1999, starting with a set of 21 Flowers + 2 Buildings.
These were printed se-tenant within sheets of different values
[1ID, 2ID, 3ID, 5ID]. Most peculiarly, 2 of the 3ID se-tenant pairs were of a flower and a building! .
A few flowers were also issued imperforate - flowers M, N, and S .
These were probably printed after the perforation machine had broken down - see elsewhere on pages.

All the stamps had the date '1999' in English printed on them,
and the 5 ID values had the word 'POSTAGE' printed as 'POTAGE'.
These are being sold as errors on auction sites but all 5 ID stamps had the word mis-spelt.


Flowers shown below are offered as single stamps - unfortunately no complete set is available.
Some sheets had perforations punched one or two perfs.narrower than others
so some stamps have narrow margins
[See 1 ID values, Flower 'B' and Flower 'E' below]
Images of flowers will not enlarge on desktop computers

Several 'Flowers' items are available from proof runs - see "Proofs & Errors" section when page is added.
1999


Government Building 3 ID
(printed with Flowers set)

£3.50

1999


Sherwana Castle 3 ID
(printed with Flowers set)

£3.50


1 ID Flower

unavailable

1 ID Flower A

£2.25


1 ID Flower B
(Only one available, as shown)

£2.25


1 ID Flower C

£2.25


1 ID Flower D

£2.25


1 ID Flower E

£2.25


2 ID Flower F

£2.25


2 ID Flower G

£2.25


2 ID Flower H

£2.25


2 ID Flower I

£2.25


2 ID Flower J

£2.25


2 ID Flower K

£2.25


3 ID Flower L

£2.25


3 ID Flower M

£2.25


3 ID Flower N

£2.25


3 ID Flower O

£2.25


5 ID Flower P

£2.25


5 ID Flower R

£2.25


5 ID Flower S

£2.25


5 ID Flower T

£2.25


5 ID Flower U

£2.25

1999


Two examples of se-tenant printing
(Enlarge with mouse pointer)
1999



Shaikh Mahmood Barzani
[1881 - 1956]
Leader of 1919 Kurdish Revolt
A single 5 ID stamp
with 'POSTAGE' printed as 'POTAGE',
as on 5 ID values of the Flowers.


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