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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The First Ethiopian Postage Stamps-2 Examples-Illustrated

Illustrated below are two of the first postage stamps issued in Ethiopia. A set of seven stamps were designed by the French engraver Louis-Eugene Mouchon. Four bore the portrait of Menelik the 2nd, the ruler of Ethiopia at the time, three bore the heraldic "Lion of Judah" emblem of the Ethiopian state since ancient times. Delivered to Ethiopia in 1893 the stamps were issued in 1895. The two examples below are of the portrait of Menelik.

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