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GREECE Overview

ELLAS - Grèce - Griechenland - Griekenland

Return To Catalogue - Head of Hermes issues - Olympic games (1896, 1906) - Greek gods 1911 issue - 1901-1920 issues - Postage due stamps - Fiscal stamps - Cancels on the first issues - Forgeries of the large Hermes Head issue
Cavalla - Crete - Dedeagh - Epirus (HPEIROS) - Greek territories during the Balkan war - Icaria - Ionian Islands (IONIKON KRATOS, see Cd1) - Mytilene - Smyrne (Smyrna) - Thrace

(Currency: 100 Lepta = 1 Drachma)

Note: on my website many of the pictures can not be seen! They are of course present in the cd's;
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Other countries with greek text:

British post offices in Crete (listed in Cd 1)PROSWPINON TACUDPOMEION HPAKLEIOU
CavalleELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS (on Bulgarian stamps)
ChiosE*D overprint on greek stamp
Dodecanese (see at the end of this file)KOINON NHSIOTON (NHSIWTWN?)
"Stamps of Greece overprinted B.HPEIROS
"Stamps of Greece overprinted ELLHNIKH 1914 CEIMARRA
Ionian IslandsIONIKON KRATOS (see Cd1)
ThraceStamps of Greece overprinted Dioichsiz Dntichz Qrachz
 Stamps of Greece overprinted Dioichsiz Qrachz


Head of Hermes issues, large and small Hermes head(1861-1900) :

10 l orange, "Large Hermes head" 1 c brown, "Small Hermes head"
(Left: Large Hermes Head stamp; right: Small Hermes Head stamp)

Click here for forgeries of the large Hermes Head issue and here for cancels on the first issues.

(Postcard in a similar design, reduced size)

Olympic games 1896 and 1906

"Olympic Games 1896" "Olympic Games 1906"

1911 Ancient greek gods, Hermes and Iris, various designs with or without overprints

1 l green 80 l brown "Hermes" 3 D red

Postage due stamps, inscription 'ENARIQMON GRAMMATOSHMON' and overprints, examples:

Postage due stamp Postage due stamp

1901-1920 issues, examples

1901-1920 issues, example 1901-1920 issues, example

Charity tax issues


(Reduced size)

The status of this stamp (label?) is not quite clear. It was issued in 1838(!). More information can be found on: http://www.si.edu/postal/collections/recent99.htm (this cover was acquired in 1999 by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum). Only four covers with such stamps are known to exist.


1914 War tax stamps, wounded soldier and mother with children on the background

2 l red

  2 l red
  5 l blue

These stamps have a zig-zag perforation.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
2 lcc 
5 lcc 


1917 Fiscal stamps, overprinted 'K.P. lepton'

  1 l on 10 l blue
  1 l on 80 l blue
  5 l on 60 l blue
  5 l on 80 l blue
  10 l on 70 l blue
  10 l on 90 l blue
  20 l on 20 l blue
  20 l on 30 l blue
  20 l on 40 l blue
  20 l on 50 l blue
  20 l on 60 l blue
  20 l on 80 l blue
  20 l on 90 l blue

Bisected stamps
  5 l on 10 l blue
  5 l on 60 l blue
  5 l on 80 l blue
  10 l on 70 l blue
  10 l on 90 l blue

Similar overprint, but now 'K.P. lept.' and 2 times the value

1 l on 10 l lilac "Fiscal stamp overprinted"

  1 l on 10 l lilac
  5 l on 10 l lilac (overprint brown)
  5 l on 10 l blue (overprint brown)
  10 l on 50 l lilac (overprint brown or black)
  20 l on 2 D blue
  50 l on 1 D blue

Other stamps with similar overprints exist (merely fiscal stamps).


Other charity issues of later date:

Ship in canal with red cross overprint:

"Inverted overprint"
(the overprint exist inverted and is not very rare)

Later issues, examples:

(Stamps of Greece issued in 1927)

Non issued stamps?

(Reduced size)

Pictures of three men, pillars at the sides. I have seen the following values: 20 l red and black, 25 l blue and black, 50 l violet and black and 1 Dr yellow and black.

(Reduced size)

Picture of a man with Greec temple behind. I have also seen the values 20 l green, 20 l brown, 20 l blue, 20 l black and 20 l red in the above design.


Greec god, inscription 'KOINON NHSIOTON'. This set consist of three values: 1 l green, 5 l blue and 10 l red. These stamps seems to be local issues for Dodecanese (issued in 1912).


(Stamp of Turkey, used in Chio, Greece)


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