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Ethiopian Stamps & Postal History

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1895-1899

27 Jan: Menelik & Lion

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Ras Makonnen Seal

JA Michael's Lion

Chocolate Cards

1895: Unissued Menelik II Stamps

 

Quantity Issued: ?
Designer: J. Lagrange; Engraver: Eugene Mouchon
Printer: Atelier de Fabrication des Timbres-Postes, Paris
Printing process: Typography in 3 colors

4 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

12 var

-

J3a

5 error

8 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

13 var

-

J4a

6a error

16 G

Gibbons Michel Scott Y&T

14 var

-

J7a

7a error

The original postal concession was backed by a group of European investors expecting to make a profit. Menelik II decreed that concession was to be entirely self supporting and funded by foreigners - as they were expected to be the only ones using it. During this time less than one hundred letters and postcards were sent within or from Ethiopia each month. In order to help recover printing expenses, a decision was made to overprint the seven values of Menelik as postage dues. These were released and sold only in Europe. The three highest Menelik were also sold unoverprinted as postage due stamp, presumably as unoverprinted errors. These three values are listed in the Yvert & Tellier catalog as errors. None of the unissued postage due stamps are known on cover.