Abu Dhabi Stamps and Postal History


Stamp SetThe provisional issue of the 5 Fils stamp was necessary to meet the seasonal demand for the local greeting cards and the stamp was only on sale from the 8th to 18th of December 1971, when further supplies of the 5 Fils stamp from the 4th definitive issue arrived from the printer in the U.K.

Some of the stamps were overprinted without the ink and only an impression of the overprint is seen on the stamp - the so-called ALBINO.

How many of these stamps exist is difficult to judge as they have been perceived as rare but following recent auctions and discoveries it must be several sheets at least.
Type of StampDefinitive
Web Cat.81a
CountryAbu Dhabi
Issue Date08-Dec-1971
Denomination5 Fils on 50 Fils
Sheet SizeSheet of 50 (5 by 10 vertically 2 panes of 25)
DescriptionThe 5 Fils Surcharge on 50 Fils Provisional Issue Albino Error - 1971
PrinterPrinted in lithography by De La Rue & Co. and the overprint was done by Nitco Printing Press in Abu Dhabi.
C O V E R 
Cancellation Date: 17-Mar-1973
Cover Type: Airmail
Destination: Sussex - UK
Related Items: 2
P H I L A T E L I C   I T E M S 
Cancellation Date: 09-Apr-1973
Related Items: 1
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