Abu Dhabi Stamps and Postal History

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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.

A double overprint is found which is much scarcer than the Albino. To date the webmaster has only seen one block of 4 of the error which currently leads to the presumption that only one sheet exists - i.e. 25 or 50 stamps.

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.81b
CountryAbu Dhabi
Issue Date08-Dec-1971
Denomination5 Fils on 50 Fils
ColourMulti-Coloured
Dimensionsestimate 25 or 50
Perforation14
Sheet SizeSheet of 50 (5 by 10 vertically 2 panes of 25)
DescriptionThe 5 Fils Surcharge on 50 Fils Provisional Issue Double Overprint - 1971
PrinterPrinted in lithography by De La Rue & Co. and the overprint was done by Nitco Printing Press in Abu Dhabi.
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