Abu Dhabi Stamps and Postal History


Stamp SetWith the abdication of Sheikh Shakhbut in favour of his brother Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan on August 6th 1966 the two sets of stamps from 1964 and 1965 were withdrawn. As the Office of the British Postal Agency did not have the time to issue a new set of stamps the 1964 definitive issue was sent to Bahrain where the Arabian Printing & Publishing House executed the overprint by obliterating the portrait of Sheikh Shakhbut with 3 or 4 bars.

Another development in the form of the devaluation of the Indian Rupee took place in close proximity to the change of power in Abu Dhabi. In order to avoid the effects of the devaluation the six other Trucial States and Qatar adopted the Saudi Riyal, while developing their own new currency. Abu Dhabi, however, was experiencing border problems with Saudi Arabia and chose to adopt the Bahraini Dinar instead. The new currency surcharge was applied simultaneously with the obliteration of the portrait of Sheikh Shakhbut.

The set was eventually withdrawn on the 7th of August 1967.
Type of StampDefinitive
Web Cat.18
Stanley Cat.18
Scotts Cat.18
Michel Cat.18
CountryAbu Dhabi
Issue Date01-Oct-1966
Denomination30 Fils on 30 Naye Paise
Quantity45000 Sold (70000 Printed)
Sheet Size100
DesignM.C. Farrar-Bell
DescriptionThe Second Definitive Issue New Currency Overprints - 1966
PrinterOverprint and Surcharge was done by the Arabian Printing & Publishing House (Photogravure by Harrison & Sons of London).
P H I L A T E L I C   I T E M S 
Related Items: 2
C O V E R 
Cancellation Date: 01-Oct-1966
Cover Type: First Day Cover
Destination: Unaddressed
Related Items: 11
C O V E R 
Cancellation Date: 07-Mar-1967
Cover Type: Post Card
Destination: Middlesex - UK
Related Items: 3
C O V E R 
Cancellation Date: 10-Apr-1967
Cover Type: Airmail
Destination: Hants - UK
Related Items: 1
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