PALESTINE 1921 9p ochre, SG55
Palestine 1921 9p ochre, type 6a overprint (Arabic 10mm, Arabic and Hebrew sharp), SG55.
A fine mint example with original gum.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £75.
This stamp, first issued in 1920, caused significant controversy. As Palestine was under the civil administration of British Mandate of Palestine, it issued stamps bearing three official languages: English, Arab and Hebrew. Local Jews and Arabs lobbied the British about the overprint
The Jewish members of the Advisory Council objected to the Hebrew transliteration of the word "Palestine", on the grounds that the traditional name was “Eretz Yisrael”, but the Arab members would not agree to this designation, which, in their view, had political significance. The High Commissioner therefore decided, as a compromise, that the Hebrew transliteration should be used, followed always by the two initial letters of "Eretz Yisrael", Aleph Yod, and this combination was always used on the coinage and stamps of Palestine and in all references in official documents.
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