Monday, January 13, 2014

Bahrain

I have begun to get a feeling that I'm doing a lot more posts on covers recently and hardly any on stamps. This blog was meant to showcase my stamps more than anything else and though I've taken to this newly found love for covers, I will now get back to and concentrate on putting up posts on my worldwide stamps collection here.
Today I am putting up my limited collection of stamps of Bahrain. I hope you enjoy these, cause I thoroughly do every time I take a look at them.

First a little about the country. Bahrain is an archipelago in the Persian Gulf, including the islands of Bahrain, Muharraq, Sitra, Nebi Saleh, Kasasifeh and Arad. Bahrain was a British-protected territory until it became an independent state on August 15, 1971.

I am making sure I do two things compulsorily with all my stamps. At least I am trying to and have successfully done so in most cases. One, arrange them in order according to date and year of issue and two, keep the collection clean with only the best stamps in the albums. 

1966 Definitives: Bahrain’s third definitive set was issued on the 21st of January 1966 and launched not only the independent Bahrain Postal Authority but also the new currency – The Bahrain Dinar. The decimal points were now called Fils and there were 1000 Fils in a Dinar.

The set consist of a total of 12 values: 5 Fils, 10 Fils, 15 Fils, 20 Fils, 30 Fils, 40 Fils, 50 Fils, 75 Fils, 100 Fils, 200 Fils, 500 Fils and 1 Dinar of which I have only 5 values.

1975 Arabian Horses: This set is valued high in most catalogs and though I have only four of the set of 8, I really like these stamps a lot. A commemorative set of 8 stamps issued to celebrate the Arabian horse. The stamps were issued together in se-tenant sheetlets of 8 stamps. All 8 stamps were issued with the value of 60 Fils.


 1976-80 Definitives: Bahrain’s fourth definitive set was issued over the period of 1976 - 1980. 18 stamps were issued including high value definitives. I have 10 of the set.

1989 Definitives: Bahrain’s fifth definitive set portraying Rashid bin Khalifa al-Khalifa was issued on the 16th of December 1989. The set consist of a total of 10 values: 25 Fils, 40 Fils, 50 Fils, 60 Fils, 75 Fils, 80 Fils, 100 Fils, 120 Fils, 150 Fils and 200 Fils. My collection has seven of these 10 values.




1989 Camels: A commemorative set of 12 stamps issued depicting different images of camels in their environment. The stamps were issued in 2 se-tenant sheetlets of 6 stamps. All 12 stamps were issued with the value of 150 Fils. These are one of my favourite stamps from all of my collection.
1994 Butterflies: A commemorative set of 16 stamps depicting different images of butterflies. The stamps were issued in 2 se-tenant sheetlets of 8 stamps. The 8 stamps in the first sheetlet, the one I have here, were all issued with a value of 50 Fils whereas the 8 stamps in the second sheetlet were all issued with a value of 150 Fils.

War Tax stamps: Two stamps were issued in 1973 and 1974. What you see below, are two copies of the same stamp issued in 1974. They come in numerous shades. I am looking to get the one issued in 1973 too.


These are beautiful stamps of Bahrain. I wish to have many more of all the missing birds, horses and butterfly stamps someday.

Do feel free to add your thoughts, comments or suggestions
NOTE: Please click on the images for a larger view / closer look.

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    1. Thanks Piyush. More from other middle east countries will be posted soon.

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