Thursday, July 31, 2014
Trucial States - Ajman
The Trucial States were a group of sheikhdoms in the Persian Gulf. They were a British protectorate from 1820 until 1971. Ajman was one of the states. On 18 July 1971, seven gulf sheikhdoms including Ajman, formed part of the state of the United Arab Emirates. The federation became effective on 1 August 1972.
These are my only stamps of Ajman. The first stamps, issued in 1964. A complete set of 18 stamps (SG 1 - 18) in three different sizes depicting Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Naimi and fauna. You can see the first 17 stamps in the picture above.
First nine stamps are of size 34 1/2 x 23 mm. The next six are of size 42 1/2 x 27 mm and finally the last three are of size 53 x 34 mm.
I am putting up a slighltly blown up image of the highest face value stamp from the set, the 18th. Its got the Sheikh and the Lanner falcon shown on it. Beautiful set of stamps.
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NOTE: Please click on the images for a larger view / closer look.