Dinosaurs and others prehistoric animals on stamps and postmarks of Iraq
, officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in
Western Asia, bordered by Turkey
to the north,
to the east, Kuwait
southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan
to the southwest, and
Syria to the west.
Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by the United Kingdom during World War I
and was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration in 1920.
Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932.
It was proclaimed a "republic" in 1958 after a coup overthrew the monarchy, but in actuality,
a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003.
The last was SADDAM Husayn from 1979 to 2003.
After an invasion by the United States and its allies in 2003, Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party
was removed from power, and multi-party parliamentary elections were held in 2005.
The US presence in Iraq ended in 2011.
Nowadays, Iraq is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 19 governorates,
four of which make up the autonomous Kurdistan Region.
The country's official religion is Islam.
Culturally, Iraq has a very rich heritage and celebrates the achievements of its past in both
pre-Islamic as well as post-Islamic times and is known for its poets.
Its painters and sculptors are among the best in the Arab world, some of them being world-class
as well as producing fine handicrafts, including rugs and carpets.
Independence in 1932 brought a new currency (fils and dinar), and the existing
Faisal stamps were surcharged accordingly, and issued on 1 April 1932.
These were followed soon after (9 May) by stamps of the previous design denominated in the new currency.
Iraq's first commemorative stamps came out in 1949 to mark the 75th
anniversary of the Universal Postal Union.
Faisal's 1953 coronation was also marked by a set of three, along with a souvenir sheet.
The last of the Faisal definitives had only partly appeared before the revolution
of 1958, and both issued and unissued types were overprinted. [R2]
The first and so far only stamps related to paleontology were issued by Iraq in 2010.
This set shows a fanciful mix of prehistoric life from multiple eras – but mostly dinosaurs.
Official stamps of Iraq related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
Commemorative postmarks of Iraq related to Paleontology: dinosaurs
Legend is here
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for the draft page review and his valuable comments.