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.
Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88).
In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991.
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 the only stamps related to Paleontology issued in Iraq in 2010, that shows reconstructions of
some prehistoric animals, mostly dinosaurs.
Official stamps of Iraq related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
Commemorative postmarks of Iraq related to Paleontology: dinosaurs
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