Tutankhamun on stamps

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It was on November 4, 1922 that the expedition led by Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt.

It wasn’t until 1959 that Tutankhamun featured on an Egyptian stamp on a 20m value. Then, in 1964, the young King appeared on a 500m value and his family on a 10m brown and blue. In 1967 a statue of ‘Tut’ was on a 115m. In 1972 Royal Mail issued a 3p stamp in a general anniversaries set. The London-based exhibition had its own postmark (the first day of issue was April 26, 1972) and there was also a slogan mark proclaiming ‘TREASURES OF TUTANKHAMUN AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM’.

The 50th anniversary saw Egypt releasing a set of four and a large 200m airmail sheet featuring the head of Tutankhamun. As well as that the ‘rogue state’ of Ajman in 1971 issued a 50th anniversary sheet with 16 different designs.

The Central African Empire issued a set of eight ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ stamps in 1978.

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