JOURNAL 219 - Iraq, The Official Stamps of 1973 With the Flower Pattern Overprint
By: Rainer Fuchs
The modern stamps of Iraq and here especially the Official stamps, are a relatively
little researched field despite that they are a very interesting area due the numerous
Overprints and its Overprint varieties. Many Overprint varieties and errors are known,
however, in the major catalogues it is usually only mentioned “from stamp xyz several
errors on the overprints are known”, without going into details.
This articles deals with the Official stamps of 1973 (SG-Nos O1130a – O1147a) and
here especially with the Nos. O1145, O1142 and O1142b. The catalogues only record
here that the Flower pattern exists to the right and to the left and the Flower Pattern
Type I is more common without giving details, however, Michel gives the hint that
the stamps with the flower pattern to the right is scarcer and gives a premium of
60 % to the normal stamp.
Since some time I have each one sheet of the Official stamps, SG-No. O1145, O1142
and O1142b, the 3 Fils carmine, 16 Fils lilac-red and 30 Fils red-orange stamps and
now show on which position of the sheet the flower patterns point to the left respectively
to the right.