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smauggie
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01 Oct 2017
08:20:23am
I am putting together a list of all postal authorities for my "one cover from each postal authority" collection. I decided to start my list with all the countries and territories that issued stamps as listed in Scott Catalog.

I also differentiate between say Bahamas the British Colony and Bahamas, the British Commonwealth member.

So when I saw that the queen stopped appearing on the stamps of Bahrain in 1960 I wondered if that is when they achieved independence. When I looked it up, though they did not become independent until 1971.

Does anyone know why the queen disappeared from their postage in 1960 then?

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sheepshanks
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01 Oct 2017
10:03:11am
re: Bahrain - Why did the Queen stop appearing on their stamps in 1960

Would appear to be when the postal administration changed.
This from the Collectors Club of Chicago .

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"Bahrain: (Officially, the Kingdom of Bahrain): an island country near the W shores of the Persian Gulf, E of Saudi Arabia, and S of Iran, Currency: 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas= 1 rupee; 100 naye paise = 1 rupee (1957), 1,000 fils = 1 dinar (1966). 628: conversion to Islam. 1521: occupied by the Portuguese, who were ousted in 1602. 1783: defeated and ruled by the Arab Bani Utbah federation. 1861-1971: established as a British Protectorate. 1883, Aug. 1-1933: stamps of India used, distinguishable by named date stamps. 1924: first general purpose revenue stamps issued; the first issue is primarily known primarily as proofs, with further new-design regular issues appearing in 1953. 1933, 10 August: stamps of India overprinted ‘BAHRAIN’ issued under the Indian Postal Administration. 1934: first stamp booklet issued. 1948, April 1-1949: British postal agency opened, stamps of Great Britain overprinted ‘BAHRAIN’ issued under the British Postal Administration. 1953: first set of stamps for local use only issued. 1960: first set of stamps inscribed ‘BAHRAIN’ issued, 1953: second set of stamps only for local use only issued. 1965, 31 December: British postal agency closed. 1966, 1 January: first set of stamps under the Bahrain Postal Administration issued. 1971, 15 August: declared independence from Great Britain. 1971, 2 October: first ‘STATE OF BAHRAIN’-inscribed stamps issued as an independent State. 1973, 21 October: first War Tax stamp issued, 1973, 21 December: joined the UPU. 2002: declared a kingdom."




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smauggie
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01 Oct 2017
10:14:05am
re: Bahrain - Why did the Queen stop appearing on their stamps in 1960

Thanks Vince, that is exactly what I wanted to know. Thumbs Up

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smauggie
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01 Oct 2017
10:45:24am
re: Bahrain - Why did the Queen stop appearing on their stamps in 1960

Here is a screenshot of a section of the list. It is a work in progress and I am sure I will be updating and refining it for quite some time. Actually, a friend of mine has a complete list, but he just hasn't got around to publishing it, so I am having to make my own for now.

As you can tell I have had to make some conventions. When only a year is known for the issue date (especially for those countries who started printing stamps in the 19th century) I use the January 1 as the month and day. For countries that are still actively printing stamps I have left the ending date as 12/31/2099 so that I can easily sort them later when making reports.

Also the dates I am using are when the first and last stamps of that authority were printed, which may not match historical dates when the country itself was founded or disbanded.

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Winedrinker
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01 Oct 2017
12:15:21pm
re: Bahrain - Why did the Queen stop appearing on their stamps in 1960

Smauggie,

I may be mistaken, but regards to your listing of Belgian Congo (Under Belgian rule) with dates 1886 - 1898, I believe that there are several stamps of a later date (still under Belgian Rule) that were printed in 1900 and 1901.

To wit:
Scott 16 (1900)
Scott 19 (1900)
Scott 21 (1900)
Scott 23 (1900)
Scott 25 (1901)

Cheers!
Wine

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nigelc
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01 Oct 2017
12:35:32pm
re: Bahrain - Why did the Queen stop appearing on their stamps in 1960

The earlier stamps had the British Queen's (or King's) head as they were regular British stamps overprinted for use in Bahrain.

The stamps from 1960 onwards (and also the local 1953 set) were designed for Bahrain and show the Sheikh/King of Bahrain.


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Jeredutt3
01 Oct 2017
05:46:02pm
re: Bahrain - Why did the Queen stop appearing on their stamps in 1960

so... what are the chances of your friend or you posting that list? I am attempting a single issue collection. have just about all Scott / Michel countries... now need to start with the gov't changes as you have listed.

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smauggie
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02 Oct 2017
07:59:26pm
re: Bahrain - Why did the Queen stop appearing on their stamps in 1960

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"so... what are the chances of your friend or you posting that list?"



I wish I knew. I got him set up with a word processor earlier this year. He has all the info in huge spreadsheets. It is really an amazing job he has done so far. He goes into far more detail than I even intend to go into. When he does publish it I will make an announcement here in Stamporama.

Thank you Winedrinker and Nigel for the information!



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malcolm197
01 Nov 2017
09:32:00am
re: Bahrain - Why did the Queen stop appearing on their stamps in 1960

Bahrain was never a British colony only a protectorate( by agreement). Postal services were operated on behalf of the government of Bahrain by the Indian then British post offices as an managed agency.

The mention of independence is postal not political independence - it has always been an independent sheikhdom, although the British Military had a presence -there was an RAF Manama for many years.

Malcolm

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