Key: 6220  
Country:
Group: Arabia
Volume: 68
Issued: 2122 Stamps / end of 1999
  
  
 

Information
Area - 185,180 sq.km; Population - 16,728,000; Capital - Damascus
A Republic in the Middle East. Agricultural country, cotton, live stock and
crude oil are exported.
Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire until 1918 when it was occupied by British
and French forces. Between 1919-1920 stamps of the Arab Government were issued,
replacing those of PALESTINE, Mandate, known as E.E.F. In 1920 a Kingdom was established
for a short while, until the country came under French Military occupation and
in 1922 it was mandated by the League of Nations to FRANCE together with
LEBANON (GRAND LIBAN). Between 1923-1924 French stamps which were overprinted
'Syrie-Grand Liban' were issued for the whole area under the French mandate known as
'Syria-Greater Lebanon'. Following uprisings, Syria was recognized as an
Autonomous Republic within the French mandate. In 1946, after World War II, the
state was recognized as an independent Republic. In 1958 it was federated with
EGYPT to become the United Arab Republic, but withdrew from it in 1961 and is
known ever since as the Syrian Arab Republic.
First stamps were issued in 1919 under French Occupation. Several indirect UPU
memberships, direct since May 15th, 1946. Annual output about 30.
The T.E.O. overprint = Territoires Ennemis Occupes
The O.M.F. overprint = Occupation Militaire Francaise
The Arabic script overprints on Ottoman Empire stamps = The Arabian Government
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Inscriptions
T.E.O. and new value surcharge on stamps of France
T.E.O. and new value (Mill's or Piastres) surcharged on stamps of French Levant
O.M.F. SYRIE and new value surcharged on stamps of France
Arabic script handstamped overprinted on stamps of Ottoman Empire
Arabic script
O.M.F. SYRIE and new value surcharged on stamps of Arabian Government
SYRIE GRAND LIBAN and new value surcharged on stamps of France
SYRIE and new value surcharged on stamps of France
SYRIE
REPUBLIQUE SYRIENNE
REP. SYRIENNE
THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC SYRIA
REPUBLIQUE ARABE UNIE
UAR value in Piasters
U.A.R etc... overprinted on stamps of Syria
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
SAR
SYRIAN A.R.
SYRIA
S.A.R
S.A.R.

Index
SYRIA
      French Occupation -1923
         Arabian Government 1919-1920
      French Mandate 1923-1934
      Autonomous Republic 1934-1946
      Independent Republic 1946-
         United Arab Republic 1958-1961
         Syrian Arab Republic 1961-
      Postage Due Stamps
      Postal Tax Stamps
 
Currency
10 Milliemes = 1 Piaster
40 Paras = 1 Piaster
100 Centimes = 1 Piaster (1920)
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Related Countries

PALESTINE, Mandate
Palestine, Mandate

FRANCE
France

LEBANON (GRAND LIBAN)
Lebanon (grand Liban)

EGYPT
Egypt