Souvenir Sheet commemorating the coronation of the last king of Iraq

02 May 2020  Sat

Faisal II was the last King of Iraq who reigned from 4 April 1939 until July 1958. He was born on 2nd May 1935to Iraq's second king, Ghazi, and his wife Queen Aliya.

As he was still a child when his father died for most of his reign the regency was held by his uncle, ‘Abd al-Ilah. Faisal attained his majority on 2 May 1953, commencing his active rule. Faisal’s rule in Iraq, however, was growing increasingly unstable. Although he sought to modernize the country—approving extensive projects on dams, bridges, and irrigation works, as well as the construction of schools and hospitals.

He was executed during the 14 July Revolution together with numerous members of his family. This regicide marked the end of the thirty-seven-year-old Hashemite monarchy in Iraq, which then became a republic.

The small reign of King Faisal II witnessed big changes many of which are commemorated on postage stamps. The first souvenir sheet of the Kingdom of Iraq was also issued during his period commemorating his coronation.

The sheet features three stamps issued on the occasion of the coronation in the center flanked by two palm trees. The crown of the Iraqi Monarchy is seen on the top also flanked by the flags of Iraq. The souvenir sheet I inscribed with “IRAQ POSTAGE” at the top and “CORONATION OF KING FAISAL II 2 MAY 1953” at the bottom, in Roman as well as Persian.

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