Duloz Stamp of Turkey

25 Apr 2018  Wed

The second issue of Turkish stamps comes with a French name “Duloz”. Issued between 1865 and 1876, these stamps were also known as "Crescent and Star Stamp".

The Tughra Stamps that were issued in 1863 were not up to the expectations. Turkey then turned to France for its second issue of postage stamps. The patterns of the stamps were prepared by a crafter called “Mr. Duloz”. Hence, these stamps were called after the crafter’s name “Duloz”.

Duloz Stamps have 6 different types and were issued both as postal stamps & tax stamps. Even though there are six types of Duloz Stamps some design characteristics are similar. The design consists of a central oval enclosing a crescent and star with radiating lines.

Value of each stamp is located on four corners. Turkish writing in Arabic script is overprinted on the oval in black, stating “Postai devleti Osmaniye” or "Post of the Ottoman Empire". The bottom inscription states the denomination in piaster.

The design was prepared by the Turkish Ministry of Finance, but the name of the designer is known. These were designed and initially printed in France, but the printing plates were moved to Constantinople in 1868, where the remaining stamps were printed.

One of these stamps issued in the year 1867 is the most expensive stamp in the Country. This brown 25 Piastre stamp of 1867 is worth 80,000 Turkish liras ($20,570).

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