First commemorative stamp of Madagascar was issued on 10th December 1958.
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. The monarchy of Madagascar ended in 1897 when the island was absorbed into the French colonial empire, from which the island gained independence in 1960.
Two years earlier, on 14 October 1958, The Malagasy Republic was proclaimed as an autonomous state within the French Community, and attained full independence on 26 June 1960. The first stamps of the republic were issued in December 1958.
The stamp which was issued was not only the first stamp of the republic but also the first commemorative stamps of the country which was issued to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the declaration of the Human Rights in the country.
The stamp was issued with the denomination of 10 francs and depicts a globe inside and olive breath along with a bird flying leftwards to the sun. The stamp is inscribed with “Malgache Republic” on the top and “10th Anniversary of the declaration of Human Rights” at the bottom with the denomination value at top right corner.
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