Olympic Games 1896 (stamp series)
At the end of the 19th century it was common to collect all of the world's postage stamps, but very few postage stamps were issued. The two young philatelists Demetrios and Johannes Sacoraphos suggested to King George to issue a series of commemorative stamps on the occasion of the Olympic Games in order to finance the Games. Until then, there were only a few special stamps around the world. A parliamentary resolution, which took place on August 15, 1895, was necessary for the issue.
The stamps were designed by the Athens-based Swiss artist Emile Gilliéron (1850–1924), the engraving was carried out by the French engraver Louis-Eugène Mouchon (1843–1914), who specialized in postage stamps.
The first Olympic stamps are also the oldest sports stamps. A total of 400,000 drachmas were raised, half of which went towards organizing the games. This covered a large part of the costs, so that later the legend arose that the games were financed exclusively from the sale of postage stamps.
On the occasion of the Intermediate Olympic Games in 1906 , a series of stamps was issued again, which was able to build on the success of the previous one.
List of brands
|image||values||motive||Edition||Michel catalog number|
|5 Lepta||Discus thrower||3,000,000||98|
|10 Lepta||Discus thrower||2,000,000||99|
|20 Lepta||Vase representation
|40 Lepta||Vase representation
|1 drachma||Acropolis with stadium||221,250||104|
|2 drachmas||Messenger of the gods Hermes||157,800||105|
|5 drachmas||Goddess of victory Nike||107.106||106|
|10 drachmas||Acropolis of Athens||52,200||107|
Five postage stamps were reissued with a red overprint on December 22, 1900 for no special reason. These are the values 40L. (now 25 L.), 1 Dr. (now 5 L.), 2 Dr. (now 50 L), 5 Dr. (now 1 Dr.), 10 Dr. (now 2 Dr.). Due to the lower values, it can be assumed that larger items of unsold postage stamps were disposed of.
- Walter Umminger: The Olympic Games of the Modern Era - from Athens to Munich, Dortmund 1969. P. 17.
- Olympic Review No. 247/1988 STAMP SUPPORT FOR SPORT. Pp. 252–252, PDF file 248 kB, online on the Internet: April 28, 2012
- Walter Umminger: The Olympics of modern times - from Athens to Munich, Dortmund 1969. p. 17