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Commemorative Turkish Postage Stamp for the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of The Red Crescent

Commemorative Turkish Postage Stamp for the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of The Red Crescent

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Out of circulation. Single stamp

60 stamp printed in 1968 by Ajans-Turk Matbaasi (Printingpress) in Ankara as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of establishment of the Red Crescent humanitarian help society in 1868. Probably as the centannial celebration of the societies good deeds to help the people in need in times of war, natural disasters, etc.

The two men depicted on the two ends of the stamp are the co-founders of the Red Crescent: Serdar-i Ekrem Omer Pasa and Dr. Abdullah Bey. Both men were born Austrian and defected to Ottoman Empire later on in their life, converted to Islam and took up military service in Ottoman Empire. They continued their research as well as serve as military men. Serdar-i Ekrem Omer Pasa at one point became the teacher of an Ottoman Heir to the Throne (Sultan Abdulmecit).

The red crescent in the center of the stamp is the symbol of the Red Crescent society. The writing in blue wraping the cresent states: In Humanities Service.

The +10 that can be seen next to postage amount is the quantity that gets donated to humanitarian and social aid. This kind of stamp is called an added value stamp and the Turkish Postal Services printed and provided such stamps twice a year. The amount collected in addition was donated completely to Turkish Child Protection Services and the Turkish Red Crescent. 75% of the money collected was given to the Red Crescent and 25% to Child Protection Services.

Kurus was worth 100th of a Turkish Lira (TL) before the removal of the 6 zeros from the end to start the new lira. It has been long out of circulation. Para is the smaller unit of kurus. 40 para makes 1 kurus.

Item condition: There is a small tear (about 0.25") on the left side of the stamp.

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