Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stamp - Singapore-Egypt Joint Issue - Significant Rivers

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Singapore-Egypt Joint Issue - Stamps
Date Of Issue : 17 Oct, 2011

PHOTO: Singapore-Egypt Joint Issue - Singapore and Egypt Stamps
Date Of Issue :
17 Oct, 2011
Local Price :
S$ 3.10
Overseas Price :
S$ 3.10^CSN11AST

PHOTO: Singapore-Egypt Joint Issue - Miniature Sheet
Date Of Issue :
17 Oct, 2011
Local Price : S$ 3.30
Overseas Price : S$ 3.10^CSN11MS

Singapore and Egypt enjoy warm and long-standing relations. Our ties with Egypt go back to the days of then President Gamal Abdel Nasser and then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Giants in their time, they paved the way and laid down strong foundations for enduring bilateral ties. Egypt was the first Arab country to recognise Singapore’s independence in August 1965 and it was also the first Middle Eastern country with which Singapore established diplomatic relations in November 1966. Since then, bilateral relations have grown from strength to strength. Bilateral cooperation has expanded significantly and covers areas such as aviation, trade and investments, culture and education.

PHOTO: Singapore-Egypt Joint Issue - Presentation Pack
Date Of Issue : 17 Oct, 2011
Local Price : S$ 8.20
Overseas Price : S$ 7.70^CSN11PR

This stamp issue interestingly depicts the two Significant Rivers (Nile and Singapore Rivers) of Egypt and Singapore.

PHOTO: Significant Rivers Long Stamps, $1.10 & $2.00

The significance of featuring both Nile and Singapore Rivers lies in the fact that both rivers have been closely associated with the evolution of Egypt and Singapore. Historically, when Singapore was founded in 1819, the Singapore River served as the main life-line of the then colony. Trade, commerce and finance sprung up on the banks of the river, which enabled Singapore to flourish as an entreport. Over the years of Singapore’s rapid economic development, the Singapore River has been an integral part of its success.

PHOTO: Presentation Pack (S$8.20*) - Cover

PHOTO: Presentation Pack (S$8.20*) - Singapore and Egypt Stamp

Today, the Singapore River continues to play an important role as part of the Marina reservoir after a dam, known as the Marina Barrage, was built at its mouth to create a new reservoir of freshwater. In tandem with the economic changes in Singapore, the Singapore River has been transformed from a trading hub to a major tourist attraction.

PHOTO: Presentation Pack (S$8.20*) - Minature Sheet

Similarly, the Nile River, the longest river in the world, has been the lifeline of civilization in Egypt since the Stone Age. In fact, the ancient Greek historian Herodotus described Egypt as the gift of the Nile. Flowing northwards into the Mediterranean Sea, the Nile irrigates Egypt’s rich agricultural lands. The Nile also sustains the major population centres in Egypt which are located along its banks. The river got its name from the Greek word Neilos, which means valley. Many modern travellers to Egypt today take a Nile cruise as part of their sightseeing package. For to see the land as its people do, one must journey on the river. When cruising on the Nile, one might pass by the ancient and significant sites of different great temples of historical magnificence, allowing one to bask in the stories of the past, while yet embracing the sight of the present. Truly, the Nile is the Heart of the ancient and modern land of Egypt.

PHOTO: Singapore FDC (First Day Cover) on "Singapore-Egypt Joint Issue - Significant Rivers"

PHOTO: Pre-cancelled First-Day Cover affixed with Singapore and Egypt stamps S$3.95*

PHOTO: Pre-cancelled First-Day Cover affixed with a miniature sheet S$3.95*

Items on Sale Price
  • First Day Cover (without stamps) S$0.25*
  • Pre-cancelled First-Day Cover affixed with stamps S$3.95*
  • Pre-cancelled First-Day Cover affixed with a miniature sheet S$3.95*
  • Complete set of stamps S$3.10
  • Presentation Pack S$8.20*
  • Set of 2 Pre-cancelled Commemorative Cover affixed with Singapore and Egypt stamps S$6.70*

Technical Details
  • Date of Issue : 17 October 2011
  • Denominations : S$1.10, S$2.00
  • Stamp Size : 162mm x 30mm
  • Perforation : 13
  • Paper : Unwatermarked
  • Printing Process : Offset Lithography
  • Printer : Secura Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Sheet Content : 10 Stamps per sheet
  • Designers : Wong Wui Kong (Singapore River)
  • Designers : Mrs Amany Ahmed and Mrs Rasha El Zonkoly (The Nile River)

Prices inclusive of prevailing GST for purchases within Singapore