Guinea 1997 19th Century Warships

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  • Label : "La Poste Guinéennne" (Post of Guinea), Conakry; 1997; commemorative stamps of the issue "19th Century Warships";

(issue of 6 stamps and 1 block à 1 stamp)

Stamp datas:

  • Catalogue numbers : Michel: No. 1638-1643 (+ Block 509 with No. 1644); Yvert & Tellier: No. 1117-1122 (+ block); Scott: No. 1396-1401 (+ block)
  • Color : multicolored
  • Watermark : none
  • Nominal value: 200 - 250 - 300 - 400 - 450 - 500 f (Guinea-Francs, not CFA) - 1000 f (Francs, block)
  • Postage validity : since 20 May 1997
  • Printed by : Printery "Hostettler", ? (Switzerland...?)
  • Print process: Offset printing on luminescent paper
  • Perforation : Comb perforation, K 12¾
  • Stamp size (printed area of a single stamp) : 35.5 x 36.0 mm


Commemorative stamps of the issue "19th Century Warships";
(issue of 6 stamps and 1 block à 1 stamp)

Stamp

mint

Michel No. 1638, mint
Michel No. 1639, mint
Michel No. 1640, mint
Michel No. 1641, mint
Michel No. 1642, mint
Michel No. 1643, mint

postmarked

Michel No. 1638, postmarked with CTO
Michel No. 1639, postmarked with CTO
Michel No. 1642, postmarked with CTO

Block

Michel Block No. 509 (with No. 1644), mint
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Michel Block No. 509 (with No. 1644), postmarked


To the single stamp motives:
- 200 f (Francs) : HMS "Captaine" of the British "Royal Navy"; ship built 1867 in England; "Turret ship" of the Ironclad-class

- "Ironclad" (German: "Panzerschiff") = steam propelled warship protected by iron or steel armor plates = as dévastation class with "ironclad" floating batteries
- "Turret ship" = all guns revolved from a single gun-turret instead of broadside arrangements of former ships
- sunk in the night of the 06 September 1870 in a storm before Cape Finisterre (474 people dead at the sinking)

- 250 f (Francs) : SMS "König Wilhelm"; German "Panzerfregatte" of the Marine of the Northgerman Confederation (the stamp motive shows the ship in 1869); 1865 built in Great Britain;

- 1904, out-of-service; 1921 scrapped in Rönnebeck

- 300 f (Francs) : HMS "Téméraire"; built 1873-1874 in Great Britain as "Ironclad Battleship" for the British "Royal Navy"; served during the WWI as depot ship;

- sold in 1921

- 400 f (Francs) : "Mouillage"; built 1859-1861 in the USA (probably in New York), flag ship of the Italian "Regia Marina" (Royal Navy of Italy); ship of the "Re d'italia"-class of armoured frigates of the "Regia Marina"

- sunk in the Battle at Lissa 1866

- 450 f (Francs) : HMS "Inflexible"; built 1874-1876 in Portsmouth for the British "Royal Navy; Ironclad Turret Ship of the Victorian time, built "...to opposite the perceived growing threat from the Italian "Regia Marina" in the Mediterranean..."

- 1903 scrapped

- 500 f (Francs): "Magenta", flagship of the "Magenta-class" of the French Navy

- sunk after an internal explosion in 1875

- 1000 f (Francs, block) : "Redoutable"; built in 1872-1876 as Ironclad ship (central batteries and barbettes) of the "Colbert-class" for the French Navy;

- sold to French-Indochina in 1912; demolished in Saigon in 1913