Egypt - Regular Issue Seals

There are seventeen different official seal designs recorded from Egypt. Until around 2005, all were printed in panes of 20 labels, and assembled in booklets of 25 or 50 panes for post office use. The later paper seals are of very poor printing quality. The current design is in a tape format. Covers bearing the early issue seals are quite scarce.


Catalog: Drummond OS2, Feltus 1

Date issued: 1906, EKU July 13, 1908

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: 12

Inscription: Bilingual English/Arabic "EGYPT/ FOUND / OPEN / AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED"

Control Number: None

Description: 1st design mint single. Lithographed by Imprimerie National of Boulac, Egypt. This seal is found in two varieties, perforated 12 and 13-1/4.


Catalog: Drummond OS3, Feltus 2

Date issued: 1908, EKU July 7, 1911

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: 10

Inscription: Bilingual English/Arabic "EGYPT./ FOUND / OPEN / AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED."

Control Number: None

Description: 2nd design mint single. Periods after "EGYPT" and "SEALED." Typographed by McCorquodale & Co. in London, England.


Catalog: Drummond OS4, Feltus 3

Date issued: 1913, EKU June 11, 1914

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: 12

Inscription: Bilingual English/Arabic "EGYPT./ FOUND / OPEN / AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED."

Control Number: None

Description: 3rd design mint single. Periods after "EGYPT" and "SEALED." Different Arabic script. Lithographed by Imprimerie Nationale of Boulac, Egypt.


Catalog: Drummond OS6, Feltus 4

Date issued: 1920, EKU October 16, 1923

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: 10

Inscription: Bilingual English/Arabic "EGYPT./ FOUND / OPEN / AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED."

Control Number: None

Description: 4th design mint single. Periods after "EGYPT" and "SEALED." Arabic script revised. Lithographed by the Egyptian Government Press.


Catalog: Drummond OS7, Feltus 5

Date issued: 1924, EKU August 20, 1925

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: 10

Inscription: Bilingual English/Arabic "EGYPT./ FOUND / OPEN / OR TORN / AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED."

Control Number: None

Description: 5th design mint single. "OR TORN" added. Lithographed by the Egyptian Government Press.


Catalog: Drummond OS8, Feltus 6

Date issued: 1926, EKU November 2, 1927

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: 10

Inscription: Bilingual French/Arabic "EGYPTE. / TROUVÉ / OUVERTE / OU / DÉCHIRÉE / ET / RÉPARÉE / D'OFFICE."

Control Number: None

Description: 6th design mint single. "TROUVÉ" mistakenly spelled with one "E". Lithographed by Imprimerie Nationale of Boulac, Egypt.


Catalog: Drummond OS9, Feltus 7

Date issued: 1927, EKU May 9, 1928

Printing: Black on off-white

Perforation: 10

Inscription: Bilingual French/Arabic "EGYPTE. / TROUVÉE / OUVERTE / OU / DÉCHIRÉE / ET / RÉPARÉE / D'OFFICE."

Control Number: None

Description: 7th design mint single. "TROUVÉE" correctly spelled. Lithographed by Imprimerie Nationale of Boulac, Egypt.


Catalog: Drummond OS10, Feltus 8

Date issued: 1931, EKU August 21, 1934

Printing: Black on off-white, thin paper

Perforation: 10

Inscription: Bilingual French/Arabic "EGYPTE / TROUVÉE / OUVERTE / OU / DÉCHIRÉE / ET / RÉPARÉE / D'OFFICE"

Control Number: None

Description: 8th design mint single. New format. Lithographed by Imprimerie Nationale of Boulac, Egypt. A later variety of this seal is printed on thick white paper. It is also known perforated 12-1/2 and rough rouletted 7 x perf. 12-1/2.


Catalog: Drummond OS14, Feltus 10a

Date issued: Unknown, EKU May 15, 1963

Printing: Black

Perforation: Hyphen hole perf. 7

Inscription: Bilingual French/Arabic "U.A.R / TROUVÉE / OUVERTE / OU / DÉCHIRÉE / ET / RÉPARÉE / D'OFFICE"

Control Number: None

Description: 9th design mint single. "U.A.R" at top. Perforated 10 and imperforate varieties also exist.


Catalog: Drummond OS17, Feltus 9

Date issued: Unknown, EKU December 10, 1973

Printing: Black

Perforation: Hyphen hole perf. 6 1/2

Inscription: Bilingual French/Arabic "R.A.U. / TROUVÉE / OUVERTE / OU / DÉCHIRÉE / ET / RÉPARÉE / D'OFFICE"

Control Number: None

Description: 10th design mint single. "R.A.U." at top. Lithographed by the Egyptian Government Press.


Catalog: Drummond OS18

Date issued: Unknown, EKU April 14, 1989

Printing: Black

Perforation: Hyphen hole perf. 6 1/2

Inscription: Bilingual French/Arabic "R.A.E / TROUVÉE / OUVERTE / OU / DÉCHIRÉE / ET / RÉPARÉE / D'OFFICE"

Control Number: None

Description: 12th design mint single. "R.A.E" at top. Very crudely printed.


Catalog: Drummond OS19

Date issued: Unknown, EKU December 1, 1992

Printing: Red

Perforation: Hyphen hole perf. 6 1/2

Inscription: Bilingual French/Arabic "R.A.E / TROUVÉE / OUVERTE / OU / DÉCHIRÉE / ET / RÉPARÉE / D'OFFICE"

Control Number: None

Description: 13th design mint single. "R.A.E" at top. Very crudely printed. Also known imperforate.


Catalog: Drummond OS21

Date issued: Unknown, EKU October 17, 1996

Printing: Red on off-white

Perforation: Hyphen hole perf. 6 1/2

Inscription: Bilingual French/Arabic "R.A.E. / TROUVÉE / OUVERTE / OU / DECIMREE / ET / RÉPARÉE / D'OFFICE"

Control Number: None

Description: 14th design mint single. "R.A.E" at top. Italic English text. The last paper seal in pane format.

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