Panayotis D. Cangelaris - Greek Diplomat and Collector
 

"THE GLORY ISSUE OF GREECE (1945)"

 Philatelic Exhibit
100 drachmas imperforate upper rght corner block of eight with printing paper folding

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This exhibit is part of Panayotis D. Cangelaris Greek and New Territories stamps collection.  He started collecting these stamps in the early '60s, just after his family settled permanently in Greece.  Since 1966, parts of this collection were presented to the public at national, international and world philatelic exhibitions (competitive or not) at which he showed the following exhibits:  Greek Social Providence Stamps (1966) in one frame at the youth philately class, Greek Issues of Thrace 1920 (since 1966) in (three to) five frames at the youth and traditional philately classes, Varieties on Greek Stamps (since 1977) in five (to eight) frames at the traditional philately class, this one (since 2007) and The Western Thrace Autonomous Government "Muhtariyet" Issue (1913) (since 2009) in one frame each at the traditional philately class (one frame).

Glory (1945)

The Glory Issue of Greece (1945) was printed and circulated on March 1, 1945 to honour the liberation of Greece from the Axis Forces at the end of World War II.  It comprises of a set of eight stamps (values of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 drachmas) of which the last three values were issued on August 10, 1945.

All values depict the same representation, namely the allegoric figure of Glory painted by the renown Greek artist Nicholas Gysis (1842-1901).  This figure was first depicted on the stamp of the 25 drachmas, value of the Historical Issue of Greece (1937).  Printed by lithography on white glossy paper with the Crown watermark, bears a 12 ½  X 13 ½ perforation.  It has a clear symbolic meaning:  The original painting represents Glory lightly walking on the ruins of the newly independent Greece (1830) after four centuries of Ottoman occupation.  Here, the stamp allegorically places her on the ruins of liberated Greece after almost four years of Axis occupation.

 

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The Glory Issue of Greece (1945) Philatelic Exhibit Online View

 
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