Τετάρτη, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Almost from the moment that stamps made their first appearance in 1840, people began to study and collect those, thus giving rise to one of the world’s most popular hobbies.

In the long history of stamp collecting in Greece, there have been many prominent philatelists whose passion and enthusiasm have made a major contribution to the development and spread of philately, and to publicising and promoting Greek stamps both domestically and internationally.

Six of these important personalities are depicted in Hellenic Post’s new commemorative set of stamps, entitled “Figures of Greek Philately”.




0,05 €

Alexandros Argyropoulos (1883 – 1962)


0,20 €

Charilis Binos (1909 – 1978)


0,72 €

Moses Konstantinis


0,90 €

Georgios Papastephanou -  Provatakis (1890 – 1978)


1,50 €

Stephanos Makrymichalos (1902 – 1983)


2,50 €

Nikolaos Atzaritis (1900 – 1976)


DIMENSIONS                         : 35 X 45 mm in sheets of 25

DESIGN-ADAPTATION           : Marina Lasithiotaki

PRINTING METHOD               : Multicolored (OFFSET)


CIRCULATION-SALES           : This set circulates on 16 November 2017, and will be available at the Hellenic post offices through 15 November 2019, unless previously sold out. Complete sets will be available at the local Hellenic Post Offices and at the Central Philatelic Office until their withdrawal, unless previously sold out.

Also available:


They have a design related to the subject of the Series. Available at a charge of 9,20€ per set. 

2.  SETS OF STAMPS IN PACK (1.000 pieces)

Available at a charge of 11,80 €.

3. REGULAR SET ALBUMS (1.000 pieces)

Available at a charge of 19,00 €.

4. PREPAID MAXIMUM CARDS (6Χ1.000 pieces)

Available at a charge of 9,60 € per set.

All philatelic products will be available at the Central Philatelic Office (5 Lykourgou str. & Apellou, 100 38 Athens), and at the Post Offices until sold out, except the F.D.C. and the souvenir sheets, which will be withdrawn on 15 November 2019.

Collectors will be able to have items franked at the Central Philatelic Office with the special First Day commemorative postmark, providing they have affixed to them stamps from the set responding to the first rate domestic mail, today 0,72 €.

v Moses Konstantinis

Consultant on philately for Hellenic Post since 1970, member of the American Philatelic Society and the International Association of Philatelic Journalists, he was for many years General Secretary of the Hellenic Philotelic Society and is an honorary member of other Greek philatelic organisations. He was awarded the Golden Eagle of Revelation with a Patriarchal Diploma and has received awards, medals and distinctions at international and pan-Hellenic postal and philatelic exhibitions.

v Alexandros Argyropoulos (1883-1962)

He wrote the Greek entry for the German philatelic encyclopedia Kohl Briefmarken Handbuch, which was the first specialist study of Greek stamps when it appeared in 1929. He was a representative at international exhibitions as well as an international judge.

v Nikos Atzaritis (1900-1976)

He was a Sculptor, engraver and artist from Patras and also an expert on the Large Hermes Head. He reconstructed using stamps the 20 lepta plate with the Large Hermes Head, issued from 1962 to 1967.  

v Stephanos Macrymichalos (1902-1983)

He was a Doctor of Law who started the magazine Philotelia in 1924, and a founding member and later president (1937-1944, 1950-1977) of the Hellenic Philatelic Society.  He was President of the Hellenic Philatelic Federation from 1947 to 1951 and from 1967 to 1973.

v Charilis Binos (1909-1978)

He was the first president of the Lesbos Philatelic Society after it was re-founded (1960-1978). He received major awards at national exhibitions and gold medals at international exhibitions. He was elected an associate member of France’s Académie de philatélie in 1964 and represented Greece at the international congresses of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie in Paris in 1964 and in Vienna in 1965.

v Georgios Papastefanou-Provatakis (1890-1978)

Georgios Papastefanou-Provatakis was the founder and first president of the Athens Philatelic Society, as well as the great donor of the Philatelic Olympic Museum in Olympia. In 1965 he was made an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee for his contribution to the Olympic Ideal.

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