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Iraq
formerly Mesopotamia

1st June 1923

Middle East 7, 7a

Iraq1
  FICC #535 Sc1 xxx

perf 12, wmk multiple script "CA", engraved

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T Notes
½ anna olive green   1 41      
1a brown   2 42      
1½a carmine lake   3 43      
2a brown orange   4 44      
3a deep blue   5 45      
4a dull violet   6 46      
6a blue-green   7 47      
8a olive bister   8 48      
1 rupee green and brown   9 49      
2r black   10 50      
2r bister   11 51     issued 1925
5r orange   12 52      
10r carmine   13 53      

Baghdad N1
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British Occupation, Issues for Baghdad
British Occupation, Issues for Mosul
British Occupation, Issues for Iraq
1917 FICC #465
Mesopotamia Sc-N1
Iraq SG1
1919 Mesopotamia Sc-N42
Iraq SG1
1918 Mesopotamia Sc-N50
Iraq SG1
Iraq1
Iraq28
Iraq188
League of Nations Mandate
Independent Kingdom
Republic
1923 Sc1 SG41 1932 Sc28§ SG106 1958 Sc188 SG418

Iraq, Phases
Gibbons
SG
Date
Scott
Sc
Iraq
Mesopotamia
- British Occupation, Issues for Baghdad
1-25
1917
- Baghdad Issue
N1-N27
- British Occupation, Issues for Mosul
1-8
1919
- Mosul Issue
N42-49
- British Occupation, Issues for Iraq
1-18
1918
- Iraq Issue
N28-N41, N50-53
      Iraq  
- League of Nations Mandate
41-138
1923-32
- British Mandate
1-27
- Independent Kingdom
172-417
1934-58
- Kingdom (1932)
28-187
- Republic
418+
1958+
- Republic
188+

Walker (see Syria) writes, " IRAQ, ignoring Saddam Hussein, went from being a British mandate (#1) to a Kingdom (#28), to a Republic (#188). You might also want to include the Mesopotamia occupation issue (#N1) in the lraq section. "

Scott [1] begins Iraq in 1923 with the stamps issued under the League of Nations mandate of 1920. The separate listing for Mesopotamia are all treated as occupation issues with an "N" prefix. Gibbons [2] lists both phases under Iraq. The catalogues also differ on the issue denoting the Independent Kingdom: Scott 1932 Sc28§ SG106; Gibbons 1934 Sc61 SG172, although Gibbons does note, "[the] British Mandate was given up on 3 October 1932 and Iraq became an independent Kingdom."

The first issue of this set for both Scott and Gibbons is the ¼ anna on 2 piastres claret, a vertical stamp, not the horizontal ¼ anna on 5p violet-brown that seems to be much more readily available.
§ Sc28 is the 2 fils on ½ anna overprinted in red.

Iraq28plus
The image of the Sc28 above was taken from this full set (excluding variants) of the overprints selling on ebay for $999.
1932 Sc28-43 SG106-121