The Stamp of March
EMMANUEL XANTHOS (1772 – 1852), Member of "Filiki Etaireia" (=Society of Friends)
7 MARCH 1948 : OFFICIAL DODECANESE INTEGRATION CEREMONY
Stamp of the year 1947, class 200 drachmas from the commemorative edition for the Union of the Dodecanese with Greece.
It is a regular series of stamps with printing of new values after the expiration of the original ones or with the change of postage and color changes. The series has 9 performances but with the variations it reached 23 stamps. It is the largest single series in Greece in number of stamps.
Lithographic print of “Aspioti-ELKA, Athens” on paper that varies from yellowish to white, with a watermarked crown, serration 12 x 13½ (vertical), 13 ½ x 12 (horizontal).
Circulation: 35,000,000 (pieces: original edition 10,000,000, first reprint 15,000,000, second reprint 10,000,000)
- First day of release 5-11-1951
The stamp chosen depicts Emmanuel Xanthos (1772-1852), a personality associated with two important events that took place in March due to his action and origin.
The first event is the proclamation of the Revolution of 1821. Emmanuel Xanthos together with Nikolaos Skoufas and Athanasios Tsakalov, founded in Odessa, Russia in 1814 the secret revolutionary organization Friendly Society. The purpose of its establishment was to coordinate and organize the efforts of the Greek slaves for their liberation from the Ottoman Empire.
The second event is related to the birthplace of Xanthos, Patmos. The Dodecanese islands, including Patmos, met many conquerors in their history: in 1309 the Knights of St. John, in 1522 the Ottoman Turks, in 1912 the Italians, the German army and the British. The latter had control of the Dodecanese for a time until they became part of the Greek state with the official integration ceremony that took place on March 7, 1948.