Monaco display at Hawick Stamp Club

Society secretary James Burney presented a superbly written up and informative display covering the first 50 years of issues from the principality of Monaco.

The first stamps were issued in 1885 and featured Prince Charles III and this and all subsequent stamps shown were complemented by an extensive collection of postal stationery, postcards and covers.

When Prince Albert I came to the throne in 1891 a set of 23 stamps were issued, followed by a further four in 1901 in changed colours to comply with Universal Postal Union regulations.

There were 29 different printings and colours for those issued in the reign of Prince Louis II starting in 1922, and James continued his comprehensive display to 1935 with various cancellations on Monegasque stamps and the introduction of meter and slogan postmarks.