United Nations Postal Service will issue six new stamps that have postage values of 37 & 80 Cents, 1,00 & 1,30 F.s., and 0,55 & 0,75 Euro named "World Heritage-Egypt" on the 4th of August 2005. There will also be three new booklets issued with these stamps. This is the ninth in a series of stamps and prestige booklets issued by the United Nations focusing on World Heritage sites. Each stamp in this issue is described as follows:
- 37 Cents Memphis and its necropolis-the pyramid fields from Giza to Dahshur- Memphis was the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. It has many monuments which include rock tombs, ornate mastabas, temples and pyramids. Depicted on this stamp is the Great Sphinx of Giza. It is 57 meters long and 6 meters wide, and has a height of 20 meters, making it the largest single-stone statue in the world. It is located on the the west bank of the Nile river. In the background is the Great Pyramid.
- 80 Cents Ancient Thebes with its necropolis- Thebes was a city of the god Amon, and was the capital of Egypt when Egyptian civilization was at its height. The stamps depict the colossus of Ramses II at the Temple of Luxor. Hemmed in by massive papyrus-bundle columns, this granite colossus was originally carved for Amenhotep III and two centuries later was recut for Rames II.
- 1,00 F.s. Nubian monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae- this stamp depicts the Temple of Isis on Philae island. This temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and its construction was undertaken during the third century B.C.
- 1,30 F.s. Islamic Cairo- depicted on this stamp is the Ibn Tulun Mosque. It was completed in A.D. 879 on Mount Yashkur by the founder of Egypt's Tulunid Dynasty, Ahmad ibn Tulun. At 26,318 square meters in size, the Ibn Tulun Mosque is the third largest mosque in the world and is the oldest in Egypt that has survived to its original form. A domed fountain surrounded by double arcades on three sides was a later addition built by Sultan Ladjin and is featured on the stamp design.
- 0,55 Euro Abu Mena- this monastery located near Alexandria and built in the third century commemorates Menas, who was an officer in Diocletian's army. Legend has it that Menas's remains were buried where animals refused to walk anymore; and that a water well in the desert came up from the very spot. Once called Saint Menas Vineyards, this oasis in now only ruins in the desert.
- 0,75 Euro Saint Catherine area- is a monastery that stands at the foot of Mount Horeb where Moses receive the tablets of the law. The entire area is sacred to the three world religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The monastery, founded in the sixth century, is the oldest Christian monastery still in use for its initial function. It houses outstanding collections of early Christian manuscripts and icons.
"World Heritage-Egypt" stamps can be purchased as singles, Sheets of 20, or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 50mm x 35mm with a perforation size of 14 x 13 1/4. The stamps will be printed by Joh. Enschedé Stamps Security Printers B.V., Netherlands using the Offset printing process. The quantity of each printed are:
- 37 Cents - 275,000 stamps
- 80 Cents - 195,000 stamps
- F.s. 1,00 - 180,000 stamps
- F.s. 1,30 - 180,000 stamps
- Euro 0,55 - 250,000 stamps
- Euro 0,75 - 250,000 stamps