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Stamps with 4 or more languages

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Saw a little tidbit in the latest edition of Stamp and Coin Mart which simulated my thinking. Stamps from Eastern Rumelia (a breakaway province from the Ottoman Empire) were issued in 4 languages (Turkish, French, Greek and Bulgarian), and used 4 different scripts (Arabic, Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic)
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This got me to thinking, what other countries which issued stamps with at least 4 languages languages?

I can only think of two.

First are are issues from Transcaucasian Federative Republic (one of the founding states of the USSR), which contains Russian, Armenian, Azerbajani and Georgian (also in four different Scripts)
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and the other is Hyderabad (an Indian Princely State). As I learned from TonyMacg in one of his "uglies" posts (not ugly posts) that stamps of Hyderabad also contained 4 different languages (Hindi, Telugu, Urdu and English)
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Now, my question is - can anyone think of any other countries which issued stamps with 4 (or more) languages on a single stamp?
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Not a Country, but here is a stamp in 5 different languages.

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humm, I didn't even think about the UN :)
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Russia 1927, 4 languages:

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Russia, 1947.
Formally, there are 16 different languages on the coat of arms:

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Hronik wrote:Russia 1927, 4 languages:

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Is the upper right Mongolian (in Cyrillic)?
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ILikeMaps wrote:Is the upper right Mongolian (in Cyrillic)?
No, this is Belorussian (White Russia).
Well, faces do not match languages. :D

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Thanks, I guess the faces do lead you the wrong way. I looked at some Mongolian stamps and see that post is not even close.
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Arabic is also a UN working language...wonder why it was left out on this (these) stamp(s)...simply a matter of space?
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I've found 2 more Russian stamps: Scott #2180 and #2306
Word "peace" written in 5-6 (or even 7) languages...

PS. Probably a record, 8 languages, same word - peace: Russia, scott #5256

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Switzerland has 4 OFFICIAL languages .. surely something of theirs has all 4 on a stamp?
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GlenStephens wrote:Switzerland has 4 OFFICIAL languages .. surely something of theirs has all 4 on a stamp?
Glen, there are none that I recall. There were some issues in the late 1930's where they issued separate stamps of the same rate, design and colours in 3 different languages - French, German and Italian. I don't have any of the sets handy to scan though



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fromdownunder wrote:
GlenStephens wrote:Switzerland has 4 OFFICIAL languages .. surely something of theirs has all 4 on a stamp?
Glen, there are none that I recall. There were some issues in the late 1930's where they issued separate stamps of the same rate, design and colours in 3 different languages - French, German and Italian. I don't have any of the sets handy to scan though



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The "Centenary of the Federal Parliament Building" stamp of 12th March 2002 (SG 1501) has the short name of the building in all four official languages as well as the name of the country in Latin. :D
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Hronik wrote:I've found 2 more Russian stamps: Scott #2180 and #2306
Word "peace" written in 5-6 (or even 7) languages...

PS. Probably a record, 8 languages, same word - peace: Russia, scott #5256
Though those are, I assume, just commems honouring the idea of peace. The examples the OP gave are stamps that were inscribed multilingually for the sake of the issuing states' polyglot population.

A commem showing a Euro banknote could be considered to have many languages on it, as the word 'bank' is written in all the languages of the EU member states.
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nigelc wrote:The "Centenary of the Federal Parliament Building" stamp of 12th March 2002 (SG 1501) has the short name of the building in all four official languages as well as the name of the country in Latin. :D
Found it.

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And I found this one also issued in 2002 which I think qualifies under the parameters set in the OP:

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ILikeMaps wrote:humm, I didn't even think about the UN :)

Nobody does !! :( :( :( :(
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Hyderabad issued its first four-language stamp on the 16 May 1870

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Can anyone do any earlier?
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As a pictorial representation, the Penny Black is an omniglot, universal language. :lol:
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The Canadian PO put its foot in its mouth years back by going the opposite way to the stamps on this thread.

For the QV defins now known as the "Leaf Issue", they provided no numerals for the face values on the stamps, only words...and wrote them only in English...that issue was quickly despised by French Canada. :oops: :lol:
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Why, even Poonch was happily bilingual (Dogri and Persian) by 1880: see my avatar. Very backward, these Canadians :lol:
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So this takes the prize so far?

The 4 official languages plus Latin = 5?

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I think this pair probably beats them all with 32. Denmark's 1966 Red Cross charity surcharge pair. Now... how many can you name? There are 3 or 4 per line and none of the names extends over 2 lines.

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Ooh this will be fun.
1. Top line is Latin (including this there are 33 languages?).
From there I will number them, just listing the ones I think I can identify:
2. Danish
3. French
4. Icelandic
5. Dutch
6. Hindi
7. Malay/Indonesian
8.
9. Hungarian
10. Georgian?
11. Greek
12.
13. Russian
14. Mandarin Chinese
15. Romanian
16. Ethiopian?
17.
18. Albanian
19.
20. Polish
21. Finnish
22. Arabic
23.
24.
25. Japanese
26. Spanish
27. Portuguese
28. Irish
29. Persian
30. German
31. English
32. Italian
33. Swedish
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11. Korean

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I thought 12 was Russian, but it is probably Ukrainian. These Euro-Slavic languages are similar but some use different alphabets, like Belorussian, Ukrainian, Russian. Maybe it's actually Serbo-Croat!

Certainly the Russian for red is Красный not ЧЕРвЕН
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norvic wrote:I thought 12 was Russian, but it is probably Ukrainian. These Euro-Slavic languages are similar but some use different alphabets, like Belorussian, Ukrainian, Russian. Maybe it's actually Serbo-Croat!

Certainly the Russian for red is Красный not ЧЕРвЕН
Norvic you are right, my 7. Russian is wrong, it is indeed 12. Don't know what 7 is then?

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Feel free to copy this over and over!
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Sorry, I numbered the image including the Latin which makes it difficult. Turkish isn't there, I was wrong with an earlier guess.
zaguy wrote:Ooh this will be fun.
Top line is Latin (including this there are 33 languages?).
From there I will number them, just listing the ones I think I can identify:
1. Latin
2. Danish
3. French
4. Icelandic
5. Dutch
6. Hindi
7. Malay/Indonesian
8. Bulgarian? I only have the non-Cyrillic version.
9. Hungarian
10. Georgian?
11. Greek
12. Korean
13. Russian
14. Mandarin Chinese
15. Romanian
16. Ethiopian?
17. Czech
18. Albanian
19.
20. Polish
21. Finnish
22. Arabic
23. Serbo-Croat
24.
25. Japanese
26. Spanish
27. Portuguese
28. Irish
29. Persian
30. German
31. English
32. Italian
33. Swedish
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Norvic, I updated my original post to your numbering system. Should all make sense now.

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Julia from Stamp Magazine has pointed out that 24 IS part of 23 - crveni krst kizilay - and if you enter this into Google then the IRC website is the first hit.

So back down to 32 - darn!
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And 16 is Thai, not Amharic, but 10 might well be.
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8. Bulgarian
10. Amharic (Ethiopian)
16. Thai
19. Somali
24. Turkish

So it's not 23 and 24 toghether!
The Latin doesn't say red cross, but: 'With humanity, towards peace'.

Edit: Oh, I see now that tonymacg has beaten me by a few minutes on two of them! I'm a little slow with typing and spelling English.

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tonymacg wrote:And 16 is Thai, not Amharic, but 10 might well be.
I was 95% sure it was Thai, but that middle letter was 'bugging' me, it didn't look 'right'. Despite collecting Thailand, I can't read the alphabet worth a darn. :oops:

10 does look like Amharic, the writing there has a certain ancient look to it. Georgian is quite...distinct-looking...more roundy maybe? (A linguist I'm not) :o.
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23 crveni krst is Serbian
24 kizilay is Turkish (red Crescent)

Of course they would both come up with the same result on a Google search :( :oops: :roll:
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aethelwulf wrote:
tonymacg wrote:And 16 is Thai, not Amharic, but 10 might well be.
I was 95% sure it was Thai, but that middle letter was 'bugging' me, it didn't look 'right'. Despite collecting Thailand, I can't read the alphabet worth a darn. :oops:

10 does look like Amharic, the writing there has a certain ancient look to it. Georgian is quite...distinct-looking...more roundy maybe? (A linguist I'm not) :o.
The Thai spelling is correct, กาชาด, they only used some oldstyle font.
Red Cross in Georgian looks like this: წითელი ჯვრისა

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Swedes with red corsets, my my, that must make interesting fundraising activities... :lol:
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Stewie1980 wrote:The Thai spelling is correct, กาชาด, they only used some oldstyle font.
Red Cross in Georgian looks like this: წითელი ჯვრისა
Now that looks Thai. :D The font they used made the writing look rather odd, and when I googled the logo of the Thai Red Cross, it contained quite a long string of writing in the name...I was doing this on the side at work, as I tend to do, so didn't stop to check letter-by-letter.

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aethelwulf wrote:
Stewie1980 wrote:The Thai spelling is correct, กาชาด, they only used some oldstyle font.
Red Cross in Georgian looks like this: წითელი ჯვრისა
Now that looks Thai. :D The font they used made the writing look rather odd, and when I googled the logo of the Thai Red Cross, it contained quite a long string of writing in the name...I was doing this on the side at work, as I tend to do, so didn't stop to check letter-by-letter.

You seem like a great resource on Thai material, Stewie. I should sit down and 'do something' with all the Thai material and literature I've accumulated.
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Anyone notice SLANIA is credited with these?

A picnic for him compared to large engraved scenes!

It occurred to me just now that someone is bound to have had a Xmas stamps with the words in a ton of languages?

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The last multi-language stamp is very nice.
Now, I found a mistake (not plate flaw) on this stamp (maybe there can be more mistakes) :lol: . Can you find it?

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I suppose you're going to tell us that one of the accents on the Czech version is wrong?
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Yes, the "hook" over the K should be over the next letter (R).

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Very well spotted.

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Interesting stamp and a joint effort in figuring out the languages. Do we have a FINAL List?

Now if we really want to be deep, we could figure out WHY they placed the languages in the order they did.
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A stamp from Yugoslavia with 4 languages and 2 alphabets. Probably many stamps from Yugoslavia have these 4 languages?
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In 4 languages using the Latin alphabet and Cyrillic script it urges "GIVE BLOOD...SAVE LIVES":
Croatian (DAJTE KRV...SPASITE ŽIVOT)
Macedonian (ДАЈТЕ КРВ...СПАСЕТЕ ЖИВОТ)
Serbian (ДАЈТЕ КРВ...СПАСИТЕ ЖИВОТ)
Slovenian (DAJTE KRI...REŠITE ŽIVLJENJE)

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Re: Stamps with 4 or more languages

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I think this is the final list. The ones I couldn't get in my first post are in red.

1. Latin
2. Danish
3. French
4. Icelandic
5. Dutch
6. Hindi
7. Malay/Indonesian
8. Bulgarian
9. Hungarian
10. Amharic (Ethiopian)
11. Greek
12. Korean
13. Russian
14. Mandarin Chinese
15. Romanian
16. Thai
17. Czech
18. Albanian
19. Somali
20. Polish
21. Finnish
22. Arabic
23. Serbo-Croat
24. Turkish
25. Japanese
26. Spanish
27. Portuguese
28. Irish
29. Persian
30. German
31. English
32. Italian
33. Swedish

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Re: Stamps with 4 or more languages

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OK, here is another one which will needs a little help. (especially India experts)

It is the Robert Cauldwell commemorative stamp of India, issued in 2010

I recognize English and Hindi. I have no clue about any of the the other languages (I think I see four additional scripts).

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Re: Stamps with 4 or more languages

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zaguy wrote:I think this is the final list. The ones I couldn't get in my first post are in red.

1. Latin
2. Danish
3. French
4. Icelandic
5. Dutch
6. Hindi
7. Malay/Indonesian
8. Bulgarian
9. Hungarian
10. Amharic (Ethiopian)
11. Greek
12. Korean
13. Russian
14. Mandarin Chinese
15. Romanian
16. Thai
17. Czech
18. Albanian
19. Somali
20. Polish
21. Finnish
22. Arabic
23. Serbo-Croat
24. Turkish
25. Japanese
26. Spanish
27. Portuguese
28. Irish
29. Persian
30. German
31. English
32. Italian
33. Swedish
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Re: Stamps with 4 or more languages

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ILikeMaps wrote:OK, here is another one which will needs a little help. (especially India experts)

It is the Robert Cauldwell commemorative stamp of India, issued in 2010

I recognize English and Hindi. I have no clue about any of the the other languages (I think I see four additional scripts).

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Apparently the gentleman was an expert in the South Indian languages. I can see Malayalam and I think Telugu.
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Re: Stamps with 4 or more languages

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tonymacg wrote: Apparently the gentleman was an expert in the South Indian languages. I can see Malayalam and I think Telugu.
Next to Hindi and English I see 4 other languages on the Indian stamp.

Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ
Telugu తెలుగు
Tamil தமிழ
Malayalam മലയാളം

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