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The coat of arms of the Caribbean island and British overseas territory of Montserrat consists of a shield featuring "Erin," a woman clad in green who is the female personification of Ireland based upon the mythology of Ériu. "Erin" holds a golden harp, a symbol of Ireland that features in Ireland's own coat of arms, and she embraces a cross, which symbolizes Christianity. The arms pay tribute to the Irish ancestry of Montserrat, as much of the population is descended from the Irish settlers exiled to the island by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century. Here is an image of a stamp depicting this coat of arms (aka the "Badge of Presidency"), engraved and printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co., and issued for use in Montserrat on September 17, 1951, Scott No. 119, plus a full color image of Montserrat's coat of arms.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting an allegorical figure (presumably, "Justice") holding scales and a sword, and the Beira Courthouse, engraved and printed by Waterlow & Sons, Ltd., and issued by Mozambique Company in 1918, Scott No. 131.

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Here is an image of another stamp depicting "Marianne," designed by French poster artist and typographer Raymond Gid (1905-2000), engraved by Claude Andréotto, and issued by France on March 3, 1986, Scott No. 1994, Y&T No. 2407.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a hand sowing seeds in a plowed field and cattle, allegories of "Agriculture" and "Cattle-breeding," printed by photogravure, and issued by Mexico on October 1, 1939, Scott No. 752. Note: Based upon its distinctive style, I surmise that this stamp was designed by Mexican artist and stamp designer Francisco Eppens Helguera (1913-1990), but I have not yet discovered confirming evidence.

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Here is an image of an engraved stamp depicting an allegorical figure of "Cuba," produced by the USA's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and issued for use in Cuba in 1899 while the island was under US administration following the Spanish-American War, Scott No. 229.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a female allegorical figure rekindling the Flame of Remembrance for the victims of the Nazi German destruction of the Czech village of Lidice in 1942 in reprisal for the assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer and General of Police Reinhard Heydrich, designed by Czech painter and graphic artist Josef Kaplický (1899-1962), engraved by Jindra Schmidt, and issued by Czechoslovakia on June 10, 1947, Scott No. 331.

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Here is an image of a semi-postal (charity) stamp depicting a wounded male allegorical figure holding a sword and olive branches and asking for alms from the Belgian Crown, designed by Belgian artist Antoine ("Anto") Carte (1886-1954), engraved and printed by American Bank Note Company, and issued by Belgium on May 20, 1922 to benefit invalided soldiers, Scott No. B51.

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Here is an image of a semi-postal souvenir sheet depicting an "Allegory of the Republic" holding an olive branch and a dove, and the coat of arms of Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1939, designed by Czech artist Max Švabinský (1873–1962), engraved by Bohumil Heinz, and issued by Czechoslovakia in 1938 to commemorate the country's 20th anniversary of independence and to benefit national relief for refugees, Scott No. B153, plus a detail image of the stamp in the sheet. Note: The motto on the coat of arms, PRAVDA VITEZI, translates as "Truth Prevails."

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Here are a few from the United States.

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An allegory of labour, or labor in the US. Taken from a mosaic by L.M.Winter

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The three graces from a painting by Botticelli, here representing North, Central and South America.

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Another allegory of the Sower on the Nebraska centennial stamp. One wonders how long it would take him sowing like that to finish the job in Nebraska, and the there's Kansas and.......

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Stamp honouring the American Bar Association and showing allegories of Justice and Divine Inspiration in the centre flanked by Wisdom seated on the left and Truth on the right.
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jjarmstrong47 - Thanks for your contributions!

Here is an image of a stamp depicting allegorical figures of "Uruguay" and "Brazil" jointly holding the scales of justice, designed by Uruguayan sculptor and painter José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín (1891-1975), printed by lithography, and issued by Uruguay on May 30, 1935 to publicize the visit of Brazilian President Getúlio Dornelles Vargas (1882-1954) to Uruguay, Scott No. 464.

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What a striking stamp. You can see the "Art Deco" influence.
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jjarmstrong47 - Thanks.

Here is an image of a semi-postal (charity) stamp depicting a white marble statue of "Liberty" sculpted by Italian artist Stefano Galletti (1832-1905), designed by C. Carpaneto, printed by typography, and issued by San Marino on June 1, 1918 as one of a set of nine stamps sold to benefit a hospital for Italian soldiers, Scott No. B3. Note "Liberty's" mural crown (hence turrita or '"with towers" in Italian), which is typical of Italian civic heraldry of communal origin.

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Here is an image of an allegorical stamp entitled "New Russia Triumphant" (alternatively, "Liberated Proletarian"), depicting a man holding a sword over a slain dragon while beholding a lighted, open passageway, designed by Russian artist Mikhail Illarionovich Antonov (1871-1933), engraved by Pericles Spiridonovich Ksidias (1872-1942), and issued by Russia (USSR) on August 10, 1921, Scott No. 187, Zagorksi No. 7. Note: The slaying of the dragon represents the slaying of the old order, a reference to the October Revolution in 1917.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a striding "Liberty" with a sword in her right hand and a lighted torch in her left, an allegory of the Americas united in the defense of liberty, designed by Mexican artist Francisco Eppens Helguera (1913-1990), printed by photogravure, and issued by Mexico in 1944, Scott No. 790.

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Here are images of the four stamps in set featuring male allegorical figures, designed by Swiss painter and sculptor Hans Erni (1909- ), printed by photogravure (Courvoisier S.A.), and issued by Liechtenstein on August 28, 1969, Scott Nos. 454-57.

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The Second Polish Republic adopted the March Constitution on March 17, 1921, after ousting the occupation of the German/Prussian forces in the 1918 Greater Poland Uprising, and avoiding conquest by the Soviets in the 1920 Polish-Soviet War. The Constitution, based on the French one, was regarded as very democratic. Here is an image of a stamp depicting an allegorical figure symbolizing "Peace," along with a shield proclaiming the new Constitution, printed by lithography, and issued by Poland on May 2, 1921, Scott No. 162.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting Demeter, the ancient Greek goddess of the harvest, as an allegorical figure representing "Agriculture," and modern tractors plowing a field, engraved and printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued by Greece on September 20, 1951 as one of a set of six stamps publicizing Greece's economic recovery under the Marshall Plan, Scott No. 542.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting "Allegory of the New Republic," designed by Austrian graphic artist Josef Franz Renner (1886-1957), printed by typography, and issued by Austria in 1920, Scott No. 213.

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Here is an image of a semi-postal airmail stamp depicting an Allegory of "Flight" and a four-engine airplane flying high over the globe, designed by Belgian painter and illustrator René Bruynseraede (1909-1991), engraved by Leon Janssens, and issued by Belgium on September 7, 1946, Scott No. CB3, SG No. C418.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting "New Government," a female allegorical figure with broken chains wielding a cutlass, with the white crescent and three white stars on a green field of Egypt's Flag of the Kingdom of Egypt (1922–1953) in the background, printed by photogravure, and issued by Egypt on November 23, 1952 to commemorate the Egyptian Revolution of July 23, Scott No. 319.

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I think they missed that one on the chain-breaker thread.
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Here is an image of a stamp depicting "Peace" holding an arrow and an olive branch, engraved and printed by Hamilton Bank Note Company, New York, and issued by El Salvador on January 1, 1896, Scott No. 137. Note the active volcano in the background.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting an allegorical figure of "Pan-America" wearing a mail bag and holding letter envelopes in her outstretched hands, plus, in the background: a globe tilted 90 degrees on its axis, a telegraph pole and wires, a ship at sea, and a train, printed by lithography, and issued by Argentina on August 25, 1921 as the high value in a set of four similarly designed stamps publicizing the First Pan-American Postal Congress, held in Buenos Aires, Scott No. 289.

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Here is an image of a postal tax stamp depicting a crowned female allegorical figure of "Lisbon," printed by lithography, and issued by Portugal on June 8, 1913, Scott No. RA3.

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"Allegory of Peace," printed by photogravure, and issued by Japan on August 6, 1949 to commemorate the establishment of Hiroshima as the City of Eternal Peace, Scott No. 465.

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"Brittania," female personification of Great Britain, engraved and printed by typography by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., and issued for use in Trinidad & Tobago in 1913, Scott No. 2.

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Well if we're onto Britannia how about one of my favourite stamps, Barbados SG200a

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This is one of the Large Seal set and to quote from "Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies"

"The original seal granted in 1663 bore a motto, based on a line in Virgil's first Eclogue in which the Italian herdsman expresses his fear of being banished to Britain because it is so cut off from the world 'et penitus toto divisos orbe Britannos' - 'and the British, far removed from the rest of the world'. The Barbados seal altered one word to read 'et penitus toto regnantes orbe Britannos'. that is 'and the British ruling throughout the whole world'. Quite apart from the the explicit statement of power, the new phrasing is a significant shift from an isolated Britain to Britain connected to, indeed holding the reins of power in, countries across the globe."

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JonEboy - Interesting post! Also, I'm glad that at least one of us knows how to spell "Britannia." :D

Here is an image of a postal tax stamp depicting an allegory of "National Defense," a rather scantily-clad warrior with sword and shield protecting two women, engraved and printed by American Bank Note Company, and issued by Ecuador in 1946, Scott No. RA51A. An inspiration for the Spartans' costumes in 300, perhaps?

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nethryk wrote:JonEboy - Interesting post! Also, I'm glad that at least one of us knows how to spell "Britannia." :D
I hadn't even spotted that until you pointed it out! :lol:

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JonEboy - Glad you like 'em. Fortunately, plenty of line-engraved allegorical stamps were issued by a number of countries over the years; more to follow. But for now, I'd like to "turn the tables" on the last stamp image that I posted:

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) was an Italian general and politician. In 1849, during the First Italian War of Independence, Garibaldi and the remnants of his army took momentary refuge in San Marino while being hunted by enemy troops. Here is an image of a stamp depicting a mural-crowned female allegorical figure of "San Marino" holding a sword and sheltering a distressed man with a shield (representing Garibaldi), designed by Melchiorre Fucci, printed by typography, and issued by San Marino on September 25, 1924 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this episode in the struggle for Italian unification, Scott No. 88.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a female allegory of "Peace and Security" over the Western Hemisphere, one of two stamps in a set designed by M. Pinheiro, engraved by Mário d'Oglio and V. Borges, and issued by Brazil on August 15, 1947 to publicize the Inter-American Hemispheric Defense Conference, held in Petropolis, Scott No. 672.

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Happy Mothering Day to all my friends in the UK! Here is an image of a stamp depicting an allegory of "Motherhood," designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon after a painting by American artist Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-1926), and issued by Monaco on May 3, 1977 to honor the World Association of Children's Friends (or AMADE, in French: Association Mondiale des Amis de l'Enfance), founded in 1963 by Princess Grace of Monaco, Scott No. 1060, plus an image of Cassatt's 1897 painting.

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A poor copy, I'm afraid, but this is an allegory of Australia produced by New South Wqales in 1890
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Here is an image of a postal tax stamp depicting a female figure reading a book by lamplight, an allegory of "National Education," engraved and printed by typography by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued by Peru in 1950, Scott No. RA33.

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"Allegory of Flight," engraved and printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co., Ltd., and issued by Greece on October 10, 1933 as one of a set of seven stamps publicizing the Aero Espresso Italiana (AEI)'s Italy-Greece-Turkey air service, Scott No. C11.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting "Peace," designed after a detail from a fresco at Siena entitled "Ideal ruler with virtuous advisors," by Italian painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti (c. 1290-1348), printed by photogravure, and issued by Italy on October 30, 1946 to commemorate the Republic of Siena, Scott No. 480, plus a photo of the painting detail. Historical note: The Republic of Siena was a state originating from the city of Siena in Tuscany which existed for over four hundred years, from the late 11th century until the year 1555.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a male allegorical figure symbolizing "Revolution," printed by photogravure, and issued by Hungary on March 21, 1959 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, a short-lived independent communist state established in Hungary in the aftermath of World War I, Scott No. 1221.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting an allegory of "France" bearing the "Torch of Civilization," and three other female figures symbolizing various world peoples, designed by Gabriel-Antoine Barlangue, engraved by Antonin Delzers, and issued for use in Guadeloupe on April 15, 1937 to publicize the International Exposition of Arts and Technology in Modern Life, which opened in Paris on May 24, Scott No. 152.

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The Freedom Monument, unveiled in 1935, is a memorial located in Riga, Latvia, honoring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918–1920). Atop the monument is a 9 meters (30 ft) tall copper statue of "Liberty" holding aloft three gilded stars symbolizing the constitutional districts of Latvia: Vidzeme, Latgale and Courland. The statue was crafted by Latvian sculptor Kârlis Zâle (1888-1942). Here is an image of a stamp depicting the statue, printed by lithography, and issued by Latvia on December 28, 1991, Scott No. 317, plus a photo of the statue.

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Here is an image of a definitive stamp featuring a profile portrait of Albert I (1848-1922), Prince of Monaco, and depicting a seated female allegorical figure wearing a crown and holding a shield bearing the Grimaldi family coat of arms and an olive branch, engraved by Eugene Louis Mouchon (1843-1914), printed by typography, and issued by Monaco in 1891, Scott No. 12.

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Here is an image of an airmail postal tax stamp depicting a torch-bearing "Liberty," Mercury, the Roman god of commerce, and various airplanes flying over a city skyline, engraved and printed by American Bank Note Company, and issued by Ecuador in 1946, Scott No. RAC3.

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"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity," designed by French painter Paul-Joseph Blanc (1846-1904), engraved by Emile Thomas, printed by typography, and first issued on December 4, 1900, Scott No. 113, Y&T No. 111. Note the reversed letter "R" error in "République" on the left side of this stamp.

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The Treaty of Petrópolis, signed on November 11, 1903, ended tensions between Bolivia and Brazil over the then-Bolivian territory of Acre (today the Acre state), a desirable territory during the contemporary rubber boom. Here are images of the two stamps in a set depicting "Justice" holding balanced scales and a shield emblazoned with a map showing the relevant territory and dates, printed by photogravure, and issued by Brazil on November 17, 1953 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the treaty, Scott Nos. 763 & 764.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting an allegory of "Peace and Work," printed by photogravure (Waterlow & Sons, Ltd.), and issued by Cuba on November 18, 1935, Scott No. 332.

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"Liberty" head, definitive stamp engraved and printed by Columbian Bank Note Company, Chicago, Illinois, and issued by Guatemala on April 15, 1875, Scott No. 7.

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"The Motherland Calls" is a monumental female allegorical statue created by Russian sculptor Evgeny Vouchetich (1908-1974) and Russian structural engineer Nikolay Nikitin (1907-1973). The statue, located in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia, commemorates the heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad. When the memorial was dedicated in 1967 it was the tallest sculpture in the world, measuring 87 meters (279 feet) from the tip of its sword to the top of the plinth. Here is an image of a stamp featuring a depiction of "Motherland" and fighters, designed by Russian artist Yuri Nikoláyevich Artsimenev (1937- ), printed by photogravure, and issued by Russia on June 21, 1971 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR), Scott No. 3861, Zagorski No. 3941, plus a photo of the statue.

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Allegory of "Flight," airmail stamp printed by lithography on surface-tinted paper, and issued by Argentina on September 25, 1946 as one of a set of two stamps publicizing Aeronautics Week, Scott No. C47.

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Here is an image of a allegorical stamp featured on the cover of today's edition of Linn's Stamp News, and another one (see my March 15 post above) designed by Gabriel-Antoine Barlangue and engraved by Antonin Delzers: "France" shaking hands with "America" in friendship and to congratulate her for the 150th anniversary of the USA's constitution, issued by France on September 17, 1937, Scott No. 332, Y&T No. 357

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Here are images of a semi-postal (charity) souvenir sheet and its four stamps depicting symbols (not all of them human) of the Arts, designed by Hungarian poster artist György Konecsni (1908-1970), printed by photogravure, and issued by Hungary on January 5, 1941 to benefit the Artists' Relief Fund, Scott No. B130, and B130a.-d. The meaning of each symbolic figure is indicated as it is described in Scott, and also by Stanley Gibbons (where they differ).

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Winged female figure holding laurel wreath and award: "Drama" ("Spirit of Music")
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Male figure holding chisel and hammer: "Sculpture"
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Female figure holding brush and palette: "Art" ("Painting")
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Pegasus: "Literature" ("Poetry")
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