New large-sized pictorial charity stamps of Monaco first appeared during 1937. These new pictorial stamps usually feature famous landmarks or historical subjects. Of special interest is the series, first introduced in 1939, featuring famous rulers of the House of Grimaldi.
types of charity stamps feature a "value added amount" or "surtax amount"
addition to the postal denomination of the stamp, for the purpose of
funding national organizations, public events, and / or public
The fivesurtaxed pictorial charitystamps of Monaco shown above (Sc. #B19-B23) were issued in April 1937. The surtax benefited public welfare projects.
The four designs, in the order that they are shown above, are as follows:
Royal Palace Gardens.
Rock of Monaco.
Bay of Monaco.
Prince Louis II.
The twosurtaxed pictorial charitystamps of Monaco shown above (Sc. #B24-B25) were issued on November 15, 1939. The surtax benefited the International Union for the Control of Cancer.
The two designs, in the order that they are shown above, are as follows:
Pierre and Marie Curie. Pierre Curie (1859-1906) and his wife, Marie Curie (1867-1934), are both world famous French Physicists. Marie Curie, along with her husband,
pioneered the study of radioactivity. They also discovered two
elements, Polonium and Radium. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel
Prize, the only person to ever win the Nobel Prize TWICE, and the only
person to win the Nobel Prize in two different sciences, with
them being Physics and Chemistry.
Monaco Hospital. The Monaco Hospital, now known as the Princess Grace Hospital, was established by Prince Albert I in 1902.
The tensurtaxed pictorial charitystamps of Monaco shown above (Sc. #B26-B35) were issued on June 26, 1939, celebrating Famous Rulers of the House of Grimaldi.
The ten designs, in the order that they are shown above, are as follows:
Lucien. Lucien (1487-1523) of the House of Grimaldi was the Lord of Monaco from 1505 to 1523.
Honore II. Honore II (1597-1662) of the House of Grimaldi was the Lord of Monaco from 1604 to 1612 and the Prince of Monaco from 1612 to 1662. He was the first monarch to take the title of "Prince".
Louis I. Louis I (1642-1701) of the House of Grimaldi was the Prince of Monaco from 1662 to 1701.
Charlotte de Gramont. Catherine Charlotte de Gramont (1639-1678) was the consort of Prince Louis I of Monaco.
Antoine I. Antoine I (1661-1731) of the House of Grimaldi was the Prince of Monaco from 1701 to 1731.
Marie de Lorraine. Marie de Lorraine-Guise (1674-1724) was the consort of Prince Antoine I of Monaco.
Jacques I. Jacques Goÿon de Matignon (1689-1751) was the consort of Princess Louise Hippolyte of Monaco. His wife died of smallpox in 1731, and afterward, he reigned as the Prince of Monaco from 1731 to 1733. He then abdicated in favor of his son, Honore, and returned to France.
Louise Hippolyte. Louise Hippolyte (1697-1731) of the House of Grimaldi was the Sovereign Princess of Monaco from February through December of 1731. She is one of only two women that have been sovereign rulers of Monaco. She died of smallpox in 1731. She was briefly succeeded by her consort, who abdicated in favor of their son Honore.
Honore III. Honoré Camille Léonor Grimaldi (1720-1795) of the House of Grimaldi was the Prince of Monaco from 1731 to 1793. Antoine Grimaldi, le Chevalier de Grimaldi, actually ruled Monaco as regent from 1732 to 1784, while Prince Honore III lived in Paris. Honore III fathered a son in France in 1758, who would eventually succeed him as the Prince of Monaco.
Eighteenth Century drawing of the Rock of Monaco.
The fifteen 1939 pictorial definitive stamps of Monaco shown above were overprinted and surtaxed (Sc. #B36-B50) on February 10, 1940. The surtax, benefiting the Red Cross, was used to purchase ambulances for the French government, at the beginning of World War II.
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