World Stamps

By Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

Tip of the week: 1972 Guinea Richard M. Nixon and Mao Tse-tung airmail stamp

October 15, 2015 12:05 PM

  • The 1972 Guinea 1,200-franc Richard M. Nixon and Mao Tse-tung airmail stamp (Scott C118) is in demand and selling in the $50 to $70 price range.

By Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

Located in western Africa, the Republic of Guinea formerly was a French colony and part of French West Africa. Guinea declared its independence on Oct. 2, 1958.

Its population of about 10 million people is divided into 24 ethnic groups. The common language for all is French.

Since declaring independence, Guinea has become one of the world’s most prolific issuers of topical stamps. While there probably are not many specialist collectors of Guinea in the United States, its stamps can be found in the pages of most topical collections.

In 1972, Guinea issued a set of two se-tenant blocks of four airmail stamps and a single 1,200-franc airmail stamp (Scott C116-117 and C118) on gold-color metallic foil commemorating President Richard M. Nixon’s trip to China.

The 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the 1,200fr Richard M. Nixon and Mao Tse-tung airmail stamp in both mint never-hinged condition and used condition at $70, with the values in italics.

This stamp is currently in demand and selling in the $50 to $70 price range, and it is a good buy at those prices.