Issue Dates: 1868-1975
Scott Catalogue Value: $1,381.15
Mystic Price: $840.00
You Save: $541.15
Enjoy significant savings on this high-value France Back of the Book collection. The collection contains 116 stamps – most in postally used condition – and 13 album pages. Noteworthy stamps include #J29-45, the 1893-1941 Postage Due stamps with a combined value over $545. Also includes unused #N1-2 and #7 (value $500). Interesting addition to your collection and a great value.
France is the largest country in Europe – almost as big as Texas. Its terrain is varied, ranging from plains to mountains, to farms and forests. The west coast, which lies along the English Channel, is flat. In contrast, the French Riviera in the southeast is known for its beautiful beaches and balmy climate, similar to that of Florida and southern California.
To the southwest, near the Pyrenees Mountains that divide France from her southern neighbor, things take on a distinctively Spanish flavor. Here, bullfights take place on the French side of the mountains in small villages that could just as easily be on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain.
The capital of France is Paris, which began as a small island in the middle of the Seine River. Today, it is one of the most beloved and beautiful cities in the world. Paris has always been a haven for artists of all kinds. Tourists flock to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre, with its multitude of famous paintings and sculptures.
In the century before Christ, France was known as Gaul. Julius Caesar invaded Gaul around 53 B.C. The Franks were among the Germanic tribes who began invading in the second century, taking power from the Romans. Charlemagne (Charles the Great) was a powerful Frankish king who was crowned Emperor in 800 A.D. Many ruling dynasties have come and gone during the centuries that followed. After the French Revolution, a great military leader named Napoleon Bonaparte became dictator and then Emperor of France. He did much to modernize it by centralizing the government, and reforming the tax and civil laws. Today, France is a constitutional republic, led by a president. It also has a two-house legislature.