This article is about one of my all-time favorite definitive series of stamps, issued by Togo between 1964-1965 and totaling 22 stamps. The stamps show the exotic flora and fauna in very nice miniatures, some of the varieties of plants, animals or birds being pictured for the first time on stamps, or the only time! The stamps have by now a vintage look and are a true delight for the avid collector.
Pictured above: tiger orchid (Odontoglossum grande); mallow (Hibiscus); the African swallowtail (Papilio dardanus); morpho aega (Morpho aega); the emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator).
Pictured above: the hingeback tortoise (Kinyxis erosa); the crane flower (Sterlitzia reginae); the ball python (Python regius); the cabbage tree emperor moth (Bunaea alcinoe); the flap-necked chameleon (Chameleo dilepsis).
Pictured above: the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris); St. Peter’s fish (Zeus faber); the gray angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus); the pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis); the African palm civet (Nandinia binotata).
Pictured above: the black-bellied seedcracker (Pyrenestes ostrinus); the Bohor reedbuck (Redunca redunca); the baboon (Papio doguera); the black and white mannikin (Spermestes bicolor); the red-headed lovebird (Agapornis pullarius).
Pictured above: the grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus); the yellow-breasted barbet (Trachyphonus margaritus).
If you enjoyed this article, feel free to subscribe to Philately.Lately. Fresh articles about philately in your inbox, at the frequency you desire (instant/daily/weekly digest).
Stamps featured in post: 22; Period: modern (1964-1965); Pricing: moderate; Michel Catalog no’s and prices: Togo Mi385-406, 120EUR Availability: not readily available, may surface in online auctions.