On 18 Nov 2014 the Tunisian postal authority issued these stamps featuring two old lighthouses that date to the 19th century. R’as Taguerness Lighthouse, located near Djerba, was built in 1895. Sidi Bou Saïd Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Tunisia and dates to 1840. It is located on a hill called Fire Mountain at the north entrance to Tunis Bay. In ancient times, fires were built there to guide vessels into the port of Carthage.
Neither of these images is of very high quality. If any of our readers has better scans of these stamps and would like to contribute them please contact the webmaster through the contact page.
The two pictured stamps will be issued by Iceland Postur on 10 September 2015. Both lighthouses are located on small islands off the Icelandic coast. The first depicts Elliðæy Lighthouse and the other Æðey LIghthouse.
As shown below, Germany continues to produce very nice postal cancels and meters depicting lighthouses.
Posted in Cancels
This Spanish 5 Euro coin features the Tower of Hercules on both sides. The Tower of Hercules or Farum Brigantium as it was formerly known is the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse that is still in use as a navigational beacon. It was built probably in the late 1st century A.D. and marks the entrance of La Coruña harbor in north-western Spain. The structure withstood the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 and a major renovation was undertaken shortly thereafter when it’s height was increased. The light was electrified in 1926.
Jersey Post issued a set of stamps on 9 Oct 2014 to commemorate their oyster fishing industry. One of the stamps in the set depicts the iconic La Corbiere lighthouse.
On 14 Nov 2014 Turkey issued a stamp commemorating 100 years of Turkish cinema. A stylized image of Kiz Kulesi is visible near the center of the stamp between the towers of the bridge. Kis Kulesi which is also know as the Maiden’s Tower and sometimes mistakenly as Leander’s Tower is locate on a small island at the southern end of the Bosphorus just off shore from Istanbul.