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HERMES is the quarterly periodical of Hellenic Philatelic Society of the Netherlands. It contains 16 pages of information (in Dutch) for members of the society and a number of articles written by the members about the Greek collection area.

The subjects discussed are very varied. Of course, there is much attention to the stamps and postal markings of Greece, but also postal history, forgeries and, for example, fiscal stamps are included. In addition, there are thematic subjects like Greek history and classical antiquity. Related areas, such as the Levant, are also discussed.

For an impression, see the attached copy in pdf, which contains a selection of articles.

For the contents of the latest Hermes editions, see further below.

Jubilee: 50 Years of Hermes

Last year, Hermes celebrated its 50th birthday. On this occasion there was a re-issue of four of the leading articles of prominent members of our society from the first 25 years of Hermes' existence. The articles have been updated, translated in english and some (new) illustrations have been added. See our Publications-page for the articles. To learn more about the history of Hermes, click here.

Hermes 189

January 2021

Hermes Edition 189




Message from our chairman


Joost Meyer: Signed Greek stamps - part 1

The author shows some Greek stamps from the period up to 1945 on which a name or the initials of the designer or engraver can be found.


Eugène Endenburg and Frans Bruna: Greek Stamps and Banknotes (1)

The authors show Greek banknotes with images also known from postage stamps. In this episode: national heroes.


Joop Herrewijn - Varieties

Joop shows a number of perforation errors and plate / printing errors on Greek stamps.


Frans Bruna / Peer van Meetelen - Averoff - a benefactor of the Greek state

The writers discuss George Averoff and the armoured cruiser named after him.


Joost Meyer - Post for Papandreou

Using a postcard from Hungary, the author pays attention to the political career of the Papandreou family and the turbulent history of the 1960s in Greece.


Joost Meyer - A Greek holiday greeting with a Dutch touch

Joost shows a postcard, sent from Zakynthos to England via Rotterdam in the summer of 1999 with the TNT courier service.

Hermes 188

November 2020

Hermes Edition 188




Message from our chairman


Frans Bruna: From Euphoria to Great Unrest - Some Letters from Asia Minor 1919-22

The author illustrates this turbulent period with examples of correspondence.


Joost Meyer: The Daïs cancellation catalogue - a book review

The author discusses Ionnis Daïs' book, “The cancellations of the Greek post offices” (Οι σφραγίδες των Ελληνικών Ταχυδρομικών γραφείων).


Rien Smit - FAKES on the internet

Rien discusses the so-called Spiro forgeries of the LHH and the way in which internet auction Delcampe deals with them.


Ruud Verberne: Smyrna at the time of the Greco-Turkish war (05/15/1919 - 09/8/1922)

The author discusses the situation in Smyrna from 1919 to 1922 and the postal consequences.


Frans Bruna - Émile Gilliéron and Classical Archaeology

Frans pays attention to father and son Gilliéron, their relationship to Classical archaeology and Greek stamps.


Ruud Verberne - Icons: a very special form of cultural object

The author discusses the Saints St. George and St. Demetrios, important to Greece, and their depiction on icons (and stamps).


Hans Paul Soetens: Greek postal rates, a confusing matter (III)

This time an analysis of a postcard with postage due markings from Athens to Budapest in 1925.

Hermes 187

August 2020

Hermes Edition 187




Message from our chairman


Bob de Hon: In memoriam Koos Mostert

In remembrance of our honorary member Koos Mostert


Frans van Limpt: From Aidinion to Aydin. The Greek Zone in Turkey – from 1912 till 1922

The author describes the troubled history of the Greek orientated part of Asia-Minor in this period.


Ruud Verberne: A ‘plain’ little stamp: The 10 Lepta with control-figure on cream paper from 1875

Ruud describes the varieties in colour and control-figures of this LHH.


Ad van Groesen: A golden stater of Philippos II? (continued)

Ad adds some new information on his report of Hellas 2304 with a silver coin instead of gold. Is it a real printing error or a fake?


Joost Meyer: The engravers of Thomas de la Rue

The author shows some of the engravers who worked for De la Rue, producing engravings of Greek stamps.

Contents of older issues of Hermes

For the contents of older issues of Hermes, see the indexes in the library.

Click here to see the contents of our digital news letters (Dutch only), number 1, number 2 and number 3.