Bulletin Hermes

Bulletin Hermes

Hermes example pages


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 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.

Hermes 186

April 2020

Hermes Edition 186




Message from our chairman


Report of the members' meeting on the 7th of  March 2020


Peer of Meetelen: Varieties of Greek stamp booklets

The author shows a number of deviations on the covers of stamp booklets.


Joost Meyer: Personal annoyance

The author addresses the stream of personal stamp booklets from the past two years.


Joost Meyer: An old acquaintance

Joost shows a picture of Myron's discus thrower on a tab of a new personal stamp on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.


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

The writer delves into the wonderful world of the Greek postal rates. This time two cards from 1923-4, stamped with 1 Drachma and with postage due to Germany


Ruud Verberne: The 20 Lepta of the definitive Athens printings (1862 - 1867)

The author discusses various variants of the 20 lepta LHH.


Ad van Groesen: A golden stater of Philippos II? (or is it a silver four-drachma?)

Ad shows Hellas 2304, but the coin is silver instead of gold?


Jan van den Berg: Herzlichst Eure, Nana Mouskouri

Jan tells about an advertising postcard for the record label Fontana regarding a recording by Nana Mouskouri.


Joost Meyer: A digital tour through the museum

A brief discussion of the new website of the Greek Postal Museum in Athens.


Marco van de Mortel / Joost Meyer: The printing plates of Thomas de la Rue

The authors discuss the printing plates of this London company. For the complete article, see also the publications page on this website.


Rien Smit: The mystery of the small ΕΛΛΑΣ imprint

Rien tells of his investigation into a false imprint on Hellas 414.

Hermes 185

February 2020

Hermes Edition 185




In memoriam - our secretary


Report of the members' meeting on the 7th of  December 2019


Olav Petri: Wilhelm II went on a journey and the philately went with him

Olav discusses the journey of the German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1898 and a postcard sent from Athens that seems to have been made in honour of that journey.


Joost Meyer: Edge phenomena - part 2b: traffic lights, a small addition

The author shows the Greek Christmas stamps of 2019 with traffic light.


Ruud Verberne: A piece of Greek (postal) history from the end of World War II - Part 3 (final): Historical context

Ruud sketches the historical events that led to the liberation of Greece in the period 1943-45.


Ad van Groesen: About double printings (republished)

Ad shows an example of a double printing from the  "Flying Hermes" stamps.


Joost Meyer: About Herodotos, Persians and Greeks

The author examines the Persian wars and the link between Albert Barre and the first Persian stamps.


Rien Smit: The blue mystery of the Dodecanese series

Rien has a copy of the .250 Dr from the Dodecanese series 1947-53 (Hellas 684) in the colour light blue. He also shows a light blue 450 Dr (Hellas 688).


Hans Paul Soetens: Greek postal rates, a confusing subject (I)

The writer delves into the wonderful world of Greek postal rates. To begin with, two cards were sent to France in 1934 and 1935 for Dr 3.50?


Hans Paul Soetens and Olav Petri: Thessaly revisited, the cancellations

The authors have already paid attention to the stamps of Thessaly. Now it's time for the cancellations.

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 and number 2.

Secretary PV Griekenland

P.O. Box 62

7970AB Havelte



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