Lesotho : 50th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 17/11/1994



Depicts a Mosotho horseman accompanying his wife to the airport; de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter from Lesotho Airways, registered 7P-LAP in Lesotho; 50th anniversary logo.


Depicts a Fokker F-27-600 Friendship plane, registered 7P-LAJ in Lesotho, from Lesotho Airways at the Moshoeshoe International Airport, Maseru, Lesotho; 50th anniversary logo.


Depicts a Fokker F‑27 Friendship (in a climbing turn to the left) flying over the Moshoeshoe International Airport, Maseru, Lesotho; 50th anniversary logo.


Depicts an ascending Cessna TU206G Turbo Stationair 6 II (it has a cargo pack under the fuselage), registered 7P-AAK in Lesotho, and the terrain above which it is flying; 50th anniversary logo.

The information on the selvage (i.e. the marginal paper on the pane) of these blocks of four stamps shows an incorrect inscription: ANNIVERSARY OF ICAO AEROPLANES. An error is introduced here due to the missing character separating ICAO and AEROPLANES; alternatively, the word AEROPLANES should have been printed on a separate line to avoid any misunderstanding. Shows the date of issue: 1994-11-17.








Official First Day Covers. Two types of cancels.



Backgound: The coat of arms of Lesotho was adopted on 4 October 1966 following independence. Pictured is a crocodile (symbol of the royal family) in blue on a Basotho brown shield. This is the symbol of the dynasty of Lesotho's largest ethnicity, the Sotho. The shield is placed on the Thaba Bosiu Mountain, the place of the fortress of the founder of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Behind the shield, there are two crossed weapons, a barbed assegai (lance) and a knobkerrie (club), and a thyrsus of ostrich feathers. To the left and right of the shield are supporters of the shield, two Basutho horses, a special breed of ponies adapted to the cold harsh winters in the country. In the foreground, there is a ribbon with Lesotho’s national motto in white on a brown scroll: Khotso, Pula, Nala, (translated from Sotho into English: Peace, Rain, and Prosperity).