The Fox and The Crow (Aesop) - Philately


The fable has been a favourite with stamp designers. Among the countries that have featured it are the following:

  • Albania issued a 1995 set with several fables on each stamp; the fox and the crow is featured on the 3 leke stamp.
  • France commemorated the third centenary of La Fontaine's death in 1995 with a set of six stamps featuring individual fables, of which this was one.
  • Greece issued a 1987 set dedicated to Aesop's fables; the fox and the crow figures on the 32 drachma stamp.
  • Hungary issued sets dedicated to the fables in both 1960 and 1983; in the former the fox and the crow was on the 2 forint stamp and on the 80 forint stamp in the latter.
  • The Maldives issued a set in 1990 in which Walt Disney characters act out the fables; the fox and the crow appears on the 1 rufiyaa stamp.
  • Monaco celebrated the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jean de la Fontaine with a 50 centimes composite stamp on which the fox and the crow was one of the fables illustrated.
  • Niger also celebrated this 350th anniversary with a set of air mail stamps which also incorporated the fable's moral; the fox and the crow figures on the 25 franc stamp and the design adapts elements of Léon Roussaeu's panel
  • Poland issued a set dedicated to folk tales in 1980 and featured this fable on the 40 groszy stamp.

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