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Topical philately: Atmospheric Halos in Stamps

I have collected stamps for a long time. In 1998 made a first list of stamps having halos or halo-like illustrations. Much later I start to collect these stamps. So I decided to list here all stamps I know illustrate atmospheric halos. Although halos are more common natural light phenomena than rainbow, halos are very rare in stamps. Rainbow is much more common feature, so this list is quite short. If you know more halo stamps you can contact me.

So far (Feb 2017) I am aware of these 30 stamps showing features which can be count as halos.

 Australian Antarctic Territory

Antarctic Scenes (1966-1968)
Mock sun

1 AUD, 29 Sept. 1966.
A stamps with clear focus on halos. Parhelion, parhelic circle and possibly sun pillar are shown.

Michel AQ 18.

25th Anniversary Antarctic Treaty 1986 
Prince Charles Mountains near Mawson Station

36 c, 17 Sept. 1986.
A landscape with a nice 22° halo on background.

Michel AQ 73.

[ See the whole item. ]

[ An used stamp, ]

Antarctic Scenes III
Summer afternoon

This is not a confirmed halo in stamp yet. I need to see a real stamp myself.

2 c, 11 March 1987
An Antarctic landscape towards the sun. It seems that there is a very faint sun pillar.

The Scenes III set of five stamps can be seen also on a FDC cover (check the link below) where is a photo of a skiier and in the background there is nice halo display with a 22° halo and a lower tangent arc. That cover is published for the 75th Anniversary of Captain Scott's Arrival at the South Pole.

Michel AQ 74.

[ See the FDC. ]

No photo. Australians in the Antarctic
Satellite

45 c, 17 May 2001

Stamp which has satellite view of  the Earth. Bakground there seems to be a photograph of sun on dark sky. On the edge of this sun photo there is a colored arc which could be a 22° halo.

Michel AQ 143. 

 British Antarctic Territory

Atmospheric Phenomena
Sun Pillar at Faraday

14 pence, 22 Dec 1992
A sun pillar above Faraday station. This is part of four stamps series with two halo stamps. Other two stamps have clouds. First day cover of this series has a sun pillar.

Michel GB-AT 199.

Atmospheric Phenomena
Halo (22°) with Iceberg

29 pence, 22 Dec 1992
Nice halo stamp with photograph like illustration with a nice 22° halo. This is part of four stamps series with two halo stamps. Other two stamps have clouds. FDC (First Day Cover) of this series has an sun pillar.

Michel GB-AT 200.

iSTAR Scientific Programme
Surface radar

75 p, 19 Nov. 2014
A photo of surface radar equipments on the Antarctic. A faint 22° halo is on background. Not easy to see on scanned image.

Michel GB-AT 671

25th Anniversary of the Protocol on Environmental Protection
Halley VI Station

1.01 pound, 13 Nov 2016
Twilight image of Halley VI Station. On the background there is the moon with a pillar.

Michel GB-AT ?.

 Canada

No photo.

Birth Centenary of Stephen Butler Leacock (humorist, 1869 - 1944)

6 c, 12 Nov 1969
Background there is a village and the sun. Around the sun there is darker area surrounded by a lighter area giving an impression of halo.

Michel CA 446.

No photo.

Centenary of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Sunrise on the Saguenay (painting by Lucius O'Brien)

35 c, 6 March 1980
A painting where there seems to be sun pillar above rising sun.

Michel CA 762.

50th Anniv. of Arctic Institute of North America
Canadian Arctic - Inuit Children

45 c, 15 Sept 1995
In the background there is a faint parhelion on left.

Michel CA 1514.


An adhesive stamp from a booklet.

Weather wonders
Iqaluit

Permanent postage, 18 Aug. 2015
This stamp was issued in a sheet of stamps and in a booklet of adhesive stamps.
A nice diamond dust display from a hill. 22° halo, pillar, parhelia, weak upper tangent arc and infralateral arcs. Some halos can be seen in front of a village.

Michel CA 3264. 
[ See the whole item ]

 Chad

Retrospective Zeppelin

125 F, 30 March 1977
A stamp within a stamp. A stamp where is old Reichsmark stamp inside. Outside of that is a arctic view including eskimo with dogs. On background is a badly drawn halo display. Halos are 22° halo, parhelia, upper tangent arc and sun pillar. Halos are way too small and upper tangent arc is more like segment of a pillar. Halo looks very much like one in the 3 ruples Soviet Union stamp.

Michel TD 776. 

 Chile


Michel CL 480 without watermark.

Airplanes LAN
Plane over the coast and sunrise.

40 cts, 14 Nov 1951 (no watermark) and 11 Aug 1952 (with watermark).
There is two variety of this stamp. One with watermark and one without it.
Airplane above landscape where is two circles around rising sun. Some kind of 22° and 46° halo like situation, but not sure if artist have had halos in mind when he drew this stamp.

Michel CL 480 (no watermark) and CL 449 (with watermark).

 Falkland Islands Dependencies

Discovery 1925-27

6 D (Falkland Islands penny), 1 Feb 1954
Discovery sailing ship with a classic Antarctic halo display illustration as a background. Halos in the stamps are 22° halo, 22° upper arc, 46° halo and parhelic circle.

Michel FK-DE 26.

Discovery 1925-27
Overprint: "Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1958"

6 D  (Falkland Islands penny), 30 Jan 1956.
Discovery sailing ship with a classic Antarctic halo display illustration as a background. Halos in the stamps are 22° halo, 22° upper arc, 46° halo and parhelic circle.

Michel FK-DE 37. 

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
Stenhouse Peak 525 m

65 p., 11 Dec 2012
A landscape photo seems to have the sun with a 22° halo on background. Unfortunately the sky around halo is almost overexposed.

Michel GS 580.

[ See the whole item. ]

 French Antarctica

Charcot station

15 Fr., 2 Jan 1995
A stamp with sun pillar and parhelia.

Michel TF ?.
[ See the whole item ]

 Kalaallit Nunaat - Greenland

C.E.P.T. - Discoveries and inventions

4.00 danish krone, 5 May 1994
A stamp of a ship. In backgorund there is a halo display with 22° halo, sun pillar, 22° upper tangent arc, parhelic circle and possible parhelia.

Michel GL 247.

 Italy

Holy Year
Dome of St. Peter's

20 cent, 3 June 1933.
Image where in the background is a lunar like object and an circular halo around it. Although this is a religious motive, it is so close to a halo display that this stamp was accepted to this list.

Michel IT 452.

Holy Year
Dome of St. Peter's

1.25 lire, 23 Oct 1933.
Image where in the background is a lunar like object and an circular halo around it. Although this is a religious motive, it is so close to a halo display that this stamp was accepted to this list.

Michel IT 455.

 Liechtenstein

Natural phenomena
Halo in Malbun

180 c, 19 Nov 2007
A stamp with lunar 22° halo photo in a three stamps set.

Michel LI 1466.

[ See the FDC ]

 Norway

London stamps
Escort ships

7 øre, 1944
A stamp with ships. On the sky there is a moon (or sun?) which has a small ring around it. Way too small to be a accurate but looks more like halo than anything else.

Michel NO 277.

London stamps
Escort ships

30 øre, 1 Jan 1944
A stamp with ships. On the sky there is a moon (or sun?) which has a small ring around it. Way too small to be a accurate but looks more like halo than anything else.

Michel NO 281.

 Poland

Meteorological Phernomena
Solar halo

2.35 Zloty, 30 Sept. 2014
A photograph of a very good halo display seen from the mountain. Halos are 22° halo, sun pillar, 22° upper tangent arc, weak parhelia, parhelic circle and Moilanen arc. There is also a small drawing in a corner showing a similar halo display as a meteorological symbol.

Probably the best halo display published as a stamps so far.

Michel PL 4712.

[ See the whole item ]

 Romania

No photo.

100th Birthday of Petre Ispirescu

10 leu, 25 Sept. 1987
Fictious illustration where a man is helding the sun and the moon in his hand. Both the sun and the moon are surrounded by a halo like a luminous ring. Rings are too small to be realistic halos but this falls in category of halo like features.

Michel RO BL234.

 The Soviet Union / Russian Federation

Air Mail
Flight over the Arctic

3 ruples, 9 Nov 1949
An diving airplane as a silhuet agains the sun. Around the sun 22° halo with sun pillar. Strange looking brightening on top and on bottom of the 22° halo may represent tangent arcs.

Michel SU 1407.

Polar Research
Vostok station at Antarktika

16 kop., 23 Oct 1965
A very nice lunar(?) 22° halo on the sky. Maybe too small in size.

Michel SU 3129.

70th Birth Anniversary of E.T. Krenkel (1903-1971)

4 kop., 20 May 1973.
Stamp for E.T. Krenkel, a Soviet Artic explorer and a Hero of the Soviet Union. There is in a up left corner a sun or moon with a halo like ring almost all the way around it. That is so halo like feature that it probably is based on halo.

Michel SU 4123.

No photo.

Regions of Russian Federation
Kostroma Region

6 rubles, 20 June 2006
A stamp with a church, a statue and landscape. In the landscape view  there is a faint sun pillar.

Michel RU 1355.

 Sweden

750th Anniversary of Stockholm
Vädersolstavlan

Brev (=letter) postage, 21 March 2002
A stamp showing a part of famous painting called "Vädersolstavlan" from Stocholm Storkyrkan (Stockholm catherdal). Vädersolstavlan has an all-sky halo display observed 20 April 1535. This stamps shows only a small portion of parhelic circle behind the SVERIGE text.

FDC cancellation seems to have sun with a 22° halo around it.

Michel SE 2289.

[ See the FDC ]

 United States of America

Cloudscapes
Cirrostratus fibratus

37 c., 4 Oct 2004
Stamp of cirrostratus fibratus cloud in a series of weather cloud stamps has full 22° halo.

Michel US 3866.

[ See the whole item ]

 

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