Symphonie-1

Symphonie-series
satellites

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This page contains philatelic information on the Symphonie-series satellites. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Symphonie
(France-Germany)
Symphonie
(France-Germany)
Symphonie
(France-Germany)


Below is a list of Symphonie-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Symphonie (France-Germany)
Afars and Issas422 (Mi144)1976
Afars and Issas422 fdcStamp on FDC
Andorra (French Admin.)245 (Mi273)1976
Andorra (French Admin.)245 fdc1Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
Andorra (French Admin.)245 fdc2Stamp on FDC ('FDC' cachet)
Benin349 (Mi49)1976
Benin396 (Mi131)
i396

Imperforate
1978
Benin396 dsDeluxe sheet (396)
Benin430 (Mi180)
i430

Imperforate
1979
BeninQ16 (Mi?)349 overprinted1990
BeninQ16A (Mi?)349 overprinted (different)
BeninUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2013
Central African Republic249 (Mi400)1976
Central African Republic249 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Central African Republic284 (Mi452)249 overprinted in black1977
Central African Republic284 red (Mi?)249 overprinted in red
Central African Republic814 (Mi1236A)
i814 (Mi1236B)

Imperforate
1986
Central African Republic814a (BL389)On stamp of SS1 (814)
ChadC164 (Mi707)1974
Chad309 (Mi729)
i309

Imperforate
1976
Chad310 (Mi730)
i310

Imperforate
Chad309-310 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
Chad437 (Mi956A)
i437 (Mi956B)

Imperforate
1983Symphonie (middle-left, with modified solar panels)1
Chad437a (BL147)On stamp of SS1 (437)
Chad438 (Mi957A)
i438 (Mi957B)

Imperforate
Chad438a (BL148)On stamp of SS1 (438)
Chad439b (Mi953-958)
i439b
On two of MS6 (434-439)
On two of imperforate MS6 (i434-i439)
China (People's Republic)2246 fdc (Mi2270 fdc)(Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region) cachet on FDC19??Symphonie (with false coloring, and with modified solar panels)1
Congo (People's Republic)C247 (Mi661)
iC247
Also detail
Imperforate
1978Symphonie (near upper-center)
Congo (People's Republic)C247 dsDeluxe sheet (C247)
Congo (People's Republic)C247 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Djibouti454 (Mi?)Afars and Issas 422 overprinted in black; from MS10 (454a (10x 454))1977
DjiboutiC137 fdc (Mi280 fdc)Cachet on FDC1980
DjiboutiC165 (Mi348)1982
DjiboutiC165 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
DjiboutiC165a (BL71A)
iC165a (BL71B)
On stamp of SS1 (C165)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (iC165)
Djibouti561 (Mi371A)
i561 (Mi371B)

Imperforate
1983
Djibouti561a (BL81A)
i561a (BL81B)
On stamp of SS1 (561)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i561)
DjiboutiUnknown i (Mi?)
Unknown ii
One of MS9 (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2010"Symphonie"
DjiboutiUnknown ms proofMS9 signed proof
DjiboutiUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS9 on FDC
Imperforate MS9 on FDC
Ethiopia943 (Mi1027)1979
France1148 cover (Mi1539 cover)Cancel and (CIFAS/GFW/PJ) cachet on cover1974"Symphonie"
FranceNoneCancel on cover (Aérospatiale Philatélie cachet)1975
France1485 (Mi1971)1976"Symphonie"
France1485 fdc1Stamp and cancel and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
France1485 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and ('FDC') cachet (different) on FDC
France1485 fdc3Stamp and cancel (same) and ('FDC') cachet (different) on FDC
France1485 fdc4Stamp and cancel (same) and (PJ) cachet on FDC, also back
France1485 fdc5Stamp and cancel (same) and (Éditions CEF) cachet on FDC
France1485 fdc6Stamp and cancel (same) and (Éditions PAC) cachet on FDC
France1485 fdc7Stamp and cancel (same) and (Éditions PAC) cachet (slightly different) on FDC
France1485 fdc8Stamp and cancel (same) and (Piétri Mare) cachet on FDC
France1485 fdc9Stamp and cancel (same) on FDC (Sérigraphie de Zaster cachet)
France1485 fdc10Stamp and cancel (same) on FDC (different)
France1485 maxi1Maxicard
France1485 maxi2Maxicard (different)
France1485 maxi3Maxicard (different)
France1485 maxi4Maxicard (different)
France1485 maxi5Maxicard (different)
France1485 maxi6Maxicard (different)
France1485 maxi7Maxicard (different)
France1485 maxi8Maxicard (different)
France1485 sc1Souvenir card
France1485 sc2Souvenir card (different)
France1485 sc3Souvenir card (different)
France1485 sc4Souvenir card (different)
France1485 sc5Souvenir card (different)
France1485 sc6Souvenir card (different)
France1485 cover1 (Mi1971 cover1)Stamp and (Lollini) cachet on cover1977"Symphonie" (on stamp)
France1485 cover2 (Mi1971 cover2)Stamp on cover1977"Symphonie" (on stamp)
FranceNoneCachet on cover1977
France1485 cover (Mi1971 cover)Stamp and cancel and cachet on cover1980"Symphonie" (on stamp)
France1485 card (Mi1971 card)Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet on card1980"Symphonie" (on stamp)
France1683 (Mi2191)1980
France1683 fdc1Stamp and cancel on FDC (no cachet)
France1683 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
France1683 maxi1Maxicard
France1683 maxi2Maxicard (different)
France1683 maxi3Maxicard (different)
France1683 scSouvenir card
French GuianaNone(At middle-left of) cachet on cover1979"Symphonie"
French Polynesia291 (Mi222)1976
GabonC274a (Mi946-947)
iC274a
On (right) selvedge on pair (C273-C274 + label)
On (right) selvedge on imperforate pair (iC273-iC274 + label)
1985
Germany (Berlin)9N359 (Mi?)1975"news satellite" (in German text)
Germany (Berlin)9N359+9M363 cover (Mi?)Two stamps and cachet on cover1980(roughly) 5th anniv. Symphonie-1 launch
Germany (West)NoneCancel and (printed) cachet on cover1970"Symphonie"
Germany (West)None(Printed) Cachet on cover1974"Symphonie"
Germany (West)None(Rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1974"Symphonie"
Germany (West)1170 (Mi846)1975"news satellite" (in German text)
Germany (West)1170 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
Germany (West)1170 fdc2Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Germany (West)1170 fdc3Stamp and (FIDACOS) cachet on FDC
Germany (West)1170+1183+1188 cover (Mi846+?+? cover)Cachet on cover1975
Germany (West)1170 cover (Mi846 cover)Two (printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1979
Germany1170 cardStamp(s) on card1990
Libya1308 (BL107)On stamp of SS11986
MalawiUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012"Symphonie"
MaliC99 (Mi236)
iC99

Imperforate
1970"Symphonie" (with solar panels unfolding)
MaliC99 proofSigned proof (green)
Mali249 (Mi522)1976
Mali249 dsDeluxe sheet (249)
MaliC518a (Mi1054-1055)On (right) selvedge on pair (C517-C518 + label)1985
MaliC518bIn (left and right) margin of MS4 (2x (C517-C518))
MaliC518cIn (left and right) margin of MS10 (5x (C517-C518))
Mauritania350 (Mi550)1976
Mauritania350 proofSigned proof
Mauritania421 (Mi642)1979
Monaco1019 fdc (Mi? fdc)(PJ) cachet on FDC1976
Monaco1375 (Mi1585)1983
New Caledonia390 (Mi502)1971
New CaledoniaC130 (Mi578)1976
New CaledoniaC130 fdc1Stamp on FDC
New CaledoniaC130 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Niger350 (Mi512)
i350

Imperforate
1976
Philippines1369a (Mi1247-1248)Pair (1368-1369)1978
ReunionNoneCancel1991
St. Thomas and Prince Islands512 (Mi?)One of pair (512a (511-512))1979
SpainNoneCachet (reproduction of Djibouti MS9) on stamped envelope2013"Symphonie" (on stamp 'i' in cachet)
United Nations256 fdc (Mi279 fdc)(Space Voyage) cachet on FDC1975"Symphonie"
Wallis and Futuna IslandsC97 (Mi357)
iC97

Imperforate
1979
Wallis and Futuna IslandsC97 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC

1The solar panels on this satellite are not identical to those on Symphonie.


Below is a list of Symphonie-series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Symphonie (France-Germany)
1974-12-18: Symphonie-1
United States1974-12-18Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSymphonie-1 launch (Intelsat-3 depicted)
United States1974-12-18Satellite Beach FL(Whitney black and purple) cachet on coverSymphonie-1 launch (folded solar panels)
United States1974-12-18Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black) cachet on (airmail) coverSymphonie-1 launch (folded solar panels)
United States1974-12-18Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverSymphonie-1 launch
French Guiana1974-12-19Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSymphonie-1 launch
Symphonie-1 (anniversaries)
France1975-12-18/19Les MureauxCancel (on France 1485)2nd anniv. Symphonie-1 launch (if year is 1975 as it appears, then this should be the 1st anniv.)
1975-08-26: Symphonie-2
United States1975-08-26Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney magenta and black) cachet (and signature) on coverSymphonie-2 launch (folded solar panels)
United States1975-08-26Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(Blank) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(CIFAS/GFW/PJ) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC Philatelic Society) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on cover, and backSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on cover, and backSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
United States1975-08-26Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
Germany (West)1975-08-27Ottobrunn(Mission match) cachet on coverSymphonie-2 launch
Germany (West)1975-08-27Ottobrunn(Pictorial) cancel on coverSymphonie-2 launch


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