Calling All Canadian Ismailis: A Beautiful and Unique Frame of Philatelic Objects Honouring Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan

“I have just opened the frame package and I am immensely impressed, the framing is beautifully done. Thank you. The frame is so beautiful and will be a wonderful memory for us.”

By MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher-Editor, Simerg, Barakah and Simergphotos)

Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa and Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, with His Highness the Aga Khan and his brother, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, at Foz Palace following a presentation by the Prime Minister to His Highness of commemorative limited edition First Day Diamond Jubilee stamps issued by the Postal Service of Portugal. Photo: AKDN.

During the year long celebration of his Diamond Jubilee or 60 years of Imamat from July 11, 2017 to July 11, 2018, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, at the official invitation of various governments travelled to 11 countries. In 3 countries that he visited – Tanzania, Pakistan and Portugal – he was presented with official stamps, first day covers as well as related philatelic objects to honour him on his Diamond Jubilee.

Portugal, in particular, released some extraordinary and unique philatelic objects that included a stunning souvenir sheet embedded with a genuine 1.25 mm diamond, two first day covers, a stamp and a comprehensive profile of Mawlana Hazar Imam in English and Portuguese. 

Barakah and its sister website Simerg have captured this momentous Portuguese collection  in a beautiful frame that brings alive one of the most historical events in modern Ismaili history – the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan. The frame has a unique permanence and is an enduring record of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat to be cherished by present and future generations of Ismailis as well as friends of the community. Frame details follow.

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THE DIAMOND JUBILEE FRAME

Ismaili Collection - Portugal Diamond Jubilee Stamps
 Diamond Souvenir Sheet, First Day Covers, Stamp, and a comprehensive profile of His Highness the Aga Khan issued by Portugal. Frame size: 26.5″ x 20″. Photo: Copyright © Simerg/Barakah. Image scan by Martin Photography, Ottawa.

Frame Contents: Souvenir sheet embedded with a genuine 1.25 mm Diamond; Official First Day Covers, a Mint Stamp, Stamp features including a profile of His Highness the Aga Khan in Portuguese and English. All objects original and issued by the Portugal Postal Service, CTT.

Frame Size: Appx. 26.5″ by 20″ (or appx. 67.3 cms by 50.8 cms). See photo above.

Frame Features: A high quality and durable pewter toned metallic frame; Made in the USA; protected with UV glass to prevent fading and mounted on acid-free board. Frame supplied with a wall hanging kit. Mounting done in Canada by Malen Framing, a distinguished framer in Ottawa, the nation’s capital.

Frame Inscription: The frame will come with a loose plate inscribed with the purchaser’s name (or, optionally, if it is a gift, the gift recipient’s name).

HOW TO PURCHASE THE FRAME

Availability: At the present time the frame is only available for shipment within Canada. All shipment will be done via UPS Courier Service. We welcome inquiries from the USA and overseas. Write to us at mmerchant@barakah.com.

Price: The purchase price of the frame is US $625.00 or C $825.00 (including delivery charges). The frame will be expertly packaged by the framer. Price includes HST. 

Email Transfer: To purchase the frame, please send a request to mmerchant@barakah.com.  We will generate an invoice and request you to submit a payment via email transfer. 

Cheque Payments: We will also accept bank draft, postal order or certified cheque payments.

Delivery Method: The order will be processed upon receipt of payment and the CUSTOM MADE frame will be shipped within 6 weeks to a Canadian address by Canada Post or UPS land courier (allow 7-14 days for delivery from date of shipment).

Questions: Please write to mmerchant@barakah.com. We will respond to your call or message promptly.

OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE

Over the years, Simerg, has offered numerous collection items including signed copies of Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s “Animal Voyage” and “Diving Into Wildlife,” the award winning Central Asian book “With Our Own Hands” as well as beautiful frames of Golden Jubilee Stamps (sold out). We have attained a high degree and level of customer satisfaction. 

“My son was delighted with the excellent photography by Prince Hussain. We as a family will cherish this volume for a long time. Once again, thank you Simerg for making this book available in North America and your outstanding customer service and support.” — Shamim Rajan, Richmond Hill, Ontario

“This is a beautiful piece of work!! The service was excellent. Very quick, safe and efficient turnaround and follow up. I recommend everyone to have a copy.” — Nazir Alibhai, Markham, Ontario

“Thank you so much for the shipment – I received it today! I am impressed at how quickly the transaction went from the time of my order to the delivery. Great job!!” — Zarah K.

Date posted: August 2, 2019.
Last updated: January 31, 2022.

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