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17 March 2020

 National Heroes — The Coronavirus Fighters

Iran: National Heroes – The Coronavirus Fighters, 17 March 2020. Images from Iran Post and Business Insider, unless otherwise noted.

National Heroes : Frontline Fighters of the Coronavirus

Issued on: 2020-03-17
Colors: Multicolor
Perforation: 14
Printing: Offset lithography
Denomination: 18,000 ﷼ (Iranian rial)

On Tuesday, 17 March 2020, Iran Post issued a single 18,000 rial stamp honoring the medical professionals on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus COVID-19.  The release was announced on the Iranian government website Dolat with the unveiling ceremony broadcast on the state news network IRIB. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani officiated at the ceremony, using an over-sized handstamp to symbolically cancel a full pane of 36 stamps (4 x 8). Please note that first day covers bear the date of the following day, Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

The issuance was reported worldwide on 18 March, including an article in Business Insider:

Iran unveiled a commemorative postage stamp to honor coronavirus medical workers as it still faces accusations of fabricating the death toll

Bill Bostock Mar 18, 2020, 7:51 PM
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday unveiled a commemorative postage stamp to celebrate the country’s medical workers.
  • It is likely to be seen as an attempt by the regime to win back the support of medical professionals, who have criticized its slow response to the crisis.
  • Last week the Iranian government also announced that it will make the doctors and nurses that die while battling the coronavirus “martyrs.”
  • Countries including the US have also accused Iran of masking the true extent of the crisis.
  • Iran is one of the worst-hit nations with 988 deaths and more than 16,000 cases. The World Health Organizations expects that number to be five times higher.

Iran unveiled a commemorative postage stamp in support of medical workers fighting the coronavirus, while continuing to be dogged by accusations of a cover-up and gross negligence over the crisis.

Footage broadcast Tuesday on Iranian state news network IRIB showed President Hassan Rouhani unveiling the stamp, emblazoned with a male doctor in blue scrubs and a facemask alongside a woman.

The release of the stamp follows news last week that Iran will make the doctors and nurses that die while battling the coronavirus “martyrs,” according to ABC News.

Like many other countries, Iran is desperately struggling to contain the virus, but Rouhani and other officials have been accused by politicians and medical professionals of fabricating death stats, lying about their medical capacity, and not acting fast enough to control the outbreak.

“The official response was glaring denial of the magnitude of the crisis,” Iranian doctors-in-exile Kamiar Alaei and Arash Alaei wrote in the New York Times in early March.

As of Tuesday, Iranian health officials had reported 988 deaths and more than 16,000 cases across the country.

But those numbers are thought be far, far higher. Dr. Rick Brennan, an emergency director for the World Health Organization in the Middle East, told Reuters that it could be five times as bad.

He said this was likely to do with the availability of test kits.

“We’ve said the weakest link in their chain is the data,” he said. “They are rapidly increasing their ability to test and so the numbers will go up.”


On 7 April 2020, a follow-up article was published by Iran Post:

news code : 161941 / Date : 4/7/2020  time : 13:26:45

Iran’s Commemorative stamp on National Heroes was praised by the Universal Postal Union

Iran unveiled a commemorative postage stamp in mid-March to honor the medical professionals- national heroes- fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Iran.

Iran’s Commemorative stamp on National Heroes was praised by the Universal Postal Union

Iran unveiled a commemorative postage stamp in mid-March to honor the medical professionals- national heroes- fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Iran.

According to the public relations of Iran National Post Company, the commemorative postage stamp, inscribed “National Heroes”, was unveiled by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday, March 17 2020.

This was the first postage stamp in the world related to this coronavirus pandemic.

The president had written on the stamp: “Iran’s history is bowing to the dedicated heroes of the health system”.


Iran: National Heroes – The Coronavirus Fighters, 17 March 2020. Images below from Delcampe and Facebook.

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