Jordan was a Turkish
territory until it was established as a British mandate in 1920. In
1946 the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan became independent, and in 1950
it occupied and annexed the West Bank (of the Jordan River). In 1952
Hussein became king following the assassination of King Abdullah.
This stamp, issued in 1952, asserts the claim of
Jordan to the West Bank on April 24, 1950. Jordan lost the West Bank to Israel
in the Six Day war in 1967 and renounced its claims in 1988.
is identified as a relief map. The upper picture on the map is the
"Dome of the Rock" in Jerusalem, and the lower picture is the
"treasury" at Petra.