Ghana : 50th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 20/12/1994



Control tower at Accra International Airport; 50th anniversary logo.



Symbolic radio communication between aircraft, rather simplified version of an aeronautical chart between three points; red marker light; 50th anniversary logo.



Ghana Airways McDonnell Douglas†DC‑10 Series 30 about to take off; 50th anniversary logo.


Cancelled to Order (CTO).








Upper-right corner blocks with control number (These blocks correspond to the first page printed - see number 0001) and lower-right corner blocks with the Printerís name.




Official First Day Cover.


First Day Cover on Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) special service cover.


Background: For all the stamps of this issue, the Organizationís name is printed with s instead of z. The correct name is: International Civil Aviation Organization.

The above set of three stamps was surcharged on 28/08/2006; see by clicking on Ghana - Surcharge of ICAO 50th Anniversary Stamps.


On 20 December 1994, Ghana intended to issue a set of 3 stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ICAO; however, those stamps were printed with 50th Anniversary of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and related logo (see below), resulting from a misinterpretation in the anniversaries (GCAA vs. ICAO). When the error was noticed, the whole consignment was withdrawn, but too late as stamps with the error had already been sold. After that, the emblem and inscription were replaced by ICAOís information for the actual issue related to the 50th anniversary of ICAO.

Note that the former British colony of the Gold Coast became the independent state of Ghana on 6 March 1957.








Original photo-essays from the UPU archives.




First Day Cover.


Press Release by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC) announcing the release of stamps for the 50th anniversary of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). In fact, the GCAA was established in 1930 as a unit with Public Works Department; in 1953, GCAA was granted Departmental Status. It became an Authority from 16 May 1986.


Letter dated 15 March 1995 indicating that an error was detected in the production of the Ghana stamps.


Letter dated 5 April 1995 indicating that a new set of correct stamps was reprinted.


Note on the National Coat of Arms.


The arms of Ghana were adopted on 4 March 1957.

The crest consists of a black five-pointed star rimmed with gold standing on a wreath of red, gold and green. The crest represents the lodestar of African Freedom.

Two eagle supporters, with black star medals suspended from a ribbon of the national colours around their necks symbolise protectors with strength, very clear and attentive eyes keeping watch over the country.



The National coat of arms of Ghana is composed of a shield, divided into four quarters by a green St. George's cross, rimmed with gold. The following are the symbols in the quarters and their meaning:

  1. The crossed linguist staff and ceremonial sword on a blue background represent the local administration.
  2. A heraldic castle on a heraldic sea with a light blue background represents the national government.
  3. A Cocoa tree position represents the agricultural wealth of the country.
  4. A mine shaft represents the mineral wealth of the country.

A gold lion in the center of the St. George's Cross represents the continued link between Ghana and the Commonwealth.