This stamp was issued by Egypt in 1972 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of Jean François Champollion, the French Egyptologist, (wiki link) deciphering Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in 1822. He was able to do this thanks to there being three scripts, Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Demotic script and Ancient Greek, on the Rosetta Stone.
The Rosetta Stone (wiki link) is in the British Museum and is one of those artefacts which Egypt would like returned. When I last visited the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, they have a copy on display. It would be nice if they could have the original.
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