Welcome to DCStamps


Welcome to DCStamps, a website designed as a resource for stamp and banknote collectors of countries which no longer exist — often defined as a “dead country”. According to Linn’s Stamp News, the definition of a dead country is “any area that has ceased existence and no longer produces postage stamps”.

My definition of a Dead Country is somewhat different, see my Definitions page, the spirit remains the same, a focus on countries, colonies, revolutionary entities or occupational forces which no longer exist. Also, for this site at the moment, I have limited countries covered to those that ended by the end of 1955. It is possible that in the future, I will move the date forward, but at the moment, this is more than I can cover as it is.

This site will continue to grow as new “dead countries” are added monthly. The goal is to eventually become an indispensable resource for collectors (or those just interested in understanding the history of the transition of nations).

If you want to contact me directly, drop me an email at: ILikeMaps@msn.com


   27 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the India State of Cochin album
   24 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the Greek Occupation of Lemnos album
   24 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the Northern Nigeria album
   24 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the Ubangi Shari Chad album
   24 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the Crete album
   24 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the Astro Hungarian Province Bosnia and Herzegovina album
   24 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the Latakia album
   24 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the Lithuanian Occupation of Klaipeda (Memel) album
   24 May, 2016 – Added stamps to the Transcaucasian Federative Republic album
   13 May, 2016 – Added new History for Principality / Kingdom of Montenegro
   25 Apr, 2016 – Added new History for French Colony of Obock

Also, if you have access to Stamp and Coin Mart, the UK collector’s magazine, see my monthly column on Dead Countries.


DEAD COUNTRY HISTORIES (below) – A brief history of each “Dead Country” including the stamps and/or banknotes it issued. New country histories are added routinely.
DEFINITION OF A DEAD COUNTRY – A detailed working definition of a “Dead Country”. Essentially it includes kingdoms, nations, colonies, occupational forces or revolutionary entities which ceased to exist. (I limit my collection to countries who “died” by the end of 1955.)
LIST OF DEAD COUNTRIES – A full list of “Dead Countries” which ceased to exist before the end of 1955. This list is frequently updated as new information is discovered.
REGIONAL TRANISTION CHARTS – A useful resource to understand the changes and transitions of nations with a designated region. Very useful for collectors – check them out!!
STAMP ALBUMS – My personal stamp/banknote albums for each of the “dead countries” which have been posted to date. I will continually add to this as I develop additional albums from my collection.
BANKNOTES – I am fairly new to collecting Banknotes, and this is a relatively sparse area at this time.


   Hawai’i, Kingdom (1810 – 1893)
   Hawaii, Provisional Government (1893 – 1894)
   Hawaii, Republic (1894 – 1897)
   New Brunswick (1784 – 1867)  album only
   Newfoundland (1548 – 1949)  album only
   Nova Scotia (1713 – 1867)
   Prince Edward Island (1769 – 1873)


   Danish West Indies (1754 – 1917)


   Buenos Aries, Argentine State (1852 – 1861)  album only
   Peru, Chilean Occupation (1881 – 1884)
   Arequipa, Chilean Occupation of Peru (1881-1885)
   Chala, Chilean Occupation of Peru (1884)
   Chiclayo, Chilean Occupation of Peru (1884)
   Huacho, Chilean Occupation of Peru (1884)


   Alsace & Lorraine, German Occupation – Franco Prussian war (1870 – 1872)
   Belgium, German Occupation – WW1 (1914 – 1918)
   France, German Occupation – WW1 (1915 – 1918)  album only
   Eupen & Malmedy, Belgian Occupation – post WW1 (1919 – 1920)
   Eupen, Belgian Occupation – post WW1 (1920 – 1925)
   Malmedy, Belgian Occupation – post WW1 (1920 – 1925)
   Alsace, German Occupation – WW2 (1940 – 1944)  album only
   Lorraine, German Occupation – WW2 (1940 – 1944)  album only


   Allenstein, plebiscite (1920)
   Baden, Grand Duchy (1806 – 1871)
   Bavaria, Kingdom (1806 – 1918)  album only
   Bavaria, Revolution and Socialist Republic (1918 – 1919) album only
   Bavaria, Free State (1919 – 1920) album only
   Bavaria, Weimer State (1920 – 1921) album only
   Berlin-Brandenburg, Russian Occupation – post WW2 (1945-1949)
   Danzig Free State (1920 – 1939)
   Danzig, German Administration – WW2 (1939 – 1945)
   Polish Offices in Danzig Free State (1920 – 1939)
   Germany, Empire (1871 – 1920)  album only
   Germany, AMG Occupation – post WW2 (1945 – 1946)  album only
   Marienwerder, plebiscite (1920)
   North German Confederation (1866 – 1871)
   Poland, German Occupation – WW1 (1914 – 1918)
   Schleswig, plebiscite (1920)
   Saxony, Kingdom (1806 – 1871)
   Upper Silesia, Plebiscite (1920 – 1921)


   Fiume (1919 – 1924)  album only
   Italian Social Republic (1943 – 1945)
   Naples, AMG Occupation of Italy – WW2 (1943 – 1944)
   Sardinia, Kingdom (1720 – 1861)  album only
   Tuscany, Grand Duchy (1569 – 1860)
   Sicily, AMG Occupation – WW2 (1943 – 1944)


   Baltic Area (Ob Ost), German Occupation – WW1 (1916 – 1917)  album only
   Central Lithuania (1920- 1922)
   Klaipeda (Memel), Lithuanian Occupation (1923 – 1925)
   Memel, French Administration (1920 – 1923)


   Austria, Italian Occupation post WW1 (1919)  album only
   Austria, Allied Occupation post WW2 (1945 – 1955)  album only
   Eastern Silesia, plebiscite (1919 – 1920)  album only
   Romania, Austrian Occupation – WW1 (1916 – 1918)
   Temesvár, Serbian Occupation – post WW1 (1918 – 1919)


   Bosnia & Herzegovina, Austro Hungarian Empire Occupation (1878 – 1908)
   Bosnia & Herzegovina, Province of Austro Hungarian Empire (1908 – 1918)  album only
   Dalmatia, Italian Occupation (1918 – 1922)
   Janina, Italian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1902 – 1914)  album only
   Kavala / Cavalla, Greek Occupation – Balkan wars (1913)
   Montenegro, Principality / Kingdom (1878 – 1916)
   Epirus, Autonomous Republic (1914)
   North Epirus, Greek Occupation in WW1 (1914 – 1916)
   North Epirus, Greek Occupation in WW2 (1940 – 1941)
   Salonika, Italian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1908 – 1914)  album only
   Scutari, Italian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1909 – 1916)  album only
   Western Thrace, Autonomous Government (1913)
   Western Thrace, Inter-Allied Occupation (1919 – 1920)
   Thrace, Greek Occupation (1920 – 1922)


   Castelrosso, Italian Dominion (1921 – 1943)
   Cephalonia and Ithaca, Italian Occupation – WW2 (1941)
   Corfu, Italian Occupation (1923)
   Crete, Autonomous Government (1898 – 1913)
   Crete, Austrian Offices (1903 – 1914)  album only
   Crete, British Occupation (1897 – 1909)
   Crete, French Occupation (1897 – 1909)
   Crete, Italian Occupation (1897 – 1909)
   Crete, Russian Occupation (1897 – 1909)
   Crete, Theriso Revolution (1905)
   Dodecanese Islands, Italian Occupation (1912 – 1923)
   Ionian Islands, British Protectorate (1810 – 1864)
   Ionian Islands, Italian Occupation in WW2 (1941 – 1943)
   Lemnos, Greek Occupation (1912 – 1923)
   Zakynthos (Zante), German Occupation – WW2 (1943 – 1944)


   Armenia, Republic (1918 – 1920)
   Aunus, Finnish Occupation (1919)
   Azerbaijan, Republic – pre USSR (1918 – 1920)
   Crimea, German Occupation – WW1 (1918)
   Crimean Border Government (1918 – 1919)
   Crimea, White Army Control (1919 – 1920)
   Don Republic / Don Cossack Government (1918 – 1920)  album only
   East Karelia, Finnish Military Administration (1941 – 1944)
   Far Eastern Republic (1920 – 1922)
   Georgia, Republic – pre USSR (1918 – 1921)
   Kuban Cossack Government (1919 – 1921)  album only
   North Ingria (1920)
   Priamur Provisional Government, Merkulov (1921 – 1922)
   Priamur Rural Province, Gen. Diterikhs (1922)
   Russian Armed Forces of the South, Gen. Denikin (1919 – 1920)
 album only
   Russian Army of the North, Gen. Rodzianko (1919)  album only
   Russian Army of the Northwest, Gen. Yudenich (1919)
   Provisional Government in Siberia, Adm Kolchak (1918 – 1919)
   Trans-Baikal Region under General Semyonov (1920)  album only
   Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic (1922 – 1936)
   Wrangel’s Army (1920 – 1921)


   Cilicia, French Occupation (1918 – 1921)
   Constantinople, Italian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1908 – 1923)  album only
   Hatay State (1938 – 1939)
   Ottoman Empire, Greek Occupations – Balkan/Greco-Turkish wars (1912 – 1923)  album only
   Ottoman Empire, Polish Offices (1919 – 1922)  album only
   Dardanelles, Russian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1774 – 1914)  album only
   Kerassunde, Russian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1774 – 1914)  album only
   Rizeh, Russian Office in the Ottoman Empire (1774 – 1914)
   Smyrna, Italian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1908 – 1923)  album only
   Thessaly, Ottoman Occupation (1897 – 1898)
   Trebizonde, Russian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1774 – 1914)  album only


   Alaouites (Alawite State), French Mandate (1924 – 1930)
   Hejaz, Kingdom (1916 – 1925)
   Latakia, French Mandate (1930 – 1936)
   Jerusalem, Italian Offices in the Ottoman Empire (1908 – 1914)  album only
   Palestine, British Occupation (1918 – 1920)
   Palestine, British Mandate (1920 – 1948)  album only
   Rouad, Ile (1916 – 1920)


   Cyrenaica, Italian Colony (1919 – 1934)
   Cyrenaica, Emirate (1949 – 1951)
   Fezzan-Ghadames, French Occupation (1943 – 1949)
   Fezzan, French Occupation (1949 – 1951)
   Ghadames, French Occupation (1949 – 1951)
   Tripolitania, Italian Colony (1922 – 1934)


   Lagos, British Colony (1862 – 1906)  album only
   Niger Coast Protectorate (1893 – 1900)
   Northern Nigeria Protectorate (1900 – 1914)
   Oil Rivers Protectorate (1885 – 1893)
   Southern Nigeria Protectorate (1900 – 1914)
   Ubangi-Shari-Chad (1910 – 1920)  album only
   Ubangi-Shari (1920 – 1934)  album only


   German East Africa (1885 – 1919)
   Ethiopia, Italian Occupation (1935 – 1936)
   Obock, French Colony (1884 – 1896)
   Oltre Giuba (Trans-Juba), Italian Colony (1924-25)


   Anjouan (1886 – 1912)  album only
   Cape of Good Hope (1815 – 1910)
   Kionga Triangle, Portuguese Occupation – WW1 (1916 – 1919)
   Mozambique Company (1891 – 1949)
   Natal (1843 – 1910)  album only
   Nyassa Company (1891 – 1929)
   Orange Free State (1854 – 1902)
   Orange Free State, British Occupation (1900 – 1902)
   Orange River Colony (1902 – 1910)
   Quelimane, Portuguese Colonial Province (1913 – 1920)
   Tete, Portuguese Colonial Province (1913 – 1920)
   Zambezia, Portuguese Colonial Province (1894 – 1920)
   Zululand, British Colony (1887 – 1897)


   Alwar, Princely State of India (1803 – 1948)
   Bahawalpur, Princely State of India (1833 – 1947)
   Bahawalpur, Princely State of Pakistan (1947 – 1955)
   Cochin, Princely State of India (1835 – 1949)  album only
   Faridkot, Princely State of India (1763 – 1886)  album only
   Gwalior, India Convention State (1787 – 1947)  album only
   Hyderabad, Indian Princely State (1798 – 1948)
   Jhalawar, Princely State of India (1838 – 1949)  album only
   Sirmoor, Princely State of India (1815 – 1948)
   Wadhwan, Princely State of India (1740 – 1947)  album only


   China, Russian Offices in Imperial China (1886 – 1920)  album only
   Foochow, China Treaty Port (1895 – 1896)  album only
   Honan, Japanese Occupation of North China (1941 – 1942)  album only
   Hopei, Japanese Occupation of North China (1941 – 1942)  album only
   Kiautschou, German Colony (1897 – 1914)
   Kwangtung, Japanese Occupation (1905 – 1945)  album only
   Manchukuo (1932 – 1945)
   Mengjiang (Inner Mongolia), Japanese Occupation (1939 – 1945)  album only
   North China, Japanese Occupation (1942 – 1945)  album only
   Shanghai and Nanjing, Japanese Occupation (1942 – 1945)  album only
   Shansi, Japanese Occupation of North China (1941 – 1942)  album only
   Shantung, Japanese Occupation of North China (1941 – 1942)  album only


   Annam & Tonkin (1883 – 1887)
   Borneo and the Great East, Japanese Occupation (1942 – 1945)
   Cochin China, French Colony (1864 – 1887)
   Java, Japanese Occupation (1942 – 1945)
   Korea, Japanese Offices (1876 – 1905)  album only
   Labuan, British Colony (1846 – 1906)
   Netherlands Indies / Dutch East Indies (1801 – 1948)  album only
   Philippines, Japanese Occupation in WW2 (1942 – 45)
   Straits Settlements (1867 – 1946)
   Sumatra, Japanese Occupation (1942 – 1945)


   British New Guinea (1884 – 1906)
   German New Guinea (1884 – 1914)
   Papua, Australian Administration (1906 – 1949)  album only
   Western Australia (1832 – 1901)   (album only

53 Responses to Welcome to DCStamps

  1. Rod Milbourne says:

    Very interesting site. i would be interested in joining a society such as you are proposing. One of my interests is the homelands of South Africa which existed under the white government until the election of Nelson Mandela and the reincorporation back into RSA proper.

    With all these dead countries the fact that there will not be any new material churned out to catch unwary collectors as well as the historic interest are plus factors to me

    • Michael says:

      Hi Rod
      Welcome to DCStamps.
      I was away for a few weeks but am back now and will be working on the idea of a Dead Country Group. You are on my list — stay tuned.

  2. robert brew says:

    I am definitely interested in a group that collects dead country stamps. I have just started doing so and have found your website to be tremendously helpful.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Robert, welcome to DCStamps. I just returned from a trip to Bhutan and India, and now have time to begin seriously begin putting this together. Will get back to you soon.

      • robert brew says:

        Michael – by any chance are you going to the International Stamp Show in NY at the end of this month? – perhaps dead country enthusiasts could meet up there / Bob Brew

        • Michael says:

          Hi Robert
          Welcome to DCStamps.
          Actually I am going to NY2016 and will be speaking with a few people about the potential for a Dead Country group. This exploration is rather new, so it was far too late (and far too premature) to do anything official. I will be in New York from Sat May 28 – Tues May 31 and will be meeting with a couple of people to discuss the potential of the group. If you (or anyone) would like to join us, please let me know.

          • robert brew says:

            I will be there those days and would be interested in meeting up with you and anyone else – just let me know when and where

          • Michael says:

            OK Robert – stay tuned, I will send you an email when I have finalized something.

  3. Amazing blog posted. It’s really very informative.

  4. Lord Richard Mannyng says:

    Most interested in your endeavor. Please keep me apprised of your progress and how I may assist.

    • Michael says:

      Richard, I have added you too our growing list of people interested. When I return from holiday, I will begin to reaching out in earnest to those interested.

  5. Jaime Espina says:

    Hi Michael

    I strongly support your initiative, and considering my expertise, i collect Chile stamps (my country) and german empire and related areas (occupation, old states, etc.), please consider my participation in the initiative and have in mind all my potential support providing information mainly from my country history (one of the dead territories is the occupation of Peru in the Chile Peru and Bolivia war). Finally as a collector i also have a good number of dead countries stamps.


    • Michael says:

      Hola Jaime, welcome to DCStamps. Thank you for your interest in being a part of a Dead Country Specialists organization, your passion and expertise is most welcome. I have just begun to reach out to people who might be interested, and I will add your name to that list.

  6. John Staunton says:

    I don’t really disagree Michael, I was just being a little ticklish. I will drop you the chart by email in the next day.
    Roger is also correct they were never part of the various Acts of Union and are therefore not also in the European Union.

  7. John Staunton says:

    Hi Michael,

    I love your site; it mirrors my own approach to stamps in wanting to understand the historical relevance. By my reading of your definition I would propose (I guess to the surprise of many) that you should also add the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. From the independence of Ireland in 1922, it lost a chunk of its territory and by necessity had to rename as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In addition, part of its territory was occupied by the Germans in WWII, i.e. the Channel Islands (which also merits recognition for that reason). I have taken the liberty of drawing up a Regional Transitions Chart, which I will share with you by e-mail for review and if you think this is of merit to also share with your readers, as you have shared your fine work with all of us. I’m probably blind but I can’t see your e-mail address, so drop me a note and I will forward to you. Best regards and keep on rocking. John

    • Roger F Kilshaw says:

      John, I was interested to read your submission as your experience mirrors my own. In the 1950s my parents received letters from British Colonies in the Far East. They gave the envelopes to me and I removed them by soaking in hot water. I used to go to the world atlas to find out where they were in the world, and I am sure this started by interest in history and politics. Relating the stamp to a specific era and what was happening at the time makes it all the more interesting. One minor point on the C.I. Along with the IOM they never were part of the UK.

      • Michael says:

        Hi Roger, welcome to DCStamps. I appreciate the discussion and comments.
        I too love the history, which often is as important (or even more so) than the stamps. I am in the process of developing Historical Oriented Stamp Albums, so stay tuned.

    • Michael says:

      Hi John, Welcome to DCStamps and thank you for your thoughts.

      First of all, my email is ILikeMaps@msn.com. I will make it more clear in the site.

      In general, for a country to become a “dead country”, territory change or name change is not a criteria. Minimally, there needed to be a fundamental change in the government and regime. The UK did not fundamentally change when it lost Ireland, it just became smaller. Ireland, however did become a new country (although it isn’t dead). Military occupations are another matter (e.g. German or Japanese occupations in WW2). If you look on my list I do have the German Occupations of Guernsey and Jersey as separate “dead countries”. I am always open for more discussions.

  8. Peter Beach says:

    Good day,
    I am replacing the medals/decorations that my grandfather won while in service to the Crown. He was in the Scottish Guards. Two medals/decorations that he won that I can’t find out what they look like are;
    Occupation of Crete 1898
    Flask of Khartoum 1898
    Have you seen these awards? Where could I find photographs of them?
    Thank you.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Peter
      Welcome to DC Stamps. I am sorry, but I don’t know anything about medals and decorations. If you can’t find information using google (or any other search engine), there is nothing more that I can add.
      Good Luck

  9. Roger says:

    Dear Michael,
    I wonder if you have any information about the former German (leased) Colony of Tsing-Tao. Did they have issues of stamps and banknotes and coins? It was occupied by the Ozzies during 1914, so what arrangements were made during that period? It was then administered by the Japanese but again I have no knowledge of stamps/banknotes/coins. I think that in the early part of the 1920s the League of Nations ordered Japan to return the territory to China. They only legacy of Tsing-Tao now is the beer, the Germans set up a brewery there in 1903 and it is still brewed in China.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Roger, welcome to DCStamps.
      I do in fact have information on TsingTao and it can be found under Kiautschou which can be found HERE. They issued both stamps and banknotes, was known as the Kiautschou Bay Concession, and it was administered under the authority of the Imperial Navy rather than a colonial administration.

      With the outbreak of World War I, the Republic of China cancelled the Kiautschou lease and Japan issued an ultimatum to the Germans to unconditionally evacuate the colony. Germany rejected the demand, and on 23 Aug, 1914, Japan declared war on Germany and within three months the Japanese were in control of the region. After the war, the Treaty of Versailles agreed to Japanese claims at the Paris Peace Conference and assigned all German territories north of the equator in the Pacific territories to Japan, which included Kiautschou. The Chinese government refused to sign the treaty, and eventually, through negotiation led by the US Government, it was agreed that the region would be returned to China, which was realized in February 1922.

      I was unaware that the Australians ever occupied Kiautschou, but will have to look into it.

      Hope this helps.

  10. ENRICO says:

    Compliment for your site, it’s great !

    My target is to have one stamp for each country, colony, occupied territories, etc. etc.

    I have a question : the countries list is definitive or the most complete ? Can i use tour list like a ” holy bible ” or it must be integrated with other lists ?

    • Michael says:

      Hi Enrico
      Welcome to DCStamps, I am glad you enjoyed the site. I am not sure I would use my list as the final definitive list for several reasons. First of all, I continue to do research in the history of areas, and from time to time I learn enough to modify the list based on the the history, so it will change as I learn things. Another reason is that this is only a list of countries which ceased to exist before the end of 1956 (although i am thinking about bringing up the date to 1960). So my list does not include countries that continue to exist, nor those that ceased to exist after 1956.

      If you want an exhaustive list of stamp issuing entities, you might check out the one at Linn’s. Their list includes all of the current countries as well. However, please note that I define countries quite differently from Linn’s so in many ways our list could be quite different. As an example, I would consider the German Occupation of Belgium, as a separate “country” from the Kingdom of Belgium, while they do not.

      Good luck with you collection.

  11. Gerben van Gelder says:


    Thank you for putting StampWorldHistory on your links list. Much appreciated!!!

    Thanks again
    Gerben van Gelder

    • Michael says:

      No problem. I haven’t had time to do much as we have family visiting, but will get by your site eventually.

  12. hirosi matsumoto says:

    Nice to meet you.I am japanese.I can not write English well
    I have enough six years by collecting stamps.It’s getting to the study at this site.

    I hope that even Indian Princely State and Yugoslavia stamp increase
    Thank you in the future

    • Michael says:

      Dear Matsumoto-san
      ようこそ DCStamps. I used to live in Japan, but my Japanese is very basic, よろしくお願いします, 日本語を だんだん に 忘れて いきます.
      Since your English seems to be far better than my Japanese, Thank you for visiting the site. I will be slowly adding India State stamps, but for the moment I do not have much on Yugoslavia, すみません. Are there other areas you collect?

  13. Brian Denham says:

    Hi Michael,
    Great site , I am enjoying it immensely. Do the stamps of the Confederated States of America qualify as a dead country? I cannot locate them here.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Brian
      The Confederate States do indeed qualify as a dead country. You can find it in my Dead Country List under North America & Hawaii, listed under the United States of America Area. I do two or three write ups per month, and have many years to go to finish them all. Since I don’t have really have very many stamps or banknotes from the CSA, I haven’t prioritized the write up.
      Thanks for asking

  14. Jaume Gorriz says:

    Dear Sir:

    I suggest you a links’ exchange.
    I just add a link to your website in mine.

    Our website’s basic facts:
    Title: Encyclopaedia Philatelica
    URL: http://www.encyclopaediaphilatelica.net
    Logo: http://www.encyclopaediaphilatelica.net/images/logo.gif
    Description: Multilingual encyclopaedia composed around four sections: personages, fauna, flora & geography. Picture gallery about iconography, genealogy, history, art & taxonomy.

    Thank you in advance and greetings

    Jaume Gorriz

    • Michael says:

      Thank you for visiting and putting a link to DCStamps on your site. I have added a link to Encyclopaedia Philatelica on my list of references.

  15. Fantastic site. Dead countries and bygone colonies are of great interest to me. Your website has become a fount of information and inspiration [thank you].
    I have been slowly building a collection of Tanna Tuva stamps and don’t see this republic [1921 – 1944] on your list — perhaps I missed it?
    The region went through a dynamic political [and postal] history during this era; Outer Mongolia and Manchukuo are of particular interest [the former has more interest to me than the latter]. Did I miss Outer Mongolia on your list as well? Or perhaps you have your reasons for not listing these countries. I would relish your thoughts on this topic.

    • Michael says:

      Thank you for visiting DCStamps and your nice words.

      First of all, if you go to the section called “Dead Country List”, you will find Tannu Tuva under RUSSIA AREA, and listed in the section “Siberia and Russian Far East (including Mongolia)”. Tannu Tuva is an interesting era to collect and can be somewhat controversial to stamp collectors. Many question whether the beautiful stamps issued by this “country” were ever really used for postage, and were mostly designed for philatelic purposes. I also have many of the Tuva stamps in my collection and am working on developing an album for this area. Probably won’t be up for a few months, but stay tuned.

      Regarding Outer Mongolia. In reality, the term refers to the country of Mongolia. Since Mongolia is not a “dead country” I don’t collect stamps from there. However, if you understand anything different, please comment back, because I am always happy to be proven wrong, which only betters the quality of this site. Inner Mongolia is a region of China which borders Mongolia. The region issued stamps when it was a Japanese Puppet Government called Mengjiang during much of World War 2.

      Interesting blog, by the way.
      I wish you well on your collection.

  16. Julio S S Bueno says:

    The League of Nations issued stamps?? While it is not a dead country. Should have issued because I have two which I think is the League. I am Brazilian.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Julio
      Thank you for visiting DCStamps. Various Swiss stamps were overprinted for use by the League of Nations. You can read more about those stamps which can usually be found under Switzerland in a stamp catalogue. I guess that they are similar to the United Nations stamps that are issued today. It is not considered a country, rather an international agency.

      Nice to hear from folks from Brazil. Good Luck in the upcoming World Cup, hope the games go well (even though I am rooting for the U.S.A.)
      Um abraço

  17. Rosa Sazatornil Angulo says:

    I would like to have Hungary’s album. Do you have ? Thank you very much. I loved your site. Rosa

    • Michael says:

      Rosa, thank you for visiting DCStamps. I an sorry, but Hungary is not considered a dead country so I don’t have any stamps from there. There are some early occupational issues after world war 1, but I have yet to create albums for them yet.
      Glad you loved my site.

  18. Alex Cirigottis says:

    This is a great site, Michael. Full of very useful information, lovely pages and so easy to navigate.

    And i really like the idea of virtual albums, saving paper and ink and keeping the stamps safe elsewhere.

    Well done, mate!


    • Michael says:

      Thank you Alex for visiting DCStamps and your encouragement. In case you haven’t seen, I am doing a Tutorial on making these albums at Stamp Bears. The thread can be found HERE

  19. Joy Daschaudhuri says:

    This refers to the album of Indian feudatory state Faridkot (1879-1886). First, both of the first two stamps (1879 1 Folus ultramarine imperforate handstamped stamp on unwatermarked thick laid paper without gum) have been depicted inversely. Considering the very fine mint condition of the 1F stamps shown, there is high possibility that these were part of the remaining stock of stamps sold by the Faridkot State Post to the public at face values for additional revenue after the enactment of the postal convention on January 1,1887 which resulted all previous postage stamps of Faridkot to cease to be valid for postage within the state.
    The stamps of type N1 partially show gutter margin which also suggests that these could be another variant of 1F stamp, which was originally prepared in 1877 and handstamped in ultramarine color among others (sold at market as color trials), which are always found in mint state. The 1F reprint from original die and reengraved die are distinguishable by the intensity of color impressions.
    When the Scotts/Michel Faridkot 2 or SG Faridkot N2 1P ultramarine (type N2) stock was exhausted in 1887, it was replaced by type N3 having no postal validity at all.
    The 1 Paisa and 1/2 Ana lithograph reprints of 1887 on wove paper, have totally different design and are easily identifiable. These were printed from 3 different stones having both perforate and imperforate variants in 4 shades of blue, 4 shades of red, 3 shades of yellow and orange and 2 shades of green colors.
    This is why Faridkot feudatory stamps are among few Indian states which command greater price in used condition (more so on postally used covers) except the type N1 1F so-called color trial reprints in various shades of blue,green,orange,red and black, many of which are sold with false postmarks (mostly F in circle of bars in black) on them.
    If the Faridkot feudatory stamps have been procured from eBay, the it is almost certain that these stamps are forgeries.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Joy
      Thank you for taking time to make comments on DCStamps. I appreciate your expertise on Indian States. This is an area that is extremely complex and full of new areas for me to learn. For the next couple of months, I will have minimal time to spend any time on my stamps, but will try and work through my States stamps come the fall.
      Thank you again

  20. Joy Daschaudhuri says:

    This refers to the Jhalawar album. Jhalawar issued only 2 stamps. The 1 Paisa stamp was released in 1886 (not 1887-1890). The second and last issue (1890) was of 1/4 Ana value (not 1/2A). Both stamps having same vignette of Rambha, a mythological character of nymph of heaven, were printed on laid paper in typography in sheets having irregular settings of of horizontal strips of 12 stamps.

  21. Bob Bradford says:

    You can add Cilicia to your French Occupations.


    • Michael says:

      Hi Bob

      Thank you for your note, I am always interested in comments and “requests” from those who find this site useful. I have updated my overall dead country list to make it clearer. Instead of merely listing the country as “Cilicia” it is now Cilicia, French Occupation of Turkey (under the Ottoman Area). At the moment, I don’t have very many stamps from Cilicia, but will look at putting up an album and history of what I do have. However it probably wont be completed for a little while, as there are over 140 stamps issued, and it is difficult to make a virtual album with few stamps (sizing the spaces is difficult).


  22. Richard Mallett says:

    I was attracted to your website by the article on dead countries in Stamp and Coin Mart, which featured Hatay, of which I was able to find a complete set of stamps on Delcampe. I also have an example of the only stamp issued by Tierra del Fuego, which (as far as I know) is the only stamp issuing entity to have only a single stamp listed (and given a catalogue number) by Stanley Gibbons.

    • Michael says:

      Thank you for visiting DCStamps.com. I hope you find it useful. I do not have the Tierra del Fuego issue, but one day. I don’t know about Stanley Gibbons, but Scott has some other stamp issuing entities which have a single stamp . Examples include:
      – Jasdan and Tonk (Indian Feudatory States)
      – Basal (a Swiss canton)
      – Cuautla, Cuernavaca, Merida, and Tlacotalpan (Mexican Provisionals issues)
      These are some I could find quickly, there are probably more.

      Since I don’t have access to SG, are these included as something else?

      • Joy Daschaudhuri says:

        Indian feudatory state Jasdan is not the stamp-issuing authority to issue only a single stamp. Jasdan issued 6 postage stamps, all having same vignette of coat of arms of Jasdan depicting the sun and all printed by LV Indap and Company,Mumbai in typographic process in 5 series viz., on 03.15.1942., 1 Ana dark myrtle green and 1A light sage green, in 1943, 1A light bottle green, in 1945 1A light yellow green (perf.10*10), in 1946 1A light yellow green (perf.8.5*9) and in 1947, 1A turquoise green.
        Secondly no single postage stamp was issued by Taunk and not a single fiscal stamp of Taunk has ever been known to be used postally.

  23. Kevin Duffy says:

    Hullo Michael
    I am a recent collector of some dead countries – at this time concentrating on all the Chinese foreign post offices which opened following the Treaty of Nanking. I am very impressed by your personal album pages, and wonder if you sell these- without stamps of course? They would provide a very useful basis for assembling my collection.
    I am also assembling a collection with one stamp from every stamp issuing entity ever, which takes in all the dead countries.
    Congratulations upon your website – it is a great asset to collectors and the hobby.
    Best wishes…Kevin Duffy – kduffy@bigpond.com.au – in Sydney Australia.

    • Michael says:


      Thank you so much for your nice comments. Chinese foreign post offices formed from the Treaty of Nanking seem like a very interesting area, facinating history. Other than Shanghai and Russian PO’s, my treaty port collection is rather limited (I would be willing to make some trades if you are interested).

      Also, trying to collect one stamp from every stamp issuing entity seems like a tough challenge, as there are some areas that have only one or two issues which are very expensive. Good Luck.

      Regarding my personal album pages, I am not selling them, but am happy to provide copies (without the stamps) to anyone interested. Realize that they are generated on PowerPoint and converted to pdf, and are often customized to my collection. Also, I have only completed the pages that you can see on the site. but am hopefully putting together a few new ones each month or so.


  24. George Robinson says:

    Dear Sir:

    I am tryng to find a source (catalogue preferred but xerox pages will do) that will assist me in identifying stamps issued in ARAD during the French Occupation of a part of Hungary (1919-1920). Can you help.

    Thank you for any and all assistance you are able to provide.

    George Robinson

    • Michael says:


      Any of the major catalogs will help you identify Arad stamps, in Scott they are listed under Hungary (in the occupation stamps 1N section). The difficulty is trying to determine whether they are genuine. Scott tells us that: The overprints on this issue have been extensively forged. Even the inexpensive values are difficult to find with genuine overprints. Unexpertized collections should be assumed to consist of mostly forged stamps. I am not an expert, and I would point you to a couple of places to start:

      Sorry I don’t have more


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