The postage stamp catalogue from South and Central Africa

As a stamp collector, it is important to learn about the history of stamps issued in the region South and Central Africa. With this knowledge it is easier to search for older South and Central Africa postage stamps in a stamp catalogue. This is different for the more modern stamps issued. After all, you often see a date or an easily recognizable image on a stamp.

Below in the list you will find a country or region of your choice based on geographical division (Michel’s stamp catalogue)

Postage stamps from Angola

The first stamps issued by Angola were general issues of Portugal overprinted with “ANGOLA.” These early stamps featured various designs, including the Portuguese crown and other symbols of the Portuguese Empire

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Postage stamps from Aquatoriaal Guinea

The first stamps used in Equatorial Guinea were those of Spanish Guinea, which featured typical Spanish colonial designs, including the Spanish monarchs and coats of arms.

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Postage stamps from Ascension

The first stamps issued specifically for Ascension were British stamps overprinted with “ASCENSION.”

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Postage stamps from Betchuanaland

The first stamps used in Bechuanaland were Cape of Good Hope stamps overprinted with “British Bechuanaland” or “Protectorate.”

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Postage stamps from Botswana (1966)

To commemorate its independence, Botswana issued its first stamps featuring the new national symbols such as the national flag, coat of arms, and important landmarks

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Postage stamps from British South Africa Company

The British South Africa Company, established by Cecil Rhodes in 1889, administered these territories and issued stamps from 1890 to 1924.

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Postage stamps from Chad

Before gaining independence, Chad was part of French Equatorial Africa, and stamps from this period were issued under the FEA administration.

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Postage stamps from French Equatorial Africa

The first stamps of FEA were overprinted on stamps from the individual colonies with “Afrique Equatoriale Française” or “A.E.F.”

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Postage stamps from Gabon

Gabon, located on the west coast of Central Africa, began issuing its own stamps after gaining independence from France in 1960.

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Postage stamps from Congo Brazzaville

Congo Brazzaville, located in Central Africa, was a French colony until its independence in 1960.

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Postage stamps from Congo Kinshasa

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a rich philatelic tradition dating back to its colonial era under Belgian rule until in 1960.

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Postage stamps from Lesotho

Since 1966, Lesotho has issued its own postage stamps, celebrating its national identity, cultural heritage, and significant events.

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Postage stamps from Malawi

Malawi, located in southeastern Africa, was a British protectorate under the name Nyasaland before achieving independence on July 6, 1964.

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Postage stamps from Mozambique

Postage stamps from Namibia

Postage stamps from Portuguese Africa

Rhodesia and Nyasaland

Postage stamps from Zambia

Postage stamps from Saint Helena

Postage stamp from Saint HelenaThe first stamps of Saint Helena were issued in 1856 and featured the
profile of Queen Victoria.

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Postage stamps from Sao Tome and Principe

Postage stamps from Zimbabwe

Postage stamps from South Africa

Postage stamps from Swaziland

Postage stamps from Tristan da Cunha

Postage stamps from Ubangi Shari Chad

Postage stamps from Central African Republic