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ABU DHABI
The largest of the Trucial States in the Persian Gulf.
Treaty relations with Great Britain expired on 31 December 1966.
Became part of the United Arab Emerates on 1 August 1972.
Currency
  • 1964 100 naye paise = 1 rupee.

  • 1966 1,000 fils = 1 dinar.


  • ADEN
    Peninsula on the South Coast of Arabia.
    Formerly part of the Indian Empire. A British Colony from 1 April 1937 to 18 January 1963.
    Then Aden joined the South Arabian Federation and attained independence on 30 November 1967 under the name Southern Yemen.
    Eventually renamed to Yemen People's Democratic Republic.
    Aden stamps were also used in the Aden Protectorate.
    Currency
  • 1937 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 shilling.


  • ADEN PROTECTORATE STATES
    The states of the Eastern Aden Protectorate commonly known as the Hadhramaut.
    The National Liberation Front took control on 1 October 1967.
    Full independence was granted by Great Britain on 30 November 1967.
    Now part of Yemen People's Democratic Republic.
    Currency
  • 1937 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 shilling.

  • 1966 l,000 fils = 1 dinar.


  • AEGEAN ISLANDS
    A group of islands off the coast of asia.
    Occupied by Italy in May 1912 and finally handed full control from Turkey in 1920.
    Islands include Calino, Castelrosso, Carchi, Gaso Coo, Lero, Lipso, Nisiro, Patmo, Piscopi, Rodi, Scarpanto, Simi, Stampalia.
    Returned to control by Greece in 1947.
    Currency
  • 100 centesimi = 1 lira


  • AFGHANISTAN
    Became a rebulic in 1973.
    Currency
  • 1870 12 shahi = 6 sanar; 6 sanar = 3 abasi; 3 abasi = 1 rupee;

  • 1920 60 paisa = 2 kran; 2 kran = 1 rupee.

  • 1926 100 poul (pol) = 1 Afghani rupee.


  • AITUTAKI
    An Island in the South Pacific, that forms part of the Cook Islands.
    As a New Zealand Dependency the British Government exercised a protectorate over the Cook Islands from the 1880 until handed to New Zealand in 1901.
    Cook Island stamps were used from 1932 to 1972.
    Currency
  • 1903 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1967 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • AJMAN
    One of the Trucial States in teh Persian Gulf.
    Joined the United Arab Emirates on 1 August 1972.
    Currency
  • 100 naye = 1 rupee.

  • 1967 100 dirhams = 1 riyal.


  • ALAND ISLANDS
    Previously part of Finland they became independant in 1984.
    Currency
  • 100 pennia = 1 markka.


  • ALAOUITES
    A coastal area of Syria under occupation by France in 1920.
    Became a rebublic in 1930 and returned to Syrian control in 1937
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 piastre.


  • ALBANIA
    Formerly part of the Turkish Empire until declaring independance on 28 November 1912.
    Became a republic in 1925.
    Occupied in the Second World War by Italy, then Germany.
    Became a republic again in 1945.
    Currency
  • 1913 40 paras = 1 piastre; 40 paras = 1 groach.

  • 1913 100 qint = 1 franc.

  • 1947 100 qint = 1 lek.

  • 1965 10 old leks = 1 new lek.


  • ALDERNEY
    An island forming part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
    Currency
  • 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • ALEXANDRIA
    An Egyptian port under French postal control until 31 March 1951.
    Currency
  • 1899 100 centimes = 1 franc.

  • 1921 1000 milliemes = 1 Egyptian pound.


  • ALGERIA
    A french territory in northern africa.
    Became independant on 2 July 1962.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes 1 franc.

  • 1964 100 centimes = 1 dinar.


  • ALLENSTEIN
    A district in Eastern Prussia under German control.
    Currency
  • 100 pfennig = 1 mark.


  • ALSACE AND LORRAINE
    A Frech province occupied by Germany.
    Currency
  • 100 pdennig = 1 mark.


  • ALWAR
    A state of Rajputana North India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • ANDORRA
    An independant state in the Pyrenees, under French and Spannish control.
    Currency
  • France 100 centimes = 1 franc.

  • Spain 100 centimes = 1 perseta.


  • ANGOLA
    A republic of Southern Africa.
    Previously under portugal until 11 November 1975 when it became independant.
    1870 1000 rels = 1 milrels.
    1913 100 centavos = 1 escudo.
    1932 100 centavos = 1 angolar.
    1954 100 centavos = 1 escudo.
    1977 100 lwels = 1 kwanza.

    ANGUILLA
    St. Christopher, Nevis and Anguilla were granted Associated Statehood on 27 February 1967.
    Anguilla declared independence and the St. Christopher authorities withdrew on 7 July 1969.
    On 27 July 1971 the island was restored to direct British control.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • ANNAM AND TONGKING
    Previously part of Indo-China now part of Vietnam.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.


  • ANTIGUA
    One of the Leeward Islands.
    Used stamps of Leeward Islands until 1 July 1956.
    Achieved statehood on 3 March 1967 within the British Commonwealth and became independent on 1 November 1981.
    1862 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.
    1951 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.

    ANTIOQUIA
    One of the states of the Grenadine Confederation.
    Using Columbian stamps from 1886.
    Currency
  • 100 centavos = 1 peso.


  • ARBE
    Previously Fiume when an Italian Regency of Carnaro.
    Currency
  • 100 centesimi = 1 lira.


  • ARGENTINE REPUBLIC
    A rupublic in the southeast of South America.
    Formerly part of the Spanish Empire.
    Currency
  • 100 centavos = 1 peso.

  • 1985 100 centavos = 1 austral.


  • ARMENIA
    Formerly part of Russia.
    Became independant after the russian revolution in 1917.
    Joined the Transcaucasian Federation on 12 March 1922.
    Became part of Russia again in 1924.
    Currency
  • 100 kopeka = 1 rouble.


  • ARUBA
    An island in the Caribbean.
    Formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles.
    Became independant in 1986.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 gulden.


  • AUSTRIA
    A state in Central Europe.
    Formerly part of the Astria-Hungarian Empire.
    Became a republic in 1918, until joining Germany in 1938.
    Became a republic again on 14 May 1945.
    Currency
  • 1850 60 kreuzer = 1 gulden.

  • 1858 100 kreuzer = 1 gulden.

  • 1899 100 heller = 1 krone.

  • 1925 100 grochen = 1 schilling.

  • 1938 100 pfennig = 1 German reichmark.

  • 1945 100 grochen = 1 schilling.


  • AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN POST OFFICES IN CRETE
    Stamps used in Canea, Candia and Rethymnon.
    Also applied to other Austrian Levant post using French currency.
  • Currency

  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.


  • AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN POST OFFICES IN THE TURKISH EMPIRE
    Stamps used in the Turkish Empire until 15 December 1941.
    Currency
  • 1867 100 soldi = 1 gulden.

  • 1886 40 paras = 1 piastre.


  • AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN MILITARY POST
    Currency
  • 100 heller = 1 krone.


  • ASCENSION
    An Island in the South Atlantic and a dependency of St. Helena.
    Currency
  • 1922 12 pence = 1 shilling; 12 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1971 100 pence = 1 pound.


  • AUSTRALIA
    An Island continent in the Southern hemisphere.
    Includes the states of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia.
    Currency
  • 1913 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1966 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY
    Includes the territory south of latitude 60 degrees south and between meridians 160 and 145, (excludes Adelie Land).
    Currency
  • 1966 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • AZERBAIJAN
    Formerly part of Russia.
    Became independant after the russian revolution on 27 May 1918.
    Invaded by Russia on 27 April 1920 and became a republic.
    Joined the Transcaucasian Federation on 1 October 1923.
    Became part of Russia again in 1924.
    Currency
  • 100 kopeka = 1 rouble.


  • AZORES
    A group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
    Currency
  • 1868 1000 rels = 1 mireis.

  • 1912 100 centavos = 1 escudo.

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    BADEN
    Formerly a Grand Duchy in Southwest Germany.
    Currency
  • 60 kreuzer = 1 gulden.


  • BAGHDAD
    A city in Iraq occupied by Britain in the First World War.
    Currency
  • 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • BAHAMAS
    A Group of Islands to the South East of Florida, USA.
    Self Government from 7 January 1964 and became and independent state of the British Commonwealth on 10 July 1973.
    Currency
  • 1859 12 pence = 1 shilling; 12 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1966 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BAHAWALPUR
    A former state of Pakistan, is now a part of Pakistan.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • BAHRAIN
    An archipelago in the Persian Gulf on the Arabian coast.
    Previously under Indian and British postal administration until 1 January 1966.
    Currency
  • 1933 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1957 100 naye paise = 1 rupee.

  • 1966 1000 fils = 1 dinar.


  • BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY
    A groups of island adjoining and associated with the island of Guernsey.
    Currency as Guernsey.

    BAMRA
    Previously a state in India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • BANGLADESH
    Formerly the Eastern side of Pakistan until December 1970.
    The new state became effective in December 1971.
    Currency
  • 1971 1OO paisa = 1 rupee.

  • 1972 100 paisa = 1 taka.


  • BARBADOS
    An Island of the Windward Islands.
    Became self governing on 16 October 1961 and became independent on 30 November 1966.
    Currency
  • 1950 100 cents = 1 Barbados dollar.

  • 1950


  • BARBUDA
    One of the Leeward Islands and a member of the British Commonwealth.
    Used stamps of Antigua and Leeward Islands.
    Issues from 1968 are also valid in Antigua. From 1971 to 1973 the stamps of Antigua were also used.
    Currency
  • 1922 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shilling = 1 pound.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • BARWANI
    A state of Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • BASUTOLAND
    An African territory
    Under British protection until 1 April 1965 and became independent on 4 October 1966, it was renamed as Lesotho.
    Currency
  • 1961 100 cents = 1 rand.


  • BATUM
    A Russian port on the Black Sea.
    Captured by Turkish troops in World War 1, Occupied by the British in 1918 and handed to Georgia on 7 July 1920.
    Currency
  • 100 kopeks = 1 rouble.


  • BAVARIA
    Part of South Germany.
    A Kingdon until 1918, then a republic until re-joining Germany again.
    Currency
  • 1849 60 kreuzer = 1 gulden.

  • 1874 100 pfennig = 1 mark.


  • BECHUANALAND
    A colony on Central South Africa.
    Prior to 1895 it was part of the Cape of Good Hope.
    Self Governed from 1 March 1965 and independent from 30 September 1966 when it was renamed Botswana.
    Currency
  • 1885 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shilling = 1 pound.

  • 1961 100 cents = 1 rand.


  • BELGIAN CONGO
    A Belgian colony in Central Africa.
    Became independent in July 1960.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.

  • See also Congo, Zaire, Katanga, South Kasai, Congo (Kinshasa),

    BELGIAN OCCUPATION OF GERMANY
    Stamps issued for an area of Germany occupied by Belgian during the First World War.
    Became part of Belgium.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 Belgian franc.


  • BELGIUM
    A kindon in Northwest Europe.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.


  • BELIZE
    Formerly known as British Honduras on 1 June 1973 and became an independent British Commonwealth country on 2 September 1981.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BEQUIA
    One of the islands in the Grenadines of Grenada.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BENIN
    A French colony on the West coast of Africa.
    Became part of Dahomey in 1899.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.


  • BERGEDORF
    A German city purchased purchased by Hamburg in 1867, now part of Germany.
    Currency
  • 16 schillings = 1 Hamburg mark.


  • BERMUDA
    A group of Islands in the West Atlantic.
    Part of the British Commonwealth.
    Currency
  • 1865 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shilling = 1 pound.

  • 1970 100 cents = 1 dollar (US).


  • BHOPAL
    A state of Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • BHOR
    A state of West India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • BHUTAN
    An independent territory between India, Sikkim and Tibet.
    Currency
  • 100 chetrum = 1 ngultrum; 100 chetrum = 1 rupee.


  • BIAFRA
    An eastern region of Nigeria. Stamps were issued during a civil war from 1967 to 1970.
    Returned to Nigeria on 15 January 1970.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shilling = 1 pound.


  • BIJAWAR
    A state of Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shilling = 1 pound.


  • BOLIVAR
    One of the states of the Grenadine Confederation.
    Part of Columbia from 1886.
    Currency
  • 1867 100 centavos = 1 boliviano.


  • BOLIVIA
    A republic in the centre or South America.
    Currency
  • 1866 100 centavos = 1 boliviano.

  • 1963 100 cents = 1 peso.

  • 1987 100 centavos = 1 boliviano.


  • BOPHUTHATSWANA
    Formerly part of South Africa, it became independent on 6 December 1977.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 rand.


  • BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    A turkish province formerly controlled by Austria from 1878.
    Became independent in 1908, now part of Yugoslavia.
    Currency
  • 1879 100 kreuzer (novics) = 1 gulden.

  • 1900 100 heller = 1 krone.


  • BOTSWANA
    Formerly known as Bechuanaland became independent on 23 September 1966 and was renamed Botswana.
    Currency
  • 1966 100 cents = 1 rand.

  • 1976 100 thebe = 1 pula.


  • BOYACA
    One of the states of the Grenadine Confederation.
    Part of Columbia from 1886.
    Currency
  • 100 centavos = 1 peso.


  • BRAZIL
    Formerly a Portuguese settlement in the Northeast of South America from around 1500.
    Became a kingdon in 1815, an empire in 1822 and republic in 1889.
    Currency
  • 1843 1000 reis = 1 milreis.

  • 1942 100 centavos = 1 cruzeiro.

  • 1986 100 centavos = 1 cruzado.


  • BREMEN
    A free city of the Hanseatic League situated on the River Weser in North Germany. Then part of West Germany after WW2 and now Germany (Deutchland).
    Currency
  • 22 grote = 10 silberfroschen.

  • 72 grote = 1 thaler.


  • BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY
    A territory South of latitude 60 South from the former Falkland Island dependencies.
    Currency
  • 1963 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shilling = 1 pound.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • BRITISH COLUMBIA AND VANCOUVER ISLAND
    Former British colonies, now a Western province of Canada.
    Currency
  • 1860 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1865 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OCCUPATION OF JAPAN
    Stamps used by British Commonwealth Occupation Forces from 1946 to 1949.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • BRITISH EAST AFRICA
    Now incorporated in Kenya and Uganda.
    Currency
  • 16 annas = 100 cents = 1 rupee.


  • BRITISH FORCES IN EGYPT
    Special seals issued from 1932 to 1939.
    Currency as Egypt.

    BRITISH GUIANA
    Situated on the Northeast coast of South America.
    A British colony granted self government in August 1951 and became independent on 26th May 1966 when it was renamed Guyana.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BRITISH HONDURAS
    Formerly a British Colony on the East coast of Central America.
    Granted self Government on 1 January 1964.
    Renamed to Belize on 1 June 1973.
    Currency
  • 1866 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1888 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY
    Formerly a British Colony from 1965 to 1976 when it was transferred to the Seychelles.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 rupee.


  • BRITISH LAVANT
    Formerly issued by post offices in the Turkish Empire from 1885 to 1914.
    Used again in 1918 during British occupation of Turkey.
    Currency
  • Dual currency used:

  • 40 paras = 1 piastre.

  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • BRITISH OCCUPATION OF ITALIAN COLONIES
    Issues for use in Italian colonies occupied by British Forces.
    Currency
  • Middle East Forces 12 pence = 1 shilling. 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • Cyrenaica 1000 milliemes = 1 Egyptian pound.

  • Eritea 100 cents = 1 shilling.


  • BRITISH POSTAL AGENCIES IN EASTERN ARABIA
    British stamps were surcharged for use in the Persian Gulf from 1st April 1948 to 29th April 1966.
    Currency
  • 1948 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1957 100 naye paise = 1 rupee.


  • BRITISH POST OFFICES IN CHINA
    Weihaiwei and the neighbouring islands were leased to Great Britain from 1898 to 1 October 1930 when they were returned to China.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BRITISH POST OFFICES IN CRETE
    Currency
  • 40 paras = piastre.


  • BRITISH POST OFFICE IN SIAM
    Stamps of the Straits Settlements were specially overprinted for use here.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
    A group of the Leeward Islands. A British Commonwealth country.
    Currency
  • 1951 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.

  • 1962 100 cents = 1 US dollar.


  • BRUNEI
    A Sultanate on the North coast of Borneo.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • BRUNSWICK
    Formerly a Duchy of North Germany. Joined the North German Confederation in 1868 and was part of West Germany after WW2. Now part of Germany.
    Currency
  • 30 silberfroschen = 1 thaler.


  • BUENOS AIRES
    A province of the Argentine Republique issuing its own stamps from 1858 to 1862.
    Currency
  • 8 reales = 1 peso.


  • BULGARIA
    Formerly a Turkish Province from 1878 to 1908 as an independant kingdom. Became a Peoples Republic in 1946.
    Currency
  • 1879. 100 centimes = 1 franc.

  • 1881. 100 stotinki = 1 lev.


  • BULGARIAN OCCUPATION OF RUMANIA
    Dobruja District.
    Currency
  • 100 stotinki = 1 leva.


  • BURKINA FASO
    A county in West Africa formerly known as Upper Volta and was changed in August 1984.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.


  • BUNDI
    A state of India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • BURMA
    An East Indian Territory.
    Part of British Commonwealth from 1 April 1937.
    Under Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945.
    Became independent in 1948.
    Changed name to Union of Myanmar in 1989
    Currency
  • 1937 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1953 100 pyas = 1 kyat / rupee.


  • BURUNDI
    Previously part of the Belgian Territory of Ruanda-Urundi.
    Became independant on 1st July 1962 when a monachy was established.
    Became a republic in 1967 after a revolution.
    Currency
  • 20 chahis = 1 kran; 10 krans = 1 toman.


  • BUSHIRE
    An Iranian seaport under British occupation during World War 1.
    Currency
  • 20 chahis = 1 kran; 10 krans = 1 toman.


  • BUSSAHIR / BASHAHR
    An Indian state, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

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    CAICOS ISLANDS
    Part of the Turks and Caicos Islands group.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • CAMBODIA
    Part of Indo-China until 1946 when it became a state within the French Union.
    Became independant on 29th December 1954 and left the French Union on 25th September 1955.
    In 1971 the name changed to Khmer Republic an again to Kampuchea in 1975.
    Currency
  • 1951 100 cents = 1 piastre.

  • 1955 100 cents = 1 riel.


  • CAMEROONS
    Occupation of the German colony of Kamerun by French and British forces from 1914 to 1916.
    British sector became independent 1 October 1960 and renamed Southern Cameroons.
    Became part of Cameroun on 30 September 1961.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • CAMEROUN
    German colony of Kamerun.
    Currency
  • 100 pfennig = 1 mark.


  • CANADA
    A member of the British Commonwealth.
    Currency
  • 1851 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1859 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • CANAL ZONE
    A Territory next to the Panama Canal and leased by the USA. Postal serviced closed on 30th September 1979.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 balboa.


  • CANTON
    A Treaty Port in South China. Stamps issued at the French Indo-Chinese Post Office. Issues ended in 1922.
    Currency
  • 1901 100 centimes = 1 franc.

  • 1919 100 cents = 1 piastre.


  • CAPE JUBY
    Formerly a Spannish colony on the North West coast of Africa. Conceded to Morocco in 1958.
    Currency
  • 100 centimos = 1 pesata.


  • CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
    Formerly a British Colony until 1894 when it became a province of South Africa.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
    Formerly Portuguese. Became independant on 5th July 1975.
    Currency
  • 100 centavos = 1 Escudo.


  • CAROLINE ISLANDS
    A group of Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
    Formerly a German protectorate until occupied by the Japanese in 1918. Now unde US trusteeship.
    Currency
  • 100 pfennig = 1 mark.


  • CASTELROSSO
    One of the Aegean Islands. Occupied by the French Navy on 27 December 1915.
    The French departed in August 1921. A period of administration by the Italian Navy followed until the island became part of the Dodecanese territory.
    Currency
  • 1920 French occupation - 100 centimes = 1 franc = 4 piastres.

  • 1922 Italian occupation - 100 centesimi = 1 lira.


  • CAUCA
    Formerly a state of Columbia and reduced to a department in 1886. Now uses Columbian stamps.
    Currency
  • 100 centavos = 1 peso.


  • CAVALLA (KAVALLA)
    French Post Office in a former Turkish Port.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.

  • 40 paras = 1 piastre.


  • CAYES OF BELIZE
    A large number of islands off the East coast of Belize.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • CAYMAN ISLANDS
    A group of islands in the West Indies and a dependency of Jamaica until 1962 when they became independent.
    Currency
  • 1900 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1969 100 cents = 1 Jamaica dollar.


  • CENTRAL AFRICAN EMPIRE
    Formerly named Central African Republic it was renamed Central African Empire on 4th December 1976.
    It reverted to Central African Republic in 1979.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.


  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
    Formerly named Ubangui Chari it is an independant republic within the french community.
    Currency
  • 100 centimes = 1 franc.


  • CEYLON
    An island to the South of India.
    Formerly a British Colony until it became a republic on 22 May 1972 when it was renamed Sri Lanka
    Currency
  • 1857 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1872 100 cents = 1 rupee.


  • CHAMBA
    An Indian state of the Punjah, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • CHARKHARI
    A state of Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • CHINA EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
    Indian forces in China.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • CHRISTMAS ISLAND
    An Island in the Indian ocean which was Formerly part of the Straits Settlements before becoming part of Singapore.
    Finally transferred to Australian administration on 15 October 1958.
    Currency
  • 1958 100 cents = 1 Malayan dollar.

  • 1968 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • COCHIN
    A state in Southwest India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 1892 6 puttans = 5 annas.


  • COCOS ISLANDS (Keeling)
    A group of Islands in the Indian ocean formerly administered by Singapore.
    Transferred to Australian administration on 23 November 1955.
    Currency
  • 1963 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1966 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • COOK ISLANDS
    A group of islands in the South Pacific.
    Formerly under the control of New Zealand until achieved self government in 1965.
    Currency
  • 1892 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1967 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • CYPRUS
    An island in the Eastern Mediterranean.
    Became a republic in 1960.
    Currency
  • 1880 12 pence = 1 shilling.

  • 1881 40 paras = 1 piastre; 180 piastres = 1 pound.

  • 1995 1000 mils = 1 pound.

  • 1983 100 cents = 1 pound.

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    DHAR
    A state of Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 4 pice = 1 anna.


  • DOMINICA
    One of the Leeward Islands until 31 December 1939 when it was transferred to the Windward Islands.
    Currency
  • 1874 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1949 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • DUNGARPUR
    A state of Rajasthan, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • DUTTIA (Datia)
    A state of central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

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    ENGLAND
    Part of Great Britain which is now referred to as the United Kingdon.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.

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    FALKLAND ISLANDS
    A British colony in the South Atlantic.
    Currency
  • 1878 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • FALKLAND ISLANDS DEPENDENCIES
    Four groups of islands between the Falkland Islands and the South Pole.
    South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands ceased to be members on 3 October 1985.
    Currency
  • 1878 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • FARIDKOT
    A state of the Punjab, India. now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 1 folus = 1 paisa; 1 paisa = 0.25 anna.


  • FEDERATED MALAY STATES
    A British protectorate in Southeast Asia.
    Includes the states of Negri Sembilan, Sungei Ujong, Pahang, Perak and Selangor.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Straits Settlement dollar.


  • FIJI
    A British colony in the South Pacific, which became independent in October 1970.
    Currency
  • 1870 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1969 100 cents = 1 dollar.

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    GAMBIA
    A British colony on the East coast of Africa.
    Self governing on 4 October 1963.
    Independence on 18 February 1965.
    A republic on 24 April 1970.
    Currency
  • 1869 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1971 100 bututs = 1 dalasy.


  • GHANA
    Formerly a British colony of the Gold Coast.
    Independent on 6 March 1957.
    Became a republic in 1960.
    Currency
  • 1957 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1965 100 pesawas = 1 cedi.

  • 1967 100 new pesawas = 1 new cedi.

  • 1972 100 pesawas = 1 cedi; 1 cedi = 0.8 previous new cedi.


  • GIBRALTAR
    A British colony in the Western Mediterranean.
    Currency
  • 1886 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • GILBERT AND ELLIS ISLANDS
    A British colony in the South Pacific.
    Currency
  • 1911 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1966 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • GILBERT ISLANDS
    Independent on 12 July 1979 and renamed Kiribati.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • GOLD COAST
    A British colony on the West coast of Africa.
    Independent in 1957 and was renamed Ghana.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • GREAT BRITAIN
    Consisting of four countries, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island.
    Great Britain is now referred to as the United Kingdon.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • GRENADA
    One of the Windward Islands.
    Self Government on 1 January 1960, Statehood on 3 March 1967 and Independence in 1974.
    Currency
  • 1861 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.

  • 1949 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • GRENADINES OF GRENADA
    Consists of the Southern part of the island group attached to Grenada.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • GRIQUALAND WEST
    Formerly a British colony transferred to the Cape of Good Hope.
    Now part of South Africa.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.


  • GUERNSEY
    An island off the Northwest coast of France.
    Occupied by Germany between 1940 and 1945.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.


  • GUYANA
    Formerly known as British Guiana.
    Became Independent on 26 May 1966.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • GWALIOR
    A state of Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

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    HELIGOLAND
    An island off the North coast of Germany.
    Currency
  • 1867 16 schillings = 1 mark.

  • 1875 100 pfennig = 1 mark.


  • HONG KONG
    An island Formerly a British Colony.
    Occupied by the Japan on 25 December 1941 and returned to British control on 16 September 1945.
    Returned to China in 1997.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Hong Kong dollar.


  • HYDERABAD
    A state in India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

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    IDAR
    A state in Western India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • INDIA
    A South Asia Peninsular. Split into two to form the countries of Pakistan and Indian in 1947.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1957 100 naye paise = 1 rupee.

  • 1964 100 paisa = 1 rupee.

  • See also Alwar, Bamra, Barwani, Bhopal, Bhor, Bijawar, Bundi, Bussahir, Chamba, Charkhari, Cochin, Dhar, Dungarpur, Duttia, Faridkot, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Idar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Jasdan, Jhalawar, Jind, Kishangarh, Morvi, Nabha, Nandgaon, Patiala, Poonch, Rajasthan, Rajpipla,

    INDIAN CUSTODIAN FORCES IN KOREA
    Indian Forces in Korea.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • INDIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES
    Indian forces from 1914 to 1918.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • INDIAN FORCES IN INDO-CHINA
    Indian forces in Indo-China.
    Currency
  • 1954 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1957 100 naye paise = 1 rupee.

  • 1964 100 paisa = 1 rupee.


  • INDIAN U.N. FORCE IN CONGO
    Indian forces in Congo.
    Currency
  • 100 naye paise = 1 rupee.


  • INDIAN U.N. FORCES IN GAZA (PALESTINE)
    Indian forces attached to the United Nations in Gaza.
    Currency
  • 100 paisa = 1 rupee.


  • INDORE (HOLKAR STATE)
    A state in Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • IONIAN ISLANDS
    A group of islands off the West coast of Greece.
    Under British protection from 1815 then transferred to Greece.
    Occupied by Italy in 1941 and Germany in 1943.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • IRELAND (EIRE)
    Formerly known as Eire when part of Great Britain.
    Currency
  • 1922 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • ISLE OF MAN
    An island in the Irish Sea to the Northeast of England.
    Currency
  • 100 pence = 1 pound.

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    JAIPUR
    A state Rajasthan, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • JAMAICA
    An island in the West Indies and part of the Caribbean Federation from 3 January 1958 to 6 August 1962.
    Became an independent state within the British Commonwealth.
    Currency
  • 1860 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.

  • 1969 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • JAMMU AND KASHMIR
    A state in the North of India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF BRUNEI
    Included Brunei, Labuan, North Borneo, Sarawaki.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF BURMA
    Currency
  • 1942 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 100 cents = 1 rupee.


  • JASDAN
    A State of India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • JERSEY
    An island off the Northwest coast of France.
    Occupied by German forces from June 1940 to May 1945.
    1941 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.
    1971 100 new pence = 1 pound sterling.

    JHALAWAR
    A state of Rajasthan, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 4 paisa = 1 anna.


  • JIND
    A state of the Punjah, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • JOHORE
    A state in the Federation of Malaya.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.

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    KATHIRI STATE OF SEIYUN
    Formerly part of Aden Protectorate States.
    Now Part of Southern Yemen.
    Currency As Aden

    KELANTAN
    A state in the Federation of Malaya.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • KENYA
    Formerly known as British East Africa, and Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika.
    Became independent in 1963 and a republic in 1964.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 shilling.


  • KENYA, UGANDA, AND TANGANYIKA
    Formerly known as British East Africa.
    Split into independent countries, Tanganyika in 1961, Uganda in 1962 and Kenya in 1963.
    Currency
  • 1903 to 1919 16 annas = 100 cents; 100 cents = 1 rupee.

  • 1922 100 cents = 1 shilling sterling.


  • KING EDWARD VII Land
    Relates to the Shakleton Antarctic Exhibition in 1908
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • KIRIBATI
    A group of islands in the Pacific, Formerly known as the Gilbert Islands.
    Became independent on 12 July 1979 when it was renamed to Kiribati.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • KISHANGARH
    A state of Rajasthan, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • KUWAIT
    Independent land on the Northwest coast of the Persian Gulf.
    Self Government on 1 February 1959.
    Became independent on 19 June 1961.
    Currency
  • 1923 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1957 100 naye paise = 1 rupee.

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    LABUAN
    An island off the North coast of Borneo.
    Under British Control from 1846, and a British colony from 1902.
    Part of Straits Settlements from 1906 until it became part of North Borneo in 1946.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • LAGOS
    A British colony on the South coast of Nigeria.
    United with Southern Nigeria in 1906.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • LAS BELA
    A state of Beluchistan, now part of Pakistan.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • LEEWARD ISLANDS
    A group of islands that includes Antigua, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Christopher and St. Kitts.
    Stamps in use until 1956.
    Currency
  • 1890 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • LESOTHO
    Formerly Basutoland a British Commonwealth country.
    Became independent on 4 October 1966 when its name changed to Lesotho.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 rand.

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    MAFEKING
    A town in Bechuland occupied by British troops during the Boer War.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • MAHRA STATE
    (Mahra Sultanate of Qishne and Socatra)
    Formerly part of Aden Protectorate States.
    Now Part of Southern Yemen.

    MALACCA
    A British colony on the Malayan peninsula.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • MALAWI
    Formerly known as Nyasaland, and was renamed when it became independent on 6 July 1966.
    Currency
  • 1964 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1970 100 tambalas = 1 kwaka.


  • MALAYA (BRITISH MILITARY ADMINISTRATION)
    Stamps were used throughout the Malayan States and Singapore until replaced by individual stamps for each state.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • MALAYA (UNDER JAPANESE OCCUPATION)
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • MALAYA (UNDER THAI OCCUPATION)
    Included the states of Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trenganu.
    Transferred from Japan to Thailand in 1943 and handed back to British control at the end of World War 2.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • MALAYAN FEDERATION
    An independent country within the British Commonwealth.
    Includes all the Malayan states, Melacca and Penang, but excluded Singapore.
    In 1963 it became part of Malaysia.
    Currency
  • 100 cents (sen) = 1 Malaysian dollar.

  • See also Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, North Borneo, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sarawak, Selangor, Straits Settlements,

    MALAYAN POSTAL UNION
    Stamps issued initially for use in Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor and Straits Settlements.
    Later extended to all Malayan states and Singapore.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • MALAYSIA
    Includes all Malaysian states including Singapore.
    Singapore left the federation when it became independent in 1965.
    Currency
  • 100 cents (sen) = 1 Malaysian dollar.

  • See also Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Sabah, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sarawak, Selangor, Singapore,

    MALDIVE ISLANDS
    A group of islands to the South of Ceylon.
    Became a republic on 1 January 1953.
    Returned to a sultanate in 1954.
    Became independent on 26 July 1965 and left the British Commonwealth.
    Rejoined the British Commonwealth on 9 July 1982.
    Currency
  • 1906 100 cents = 1 rupee.

  • 1951 100 larees = 1 rupee.


  • MALTA
    An island in the Mediterranean Sea to the South of Italy.
    Became independent on 21 September 1964.
    Currency
  • 1860 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1972 10 mils = 1 cent; 100 cents = 1 Maltese pound.


  • MAURITIUS
    An island in the Indian Ocean to the East of Madagascar.
    Self Government on 1 September 1967.
    Became independent on 12 march 1968.
    Currency
  • 1847 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1878 100 cents = 1 rupee.


  • MONSERRAT
    One of the Leeward Islands.
    Currency
  • 1876 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • MOROCCO AGENCIES
    Currency varies

    MORVI
    A state of India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna.


  • MUSCAT
    An independent state in Eastern Arabia.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

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    NABHA
    A state in the Punjab, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • NANDGAON (RAJNANDGAON)
    A state of Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • NATAL
    Situated on the East Coast of South Africa.
    Formerly a British colony and later a province of South Africa.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • NAURU
    An island in the West Pacific ocean.
    Formerly under German control an then Australian control.
    Became independent on 31 January 1968.
    Currency
  • 1916 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1966 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • NEGRI SEMBILAN
    A British colony on the Malayan peninsula.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • NEVIS
    One of the Leeward Islands.
    Currency
  • 1861 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1980 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • New Brunswick
    An Eastern province of Canada.
    Currency
  • 1851 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1860 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • Newfoundland
    An island off the East coast of Canada. Merged with Canada in 1949.
    Currency
  • 1851 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1866 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • NEW GUINEA
    Part of the island of New Guinea.
    Formerly a German colony, occupied by Australian forces between 1914 and 1918.
    Now merged with Papua and administered by Australia.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • NEW HEBRIDES
    A group of islands in the Pacific Ocean to the east of Australia.
    Formerly under joint control of Britain and France.
    Became independent in 1980 and was renamed to Vanuatu.
    Currency
  • 1908 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1938 100 gold centimes = 1 gold franc.

  • 1977 100 centimes = 1 New Hebrides franc.


  • NEW REPUBLIC
    A Boer republic originally part of Zululand.
    Incorporated in to South Africa in 1888 and then to Natal in 1903.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • NEW ZEALAND
    A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean to the East of Australia.
    Currency
  • 1855 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1967 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • NIGER COAST PROTECTORATE
    A district on the West coast of Africa.
    Later absorbed into South Nigeria.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • NIGERIA
    A former British colony on the West coast of Africa.
    Includes North Nigeria, South Nigeria and Lagos.
    Now divided into three regions of North Nigeria, < a href="#WesternNigeria">Western Nigeria, Eastern Nigeria and Lagos.
    Became independent in 1960 and a republic in 1963.
    The Eastern region known as Biafra joined Nigeria in 1970 after troops invaded.
    Currency
  • 1914 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1973 100 kobo = 1 naira.


  • NIUAF'OU
    A remote island that is part of the kingdom of Tonga
    Currency
  • 100 seniti = 1 pa'anga.


  • NIUE
    One of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific.
    Formerly a dependency of New Zealand it became self governing in 1974.
    Currency
  • 1902 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1967 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • NORFOLK ISLAND
    A small island to the East of New South Wales, Australia.
    Became Self Governing in 1960.
    Currency
  • 1947 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1966 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • NORTH BORNEO
    A territory in North Borneo.
    Joined Malaysia in 1963 and was renamed Sabah in 1964.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malasian dollar.


  • NORTHERN ISLAND
    Part of Great Britain which is now referred to as the United Kingdon.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • NORTHERN NIGERIA
    Situated on the West coast of Africa.
    Joined Nigeria in 1914.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • NORTHERN RHODESIA
    A territory in Central Africa North of Zambesi.
    Part of the Central African Federation from 1954 to 1963.
    Became independent on 24 October 1964.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • NOVA SCOTIA
    An Eastern province of Canada.
    Currency
  • 1851 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1859 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • NYASALAND PROTECTORATE
    A protectorate in Central Africa.
    Formerly known as British Central Africa.
    Part of the Central African Federation from 1954 to 1963.
    Became independent in July 1964 and renamed Malawi.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

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    ORANGE FREE STATE (ORANGE RIVER COLONY)
    A British colony from 1848 to 1854.
    Became independent form 1854 to 1899.
    Annexed from Britain in 1900.
    Then joined the Union of South Africa.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • ORCHHA
    A state in Central India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

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    PAHANG
    A state in the Federation of Malaya.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • PAKISTAN
    Created in 1947 when the former India was split into two countries.
    Became independent in 1956.
    The eastern Province separated from Pakistan in 1971 and was renamed Bangladesh.
    Left the British Commonwealth on 30 January 1972.
    Currency
  • 1947 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1961 100 paisa = 1 rupee.


  • PALESTINE
    A territory in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
    Captured by the British from the Turks in 1917.
    Occupation ceased in 1920.
    Became under a League of Nations Mandate in 1923.
    Currency
  • 1918 10 milliemes = 1 piastre.

  • 1927 1000 mils = £P1


  • PAPUA
    The Eastern portion of the island of New Guinea formerly known as British New Guinea.
    Under Australian administration since 1914.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    Combine territory on the island of New Guinea.
    An Australian administration under Self Government took over in 1973.
    Currency
  • 1952 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1966 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.

  • 1975 100 toea = 1 kina.


  • PATIALA
    A state in the Punjab, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • PENANG
    A state in the Federation of Malaya.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • PENRHYN ISLAND
    One of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific and a dependency of New Zealand.
    Currency.
  • 1902 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1973 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • PERAK
    A state in the Federation of Malaya.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • PERLIS
    A state in the Federation of Malaya.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • PITCAIRN ISLANDS
    An island group in the Pacific Ocean.
    Currency
  • 1940 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1967 100 cents = 1 New Zealand dollar.


  • POONCH
    A state in Kashmir, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
    An island off the East coast of Canada.
    Currency
  • 1861 12 pence = 1 shilling.

  • 1872 100 cents = 1 dollar.

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    QATAR
    An independent Arab kingdom under British postal administration until 23 May 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 naye = 1 rupee.


  • QUATI STATE OF HADRAMAUT
    Formerly part of Aden Protectorate States.
    Now Part of Southern Yemen.

    QUEENSLAND
    A state in the Northeast of Australia.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

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    RAJASTHAN
    Formed in 1938 from the states of Rajputana, India which included Bundi, Jaipur, Kishangarh.
    Now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • RAJPIPLA
    A state of Bombay, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • REDONDA
    A dependency of Antigua.
    Currency as Antigua.

    RHODESIA
    A British territory in South Central Africa.
    Divided into two territories in 1924 and named North Rhodesia, South Rhodesia.
    Currency
  • 1920 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1970 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • RHODESIA AND NYASALAND
    Made up of North Rhodesia, South Rhodesia and the Nyasaland Protectorate.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • ROSS DEPENDENCY
    A dependency of New Zealand on the Ross Sea of the Atlantic.
    Currency
  • 1957 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1967 100 cents = 1 dollar.

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    SABAH
    Formerly known as North Borneo, now part of Malaysia.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • SCOTLAND
    Part of Great Britain which is now referred to as the United Kingdon.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • ST. CHRISTOPHER
    One of the Leeward Islands
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling.


  • ST. HELENA
    An island in the South Atlantic Ocean to the West of Africa.
    Currency
  • 1856 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1971 100 pence = 1 pound.


  • ST. KITTS
    Formed part of the state of St. Kitts-Nevis.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • ST. KITTS-NEVIS
    Islands in the Leeward Island group.
    Changed their name to St. Christopher, Nevis and Anguilla in 1956 and Statehood on 23 June 1980.
    Currency
  • 1903 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • ST. LUCIA
    One of the Windward Islands.
    Became independent on 1 March 1967.
    Currency
  • 1903 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • ST. VINCENT
    One of the Windward Islands.
    Currency
  • 1903 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • SAMOA
    Islands in the West Pacific.
    Formerly administered jointly by Britain, Germany and USA between 1889 and 1899.
    Occupied by British forces in 1914 and handed to New Zealand.
    The United Nations took control under trusteeship.
    Became independent in 1962.
    Currency
  • 1903 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1951 100 sene or cents = 1 tale or dollar.


  • SARAWAK
    Formerly an independent state on the North coast of Borneo.
    Occupied by Japan between 1941 and 1945.
    A British colony from 1946 to 1963 when it became part of Malaysia.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • SELANGOR
    A state in the Federation of Malaya.
    Incorporated into Malaysia in 1963.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Malaysian dollar.


  • SECHELLES
    A group of islands in the Indian Ocean to the East of Africa.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 rupee.


  • SIERRA LEONE
    A British colony on the West coast of Africa.
    Became independent in 1961 and a republic on 19 April 1971.
    Currency
  • 1859 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1964 100 cents = 1 leone.


  • SINGAPORE
    An island at the South of the Malay peninsular.
    Formerly part of the Straits Settlement and became a British colony on 1 April 1946.
    Self Governing on 1 August 1958.
    Formerly part of the Malaysian Federation from 16 September 1963 to 9 August 1965 and became an independent republic.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • SIRMOOR
    A state in the Punjab, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • SOLOMON ISLANDS
    A group of islands in the West Pacific to the East of New Guinea.
    Currency
  • 1907 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1966 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.


  • SOMALIND PROTECTORATE
    A protectorate in Northeast Africa on the Gulf of Aden.
    Joined with the Somali Republic on 1 July 1960.
    Currency
  • 1903 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1951 100 cents = 1 shilling.


  • SORUTH
    A state in India, now uses Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • SOUTH AFRICA
    The Union of South Africa includes, Cape of Good Hope, Orange Free State and Transvaal.
    Became an independent republic 31 May 1961.
    Currency
  • 1910 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1961 100 cents = 1 rand.


  • SOUTH ARABIAN FEDERATION
    Comprising of territories of the Aden Protectorates.
    Became independent on 30 November 1967.
    Currency
  • 1963 100 cents = 1 shilling.

  • 1965 100 fils = 1 dollar.


  • SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    A state of the Australian Commonwealth.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • SOUTH GEORGIA
    An island in the Atlantic forming one of the Falkland Island Dependencies.
    Currency
  • 1963 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1971 100 cents = 1 pound.


  • SOUTH GEORGIA AND SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
    Includes South Georgia and The South Sandwich Islands which cease to be Falkland Island Dependencies on 3 October 1985.
    Currency
  • 110 pence = 1 pound.


  • SOUTH WEST AFRICA
    A territory in Southwest Africa.
    Formerly a German colony of South West Africa, is now part of South Africa.
    Currency
  • 1923 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1961 100 cents = 1 rand.


  • SOUTHERN CAMEROONS
    A southern area of the Cameroun.
    Formerly under British control until it became an independent state on 1 October 1960.
    Joining the rest of Cameroun on 30 September 1961.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • SOUTHERN NIGERIA
    Situated on the West coast of Africa and now joined with Nigeria.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • SOUTHERN RHODESIA
    A British colony in the Northern part of South Africa.
    Became part of the Central African Federation in 1954 under the name Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
    Renamed Rhodesia in October 1964 when the Federation was disbanded.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • SRI LANKA
    Formerly known as Ceylon and renamed in 1972.
    The name Sri Lanka means Resplended Island.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 rupee.


  • STRAITS SETTLEMENTS
    A British colony comprising part of the mainland of Malay and several of the islands off its coastline, including the island of Labuan.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Straits dollar.


  • SUDAN
    A territory in Africa extending from the South of Egypt towards the Equator.
    Formerly administrated jointly be Britain and Egypt until 1954.
    Became independent on 1 January 1956.
    Currency
  • 1000 milliemes = 100 piastre; 100 piastre = 1 Sudanese pound.


  • SUNGEI UJONG
    A state on the Malay peninsular, which became part of Negri Sembilan.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Straits dollar.


  • SWAZILAND
    A kingdom in the Eastern part of South Africa.
    Incorporated into South Africa in 1895.
    Became independent in 1968.
    Currency
  • 1961 100 cents = 1 rand.

  • 1974 100 cents = 1 lilangeni (plural-emalangeni).

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    TANGANYIKA
    Formerly a German colony known as German East Africa.
    Under British control after the World War 2 until 1946.
    Became independent in 1961 and renamed to Tanzania in 1965.
    For earlier stamps see Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, Kenya, Uganda.
    Currency
  • 1915 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1917 100 cents = 1 rupee.

  • 1922 100 cents = 1 shilling.


  • TANZANIA
    A republic within the British Commonwealth formerly known as Tanganyika and incorporated into Zanzibar.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 shilling.


  • TASMANIA
    An island to the South of Australia.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • TOBAGO
    An island to the Northeast of Trinidad.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • TOKELAU
    Three islands to the North of Samoa.
    Formerly part of Gilbert and Ellis Islands and known as the Union Island.
    They were declared to be part of New Zealand from 1 January 1949.
    Currency
  • 1948 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1967 100 cents = 1 New Zealand dollar.

  • 1982 100 sene or cents = 1 Samoan tola or dollar.


  • TONGA
    Also known as Friendly Islands.
    A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
    As an independent Polynesian kingdom it joined the British Commonwealth in 1970.
    Currency
  • 1886 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1967 100 seniti = 1 pa'anga.


  • TRANSVAAL
    Formerly known as the South Africa Republic under Boer rule.
    Was under British control between 1877 and 1881 and from 1900.
    Joined the Union of South Africa in 1919.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • TRAVANCORE
    A state of Southeast Asia.
    Currency
  • 16 cash = 1 chuckram; 28 chuckram = 1 rupee.


  • TRAVANCORE-COCHIN
    The two countries are located in the Southeast of India.
    They were combines under the name United States of Travencore and Cochin in 1949.
    Currency
  • 12 pies = 1 anna; 16 annas = 1 rupee.


  • TRINIDAD
    An island off the coast of Venezuela
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
    This island group formed part of the British Caribbean Federation from 1958 to 31 August 1962 when it became independent.
    Currency
  • 1913 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1935 100 cents = 1 West Indian dollar.


  • TRISTAN DU CUNHA
    An island in the South Atlantic Ocean to the West of South Africa.
    The island was evacuated on 10 October 1961 and re-occupied in 1963.
    Currency
  • 1952 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1961 100 cents = 1 rand.


  • TRUCIAL STATES
    Seven Arab states on the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.
    Currency
  • 100 naye paise = 1 rupee.


  • TURKS ISLANDS
    A group of islands Southeast of the Bahamas, now grouped with the Caicos Islands.
    It was a dependency of Jamaica until it became an independent colony on 14 June 1963.
    Now known as Turks and Caicos Islands
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling.


  • TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
    Formerly known as Turks Islands and Caicos Islands.
    Currency
  • 1900 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1969 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • TUVALU
    Formerly known as Ellis Islands.
    The Ellis Islands were renamed Tuvalu when they split from the Gilbert and Ellis Islands group on the 1 January 1976.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 Australian dollar.

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    UGANDA
    A protectorate in Central Africa until it became independent in 1962.
    For previous stamp issues see Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika.
    Currency
  • 1895 12 pence = 1 shilling.

  • 1896 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1962 100 cents = 1 shilling.


  • UNION ISLAND
    One of the islands in the Grenadines of Grenada.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • UNION OF MYANMAR
    Previously named Burma changed name in 1989 to Union of Myanmar

    UNITED KINGDOM
    Formerly known as, and still referred to as Great Britain.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.

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    VANCOUVER ISLAND
    (stamps issued under the colony of British Columbia and Vancouver Island)
    Former British colony, now a Western province of Canada.
    Currency
  • 1860 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1865 100 cents = 1 dollar.


  • VANUATU
    Formerly known as the New Hebrides.
    Became a republic on 30 July 1980.
    Currency
  • 1980 100 centimes = 1 frane.

  • 1981 Vatus.


  • VICTORIA
    The Southeast state of Australia.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


  • VICTORIA LAND
    Used to denote stamps used in Captain Scott’s expedition to Antarctica.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling.

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    WADHWAN
    A state of Kathiawar, India, now using Indian stamps.
    Currency
  • 4 pice = 1 anna.


  • WALES
    Part of Great Britain which is now referred to as the United Kingdon.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound sterling.

  • 1971 100 new pence = 1 pound.


  • WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    The Western state of Australia.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

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    ZAMBIA
    Formerly Northern Rhodesia until it became independent on 24 October 1964.
    Currency
  • 1964 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.

  • 1968 100 ngwee = 1 kwacha.


  • ZANZIBAR
    A group of islands off the coast of Tanganyika, East Africa.
    Became independent in 1963 and a republic in 1964.
    Joined with Tanganyika in July 1964 and the combined countries were renamed to Tanzania.
    Currency
  • 1895 16 annas = 1 rupee.

  • 1908 100 cents = 1 rupee.

  • 1936 100 cents = 1 shilling.


  • ZIL ELWANNYEN SESEL
    An island ground comprising island on the outer edge of the Seychelles.
    Includes islands of Aldabra, Coetivy, Farquhar and Amirante.
    Currency
  • 100 cents = 1 rupee.


  • ZULULAND
    A territory of Southeast Asia.
    Left British control in 1887 and joined Natal in 1897.
    Currency
  • 12 pence = 1 shilling; 20 shillings = 1 pound.


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