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Contemporary Groupings

Country Categories: Africa since independence - Asia - Caribbean - Central and North America - Europe - Middle East - Oceania - South America

Colonies, States, Occupation, Offices etc.: Argentina - Austria - Belgium - China - Colombia - Denmark - France - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - India - Italy - Japan - Lithuania - Malaya - Netherlands - Nicaragua - Peru - Poland - Portugal - Russia - Spain - Switzerland - US Entities - UN - World Firsts


The main continental categories are based on the stamp catalogues and work well in examining the first century (or perhaps half-century) of stamp issues but are of less use if a user wants to look at the first issues of the countries now in existence.
The treatment of Africa, based on Gibbons' three 1960s volumes of "Africa since independence" gives a view of the current countries with references back to their colonial philatelic past. This suggests that categories such as Oceania and the Caribbean are needed and they will be developed on this page.

Oceania (as listed in Wikipedia)
Country ID   First Issue Sequence # Notes
Australia          
Fiji          
French Polynesia 645   22nd October 1956    
Hawaii          
Kiribati          
Marshall Islands [328]   2nd May 1984    
Micronesia          
Nauru          
New Zealand          
Palau          
Papua New Guinea          
Samoa          
Solomon islands          
Tonga          
Tuvalu          
Vanuatu 725   30th July 1980    

The Caribbean (as listed in Wikipedia)
Country ID First Issue Sequence # Notes
Anguilla        
Antigua and Barbuda        
Aruba 739 1st January 1986    
Bahamas        
Barbados        
British Virgin Is.        
Caribbean Netherlands 778 10th October 2010    
Cayman Is.        
Cuba        
CuraƧao 777 10th October 2010    
Dominica        
Dominican Republic        
Grenada        
Guadeloupe        
Haiti        
Jamaica        
Martinique        
Montserrat        
Puerto Rico        
St. Kitts and Nevis        
St. Lucia        
St. Martin (French)        
St. Maarten (Netherlands) 779 10th October 2010    
St. Vincent and the Grenadines        
Trinidad and Tobago        
Turks and Caicos Is.        
U.S. Virgin Is.        

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