Explore the History and Culture of Afghanistan with 300-Stamp Collection
It's fun to discover stamps from other countries, and this is a good opportunity to take a look at postage stamps issued by Afghanistan. Stamps may vary, but that's half the fun! What will you see in your collection? Order today to find out.
More About Afghanistan...
As you may know, Afghanistan is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. It's bordered by Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the north, and Tajikstan and China to the northeast.
The first stamps of Afghanistan (then the Kingdom of Afghanistan) were issued in 1871 and were round in shape, imperforate, and printed in black. Cancellation was done by cutting or tearing off a piece of the stamp, and it wasn't until 1891 that postmarks were used. Different colored inks were used beginning in 1876, and all early issues were engraved. Some are quite valuable today. Round stamps came to an end in 1891, when rectangular issues were introduced. The first rouletted stamps came about in 1907.
After gaining independence, Afghanistan issued its first independent postage stamps in August 1920. From 1924 through the 1960s, at least one stamp was issued per year in February to commemorate independence. Afghanistan joined the Universal Postal Union in 1928, before which any international mail had to include stamps of British India.
To learn more about Afghanistan postal history, click here.