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We list collectible stamps for sale from all of Asia, including Western Asia/the Middle East. Look through our listings of stamps for sale from Israel to Japan; from Kazakhstan to East Timor; from China to Jordan to Sri Lanka — and everywhere in between. Start with a country or region below to see the stamps we are currently listing for sale. Have fun quickly adding great pieces to your Asian stamp collection!
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Middle East stamps

Bahrain stamps

The Kingdom of Bahrain, a Middle Eastern island nation in the Persian Gulf, originally used stamps of British India from 1933 to 1947, with 'BAHRAIN' overprints. These included stamps featuring King George V and King George VI. When India (and Pakistan) won independence in 1947, British stamps with overprints were used instead in Bahrain. These continued to feature King George VI, and from 1952, Queen Elizabeth II. Finally, in 1960, Bahrain began issuing its own stamps, although it was still under British rule. In 1966, Bahrain took over complete control of their postal affairs; in 1971 Bahrain won total independence from Britain. So, collectors of Bahrain overprint stamps tend to focus on the years until 1960, and collectors of postage stamps specifically inscribed BAHRAIN tend to buy stamps from 1960 until now. In 1973, to raise funds for the Arab-Israeli War, Bahrain stamps featuring war tax overprints were used, and collectors often hunt for these stamps for their Bahraini stamp collections. Other special Bahrain stamps include the so-called Camel Post stamps, an unofficial group of bogus stamps issued between 1986 and 1990 showing drawings of camels. There have also been Bahrain maximum cards, first day covers (and regular covers), joint-issue stamps, and other special philatelic collectibles that are now available for collectors worldwide. When shopping for Bahrain postage stamps for sale, note that sellers in different countries may use their own languages: Bahrain may be written Bahréin or Bahreïn, for example. Browse the current offers, and check back often as the selection in this section is updated frequently

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United Arab Emirates stamps

Look for rare stamps from United Arab Emirates as well as related rare collectible items. The Emirati postal pieces and the other items mentioned below are currently on offer. Many of these listings go rapidly, so go ahead and click the 'buy' or 'bid' button (or picture) if you see something for your collection. You will be taken to the seller's listing on a third-party page. This page is added to many times daily, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest United Arab Emirates stamps. Good luck finding a collectible Emirati stamp addition for your own needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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Palestine (1863-1994)

Palestine's first stamps were from 1863, when the area was in the Ottoman Empire; these stamps were of Turkish origin and were used until the end of World War I. In 1917, the League of Nations issued a mandate giving Britain control over Palestine; the British issued stamps overprinted E.E.F. (Egyptian Expeditionary Forces) for three years, then a series of different overprints were tried for the next few years. In 1927 a set of definitives for Palestine was finally issued. In 1948 the League of Nations mandate expired, and Israel declared independence, with Gaza and the West Bank occupied by Jordan. Jordan overprinted its own stamps in both English and Arabic with PALESTINE. These were used until 1950; however, also in 1948, Egypt occupied the area, issuing its own stamps similar to Jordan. This situation continued until 1967, when Israel took control of Palestine's mail, using Israeli stamps. Palestine stamps from each of the area's long, varied history are collectible, and buyers who collect this region often are able to find great stamps to add to their books here at Asian-Stamps.com. Browse the current selection below, and have fun finding something nice to pick up

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Central Asia stamps

Kyrgyzstan stamps

Look for collectible stamps from Kyrgyzstan or similar collectible collectible stamps. All Kyrgyz postal items and the relevant items shown below are now on offer.Many of these stamps disappear rapidly, so be sure to click the 'buy' or 'bid' button (or picture) if you see a piece for your wants. You will be redirected to the vendor's page on the third-party site.This page is updated quite a few times a day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Kyrgyzstan stamps. Good luck finding a Kyrgyz stamp addition for your own needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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Tajikistan stamps

Tajikistan's stamp history actually extends much further back than its 1991 independence date would suggest. Tajikistan (also rendered in English as Tadzikhistan and Tadjikistan among other similar variants) became a Russian territory in 1868, and remained a republic within the USSR until 1991. From 1925 — 1929, the area (then known as the Tadzikh Autonomous Republic) was put under the control of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. Regular Soviet stamps seem to have been used during this time, however; at any rate, the Tadzikh Autonomous Republic was moved in 1929 from the Uzbek Republic to be under direct control of the USSR. It wasn't until the waning days of the USSR and the momentous events of 1991 that Tajikistan's stamp history really began (although there was an overprint in 1988, bearing the Russian (not Tajik) characters Тадж). Early Tajik independence stamp issuesIndependent Tajikistan issued its first stamps in 1992; however, demand proved to be high and the Republic had to overprint old Russian stamps also for a couple years. Collectors of Tajik stamps now tend to concentrate on more complete sets, since the relatively short history of the country as a stamp-issuing body makes completeness a more realistic goal. In 1991 Tajikistan also joined the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); although this body has not issued its own stamps, several countries have issued stamps recognizing and/or honoring the group. A note about the Tajik language Tajik is derived from Persian, and is sometimes called Tajik Persian. In the history of the Tajik area, the language was variously written in Persian script, Latin, and Cyrillic. Since the late 1930s, Tajik was written in Cyrillic, but since the fall of the USSR there has been an effort to convert the country back to the use of written Persian

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Uzbekistan stamps

Buy rare stamps from Uzbekistan as well as related nice collectible items. All Uzbekistani philatelic sales and the relevant items appearing here are now available.Quite a few of these things are sold soon, so you can click the 'buy' or 'bid' button (or picture) if you see a piece for your needs. You will be taken to the seller's listing on a third-party site. This category is updated several times a day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Uzbekistan stamps. Good luck finding a nice Uzbekistani stamp addition for your needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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South Asia stamps

Afghanistan stamps

Afghanistan has a long postal history, and has issued many highly collectible stamps in its time. It borders Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China, and Pakistan. The Emirate of Afghanistan began using its own stamps in 1871. These earliest stamps were square stamps, used at a 45º angle to make them diamond-shaped. They were not canceled in the usual sense, but had bits torn off of them for cancelation. Regular-style cancels began in 1891. For several decades, the stamps of Afghanistan progressed in design rather slowly, even with the country's 1919 independence from Britain. The new state, the Kingdom of Afghanistan, lasted until 1973; it was only in the 1960s that bolder and more colorful designs began to be seen on Afghani stamps — in fact, many collectors feel that the designs were improved in a direct effort to appeal to international philatelists and increase revenue for the country. Most stamps from this era use French (usually POSTES AFGHANES) as well as Persian. The Republic of Afghanistan issued stamps during its rule from 1973 to 1978, after which the country was renamed again, to the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. When the communists fell in 1992, Afghanistan became the Islamic State of Afghanistan until 2001, though from 1996 there was a struggle with the Taliban, who would rule part but never all of the country and who began the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. From 1992 until 2001, there were no official stamps issued in Afghanistan. However, one interesting subset of Afghanistan stamps are several nice-looking issues made between 1996 and 2001, while much of the country was under Taliban rule. These stamps have subsequently been declared illegal and invalid, but are collected by many international buyers as an interesting slice of history in this storied and volatile region. The country is now called the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and has resumed the issuance of official stamps. The listings of Afghanistan stamps for sale

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Sri Lanka stamps

Hunt for rare stamps from Sri Lanka or similar great collectible items. All Sri Lankan postal sales and related items appearing below are presently available.Quite a few of these items disappear rapidly, so be sure to click the 'buy' or 'bid' button (or picture) if you see something for your wants. You will be redirected to the vendor's listing on a third-party site.This category is added to quite a few times per day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Sri Lanka stamps. Good luck finding a great Sri Lankan stamp addition for your needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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Bhutan stamps

The Kingdom of Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom between India and Tibet near Nepal, has one of the most interesting and non-traditional postage stamp histories in the world. Incorporating up-to-the-minute technology in wholly novel ways, and always thinking outside the box as it were, Bhutanese postage stamps are a source of enthusiasm, or at least amusement, for most collectors. Bhutan stamp values use the currency 1 ngultrum = 100 chetrum. Stamps are printed in Bhutanese (Tibetan) script, including a short version of the country's name — འབྲུག — but virtually always include the English inscription "Bhutan" as well, often as the only English. Bhutan's first stamps were issued in 1962. Under the influence of the American Burt Todd, Bhutan soon began a tradition of releasing some very unusual postage stamps. In 1967, it used 3D technology on some stamps showing astronauts, something it would do with other stamps several more times. Gold foil stamps, depicting (and, of course, resembling) coins were released by Bhutan in honor of its kings. Perhaps most famously, a 1973 series of seven stamps (including two airmail stamps) were round, playable phonograph records, with audio tracks including folk songs and Bhutanese history overviews in both Bhutanese and English. These were all actually used postally, giving them a legitimacy that some strictly-for-philatelists items can lack for certain collectors. In 2008, and again in 2009, Bhutan continued its bold, experimental postage stamp philosophy by issuing a series of the world's first CD-ROM postage stamps, which featured videos of Bhutan. In addition to these unusual stamps, there have been many regular issues that appeal to collectors worldwide. If stamps printed on wood, plastic, or CD-ROMs aren't your thing, there are a large number of strikingly-designed souvenir sheets from Bhutan to choose from. Also, check for first day covers, maximum cards, minisheets, and other sections for other subcategories

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Southeast Asia stamps

Cambodia stamps

See collectible stamps from Cambodia or related collectible pieces. The Cambodian postal items and other items appearing here are currently on offer.Many of these stamps get snapped up quickly, so you can click the 'buy' or 'bid' button or the image if you see a piece for your needs. You will be taken to the seller's page on a third-party site. This page is refreshed many times daily, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Cambodia stamps. Good luck finding a Cambodian stamp addition for your stamp collection, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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Indonesia stamps

Buy stamps from Indonesia plus other nice collectible items. All Indonesian postal listings and the related items mentioned on this page are now on offer. Many of these things are sold rapidly, so go ahead and click the 'buy' or 'bid' button or the image if you see an item for your collection. You will be redirected to the vendor's page on the third-party page.This section is added to several times a day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Indonesia stamps. Good luck finding a rare Indonesian stamp addition for your collection, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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Singapore stamps

See collectible stamps from Singapore and similar rare collectible pieces. All Singaporean postal sales and other items shown on this page are presently available.Most of these listings go quickly, so feel free to click the 'buy' or 'bid' button (or picture) if you see an item for your collection. You will be taken to the seller's listing on the third-party page.This category is updated quite a few times a day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Singapore stamps. Good luck finding a Singaporean stamp addition to suit your needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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East Asia stamps

Taiwan stamps

Taiwan's stamp history begins in 1886, when the Chinese territory was issued its own stamps. Up until this point, Taiwan had been long known as Formosa, since 1544 when Portuguese explorers first saw the island and called it Ilha Formosa — "Beautiful Island". After a period of Dutch colonization, China took over the island in 1662, using the local word rendered in English as Taiwan. (Both terms would continue to be used, even to the present day.) Japanese rule of TaiwanIn 1895, Japan realized one of its ambitions by gaining complete control of the island of Taiwan. The Japanese ruled Taiwan for exactly 50 years, working hard to overcome local resistance and to fully incorporate the Taiwanese into Japanese society. In 1945, having lost World War II, Japan gave Taiwan back to China. However, at the very outset of Japan's control over Taiwan, there was significant resistance and stamps to reflect it: in 1895, the so-called Black Flag Republic — more officially known as the Republic of Formosa — mounted a spirited revolt against Japan, including the issuance of its own stamps. Japan quelled the revolt with relative ease; the Black Flag Republic stamps are beloved by collectors now. After WW2 → Taiwan ROCFrom 1945 to 1949, Taiwan remained a part of China, though the changes in that larger country also had repercussions for the Taiwanese. And so, in 1949, Taiwan was given to the Republic of China, an entity which had begun in 1912 and which had at one time ruled over large parts of mainland China; most of the country was classified as the People's Republic of China — i.e., modern-day China as it's generally thought of. The PROC considers Taiwan ROC one of its autonomous territories. Your Taiwan/Formosa stamp collectionIf you have an extra minute, why not leave a comment below and tell everyone about your approach to collecting Taiwanese stamps. Make the online stamp collecting community stronger

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Hong Kong stamps

Hong Kong has generated a huge variety of postage stamps for collectors since its first stamp was issued in 1862. There are many, many subcategories of rare and collectible Hong Kong postage stamps being bought and sold at any given time, and there are enough varieties to inspire an endless number of approaches to collecting Hong Kong stamps. When the first stamps came to Hong Kong in 1862, it was a British colony and stamps tended to feature Queen Victoria (and, later, subsequent monarchs). In 1997 Hong Kong was returned to China, and from this point stamps featured the name of Hong Kong in Chinese, 香港, (as it had in the British era), but with a new English phrase: HONG KONG, CHINA. Both eras have included many different collectible stamps commemorating a huge number of different subjects. The handover of HK to China itself has been the subject of some popular postal items. Here in the Asian-Stamps.com stamps section we feature information about several types of Hong Kong stamps and related postal collectibles; each section also features current sales listings from many different online vendors. Browse through our categories to find the HK stamps that suit your collection: Hong Kong airmail stamps: Airmail stamps and aerogramme covers sent to and/or from Hong Kong. Hong Kong Community Chest semipostals: Four surcharged stamps from 1988 to benefit a social welfare organization. Hong Kong error stamps: Some unique misprints and other types of error stamps. Hong Kong fake stamps and reprints: Forgeries and replica stamps for collectors. Hong Kong first-day covers: Stamps sent and franked on the first day of issue. Hong Kong full stamp sheets: Full sheets of non-separated stamps; some used postally in this way. Hong Kong imperforate stamps: Stamps without perforation holes. Hong Kong joint stamp issues: Stamps issued by Hong Kong and at least one other issuing body together. Hong Kong MLH stamps: Mint but lightly- (or very lightly-) hinged stamps. Sometimes cheaper

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Macau stamps

Find collectible stamps from Macau or relevant great collectible stamps. All Macanese philatelic items and relevant items listed in this section are now available.Quite a few of these stamps get snapped up soon, so you can click the 'buy' or 'bid' button (or picture) if you see an item for your collection. You will be redirected to the seller's listing on a third-party site. This section is updated many times daily, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Macau stamps. Good luck finding a great Macanese stamp addition to suit your stamp collection, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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