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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!

Middle East stamps

Syria stamps

Find stamps from Syria and similar great collectible stamps. All Syrian postal listings and other items listed below are presently on sale. Many of these things go soon, so be sure to click the 'buy' or 'bid' button (or picture) if you see an item for your needs. You will be redirected to the seller's page on a third-party site. This section is updated quite a few times a day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Syria stamps. Good luck finding a rare Syrian stamp addition for your own needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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Georgia stamps

Look for great stamps from Georgia and related rare collectible pieces. All Georgian philatelic items and relevant items mentioned here are now on offer. Most of these stamps get snapped up quickly, so by all means click the 'buy' or 'bid' button (or picture) if you see an item for your needs. You will be taken to the seller's page on a third-party site. This page is refreshed quite a few times per day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Georgia stamps. Good luck finding a great Georgian 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

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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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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Kazakhstan stamps

Look for rare stamps from Kazakhstan as well as similar collectible collectible items. The Kazakh postal items and all other items mentioned in this section are currently available.Quite a few of these things get snapped up rapidly, 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 vendor's listing on the third-party website. This category is refreshed several times a day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Kazakhstan stamps. Good luck finding a collectible Kazakh stamp addition to suit your needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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South Asia stamps

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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Bangladesh stamps

Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan (Bangladesh had to that point been called East Pakistan) in 1971, and soon afterwards issued its first set of stamps. At first Bangladeshi postage stamps used the Pakistani currency (1 rupee = 100 paisa), but from 1972 used its own, new units (1 taka = 100 poisha). Bangladesh has issued several commemorative stamps in the years since independence, many of which are aimed at the international collectors' market. However, Bangladesh stamps tend to feature local subjects — people and scenes and events specific to Bangladesh. There are maximum cards, souvenir sheets, and an array of collectible covers to choose from from Bangladesh, in addition to a range of unhinged Bangladesh stamps, full sheets, et cetera; also, the country used overprinted official stamps (with 'SERVICE' in English and in Bengali) at various times, and many collectors hunt for these special stamps as well. See the current selection of Bangladeshi stamps for sale in this section. See also nearby stamps of India. Note that, at various times, the name of the country has been rendered slightly differently on postage stamps — sometimes as one word, Bangladesh, and sometimes as two words, Bangla Desh. Virtually all Bangladeshi postage stamps also feature the Bengali script

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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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Southeast Asia stamps

Philippines stamps

Find stamps from Philippines plus similar nice collectible stamps. The Filipino philatelic items and other items shown here are now available.Many of these items get snapped up fast, so be sure to click the 'buy' or 'bid' button or the image if you see something for your collection. You will be redirected to the seller's page on the third-party site. This page is added to many times per day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Philippines stamps. Good luck finding a great Filipino stamp addition to suit your needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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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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Myanmar/Burma stamps

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, known as Burma before 1990 (and still today, to some), is a country in southeast Asia between India and Thailand with a fairly simple but interesting postage stamp history. Collectors of Burmese stamps today often collect examples of stamps and philatelic collectibles from different eras of the controversial country. First Burma stamps, 1937 — 1938Burma was a British colony in 1937 when it first used its own stamps — these were British India stamps with 'BURMA' overprints. There were stamps for official use also in 1937 — these overprints added the word 'SERVICE' to the 'BURMA' overprints. In 1938, Burma was issued its very own, non-overprinted stamps. These stamps used the Indian currency system of pies, annas, and rupees. Some of these stamps, too, were used officially, with the overprint 'SERVICE'. Official stamps with overprints in the Burmese script were issued for the same use. Japanese occupation stamps of Burma and World War IIIn 1942, Japan occupied Burma and used its own stamps during the occupation. There were several different varieties of these Japanese occupation stamps from 1942 to 1944, and they are very popular with collectors. Covers, too, from this era are much sought after. After World War II and the defeat of the Japanese, the postal system of Britain was restarted under the control of the British Military Administration; the British used their own pre-war Burma stamps with new overprints reading 'MILY ADMN'. In 1946, Britain issued new stamps inscribed BURMA. Burmese independenceIn 1948, Burma gained independence from Britain and called itself the Union of Burma. New stamps at first copied the most recent British Burma stamps, but subsequent issues used the full English name of the Union, plus the Burmese name: ပြည်ထောင်စုမြန်မာနိုင်ငံတော်. The Socialist Republic of the Union of BurmaIn 1974, the country changed its name to the Socialist

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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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Japan stamps

Order stamps from Japan or related collectible items. All Japanese postal sales and all relevant items appearing here are presently on offer. Quite a few of these stamps disappear soon, so go ahead and click the 'buy' or 'bid' button or the image if you see a piece for your needs. You will be taken to the vendor's listing on a third-party site. This section is updated several times per day, so bookmark this page to check back for the latest Japan stamps. Good luck finding a nice Japanese stamp addition for your own needs, and look in the subcategories for more detailed listings

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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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