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Contemporary Groupings

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

Colonies, States, Occupation, Offices etc.: Argentina - Austria - Belgium - China - Colombia - Denmark - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Hungary - India - Italy - Japan - Lithuania - Malaya - Netherlands - Nicaragua - Peru - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Russia - Serbia - Spain - Switzerland - US Entities - UN - Venezuela - 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    
Gilbert Islands 715 2nd January 1976    
Hawaii        
Kiribati        
Marshall Islands [328] 2nd May 1984    
Micronesia        
Nauru        
New Zealand        
Palau        
Papua New Guinea        
Samoa        
Solomon islands        
Tonga        
Tuvalu 716 1st January 1976    
Vanuatu 725 30th July 1980    

Oceania
UN map of Oceania / Melanesia

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The Caribbean (as listed in Wikipedia)
Country ID First Issue Sequence # Notes
Anguilla 693 4th September 1967    
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 72623rd June 1980    
St. Lucia        
St. Martin (French)        
St. Maarten (Netherlands) 779 10th October 2010    
St. Vincent and the Grenadines        
Trinidad and Tobago        
Turks and Caicos Is. 727 24th July 1981    
U.S. Virgin Is.        

Caribbean
CIA map of Caribbean from Wikipedia

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