First Issues - 1877 to 1880

page 10.1

This is the tenth display in a series intended to show the first issues of every country. That includes the first stamp and (where issued) the first commemorative, airmail, charity, official and post due.

Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde SG1 Sc1   Cape Verde SG307 ScC1   Cape Verde SG-C266 Sc-RA1 Cape Verde SG-D119 Sc-J1
1st January 1877
SG1 Sc1
1939 SG316 Sc252
Visit if the President of Portugal
1938 SG307 Sc-C1
1921 SG255 Sc194
War tax
1925 SG-C266 Sc-RA1
Post Due
1904 SG-D119 Sc-J1

Independence 1978 SG430 Sc365

A group of islands 500 miles west of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Portuguese colonies first issued stamps in 1868: there were four in Display 8 (1868-70), one in Display 9 and there will be two in this display. No official stamp has been issued. The Islands gained independence in 1975.

San Marino

San Marino SG1 Sc1 San Marino SG29 Sc29 San Marino SG164 Sc-C1 San Marino SG164 Sc-C1 San Marino SG-D38 Sc-J1
1st August 1877
SG1 Sc1
1894 SG29 Sc29
New govt. palace and new Regent
1931 SG164 Sc-C1
1917 SG55 Sc-B1
Hospitals for Italian Soldiers
Post Due
1897 SG-D38 Sc-J1

This is an independent state in northeast Italy, described in Wikipedia as an ‘enclaved microstate’, its area is 24 square miles and the population around 30k. It is the world’s smallest republic and remained neutral in both World Wars. No official issued.


page written November 2013