Country Identification of Contemporary Stamps - An Introduction

For novice collectors identifying the country of origin for a stamp can be confusing. Some countries have the country name inscribed in the national language or have their name in their official language spelled out in English. Adding more perplexity is the fact that many countries have undergone name transformations over the years for political and/or other reasons and resulting in different names being inscribed in stamps from different periods for the same country.

The list below focuses on contemporary stamps that have country name inscriptions in a language other than English. The most common example is listed when there are multiple designs. Future posts on country profiles will look at older issues that have other inscriptions:


Country Name (click for link to philatelic bureau)Flag (Click for location info in google maps)Stamp Sample (Click for purchase options on eBay)Identification Hints
AzerbaijanInscription reads ‘AZӘRBAYCAN’
BelgiumInscription reads ‘BELGIË-BELGIQUE’ or ‘BELGIQUE-BELGIË’
Bosnia HerzegovinaInscription reads ‘Republika Bosna Hercegovina’
Bosnia Herzegovina (Croat)











Inscription reads same as above
Bosnia Herzegovina (Serb)























BrazilInscription reads ‘Brasil’
Cape VerdeInscription reads ‘CABO VERDE’
Central African RepublicInscription reads ‘REPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE’
ChadInscription reads ‘REPUBLIQUE DU TCHAD’
Comoro IslandsInscription reads ‘REPUBLIQUE FEDERALE ISLAMIQUE DES COMORES’
People’s Republic of CongoInscription reads ‘REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO’
CroatiaInscription reads ‘HRVATSKA’
Czech RepublicInscription reads ‘ČESKĂ REPUBLIKA’
DenmarkInscription reads ‘DANMARK’
Dominican RepublicInscription reads ‘REPUBLICA DOMINICANA’
Equitorial GuineaInscription reads ‘REPǓBLICA DE GUINEA EQUITORIAL’
EstoniaInscription reads ‘EESTI’
Faroe IslandsInscription reads ‘FØROYAR’
French PolynesiaInscription reads ‘POLYNESIE FRANCAISE’
French Southern Antartic TerritoryInscription reads ‘TERRES AUSTRALES ET ANTARCTIQUES FRANCAISES’
GabonInscription reads ‘REPUBLIQUE GABONAISE’
GermanyInscription reads ‘DEUTSCHLAND’
Great BritainHead instead of inscription.
GreeceInscription reads ‘HELLAS’
GreenlandInscription reads ‘GRØNLAND’
GuineaInscription reads ‘REPUBLIQUE DE GUINEE’
Guinea-BissauInscription reads ‘GUINÉ-BISSAU’
HaitiInscription reads ‘RÉPUBLIQUE D´HAITI’
HungaryInscription reads ‘MAGYARORZÁG’
IrelandInscription reads ‘ÉIRE’
ItalyInscription reads ‘ITALIA’
Ivory CoastInscription reads ‘RÉPUBLIQUE DÉ CÓTE D´IVOIRE’
JapanInscription reads ‘NIPPON’
LaosInscription reads ‘LAO PDR’
LatviaInscription reads ‘LATVIJA’
LebanonInscription reads ‘LIBAN’
LithuaniaInscription reads ‘LIETUVA’
MacaoInscription reads ‘MACAU’
MacedoniaInscription reads ‘MAKEДOHИJA’
Malagasy























Inscription reads ‘MADAGASIKARA’
MauritaniaInscription reads ‘RÉPUBLIQUE ISLAMIQUE DE MAURITANIE’
MoroccoInscription reads ‘ROYAUME DU MAROC’
MozambiqueInscription reads ‘MOÇAMBIQUE’
Netherlands-AntillesInscription reads ‘Netherlandse Antillen’
New CaledoniaInscription reads ‘NOUVELLE-CALEDONIE’
Northern CyprusInscription reads ‘KUZEY KIBRIS’
North KoreaInscription reads ‘DPR KOREA’
NorwayInscription reads ‘NORGE’
PhilippinesInscription reads ‘PILIPINAS’
PolandInscription reads ‘POLSKA’
RussiaInscription reads ‘ROSSIJA’
Saudi ArabiaInscription reads ‘SR’
SerbiaInscription reads ‘CPБИJA’
SlovakiaInscription reads ‘SLOVENSKO’
SloveniaInscription reads ‘SLOVENIJA’
South KoreaInscription reads ‘KOREA’
SpainInscription reads ‘ESPAŃA’
St. Pierre MiquelonInscription reads ‘SPM’
St. Thomas & Prince IslandsInscription reads ‘S.TOMÉ PRÍNCIPE’
SurinamInscription reads ‘SURINAME’
SwedenInscription reads ‘SVERIGE’
SwitzerlandInscription reads ‘HELVETIA’
Togo











Inscription reads ‘REPUBLIQUE TOGOLAISE’
TunisiaInscription reads ‘REPUBLIQUE TUNISIENNE’
TurkeyInscription reads ‘TÜRKÍYE’
UkraineInscription reads ‘UKRAINA’
Vatican CityInscription reads ‘VATICANO’
Wallis & FatunaInscription reads ‘WALLIS et FUTUNA’



Last Updated: 09/2015.

25 comments :

RJ said...

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Ellen C. said...

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JL said...

Very informative. I did not know some of the information posted here about certain countries before. Thanks

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Loreza said...

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Anonymous said...

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Reginaallen86 said...

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mnshy said...

SR mean Saudi Riyal which is the currency of Saudi Arabia.

Recent Saudi stamps such as shown in the list above only have the coat of arms instead of country name inscription (crossed scimitars under a date tree). Older stamp may have the inscription KSA.

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Anonymous said...

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I'm helping my 7 and 5 year old sons to start their stamp collections, so winning would be great for them.

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Anonymous said...

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schandra14 said...

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velka3 said...

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Joyce Lim said...

My mother started me on stamp collecting when I was young...but over the years I must have misplaced my stamp album and lost all my childhood collection. Am trying to restart my collection again as adult but have so desperately few stamps now. Thanks for the website, I love this page as I have received some stamps in their native language but not too sure what country they are from. This is definitely on my bookmark!
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CESAR said...

I am a 48 years old high School Teacher I live in Peru South America.
I encourage to my students to collect stamps and we are organizing a stamp club at school.
So I need stamps for my students.
Thanks for your support. Feel free to contact me to:
Professor.
CESAR PEREZ DIOSES

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Angel said...

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Dave @ Home School Dad said...

I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THESE STAMPS! I am hosting a state quarter give-a-way on my blog. I think stamps and coin give-a-ways compliment each other well.

Mary said...

This is very neat! My husband collects stamps and I love looking at them. He hopes to get his son into collecting as well

Angi said...

Thanks so much for the Country ID list. I've had some trouble figuring out WHERE some of my stamps are from, and your list will help tremendously!

Angi H
Louisville, KY

Digital Misfit said...

I would love this stamp collection. I have an unsorted collection of stamps that I inherited from my father. About 70% of the stamps are Canada and USA, but there are some beautiful international ones.

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