Republic of the Congo - Travel/Philately/Numismatics/Memorabilia Profile

Republic of the Congo, a country in Central Africa bordered by Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, the exclave of Cabinda, and the Gulf of Guinea has a total land area of 132,047 square miles and a population of around 3.7 million.Its topography consists of a coastal plain, central plateau, and two basins. In earlier days the economy was dependent on forestry which has led to its decline. However the petroleum extraction has surged ahead and is the biggest contributor to its economy. Agriculture and handicrafts also contribute in a small way to the economy. Other exports include natural gas, diamonds, gold, iron and phosphate. In the wake of its civil wars and the uneasy peace prevailing currently tourism is not recommended.

Travel Resources: 



ResourceISBN or ASINBest PriceDescription
Congo Bradt Travel Guide978-1841622330$19Covers both the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.
Universal Worldwide Travel Charger AdapterB001MGUB9Q$4

Numismatic Profile:

Republic of Congo used coinage of the French Equatorial Africa and the Equatorial African States during the French colonial period. The first coins of Republic of the Congo were 100 Francs Nickels introduced in 1971 with the Three Eland Obverse and denomination within circle and date in reverse issued by the Central African States Monetary Union.

Other numismatic items of Republic of the Congo include:


ItemPrice RangeDescription
Coins$2 and upCommon UNCs start around $2. John Paul II commemoratives from 2004 start around $10. Essais start around $20. Silver proofs start around $50.
Paper Money$3 and upRecent UNCs start around $3. Rare dates and bundles start around $20. Rare proofs go into the 100s.


Philatelic Profile:

The first stamp of Congo was released in 1959 and shows an allegory of new republic. The stamp (Scott #89) is inexpensive and catalogs for less than a dollar MNH or Used. That stamp was followed in 1960 by a set of two stamps. The set (Scott #91 and 92) show President Fulbert Youlou and catalogs for around $2 MNH and a dollar for Used. President Fulbert Youlou was the first President of Republic of Congo. The set was followed in 1961 by another short set of three stamps to mark Congo’s admission to United Nations. The set (Scott #93 to #95) catalogs fro around $3 MNH and around half that for Used. The design shows the Congolese Flag, Map, and UN emblem in different colors.

Other stamps of Congo enjoying good philatelic interest include:
  1. A set of five stamps released in July 29, 1968 in the Cars theme. The set (Scott #174 to #178) catalogs for around $20 MNH and $6 Used. The designs show Daimler 1889, Berliet 1897, Peugeot 1898, Renault 1900, and Fiat 1902. This was followed by a set of eight stamps on October 6, 1969 in the Bicycles & Motorcycles theme. The set (Scott #183 to #190) catalogs for around $30 MNH and $7 Used. The designs show Hirondelle, Folding Bicycle, Peugeot, Excelsior Manxman, Norton, Brough Superior “Old Bill”, and Matchless.
  2. A set of six stamps released in 1978 in the Endangered Animals theme. The set (Scott #453 to #458) catalogs for around $30 MNH and $4 Used. The design show an endangered animal along with the Wildlife Fund Emblem. The animals depicted are Okapi, African Buffaloes, Rhinoceros, Chimpanzee, Hippopotamus, and Buffon’s kob. Several other sets in the same theme were also released over the years.
  3. A set of five stamps released in June 20, 1994 in the Evolution of the Elephant theme. The set (Scott #1054 to #1058) catalogs for around $12 MNH and around half that for Used. The designs show Palaeomastodon, Mammut, Amebelodon, Platybelodon, and Mammuthus.
  4. A set of six stamps released in 1996 in the ‘Mother Carrying Baby’ theme in different colors. The set (Scott #1115 to #1120) is very valuable and catalogs for around $60 MNH and around half that for Used. The reason for this unusual valuation is because the stamps were never officially issued.

Last Updated: 12/2015. 

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