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The Kingdom of Kabul (Aghanistan) first issued stamps in 1871. Early designs featured a tiger's head, symbolizing the name of Amir Sher (tiger) Ali. From 1871 to 1892 the date of the Moslim year also appears. Afghan stamps of the period were issued without gum and imperforate. When used, they were cancelled by cutting or tearing a piece from the stamp. Before 1928, when Afghanistan joined the Universal Postal Union, Afghan stamps were valid only for use within the country itself. Mail traveling to other countries needed the addition of Indian stamps.

From 1870 until 1892 several issues with resembling native script were issued in various colors, these stamps are hard to classify, so only some examples will be given here:

examples with tiger head in center:


(Reduced size)

(Reduced sizes)

Last 3 pictures reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com


Sometimes the stamps were cut as an obliteration:

Examples on letter:

With text in center, examples:

Letter, front and backside and stamp (enlarged)

Forgeries, examples:


1892 Rectangular sizes

(Reduced sizes)

(On letter)

(1 R 1894 issue, two similar 2 a black on green stamps were also issued, one for normal and one for registered letters, the value can be found in the left lower corner)


1907 Mosk

2 a blue

(On letter)

  1 a blue
  2 a blue
  1 R green

1909 Mosk, different design

2 a green

  2 p olive
  1 a blue
  1 a red (1919)
  2 a green
  2 a yellow (1919)
  1 R brown
  1 R yellow (1919)

1913 Parcel stamps, large size

3 s brown 1 K olive 1 R olive

  3 s brown
  3 s green (1917)
  1 K olive
  1 K red (1917)
  1 R orange
  1 R olive (1917)
  2 R red
  2 R blue (1917)

Later issues, examples:


(Reduced size)


1909 Arms in a circle

  red (no value indicated)

Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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