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History of Aden Stamps

Aden Stamps - British India Queen Victoria postage stamps were the first used in Aden between 1854 and 1937 under the control of the Indian Post Office. Although the earliest of these were cancelled by the Aden numeral “124” and “125” postmarks there were many different types which are sought by collectors. Aden was a far flung outpost of the British Empire that grew in importance as an integral link in sea trade between Europe, India and British East Africa. It developed into a large port, located at the confluence of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean on the Arabian Peninsula and consequently the postal history emanating from this area is highly desirable with many interesting covers being postmarked and handled through the ports post offices.

The first printed Aden stamps are the iconic pictorial and symbolic ‘Dhow’ issue of 1937. These were issued when Aden became a British Crown Colony, having formerly been a Protectorate. De La Rue & Co. printed the stamps that depict a small sailing boat, that were a common sight within the harbour. Later KGVI and earlier QEII issues include many lovely recess-printed pictorial issues. Certain local emirates objected to the image of a British sovereign, consequently State stamps that bear their own Sultan’s image were printed. These States included Kathiri, Qu’aiti, Mayra and Upper Yafa. In 1967 Aden became part of the People's Republic of Yemen. Collectors also enjoy reading the many specialist books written on the subject, including ‘Postal History of Aden 1839 - 1967’ by R.W. Pratt 1985. 


Aden Stamps

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  • Lot 8 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    ADEN - 1937-1954 mint, nhm & used ranges on stock pages (210+)
  • Lot 9 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £90 - £100

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    ADEN - 1939-48 Pictorials complete set, SG 16/27, NHM, fresh (13)
  • Lot 10 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £32 - £35

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    ADEN - 1963 HADHRAMAUT pictorial set, SG 41/52, NHM (12 stamps)
  • Lot 11 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £50

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    ADEN - 2R yellow Dhow, SG 10, VFM.
  • Lot 1446 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £50

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    ADEN - 1922 PICTURE POSTCARD (December) picture postcard to Harrar (Ethiopia) bearing (on picture side) India ½a KGV tied by Aden cds.
  • Lot 1447 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £500 - £550

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    ADEN - 1937 'Dhow' definitives complete set, SG 1/12, very fine lightly hinged mint. (12 stamps)
  • Lot 1448 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £100 - £110

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    ADEN - 1937 - 1963 VERY FINE USED COLLECTION of very fine stamps with cds postmarks presented on a stock card includes 1948 Wedding set plus the 1949 UPU set and 1953-63 range to 20s deep black and...
  • Lot 1449 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £500 - £550

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    ADEN - 1937 Dhow definitives complete set, SG 1/12, very fine mint (12 stamps)
  • Lot 1450 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £500 - £600

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    ADEN - 1937 Dhows complete set, SG 1/12, very fine mint (12 stamps).
  • Lot 1451 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £190 - £220

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    ADEN - 1937-1964 FINE USED all different collection on pages. Includes 1937 Dhow set to 5R, 1939-48 set to 5R, 1949 Silver Wedding set, 1951 New Currency surcharges set, 1953-63 definitives to both...

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