Postage stamps and postal history of Kazakhstan
This is a survey of the
postage stamps and postal historyof Kazakhstan.
Soviet Union, the Kazakh SSRpostal service was an integral part of the Soviet system. The republic was periodically recognized in sets of stamps honoring the different parts of the USSR.
Kazakhstan became independent in December 1991, and wasted no time in organizing its own post. Its first stamp, depicting a warrior's suit found at the
Issykmound in 1969, was issued 23 March 1992. Overprinted stamps of the USSR are also known from this early period, but the Philatelic Club of Almatyhas concluded that their official status is uncertain; although some saw postal usage, they were not generally available in post offices, nor do their values reflect actual postal rates in effect. (Although they may be fabrications intended to deceive collectors, this has apparently not been proven or disproven.)
definitive stamps were a set of five issued in 24 January 1993, four of which were a stylized design consisting of a yurtand spaceship (alluding to the country's Baikonur Cosmodrome), along with a high value of 50 rubles depicting the flag of Kazakhstan.
The currency changed to
tijnand tengearound the end of 1993. Existing stamps, all denominated in rubles and kopecks, were then sold as if they were in the new currencies. New stamps issued in the first half of 1994 were initially sold as denominated in tijn, then later in tenge. The yurt-and-spaceship design was re-issued in the new currency beginning in July 1994.
Kazakhstan has since followed a moderate pattern of issues, averaging 30 to 40 types per year. The space theme is frequent.
* [http://www.kazpost.kz/en/ Kazakhstan Postal Service (Kazpost) homepage]
* [http://www.linns.com/howto/refresher/overprsoviet_20020812/refreshercourse.asp?uID= Linn's column on overprinted Soviet stamps]
Stanley GibbonsLtd: various catalogues
* [http://www.jl.sl.btinternet.co.uk/stampsite/home.html Encyclopaedia of Postal History]
* Stuart Rossiter & John Flower: "The Stamp Atlas"
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