Algeria stamps are postage stamps issued within the country of Algeria.
Algeria was a colonised country and, as such it's early stamps (from 1849 onwards) were French, discernible only from French stamps by their postmark. By 1924 the French stamps were being overprinted with the word 'Algerie'. In 1926 the stamps were being issued with the country name but all stamps issued continued to be French in design. Algeria gained full independence in 1962 and in the years prior to that there were a range of commemorative stamps issued celebrating the French regime as well as a revival of the initial French overprinted stamps.
Post 1962 there was an oversupply of French stamps which continued to be in circulation with the overprint 'EA' signifying Algeria's independence. It's first independent series was in 1964, showing occupations and in 1967 a series was released depicting Emir Abd-El-Kadir. 1982 saw the release of several issues which celebrated Algeria's landscapes and scenery.
Guide for collectors
Algeria is generally considered a good options for would-be philatelists who want to begin a country collection; this is because it's regular issue stamps are both accessible and affordable with its highest value stamp retailing at $50. This is for the 10 franc stamp featuring the tomb of Sidi Yacoub.
Algeria's second most valuable stamp is a 1958 Coat of Arms which sells for $25. The majority of the regular issue stamps can be attained for much cheaper with most, especially those prior to 1970 being available for under $1. Algeria's airmail stamps and semi-postals are more expensive although still affordable; a complete collection of 115 semi-postals has a catalogue value of $325 and regular issue airmail stamps range from $1 to $6.
Some good resources for collectors include:
- AlgeriePhilatelie.Net Site in French. Comprehensive online library of all stamps issued from 1924 onwards.
- Official Algerian Post-office website. Site in French. Has information on more recent issues.
- Delcampie.Net Wide range of auctions selling lower value Algerian stamps.
- County Stampcenter Again, a resource for buyers; this site offers direct sales of mint, never hinged stamps.
- Jim Forte Postal History Selling a range of Postal covers and cards ranging from $15 upwards.
Philatelic Societies which welcome philatelists specialising in Algeria include:
France & Colonies Philatelic Society - UK. Hold regular meetings and auctions two to three times a year.
France & Colonies Philatelic Society – U.S. Quarterly journal and info/advice for collectors.
From the May, 2011 auction held by Spink Shreves Galleries:
- Block of 10 1924 65c Rose variants with the word 'Algerie' misplaced. (Scott #24 var.) Sold for $170.
- 1927 10 Franc, brown and red pair. (Scott #66 var.) Sold for $300
- 1927 20 Franc violet and green, block of four. (Scott #67d.) Sold for $280
- 1930 Green and red carmine with inverted centre. (Scott #B26a) Sold for $1,000
- 1938 90c red, unissued. (Scott #67) Sold for $550.
- 1930 90c, red, unissued. (As above but with advertising band.) Sold for $575.
- 1939 90c , red pair. One with 1 franc surcharge. (Scott #131d) Sold for $850.
- 1942 5F Green, unissued. (Scott B27b) Sold for $650.
- 1942 20 Franc, grey/black, unissued. (Scott #137) Sold for $550.