Postage stamps and postal history of the Netherlands
The postal region of the Netherlands is located in North-West Europe and comprises the whole territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe and until 2010 the full territory of the country the Netherlands. Four other postal regions exist in the kingdom: for Aruba, the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), Curaçao and Sint Maarten.
The first stamps of the Netherlands were issued in 1852 and depicted King William III.
Second World War
The Netherlands were liberated on 5 May 1945. The previous stamps continued in use until a new series was introduced on 1 April 1946. This series contained stamps originally issued by the Netherlands Government in Exile in Britain in 1944 for use on ships of the Netherlands Navy serving with the Allies.
Regular stamp issues have continued since then including several long-running definitive stamp series, numerous commemorative stamps and the regular issue of semi-postal stamps for charitable causes which has become a notable feature of Netherlands philately.
In 2002 a series of 12 provincial stamps were issued. Whilst not strictly local stamps, as they were valid throughout The Netherlands, the stamps were only available to purchase from post offices in the relevant province or from the Netherlands Philatelic Bureau.
Variable value stamps
International Court of Justice
- List of people on stamps of the Netherlands
- Postage stamps and postal history of Aruba
- Postage stamps and postal history of the Caribbean Netherlands
- Postage stamps and postal history of Curaçao
- Postage stamps and postal history of the Netherlands Antilles
- Postage stamps and postal history of the Netherlands East Indies
- Postage stamps and postal history of Sint Maarten
- Postage stamps and postal history of Suriname
- Melville, Fred. Holland, The Melville Stamp Books. 1909.
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