Postage stamps and postal history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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An 1894 stamp of the Congo Free State

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire and the Belgian Congo.

Issuing bodies[edit]

Colonial period[edit]

The Congo Free State was established in 1885 as a personal initiative of Leopold II of Belgium, which was formally annexed, becoming the Belgian Congo, in 1907. Both entities issued their own stamps.


Republic of the Congo[edit]

In 1960, the Belgian Congo became independent as the Republic of the Congo.


The State of Katanga seceded from the Republic of the Congo and, during its three years of independence, produced its own stamps and issues overprinted on earlier stamps of the Belgian Congo and the Republic of the Congo.

South Kasai[edit]

South Kasai created stamps by overprinting old Belgian Congo stamps.

For a short period in 1960–61, South Kasai was a secessionist region in the south central area of the country that issued overprinted Belgian Congo stamps.


1985 Stamps of Zaire showing sports.

The first stamps of Zaire were issued on 18 December 1971.[1]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

In 1997 the country changed name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986, p.303. ISBN 0-356-10862-7

Further reading[edit]


  • Donegan, George J., Jr. Donegan's Katanga philatelist: a specialized catalogue of the "Etat du Katanga" postal issues. Springfield, MO.: G.J. Donegan, Jr., 1964 27p.
  • Hoorens, Emile R. Histoire postale de l'Etat du Katanga 1960-1963. Brussels: E.R. Hoorens, 1997 197p.

South Kasai[edit]

  • Dufresne, André. "Les Timbres-Poste Du Sud-Kasai". Les Cahiers de l’Académie ─ OPUS XV. p. 153-159.[1]

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