THE OFFICIAL BOB DYLAN STAMPS
"With a fantastic collection of stamps..."
Thank you to Xavier Cunillera for the
idea of this page and for the scans he sent.
OFFICIAL and 'ILLEGAL' STAMPS::
Most of (see the WARNING below) the stamps below are official items, issued by the postal administration of various countries, where they can be used to send mail. The Fantasy Stamps are now here.
Here is the list of countries, most of them from Third World, where Bob Dylan stamps have been issued.
WARNING: The beautiful series of 8 stamps, apparently from the countries marked by a * in the list below,
actually come from the Russian Federation. Though they are very attractive items, they are NOT genuine postal stamps. They are even called 'illegal' by the UPU (Universal Postal Union): "an illegal stamp is one that carries the name of a legitimate country or territory, but was not produced or printed by the postal administration of that country, and is not valid for postage anywhere in the world."
Nevertheless, as they are quite collectible, these items are listed below.
Bénin (République du) *
Burundi (République du) *
Cabo Verde (Republic of) *
Centrafrique (République Centrafricaine)
Comores (Union des) *
Congo (République Démocratique du) *
Djibouti (République de) *
Guinée (République de)
Mali (République du)
Myanmar (Union of)
Niger (République du) *
São Tomé e Principe
Tchad (République du)
Togo (République Togolaise)
USA (aborted project)
For political reasons, the Russian Federation calls some others 'illegal', as "the regions on whose behalf these stamps have been issued form an integral part of the Russian Federation and that, according to the provisions
of the UPU Regulations and Russian Federation legislation, they are not authorized to issue postage stamps independently".
Again, as they are quite collectible, these Dylan items are listed here anyway:
Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria,
Republic of Kalmykia,
Republic of Tatarstan,
Republic of Touva,
Republic of Udmurtia.
You can read more about these 'illegal stamps' here.
BANGLADESH: top of page
The People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia and converges with South-east Asia. It is surrounded by India on all sides except for a small border with Myanmar to the far southeast and the Bay of Bengal to the south. Together with the Indian state of West Bengal, it makes up the ethno-linguistic region of Bengal. The name Bangladesh means "Country of Bengal".
'The Concert for Bangladesh', 2015.
RÉPUBLIQUE DU BÉNIN [see WARNING above] (2016): top of page
The République du Bénin (formerly Dahomey), is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. The majority of its population lives
on the small southern coastline of the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city and economic capital. Benin covers an area of 114,763 square kilometres (44,310 sq mi) and its population in 2016 was estimated to be approximately 10.87 million.
'American rock musician Bob Dylan':
RÉPUBLIQUE DU BURUNDI [see WARNING above] (2019): top of page
The Burundi is a country of East Africa, in the Great Lakes area, surrounded by the République Démocratique du Congo to the West,
Rwanda to the North, and Tanzania to the East and South.
CABO VERDE [see WARNING above] (2019): top of page
Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. It forms part of the Macaronesia ecoregion, along with the Azores, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Savage Isles. Located 570 kilometres (350 mi) west of the Cape Verde Peninsula off the coast of Northwest Africa, the islands cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).
RÉPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE: top of page
The République Centrafricaine, or Centrafrique, is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo to the south and Cameroon to the west.
'Les Lauréats du Prix Nobel', 2016 (1)
'Les Lauréats du Prix Nobel', 2016 (2)
'Les Personnes Célèbres Jouent Aux Echecs'
UNION DES COMORES [see WARNING above] (2019): top of page
The Union des Comores (Union of the Comoros), is an island country in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique, the French region of Mayotte, and northwestern Madagascar. The capital and largest
city in Comoros is Moroni. The religion of the majority of the population is Sunni Islam.
Round Stamps series (2019):
RÉPUBLIQUE DU CONGO: top of page
The République du Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, the Congo Republic, RotC, or simply the Congo, is a country located in the western coast of Central Africa. It is bordered by five countries: Gabon to its west; Cameroon to its northwest and the Central African Republic to its northeast; the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southeast and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda to its south; and the
Atlantic Ocean to its southwest.
2001: 'Celebrities' (1)
2001: 'Celebrities' (2)
| 2001: 'Personalities Of 20th Century'
'American singer' series [see WARNING above] (2019):
Star stamps series (2019):
RÉPUBLIQUE DE DJIBOUTI: [see WARNING above] top of page
Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti) is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. Djibouti occupies a total area of 23,200 km2 (8,958 sq mi). The state of Djibouti is predominantly inhabited by two ethnic groups, the Somali and the Afar people, the Somalis being the major ethnic group of the country.
2011: 'Les Plus Grands Musiciens Américains du XXème siècle'
2019 'Bob Dylan':
GAMBIA [see WARNING above] : top of page
The Gambia, officially the Republic of The Gambia, is a country in West Africa that is almost entirely surrounded by Senegal with the exception of its western coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. It is the smallest country within mainland Africa.
The Gambia is situated on both sides of the lower reaches of the Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through the centre of The Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. It has an area of 10,689 square kilometres (4,127 sq mi) with a population of 1,857,181 as of the April 2013 census. Banjul is the Gambian capital.
'Rock & Roll Legends'
'Bob Dylan, 2019':
GRENADA GRENADINES: top of page
The Grenadines are a chain of small islands that lie on a line between the larger islands of Saint Vincent and Grenada in the Lesser Antilles.
The northern two-thirds of the chain, including about 32 islands and cays, are part of the country of Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines. The southern third of the chain belongs to the country of Grenada. Carriacou is the largest
and most populous of the Grenadines (excluding Grenada).
1992: 'Grammy Awards'
GUINÉ-BISSAU: [see WARNING above] top of page
Guinea-Bissau, (Portuguese: Guiné-Bissau), officially the Republic of
Guinea-Bissau, is a country in West Africa that covers 36,125 square kilometres (13,948 sq mi) with an estimated population of 1,815,698.
'Homens Famosos e Suas Motos' (Famous men and their motos)
2016 'Os Laureados do Premio Nobel'
2021 'Great Performers Musicians'. (Probably a fake)
2021 'Great Performers Musicians'
GUINÉE (RÉPUBLIQUE DE): top of page
Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea (French: République de Guinée), is a west-coastal country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea (French: Guinée française), the modern country
is sometimes referred to as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from other countries with "Guinea" in the name and the eponymous region, such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea. The country is named after the Guinea region,
a traditional name for the region of Africa that lies along the Gulf of Guinea. It stretches north through the forested tropical regions and ends at the Sahel.
Guinea has a population of 12.4 million and an area of 245,857 square kilometres (94,926 sq mi).
'Les Lauréats du Prix Nobel', 2019:
stamps (2 alternate cutting) and 1st Day Issue.
GUYANA [see WARNING above] (2018): top of page
Guyana, officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is a country on the northern mainland of South America. It is the only English speaking country in South America, and is culturally considered part of the Anglophone-Caribbean sphere.
Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Venezuela to the west, and Suriname to the east. With an area of 215,000 square kilometres (83,000 sq mi), Guyana is the third-smallest sovereign state on mainland South America after Uruguay and Suriname.
KABARDINO-BALKARIA (2001,'illegal'): top of page
The Kabardino-Balkar Republic (Russian: Кабарди́но-Балка́рская Респу́блика) or Kabardino-Balkaria (Russian: Кабарди́но-Балка́ри), is a federal subject of Russia (a republic) located in the North Caucasus. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 859,939 on 12,500 square km. Its capital is Nalchik.
REPUBLIC OF KALMYKIA ('illegal'): top of page
The Republic of Kalmykia (Russian: Респу́блика Калмы́кия) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). As of the 2010 Census, its population was 289,481.
Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is the most-practised religion, with Buddhists constituting a plurality of the population.
Elista, the capital of the republic, has gained an international reputation for international chess competitions.
1999 with illustrated enveloppe
MADAGASCAR: top of page
Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres (250 miles) off the coast of East Africa. At 592,800 square kilometres (228,900 sq mi) Madagascar is the world's 2nd largest island country. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (the fourth- largest island in the world) and numerous smaller peripheral islands.
2016, 'Lauréat du Prix Nobel de Littérature 2016', 1st Day Issue
2016 'Lauréat du Prix Nobel de Littérature 2016', 1st Day issue
MALDIVES ISLANDS: top of page
The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small country in South Asia,
located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres
(620 mi) from the Asian continent.
Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island"
for its central location.
2016 'The Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2016' (1)
'The Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2016' (2)
2017 'Nobel Prize Winners 2016'
RÉPUBLIQUE DU MALI: top of page
The République du Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi). The population of Mali is 18 million. 67% of its population was estimated to be under the age of 25 in 2017. Its capital is Bamako.
The sovereign state of Mali consists of eight regions and its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara Desert, while the country's southern part, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers. The country's economy centers on agriculture and mining. Some of Mali's prominent natural resources include gold, being the third largest producer of gold in the African continent, and salt.
'Prix Nobel 2016', First Day Issue
MOZAMBIQUE [see WARNING above] (2017): top of page
Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique, is a country located in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Eswatini (Swaziland) and South Africa to the southwest. The sovereign state is separated from the Comoros, Mayotte and Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The capital and largest city of Mozambique is Maputo (formerly known as "Lourenço Marques" from 1876 to 1976).
UNION OF MYANMAR: top of page
Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and also known as Burma, is a country
in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast. Myanmar is the largest of the mainland Southeast Asian states. To its south, about one third of Myanmar's total perimeter of 5,876 km (3,651 mi) forms an uninterrupted coastline of 1,930 km (1,200 mi) along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. As of 2017, the population is about 54 million. Myanmar is 676,578 square kilometres (261,228 square miles) in size. Its capital city is Naypyidaw (Nay Pyi Taw), and its
largest city is Yangon (Rangoon).
2001 'The Illustrated Portraits of Music Stars'
RÉPUBLIQUE DU NIGER [see WARNING above] : top of page
Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin to the southwest, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2 (490,000 sq mi), making it the largest country in West Africa. Over 80% of its
land area lies in the Sahara Desert. The country's predominantly Islamic population of about 21 million live mostly in clusters in the far south and west of the country. The capital and largest city is Niamey, located in Niger's southwest corner.
'Les Motos'. First Day Issue. Bob Dylan is on the stamp with his 1964 Triumph Tiger 100
'Prix Nobel 2016'
'2019, Robert Allen Zimmerman':
RWANDA [see WARNING above] : top of page
Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a country in Central Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African
Great Lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year.
2009:'A History Of Modern Music'
2019, Bob Dylan:
SÃO TOMÉ E PRINCIPE: top of page
São Tomé E Príncipe, officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, is an island country in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, about 140 km (87 mi) apart and about 250 and 225 km
(155 and 140 mi) off the northwestern coast of Gabon, respectively.
2017 'Vencedores do Prémio Nobel'
SIERRA LEONE: top of page
Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, informally Salone, is a country on the southwest coast of West Africa. It is bordered by Liberia to the southeast and Guinea to the northeast. Sierra Leone has a tropical climate, with a diverse environment ranging from savanna to rainforests, and a total area of 71,740 km2 (27,699 sq mi) and a population of 7,075,641 as of the 2015 census. The capital and largest city is Freetown.
2016 'Nobel Prize Winners'
SOLOMON ISLANDS: top of page
Solomon Islands is a sovereign state consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). The country's capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The country takes its name from the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a collection of Melanesian islands that also includes the North Solomon Islands (part of Papua New Guinea).
2016, 'Nobel Prize 2016', 1st Day Issue
SOMALI REPUBLIC: top of page
Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Guardafui Channel and Somali Sea to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's mainland, and its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands. Climatically, hot conditions prevail year-round, with periodic monsoon winds and irregular rainfall.
Below: 'Icons of the 20th Century':
2001 (Marilyn Monroe stamp)
2002 5th Anniversary of the Death. (Lady Diana stamps)
TANZANIA: top of page
Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It borders Uganda to the north; Kenya
to the northeast; Comoro Islands at the Indian Ocean to the east; Mozambique and Malawi to the south; Zambia to the southwest; and Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.
1995: 'The Story Of Rock and Roll'
TATARSTAN REPUBLIC ('illegal'): top of page
The Republic of Tatarstan (Russian: Респу́блика Татарста́н, or simply Tatarstan, is a federal subject (a republic) of the Russian Federation, located in the Volga Federal District.
Its capital is the city of Kazan. The republic borders Kirov, Ulyanovsk, Samara, and Orenburg Oblasts, the Mari El, Udmurt, and Chuvash Republics, and the Republic of Bashkortostan. The area of the republic is 68,000 square kilometres (26,000 sq mi). The unofficial Tatarstan motto is Bez Buldırabız! (We can!). As of the 2010 Census, the population of Tatarstan was 3,786,488.
2001: 'People Of The Year'
This rare photo of Bob Dylan with a dog was used for this ('illegal') stamp.
RÉPUBLIQUE DU TCHAD: top of page
The République du Tchad, is a landlocked country in north-central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west.
'Les Lauréats du Prix Nobel' First Day Issue
2019, 'The Traveling Wilburys'
same, imperforated sheet
same, First Day issue
RÉPUBLIQUE TOGOLAISE: top of page
Togo, officially the République Togolaise, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. The sovereign state extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, where its capital Lomé is located. Togo covers 57,000 square kilometres (22,008 square miles), making it one of the smallest countries in Africa, with a population of approximately 7.6 million.
2011: 'Les Rock Stars Américaines, 70e Anniversaire de Bob Dylan'
2016 'Le Prix Nobel de Littérature 2016'
2016 'Le Prix Nobel de Littérature 2016'
REPUBLIC OF TOUVA ('illegal'): top of page
Tuva (Russian: Тува́) or Tyva (Tuvan: Тыва), officially the Tyva Republic, is a federal subject of Russia (a republic, also defined in the Constitution of the Russian Federation as a state).
The Tuvan republic lies at the geographical center of Asia, in southern Siberia. The republic borders the Altai Republic, the Republic of Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Irkutsk Oblast, and the Republic of Buryatia in Russia and Mongolia to the south. Its capital is the city of Kyzyl. It has a population of 307,930 (2010 census).
1995 : '30th Anniversary 1965-1995 Grateful Dead'
UDMURTIA REPUBLIC ('illegal'): top of page
Udmurtia (Russian: Удму́ртия), or the Udmurt Republic, is a
federal subject of Russia (a republic) within the Volga Federal District. Its capital is the city of Izhevsk. Population: 1,521,420 (2010 Census).
2001: 'Legendary Bands'
2001, same, on illustrated enveloppe (1st Day Issue, 27 April 2001)
UKRAINE: top of page
Ukraine, sometimes called the Ukraine, is a country in Eastern Europe. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodoxy. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world.
'100 Famous Jews'. Uman is a town in Ukraina famous for its annual Jewish pilgrimage.
USA (cancelled project): top of page
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.
The United States Postal Service announced in September 2011 that they intended to honour some living people on stamps: Bob Dylan was one of them. The project seems to have later been cancelled. See details here.