Timeline of stamp issuing entities of Benin and connected areas

French Benin 1892–1894
French Dahomey 1899–1944
French West Africa (AOF) 1944–1959
Dahomey 1960–1975
Benin 1976–today
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
2010
2020

Stamp issuing entities of Benin and connected areas

Name Issued
stamps
Bird
stamps
1892–1894 French Benin
→ see under French West Africa (AOF)
≈ 70
1899–1944 French Dahomey
→ see under French West Africa (AOF)
≈ 200
1944–1959 French West Africa (AOF)
→ see under French West Africa (AOF)
≈ 100 ≈ 1
1960–1975 Dahomey

French rule lasted until 1960, after which the again-independent nation became Republic of Dahomey, and later Benin in 1975.

≈ 500 ≈ 7
1976–today Benin

Benin (/bɨˈnɪn/; French: Bénin, formerly Dahomey), officially the Republic of Benin (French: République du Bénin), is a country in West Africa.

≈ 2 Thousand ≈ 74

About Benin

Benin’s first stamps were French colonial stamps at Porto Novo from 1888. Stamps inscribed Dahomey were issued between 1899 and 1942. From them until 1960, the stamps of French West Africa were used but Dahomey-specific stamps were on sale again from 1960. The country name was changed to Benin in 1975. (Wikipedia)

Bibliography

  • “Dahomeys Ende,“ [In German.] Michel Rundschau, 5/2008: 12.

  • “Neue Tier-Vignetten,“ [In German.] Michel Rundschau, 9/2008: 14.

  • Nicholas Pertwee, “Modern Benin Revalued: Some Notes on its Provisional Definitives,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, August 2012: 102-107.

  • Nicholas Pertwee, “Benin 1999: 40th Anniversary of the Conseil De L’Entente: Part 1,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, April 2013: 66-69.

  • Nicholas Pertwee, “Benin 1999: 40th Anniversary of the Conseil De L’Entente: Part 2,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, May 2013: 86-89.

  • Nicholas Pertwee, “Benin’s Agency Issues,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, February 2014: 98-103.

  • Nicholas Pertwee, “Monkey Business in Benin,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, August 2014: 78-82.

  • Nicholas Pertwee, “The Postmarks of Benin: Part 3,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, January 2016: 122-124.

  • Nicholas Pertwee, “Benin’s Modern Commemorative Rarities: Part 1,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, February 2017: 98-100.

  • Nicholas Pertwee, “Benin’s Modern Commemorative Rarities: Part 2,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, March 2017: 100-103.

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Inscriptions on stamps

Dahomey 1960–1975 DAHOMEY
Dahomey 1960–1975 REPUBLIQUE DU DAHOMEY
Benin 1976–today REPUBLIQUE POPULAIRE DU BENIN

up to 1990

Benin 1976–today [REPUBLIQUE] POPULAIRE DU BENIN

on overprints usually the overprint hides only the old country name, but not the “REPUBLIQUE” part

Benin 1976–today REPUBLIQUE DU BENIN

after 1990

Benin 1976–today [REPUBLIQUE] DU BENIN

overprints after 1990