Prohibited stamps at FIP exhibitions

The Fédération Internationale de Philatélie has published a few lists describing abusive and illegal issues. These stamps were prohibited at FIP exhibitions.

Because these lists became to difficult to manage, it was decided to let the Federations to inform their members.

The following list is the last published in November 1967

Liste des émissions abusives de timbres-poste FIP Novembre 1967

Here is the list of all circulars issued by the UPU for the years 1996 – 2003

1996: 2 countries reported

1997: 6 countries reported

1998: 7 countries reported

1999: 6 countries reported

2000: 12 countries reported

2001: 15 countries reported

2002 : 6 countries reported

2003: 8 countries reported

Circulars of the UPU on illegal stamp issues – Summary Years 1996-2003.

From 2004 the information is on the UPU WNS site.

UPU News release on Illegal stamps


A presentation in French was made at Paris, Planète Timbres on this topic:

Please download the following presentation and share it with all your friends:

Les timbres-poste prohibés – Paris 2014


Ms Maria Libera (Wolrdwide Philatelic Observation Unit)  has made a very informative presentation that outline the issue of ILLEGAL stamps to the Southern Africa Postal Operators Association (SAPOA) in Pretoria, South Africa, on October 6-7, 2014. Here is a copy of the slides presented.

Pretoria Philately Workshop – Oct 6-7, 2014

Here is another presentation on illegals made in Tunis in 2010.


New articles and presentations made by the Worldwide Philatelic Observatory

Rhodesia Study Circle Re Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Maria-Arte di Francobollo -Aprile 2016

Illegals – April 2016 -Article du Arte di Francobollo

The editor of Sports Philately Mr. Norman Jacobs has written an article on the subject.

Norman Jacobs – exhibiting.2016-03

Presentation made on Illegal and Abusive issues by Victor Manta


Presentation made at Taipei 2016