• ADEN HADHRAMAUT 1942-63 COMPLETE VERY FINE MINT COLLECTION presented on pages, SG 1/52. Lovely quality (55+ stamps)


  • ADEN 1937-1951 KGVI MINT COMPLETE COLLECTION An attractive complete mint collection presented on a stock page, Coronation to 1951 new currency surcharged set, SG 13/46, fine mint (35 stamps)


  • ADEN 1922 PICTURE POSTCARD (December) picture postcard to Harrar (Ethiopia) bearing (on picture side) India ½a KGV tied by Aden cds.


  • ADEN 1949 10r mauve Royal Silver Wedding, SG 31, never hinged mint.


  • ADEN 1937 Dhow definitives complete set, SG 1/12, very fine mint (12 stamps)


  • ADEN 2R yellow Dhow, SG 10, VFM.


  • ADEN 1937 Dhow set to 2r, SG 1/10, fine cds used. (10 stamps)


  • ADEN 1939 complete King George VI definitive set incl both ½a shades, SG 16/27, fine mint, the 10r is never hinged. (14 stamps)


We sell Aden stamps, collections, complete sets, errors and varieties

Aden Stamps – British India Queen Victoria postage stamps were first used in Aden between 1854 and 1937 under the control of the Indian Post Office. Although the earliest of these were cancelled by the Aden numeral “124” and “125” postmarks there were many different types which are sought by collectors. Aden was a far-flung outpost of the British Empire that grew in importance as an integral link in the sea trade between Europe, India and British East Africa. It developed into a large port, located at the confluence of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean on the Arabian Peninsula and consequently, the postal history emanating from this area is highly desirable with many interesting covers being postmarked and handled through the port’s post offices.

The first printed Aden stamps are the iconic pictorial and symbolic ‘Dhow’ issue of 1937. These were issued when Aden became a British Crown Colony, having formerly been a Protectorate. De La Rue & Co. printed the stamps that depict a small sailing boat, that was a common sight within the harbour. Later KGVI and earlier QEII issues include many lovely recess-printed pictorial issues. Certain local emirates objected to the image of a British sovereign, consequently, State stamps that bore their own Sultan’s image were printed. These States included Kathiri, Qu’aiti, Mayra and Upper Yafa. In 1967 Aden became part of the People’s Republic of Yemen. Collectors also enjoy reading the many specialist books written on the subject, including ‘Postal History of Aden 1839 – 1967’ by R.W. Pratt 1985.

Aden Stamps