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ANDORRA

Officially the Principality of Andorra (Catalan: Principat d'Andorra), is a sovereign landlocked microstate in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. Believed to have been created by Charlemagne, Andorra was ruled by the count of Urgell until 988, when it was transferred to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urgell. The present principality was formed by a charter in 1278. It is known as a principality and uniquely ruled by two people: the Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia (Spain), and the President of the French Republic.

Andorra is one of the smallest nations, having an area of 468 square kilometres and a population of approximately 77000.

The Andorran people are a Romance ethnic group of originally Catalan descent.

The capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1023 metres. The official language is Catalan, but Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also commonly spoken.

Andorra is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is its official currency.

In 2013, Andorra had the highest life expectancy in the world at 81 years.

In 1933, France occupied Andorra as a result of social unrest before elections. In 1934, an adventurer named Boris Skossyreff issued a proclamation in Urgel, declaring himself Boris I, sovereign prince of Andorra, simultaneously declaring war on the Bishop of Urgell. He was arrested by Spanish authorities and ultimately expelled.

From 1936 to 1940, a French detachment was garrisoned in Andorra to prevent encroachment as a result of the Spanish Civil War and Francoist Spain.

During World War II, Andorra remained neutral and was an important smuggling route from Spain into France. The French Resistance used Andorra as part of their route to get downed airmen out of France.

Andorra was forgotten in the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. By in 1958, Andorra and Germany declared peace with Germany.

Long an impoverished land with little contact with any nations other than adjoining France and Spain, Andorra, after World War II, achieved considerable prosperity through a developing tourist industry. That development, abetted by improvements in transport and communications, has tended to break down Andorra's isolation and to bring Andorrans into the mainstream of European history. Public demands for democratic reforms led to the extension of the franchise to women in the 1970s and to the creation of new and more fully autonomous organs of government in the early 1980s.

Andorra became a parliamentary democracy in May 1993. The new constitution retained the French and Spanish co-princes but with reduced and narrowly defined powers. Civil rights were greatly expanded, including the legalisation of political parties and the provision for an independent judiciary.

Andorra joined a customs union with the European Communities (now the European Union) in 1991 and was admitted to the United Nations on 28 July 1993. It became a member of the Council of Europe in 1994. The country has been seeking ways to improve its export potential and increase its economic ties with its European neighbours. The financial services sector of the economy is highly important because of Andorra's status as a tax haven and its banking secrecy laws.

Postal history of Andorra

Before stamp issues, the Spanish posts were recognized as organizers of mail in Andorra at the UPU Congress of 1878, but the French posts responded by opening offices and organizing postal and telegraph services.
A French mail service in Andorra was officially set up in 1887 and 4 telegraph offices were opened in 1892 with a postal cancel in Andorra la Vella, Encamp, Saint Julia de Loria and Soldeu. At that time, postal traffic to France was around 2 letters per day and 2 to 5 arriving in Andorra and 2 newspapers.

By 1928 Spanish postal services opened their 9 offices in the principality and one year later issued the first stamps.

In 1929, at the UPU Congress, the Spanish and French governments were invited to negotiate the postal problem, the General Council of the Valleys wanted to remain neutral between the two protecting powers. On June 30, 1930, an agreement was reached: the first French post offices were opened in the week of June 16, 1931, along the postal workers' route to France, in 7 places: a receipt in the capital and 6 agencies.

From 1936 due to the civil war in Spain and until 1944 due to the Second World War and the German occupation of France, mail leaving Andorra was controlled by the postal censors of the various countries concerned.

Posts in Andorra are probably unique in the world, in that they are not operated by the country itself, but by its two neighbouring countries, Spain and France: Correos of Spain and La Poste of France operate side by side. Both postal administrations have their own postal boxes, and both issue their own postage stamps valid for use from Andorra to abroad.

If the letter is addressed within Andorra, the service was postage free, but the service became more and more slow with the growth in domestic mail. If post is intended for abroad, it must be franked with the postage stamps of the corresponding administration.

From 2009 onwards the stamps are also valid for interior posts.

The French stamps read Andorre (ending with an e), the Spanish Andorra (ending with an a), but most stamps also have the familiar Fench or Spanish look

The stamps are sold by post in Andorran offices, but also in Spain and France by the philatelic services.



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Principality of Andorra - French Posts (old franc)

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1960 →

The French posts started with stamps for Andorra on June 16, 1931. The first issues were French stamps overprinted ANDORRE. Postage canceled in one of the postal agencies is extremely rare.

One year later on 16 June 1932 proper stamps inscribed Vallees d'Andorre were issued.

Even during WWII when the French post office could no longer transport Andorran mail to France after the occupation of the Free Zone by the German army, new stamps with the regular issues were issued.

In 1944 the inscription of the stamps changed to ANDORRE.
This section shows the stamps with values in Ancien Franc (Old French Franc).

1931

1931001
have:
1931001: ½ c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Blanc) definitive
1931002
have:
1931002: 1 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Blanc) definitive
1931003
have:
1931003: 2 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Blanc) definitive
1931004
have:
1931004: 3 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Blanc) definitive
1931005
have:
1931005: 5 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Blanc) definitive
1931006
have:
1931006: 10 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Blanc) definitive
1931007
have:
1931007: 15 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond plein) definitive
1931008
have:
1931008: 20 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond plein) definitive
1931009
have:
1931009: 25 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond plein) definitive
1931010
have:
1931010: 30 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond plein (this stamp was only issued with overprint ANDORRE)) definitive
1931011
have:
1931011: 40 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond plein) definitive
1931012
have:
1931012: 45 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond ligné) definitive
1931013
have:
1931013: 50 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond ligné) definitive
1931014
have:
1931014: 65 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond ligné) definitive
1931015
have:
1931015: 75 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond ligné) definitive
1931016
have:
1931016: 90 c - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond plein (this stamp was only issued with overprint ANDORRE)) definitive
1931017
have:
1931017: 1 F - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond ligné) definitive
1931018
have:
1931018: 1,5 F - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Semeuse fond plein (this stamp was only issued with overprint ANDORRE)) definitive
1931019
have:
1931019: 2 F - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Merson) definitive
1931020
have:
1931020: 3 F - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Merson) definitive
1931021
have:
1931021: 5 F - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Merson) definitive
1931022
have:
1931022: 10c F - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Merson) definitive
1931023
have:
1931023: 20 F - French 1900-1923 stamps overprinted ANDORRE (type Merson) definitive

1932

1932001
have:
1932001: 1 c - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1932002
have:
1932002: 2 c - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1932003
have:
1932003: 3 c - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1932004
have:
1932004: 5 c - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1932005
have:
1932005: 10c c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1932006
have:
1932006: 15 c - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1932007
have:
1932007: 20 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1932008
have:
1932008: 25 c - Landscapes - Church St. Miquel d'Engolasters
1932009
have:
1932009: 30 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1932010
have:
1932010: 40 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1932011
have:
1932011: 45 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1932012
have:
1932012: 50 c - Landscapes - Church St. Miquel d'Engolasters
1932013
have:
1932013: 65 c - Landscapes - Church St. Miquel d'Engolasters
1932014
have:
1932014: 75 c - Landscapes - Church St. Miquel d'Engolasters
1932015
have:
1932015: 90 c - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià
1932016
have:
1932016: 1 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià
1932017
have:
1932017: 1,5 F - Landscapes - Andorra la Vella (ultra)
1932018
have:
1932018: 2 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (red violet)
1932019
have:
1932019: 3 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (orange brown)
1932020
have:
1932020: 5 F - Landscapes - Andorra la Vella
1932021
have:
1932021: 10c F - Landscapes - Andorra la Vella
1932022
have:
1932022: F - Landscapes - Andorra la Vella
have:
1932022-t1 : carmine rose (1932)
have:
1932022-t2 : carmine red (1932)

1933

1933001
have:
1933001: 1,25 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
have:
1933001-t1 : magenta (1933)
have:
1933001-t2 : rose / rose-lilac (1939)
1933002
have:
1933002: 1,75 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (violet)

1935

1935001
have:
1935001: 20c [50c] c - Landscapes - Church St. Miquel d'Engolasters

1936

1936001
have:
1936001: 3 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1936002
have:
1936002: 5 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive

1937

1937001
have:
1937001: 1 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1937002
have:
1937002: 2 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1937003
have:
1937003: 10c c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1937004
have:
1937004: 15 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1937005
have:
1937005: 20 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1937006
have:
1937006: 25 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony

1938

1938001
have:
1938001: 30 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1938002
have:
1938002: 35 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1938003
have:
1938003: 55 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1938004
have:
1938004: 60 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1938005
have:
1938005: 65 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony (blue)
1938006
have:
1938006: 70 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1938007
have:
1938007: 1 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (red)
1938008
have:
1938008: 1,75 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (dark blue)
1938009
have:
1938009: 2,15 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel

1939

1939001
have:
1939001: 40 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1939002
have:
1939002: 45 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1939003
have:
1939003: 50 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony
1939004
have:
1939004: 75 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony (ultra)
1939005
have:
1939005: 80 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony (blue green)
1939006
have:
1939006: 90 c - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (dark green)
1939007
have:
1939007: 1 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (blue)
1939008
have:
1939008: 2,25 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1939009
have:
1939009: 2,5 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel (gray black)

1941

1941001
have:
1941001: 50 c - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony (green)
1941002
have:
1941002: 80 c - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (blue green)
1941003
have:
1941003: 1,3 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià
1941004
have:
1941004: 1,5 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià (crimson red)
1941005
have:
1941005: 2 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel (rose red)
1941006
have:
1941006: 2,5 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel (deep ultra)
1941007
have:
1941007: 3 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel (red brown)

1942

1942001
have:
1942001: 30 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) (black brown) definitive
1942002
have:
1942002: 40 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1942003
have:
1942003: 50 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1942004
have:
1942004: 60 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1942005
have:
1942005: 70 c - Coat of Arms (1936-42) definitive
1942006
have:
1942006: 1,2 F - Landscapes - Gorge of St. Julià
1942007
have:
1942007: 2 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1942008
have:
1942008: 2,4 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1942009
have:
1942009: 4 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1942010
have:
1942010: 4,5 F - Landscapes - Meritxell, chapel
1942011
have:
1942011: 15 F - Landscapes - Andorra la Vella

1943

1943001
have:
1943001: 50 F - Landscapes - Bridge of St. Anthony

1944

1944001
have:
1944001: 10c c - Coat of Arms (1944-49) definitive
1944002
have:
1944002: 30 c - Coat of Arms (1944-49) definitive
1944003
have:
1944003: 40 c - Coat of Arms (1944-49) definitive
1944004
have:
1944004: 50 c - Coat of Arms (1944-49) definitive
1944005
have:
1944005: 60 c - Coat of Arms (1944-49) definitive
1944006
have:
1944006: 70 c - Coat of Arms (1944-49) definitive
1944007
have:
1944007: 80 c - Coat of Arms (1944-49) definitive
1944008
have:
1944008: 1 F - Landscapes - Church St. Joan de Caselles
1944009
have:
1944009: 1,2 F - Landscapes - Church St. Joan de Caselles
1944010
have:
1944010: 1,5 F - Landscapes - Church St. Joan de Caselles
1944011
have:
1944011: 2 F - Landscapes - Church St. Joan de Caselles
1944012
have:
1944012: 2,4 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra
1944013
have:
1944013: 3 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra
1944014
have:
1944014: 4 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra (ultra)
1944015
have:
1944015: 4,5 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (black brown)
1944016
have:
1944016: 5 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (ultra)
1944017
have:
1944017: 10c F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (green)
1944018
have:
1944018: 15 F - Landscapes - Councillor (rose lilac)
1944019
have:
1944019: 20 F - Landscapes - Councillor (blue)
1944020
have:
1944020: 50 F - Landscapes - Councillor
1944021
have:
1944021: 100 F - Landscapes - Chamois air post

1945

1945001
have:
1945001: 6 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (rose)

1946

1946001
have:
1946001: 2,5 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra
1946002
have:
1946002: 5 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (dark green)
1946003
have:
1946003: 10F F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (ultra)
1946004
have:
1946004: 25 F - Landscapes - Councillor (carmine red)
1946005
have:
1946005: 40 F - Landscapes - Councillor

1947

1947001
have:
1947001: 4,5 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra (blue green)

1948

1948001
have:
1948001: 4 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra (emerald)
1948002
have:
1948002: 6 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (lilac brown)
1948003
have:
1948003: 8 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (blue black)
1948004
have:
1948004: 12 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (red)
1948005
have:
1948005: 18 F - Landscapes - Councillor (blue)
1948006
have:
1948006: 20 F - Landscapes - Councillor (dark lilac)

1949

1949001
have:
1949001: 1 F - Coat of Arms (1944-49) definitive
1949002
have:
1949002: 4 F - Landscapes - Church St. Joan de Caselles
1949003
have:
1949003: 5 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra (yellow green)
1949004
have:
1949004: 8 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra (brown red)
1949005
have:
1949005: 12 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (green)
1949006
have:
1949006: 15 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (carmine)
1949007
have:
1949007: 25 F - Landscapes - Councillor (ultra)

1951

1951001
have:
1951001: 3 F - Landscapes - Church St. Joan de Caselles
1951002
have:
1951002: 5 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra (dark violet)
1951003
have:
1951003: 6 F - Landscapes - La Maison des Vallees, former city hall of Andorra (green)
1951004
have:
1951004: 15 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (dark brown)
1951005
have:
1951005: 18 F - Landscapes - Total view of Andorra la Vella (red)
1951006
have:
1951006: 30 F - Landscapes - Councillor

1955

1955001
have:
1955001: 1 F - Landscapes - Spa Les Escaldes
1955002
have:
1955002: 2 F - Landscapes - Spa Les Escaldes
1955003
have:
1955003: 3 F - Landscapes - Spa Les Escaldes
1955004
have:
1955004: 5 F - Landscapes - Spa Les Escaldes
1955005
have:
1955005: 6 F - Landscapes - St. Coloma belfry
1955006
have:
1955006: 8 F - Landscapes - St. Coloma belfry
1955007
have:
1955007: 10c F - Landscapes - St. Coloma belfry
1955008
have:
1955008: 12 F - Landscapes - St. Coloma belfry
1955009
have:
1955009: 15 F - Landscapes - Gothic cross of Andorra la Vella
1955010
have:
1955010: 18 F - Landscapes - Gothic cross of Andorra la Vella
1955011
have:
1955011: 20 F - Landscapes - Gothic cross of Andorra la Vella
1955012
have:
1955012: 25 F - Landscapes - Gothic cross of Andorra la Vella
1955013
have:
1955013: 30 F - Landscapes - Les Bons
1955014
have:
1955014: 40 F - Landscapes - Les Bons
1955015
have:
1955015: 50 F - Landscapes - Les Bons
1955016
have:
1955016: 75 F - Landscapes - Les Bons
1955017
have:
1955017: 100 F - Landscapes - Eastern Valira valley, Bird air post
1955018
have:
1955018: 200 F - Landscapes - Eastern Valira valley, Bird air post

1957

1957001
have:
1957001: 35 F - Landscapes - Les Bons
1957002
have:
1957002: 70 F - Landscapes - Les Bons
1957003
have:
1957003: 500 F - Landscapes - Eastern Valira valley, Bird air post

1958

1958001
have:
1958001: 65 F - Landscapes - Les Bons

D1931

D193101
have:
D193101: 0,05 c - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193102
have:
D193102: 0,1 c - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193103
have:
D193103: 0,3 c - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193104
have:
D193104: 0,5 c - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193105
have:
D193105: 0,6 c - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193106
have:
D193106: 1 - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193107
have:
D193107: 2 - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193108
have:
D193108: 3 - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193109
have:
D193109: 0,1 c - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193110
have:
D193110: 0,6 c - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193111
have:
D193111: 1,2 - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193112
have:
D193112: 5 - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193201
have:
D193201: 0,01 c - French 1927-31 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193202
have:
D193202: 1 - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193203
have:
D193203: 2 - French 1893-1931 due stamps overprinted ANDORRE postage due
D193501
have:
D193501: 0,01 c - Recouvrements postage due
D193701
have:
D193701: 0,05 c - A Percevoir postage due

D1941

D194101
have:
D194101: 0,1 c - A Percevoir postage due
D194102
have:
D194102: 2 - A Percevoir postage due
D194103
have:
D194103: 5 - A Percevoir postage due
D194301
have:
D194301: 0,1 c - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194302
have:
D194302: 0,3 c - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194303
have:
D194303: 0,5 c - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194304
have:
D194304: 1 - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194305
have:
D194305: 1,5 - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194306
have:
D194306: 2 - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194307
have:
D194307: 3 - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194308
have:
D194308: 5 - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194601
have:
D194601: 4 - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194602
have:
D194602: 10 - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194603
have:
D194603: 20 - Wheat Sheaves (CHIFFRE TAXE) postage due
D194701
have:
D194701: 0,1 c - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE, brown) postage due
D194702
have:
D194702: 1 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due
D194703
have:
D194703: 2 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due
D194704
have:
D194704: 3 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due
D194705
have:
D194705: 4 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due
D194706
have:
D194706: 5 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due
D194707
have:
D194707: 10 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due
D194708
have:
D194708: 20 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due

D1950

D195001
have:
D195001: 50 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due
D195301
have:
D195301: 100 - Wheat Sheaves (TIMBRE TAXE) postage due




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