A UNPI Project

Worldwide United Nations Topicals

Early United Nations Topicals

Recent United Nations Topicals

United Nations Topicals are stamps issued by most countries around the world to honor the United Nations, the UN Specialized Agencies and their programs.

There are over 13,800 sets and souvenir sheets pertaining to this topic that have been issued since the founding of the United Nations in 1945. While it's rather difficult to collect them all, fortunately there are many subtopics within this area that can be collected on their own.

All of the available material has now been scanned (yielding over 13,200 images). Images of some 1,400 sets and souvenir sheets are missing, however, so if you would like to help with this project, please send an email via the Suggestions/Comments link below. Any additions or corrections to the database are also greatly appreciated!

The database is fairly up-to-date and new issues will continue to be added as they're discovered.

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Although he did not collect these issues, the late Ronald Ginns (Arleigh Gaines) was instrumental in keeping the hobby alive by publishing lists of UN topical stamps in his catalog, United Nations Philately.

Thanks to Dennis Hamilton for providing many scans from his extensive collection and to Stephen Lorimor for providing information and images for many of the World Aids Day issues. Thanks also to Kirk Taft for providing scans from his extensive collection of UN 50th anniversary issues and for updates to the UN Peacekeeping issues.

Thanks also to the editors of the Scott and Michel catalogs and Scott Stamp Monthly. Without these publications, topical collecting would be virtually impossible.

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