Key: 4540  
Country:
Group: Italian
Volume: 44
Issued: 579 Stamps / end of 1999
  
  
 

Information
Area - 121,320 sq.km; Population - 4,298,000; Capital - Asmara
A State located in eastern Africa, bordering the Red Sea, between Djibouti and Sudan.
Economy is largely based on subsistence agriculture, with small industrial sector consists
mainly of light industries. Former Colony of ITALY, incorporated into ITALIAN EAST AFRICA
in 1936. Occupied by British forces in 1941 (see MIDDLE EAST FORCES) and administrated
by Great Britain until 1952 in which it joined with ETHIOPIA (ABYSSINIA) to create a federation
and in 1962 merged with it.
Thirty years struggle for independence that ended in 1991 with Eritrean rebels defeating
governmental forces, independence was overwhelmingly approved in a 1993 referendum.
Stamp issuing between 1892-1937 and reissued since 1991. Annual output about 20.
The overprint B.M.A. = British Military Administration
The overprint B.A. = British Administration


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Inscriptions
COLONIA ERITREA overprinted on stamps of Italy
COLONIA ERITREA
ERITREA overprinted on stamps of Italy
ERITREA
B.M.A. ERITREA overprinted on stamps of Great Britain
B.A. ERITREA overprinted on stamps of Great Britain

Index
ERITREA
      Italian Colony 1890-1941
      British Mil. Administration 1948-50
      British Administration 1950-52
      Parcel Post Stamps
      Postage Due Stamps
      Authorized Delivery Stamps
      State 1991-
 
Currency
100 Centesimi = 1 Lira
100 Cents = 1 Shilling (1948)
100 Cents = 1 Birr (1991)

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Related Countries

ITALY
Italy

ITALIAN EAST AFRICA
Italian East Africa

MIDDLE EAST FORCES
Middle East Forces

ETHIOPIA (ABYSSINIA)
Ethiopia (abyssinia)