On 19 November 1990, the ASSR was renamed the Republic of Azerbaijan. It became an independent country on 18 August 1991 and its first stamp was issued on 26 March 1992 to mark its independence.
Unlike most other ex-Soviet republics, Azerbaijan did not overprint Soviet stamps to meet their postal needs after independence. The national postage stamp company Azermarka began functioning in 1992 and is responsible for the production and sale of all Azerbaijani postage stamps.
The national postage stamp company Azermarka began functioning in 1992 and is responsible for the production and sale of all Azerbaijani postage stamps. The first stamp issued by Azermarka was the stamp featuring the proclamation of Independence of Azerbaijan.
This 35 kopeck stamp depicts a stylized map of the country in the centre adorned with the colours of the national flag of Azerbaijan. In the top of the stamp, there is a memorable inscription: "The Constitutional Act on the Independence of Azerbaijan Republic Has Accepted on October 18, 1991".
This stamp was issued with the old currency of Russian Kopek. Stamps after October 1992 depict the new currency manat which was accepted on 15 August 1992. The currency value of the stamps is qepik which is the 100th part of Manat.
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