A joint issue means the printing of stamps by two or more countries to commemorate the same topic, event or person. Joint issues typically have the same first day of issue and their design is often similar or identical, except for the identification of country and value.
Below you can find some of the joint issues on stamps from my collection. They are listed alphabetically by the first country of issue. E.g. If you look for the joint issue of Gibraltar and the Vatican, you will find it under Gibraltar.
Several apparent joint issues have been excluded from the post. They are:
- commonwealth issues (e.g. the issues commemorating the death of Diana of Wales), since they are not really joint issues
- Europa issues, because they are not generally issued on the same day by the issuing countries
- accidental commemorations (e.g. 2009 meant the commemoration of both Louis Braille and Charles Darwin, and many countries issued stamps featuring them, without being joint issues)
- local issues (e.g. the issues of Portugal, Madeira and the Azores)
- large-scale, worldwide thematics (e.g. the International Year of the Child – 1979)
Aland & Finland, 2017
The topic of the joint issue is saunas.
Albania & Italy, 1998
The stamps from the joint issue depict scenes from the life of Mother Teresa.
Algeria & Serbia, 2014
Weaving traditions of Algeria and Serbia are at the core of this joint issue.
Australia & Indonesia, 1996
The joint issue features varieties of the cuscus bear.
Australia & China, 1995
Koala and panda bears are the topic of this joint issue of Australia and China.
Austria & Hungary & Israel, 2004
This triple joint issue was released for the 100th anniversary of birth of Theodor Herzl. The title of his groundbreaking book ‘The Jewish State’ is featured trilingually (German: Der Judenstaat; Hungarian: A Zsidó Állam; Hebrew: מדינת היהודים). In addition, the Israeli stamp features a memorable quote from the book, “if you will, it is no fairy tale” in English, German, Hebrew and Hungarian.
Azerbaijan & Moldova, 2015
The stamps feature identical design, but are featured in pairs with reversed order. The first of the stamps features Azeri dances, whereas the second Moldovan ones.
Belgium & Congo, 2001
The stamps were issued in order to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Hergé’s “Tintin in the Congo” (1931).
Belgium & Croatia, 2002
Lace-making traditions from Belgium & Croatia inspired this joint issue.
Belgium & France, 2004
The characters from Edgar P. Jacobs’ “Blake & Mortimer” are at the core of this joint issue.
Belgium & Romania, 2004
The works of the Romanian-born Belgian sculptor Idel Ianchelevici caused this 2004 joint issue.
Belgium & Singapore, 2005
The novel idea for this joint issue was given by the revamping and repurposing of industrial warehouses into museums.
Brazil & Germany, 2017
2017 meant the celebration of 500 years of the Reformed Churches worldwide. Brazil and Germany issued stamps to commemorate the event.
Canada & China, 2005
Canada & Ireland, 2005
Canada and Ireland joined philatelic forces to raise awareness about the protection of natural reserves with this joint issue of 2005.
Canada & Thailand, 2003
This issue was inspired by national emblems of Canada and Thailand respectively.
China & Sweden, 1997
This very popular joint issue of China and Sweden was engraved by Czesław Słania.
China & Thailand, 1995
China & The United States of America, 1994
Czech Republic & Israel, 1997
The stamps of this joint issue present Jewish monuments in Prague.
Denmark & Finland & Iceland & Norway & Sweden, 1973 (Nordic Series)
Denmark & Finland & Iceland & Norway & Sweden, 1977 (Nordic Series)
Estonia & Latvia & Lithuania & Sweden, 1992 (Mare Balticum)
France & New Zealand, 2000
France & Romania, 2006
The stamps were issued to commemorate the birth of the Romanian-born French sculptor Constantin Brâncuși.
France & Singapore, 2013
The topic covered by this joint issue of 2013 is fashion.
France & The United States of America, 2012
The music heritage of Miles Davis and Edith Piaf inspired this French-US joint issue of 2012.
Germany & Romania, 2011
The mediaeval fortress of Biertan/Birthälm from Transylvania was commemorated in this joint issue.
Germany & Sweden, 2007
This joint issue commemorates the 100th anniversary of birth of Swedish children literature author Astrid Lindgren.
Germany & The Vatican,
Gibraltar & The Vatican, 2009
The joint issue was devoted to the 700th anniversary of the Our Lady of Europe shrine from Gibraltar.
Hungary & Sweden, 2012
Hungary and Sweden issued these joint issue stamps on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg.
India & Iran, 2004
India and Iran commemorated in this 2004 joint issue the work and personalities of writers Kabir (India) and Hafez (Iran).
India & South Africa, 1995
India and South Africa commemorated their diplomatic relations in 1995. South Africa re-issued the 1995 stamp in a 1997 sheet.
India & The United Nations, 2016
The United Nations offices in New York, Geneva, and Vienna issued gender equality awareness stamps in 2016. India produced what is ‘reactive’ stamps – completing the racial spectrum and addressing the highly biased gender culture of India in 2016.
Israel & Italy, 2004
This 2004 joint issue of Israel & Italy commemorates the 100th anniversary of Tempio Maggiore (The Great Synagogue) of Rome.
Israel & Poland, 1993
The 50th anniversary of the Jewish Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto was commemorated jointly by Israel and Poland in 1993. The Polish stamp is available as single and as tabbed version, reminding the tradition of Israeli stamps. In addition to the stamps, Poland issued various stationery (souvenir leafs).
Israel & Poland, 2009
The Jewish freedom fighter Berek Joselewicz was commemorated 200 years after the battle of Kock from the Polish-Austrian War in this 2009 joint issue.
Israel & Romania, 1993
With the occasion of the 1993 Telafila Exhibition, Israel and Romania issued sheets inspired by the art of Romanian-born Israeli artist Marcel Iancu.
Israel & Romania, 2009
Avram Goldfaden’s first Yiddish-language theater from Iași, Romania inspired this joint Israeli-Romanian issue of 2009.
Israel & Slovakia, 1999
Israel and Slovakia issued this joint issue representing artwork from the Museum of Jewish Culture, Bratislava.
Poland & Romania, 2013
This very appealing joint issue was thought up by Poland and Romania in 2013 and it depicts traditional dress from the regions of Bistrița Năsăud (Romania) and Kraków (Poland).
Poland & Turkey, 2014
This joint issue reflects the 600 years of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations.
Romania & Turkey, 2013
The 100th anniversary of the Carol I Mosque from Constanța, Romania occasioned this joint Romanian-Turkish issue.
Russia & Sweden, 1992
Russian icons illustrated these joint Russian-Swedish stamps. The Swedish stamps were issued as Christmas stamps.
Russia & The United States of America, 1992
The United Kingdom of Great Britain & The United States of America, 2006
Animal Tales was the topic selected for this very fine UK-US joint issue. Featuring some common characters of children’s literature, the two series also differ from the point of view of presentation and from the point of view of specific characters that are featured only in one of the issues.
Stamps featured in post: 245; Period: modern era (1973-2017); Pricing: low or moderate; Availability: readily available, may require some search.