officially the Republic of Tajikistan
is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia with an estimated 8 million people
in 2013, and an area of 143,100 km2. Traditional homelands of
Tajik people included present-day Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. The
territory that now constitutes Tajikistan was previously home to
several ancient cultures, including the city of Sarazm of the
Neolithic and the Bronze Age, and was later home to kingdoms ruled by
people of different faiths and cultures, including the Oxus
civilisation, Andronovo culture, Buddhism, Nestorian Christianity,
Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Islam.
The area has been ruled by numerous empires and dynasties, including Russian Empire and
Soviet Union. As a result of the break-up of
the Soviet Union, Tajikistan became an independent nation in 1991. A
civil war was fought almost immediately after independence, lasting
from 1992 to 1997. Since the end of the war, newly established
political stability and foreign aid have allowed the country's economy
to grow. Tajikistan is a presidential republic consisting of
four provinces. Most of Tajikistan's 8 million people belong to the
Tajik ethnic group, who speak Tajik (a dialect of Persian). Many Tajiks
also speak Russian as their second language. Mountains cover more than
90% of the country. It has a transition economy that is highly
dependent on remittances, aluminium and cotton production. [R1]
The first stamps of Tajikistan were issued on 20 May 1992. Before then,
Tajikistan used stamps of the Soviet Union. In 1992 and 1993 the
Tajikistan Post Office resorted to overprinting stamps of the Soviet
Union as supplies of the new Tajik stamps ran low. [R2]
Official stamps of Tajikistan related to Paleontology: dinosaurs
Initially these stamps are designed by a German company for Turkmenistan,
but the order was canceled on the last minute. See
some proofs on the right side. Türkmenistan (German name of the
country) is on the bottom- left side of the proof.
After these stamps accepted by Tajikistan, country name and
all text on the stamps are adjusted by the design company.
Design of at least one stamp is slightly changed
Anatosaurus (thord stamp on the first row) is rotated.
Three stamps of the set have design error: Tyrannosaurus
(first stamp on the first row) has four fingers,
instead of two.
The second "Tyrannosaurus" (the second stamp on the last row) is
actually Polacanthus: plant-eating
ankylosaurian dinosaur from the early Cretaceous period of England.
The Triceratops is Anchiceratops. [R3]
 Issued in common sheet of 8 stamps a 1 label of Pinacosaurus (genus of
medium-sized ankylosaur dinosaurs) in the middle and separate 8 sheets.