The last complete list of “Countries that used Mourning Covers” was published
at the beginning of 2017 (MN#41).
The following is the original introduction to this article by Ernie Mosher,
written shortly before his death. “Mourning covers (MCs) are now known to have been
used in at least 250 different stamp-issuing countries. Following is a list of these
countries, with an asterisk (*) showing countries where MCs were seldom used. Each
of these MCs have been seen by the author, in original or copy form. The list includes
117 stamp-issuing entities known as dead or inactive countries, shown in italics.
See pages 4-5 of this issue for my report entitled: “Defining a Mourning Cover ‘Country’.”
This updated list has added those new countries reported in issues of Mourning
Notes to the end of 2021. Your editor has also made additions to the list to reflect
certain historical periods which can be identified with specific stamp issues, whose
names are generally not reflected in the general catalogue listings. Examples are
the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919, the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic
(RSFSR) of 1918-1922, and post–1959 Cuba, from all of which mourning covers are scarce.
All “countries” are listed in alphabetical order, no matter where they appear in
the Scott catalogue. For example, Hawaii is listed under the letter “H”, rather
than as it appears in Scott, under the rubric “United States”; while Thurn und Taxis
appears under “T”, although the Scott catalogue lists it under “German States.”.
The current list of consists of 276 stamp-issuing entities. This includes a
total of 143* known as “dead” or “inactive” countries, shown in italics. Stamp=issuing
entities denoted with an asterisk (*) indicate those countries where mourning covers
were seldom used.