Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Aviation stamp from the Cocos (Keeling) IslandsThis Cocos Islands stamp shows a coconut sproutingThis Australian Territory in the Indian Ocean is not very well known to Australians. The (Keeling) part of the name is to distinguish it from other islands around the world called Cocos.

The 25 islands are all coral atolls, 1300 kilometres north-west of Western Australia, putting them well and truly in the tropics, though not really Pacific!

From WW2 until 1954, Australian stamps were used; then those of Singapore to 1955, before a switch back to Australia. The first issue of stamps was in June 1963.

All significant parts of the islands' history are shown in the stamps, along with the flora and fauna to capture for us the story of these remote islands.

Year SG No Description MUH Hinged Used FDC
1963 1-6 Scenes (6) $55.00 $30.00 $35.00 $65.00
1963 1 3d $3.00 $1.50 $2.00  
1963 2 5d $2.00 $1.00 $1.00  
1963 3 8d $5.00 $3.00 $4.00  
1963 4 1/- $8.00   $3.00  
1963 5 2/- $18.00   $6.00  
1963 6 2/3 $30.00   $24.00  
1965 7 Gallipoli $1.80 $1.00 $1.50 $4.00
1969 8-19 Decimals (12) $11.50   $8.00  
1969 08 1c $0.30   $0.20  
1969 09 2c $0.30   $0.20  
1969 10 3c $0.50   $0.20  
1969 11 4c $0.30   $0.20  
1969 12 5c $0.40   $0.20  
1969 13 6c $0.60   $0.30  
1969 14 10c $2.00   $1.00  
1969 15 15c $1.00   $0.60  
1969 16 20c $1.20   $0.80  
1969 17 30c $1.00   $0.60  
1969 18 50c $1.50   $1.50  
1969 19 $1 $2.00   $2.00  
1976 20-31 Ships (12) $7.00   $6.50 $11.00
1976 20 1c $0.20   $0.20  
1976 21 2c $0.20   $0.20  
1976 22 5c $0.40   $0.20  
1976 23 10c $0.30   $0.20  
1976 24 15c $0.40   $0.30  
1976 25 20c $0.50   $0.40  
1976 26 25c $0.50   $0.40  
1976 27 30c $0.60   $0.50  
1976 28 35c $0.60   $0.50  
1976 29 40c $1.00   $0.90  
1976 30 50c $1.00   $0.90  
1976 31 $1 $1.50   $1.20  
1979 32-33 Postal Service $1.30   $1.40 $4.00
1979 34-47 Fish (17) $11.50   $11.00 $22.00
1979 34 1c $0.20   $0.20  
1979 35 2c $0.30   $0.30  
1979 36 5c $0.30   $0.30  
1979 37 10c $0.30   $0.30  
1979 38 15c $0.30   $0.30  
1979 39 20c $0.40   $0.30  
1979 39a 22c $0.80   $0.50  
1979 40 25c $0.40   $0.40  
1979 40a 28c $0.80   $0.50  
1979 41 30c $0.60   $0.50  
1979 42 35c $0.80   $0.50  
1979 43 40c $0.70   $0.50  
1979 44 50c $1.00   $0.80  
1979 45 55c $1.00   $0.80  
1979 45a 60c $1.20   $1.00  
1979 46 $1 $2.00   $1.50  
1979 47 $2 $3.00   $2.50  
1979 3/9/79 Part 1 (4)       $5.00
1979 18/2/80 Part 3 (4)       $5.00
1979 1/7/80 Part 4 (3)       $6.00
1979 48-49 Christmas $1.20   $1.40 $4.00
1980 50-52 Christmas $1.80   $1.60 $3.50
1980 53-57 25th Anniversary $2.40   $2.60 $4.00
1980 58-61 Operation Drake $3.00   $2.50 $4.00
1981 62-64 Animal Quarantine $2.20   $2.60 $3.00
1981 65-69 Aircraft $2.80   $2.80 $3.50
1981 70-71 Royal Wedding $1.40   $1.40 $3.00
1981 72-74 Christmas $1.90   $1.90 $2.50
1981 75-77 Charles Darwin $2.10   $2.10 $2.80
1981 78 Darwin m/s $1.70   $1.70 $3.00
1982 79-81 125th Anniversary $2.10   $2.10 $3.00
1982 82-83 Boy Scouts $2.10   $2.00 $2.50
1982 84-99 Butterflies (16) $22.00   $20.00 $24.00
1982 84 1c $0.40   $0.30  
1982 85 2c $0.40   $0.30  
1982 86 5c $0.50   $0.40  
1982 87 10c $0.50   $0.40  
1982 88 20c $0.70   $0.50  
1982 89 25c $0.70   $0.70  
1982 90 30c $0.70   $0.70  
1982 91 35c $0.70   $0.60  
1982 92 40c $0.70   $0.80  
1982 93 45c $1.00   $1.00  
1982 94 50c $1.20   $1.20  
1982 95 55c $1.10   $1.10  
1982 96 60c $2.00   $1.20  
1982 97 $1 $2.00   $2.00  
1982 98 $2 $4.00   $4.00  
1982 99 $3 $6.00   $6.00  
1982 6/9/82 Part 1       $4.00
1982 6/4/83 Part 3       $3.00
1982 1/7/83 Part 4       $5.00
1982 100-102 Christmas $2.20   $2.60 $3.50
1983 103-107 Christmas $2.00   $2.40 $3.00
1984 108-110 Malay Culture $4.00   $3.50 $5.00
1984 111-113 Barrel Mail $4.00   $4.00 $5.00
1984 114 Barrel Mail m/s $3.00   $3.00 $5.00
1984 115-118 375th Anniversary $6.50   $6.50 $7.50
1984 119-120 Ausipex $2.50   $2.50 $4.00
1984 121 Ausipex m/s $4.50   $4.00 $5.00
1984 122-124 Christmas $3.00   $2.80 $4.00
1984 125 Self Determination m/s $4.00   $4.00 $5.00
1985 126-128 Malay Culture $3.20   $3.20 $4.00
1985 129-131 Cable Ships $4.50   $4.50 $5.50
1985 132-134 Birds $5.50     $8.00
1985 135-150 Shells & Molluscs (16) $26.00     $28.00
1985 135 1c $0.30   $0.20  
1985 136 2c $0.30   $0.20  
1985 137 3c $0.30   $0.20  
1985 138 4c $0.40   $0.30  
1985 139 5c $0.50   $0.30  
1985 140 10c $0.50   $0.30  
1985 141 15c $0.50   $0.50  
1985 142 20c $0.50   $0.50  
1985 143 30c $1.50   $1.00  
1985 144 33c $0.80   $0.70  
1985 145 40c $1.00   $0.80  
1985 146 50c $1.20   $1.00  
1985 147 60c $1.50   $1.20  
1985 148 $1 $2.20   $2.00  
1985 149 $2 $4.50   $4.00  
1985 150 $3 $8.00   $7.00  
1985 18/9/85 Part 1       $3.50
1985 29/1/86 Part 2       $5.50
1985 30/4/86 Part 3       $4.00
1985 30/7/86 Part 4       $5.00
1985 151 Christmas m/s $3.50   $3.50 $4.00
1986 152-154 Darwin $4.00   $4.00 $5.00
1986 155-157 Christmas $6.50   $6.50 $7.50
1987 158-161 Sailing Craft $4.00     $5.00
1987 158a Am.Cup o/print sheet $38.00   $38.00  
1987 162-164 Scenes $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
1987 165-168 Communications $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
1987 169-171 Malay Industries $4.50   $4.80 $5.50
1987 172-174 Christmas $6.50   $6.50 $7.50
1988 175-179 Aust. Bi-Centenary $8.50     $10.00
1988 180-183 Life Cycle of Coconut $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1988 184 Coconut m/sheet $9.00   $9.00 $10.00
1988 185-190 25th Anniv Stamps $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1988 191-194 Flora Defins Part 1 $10.00   $10.00 $11.00
1988 195-198 Flora Defins Part 2 $8.00   $7.00 $8.00
1988 199-202 Flora Defins Part 3 $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1988 203 Sydpex 88 m/s     $11.00 $13.00
1988 204-206 Christmas $6.50   $6.00 $7.00
1989 207-210 Aerial Survey $8.50     $10.00
1989 211-213 Christmas $6.50   $6.00 $7.00
1989 214-217 Sydney - Emden $10.00     $11.00
1989 218 Sydney - Emden m/s $11.00   $10.00 $13.00
1990 219-222 Crabs $11.00   $10.00 $12.00
1990 223-226 Navigators $10.00   $10.00 $10.00
1990 227 Navigators m/s $12.00   $12.00 $14.00
1990 228 NZ1990 overprint stamp $13.00     $14.00
1990 229 NZ1990 Flower m/s $16.00   $16.00 $17.00
1990 230 $5 Overprint $90.00      
1990 231-233 Christmas $8.50     $10.00
1990 231B Christmas Booklet Panes $50.00   $40.00  
1991 234-239 Postage Paid O/Pr (6)     $180.00  
1991 234 MAINLAND 1st $40.00   $40.00  
1991 235 MAINLAND 2nd/10 $60.00   $30.00  
1991 236 LOCAL ON 30 $10.00   $10.00  
1991 237 ZONE 1 70 on 60 $30.00   $30.00  
1991 238 ZONE 2 80 on 50 $35.00   $35.00  
1991 239 ZONE 5 1.20 / 15 $40.00   $40.00  
1991 234S Post Paid + Offic(7) $320.00   $290.00  
1991 240-243 Sea Stars & Urchins $11.00     $12.00
1991 244-246 Hari Raya 1991 $6.00     $7.00
1991 247-250 Christmas $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1991 251 Christmas m/s $12.00   $10.00 $12.00
1992 252-257 Crustaceans Pt 1 $13.00   $10.00 $14.00
1992 258-263 Crustaceans Pt 2 $18.00   $14.00 $20.00
1992 264 Discovery of America $4.50   $3.50 $5.00
1992 265-268 WWF - Buff Banded Rail $5.00      
1992 265s WWF - Rail sheetlet $20.00      
1992 269 Buff Banded Rail m/s $9.00   $20.00 $10.00
1992 270-272 Cocos in WWII $7.00   $5.50 $8.00
1992 273-275 Festive Season $5.50   $5.00 $6.50
1993 276-279 Corals $8.00   $7.50 $9.00
1993 280-283 Early Currency $9.00   $7.00 $9.00
1993 284-288 Education $8.00   $7.00 $8.00
1993 289-291 Air-Sea Rescue $7.50   $7.50 $8.50
1993 292 Air-Sea Rescue m/s $9.00   $8.00 $8.00
1993 293-295 Festive Season $4.50   $4.00 $5.00
1994 296-315 Marine Life sheetlet $8.00   $7.00 $8.50
1994 315a 45c Strip White Selvedge $7.00   $5.50 $7.50
1994 316-319 Puppets $6.50   $6.00 $7.00
1994 320-322 Christmas $3.50   $3.50 $4.00
1995 323-324 Seabirds $3.50   $3.00 $4.00
1995 325 Seabirds m/s $3.00   $3.00 $3.50
1995 325a Seabirds o/p Jakarta $5.00      
1995 326-331 Insects $6.55     $7.00
1995 332-343a Marine Life Defins(15) $35.00   $35.00 $40.00
1995 332 5c $0.10      
1995 333 30c $0.50   $0.50  
1995 334 40c $0.80   $0.60  
1995 335 45c $0.90   $0.70  
1995 335a 70c $1.40      
1995 336 75c $1.50   $1.50  
1995 337 80c $1.60   $1.60  
1995 338 85c $1.70   $1.60  
1995 339 90c $1.80      
1995 339a 95c $1.90   $2.00  
1995 340 $1.00 $2.00   $2.00  
1995 341 $1.05 $4.00   $4.00  
1995 342 $1.20 $2.40      
1995 343 $2.00 $4.00   $4.00  
1995 343a $5.00 $10.00      
2001 335a Fish'2000 $8.00   $7.00 $9.00
1996 344-346 Festive Season $4.00   $4.00 $5.00
1996 347-350 Quarantine Station $6.00   $5.50 $7.00
1997 351-353 Festive Season $4.00   $4.00 $4.50
1998 354-358 Festive Season $4.50   $4.50 $5.00
1999 359-363 Festive Season $5.00     $5.50
1999 364-383 Living Mosaic S/Let $13.00     $14.00
2000 384-388 Faces of Cocos $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
2000 389-392 WWF Crabs $3.00   $3.00 $3.50
2000 392G WWF Crab - Gutter $10.00      
2002 393-396 Turtles $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
2002 396G Turtles - Gutter $12.00      
2003 397-400 Shore Birds $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
2004 401-404 Royal Visit 50th Ann $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
2004 404G Royal Visit 50c G/Pair $15.00      
2004 405 Royal Visit m/s $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
2004 405a Royal Visit o/p Singapor $12.00   $10.00  
2005 406-409 WWF Sharks $6.50   $6.50 $8.00
2006 410-429 Coral Reefs sheetlet $13.00     $14.00
2007 430-433 Living Shells $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
2008 434-437 Visiting Birds     $9.00 $10.00
2009 438-441 400 Years Sighting $9.00   $8.00 $8.00
2009 441G 400 Years Sighting G/P $5.00      
2010 442-445 Flowers of Cocos Island $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
2011 446-449 Boats $12.00   $12.00 $13.00
2011 450 WWF Aust Mammals m/s $6.00   $6.00  
2011 451-470 Colours of Cocos $22.00   $20.00 $24.00
2012 471-474 Skies of Cocos $11.00   $11.00 $12.00
2012 475-478 Butterflies $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
2013 479-483 50th Ann Stamps $8.50   $8.50 $10.00
2013 484 50th Ann Stamps s/s $10.00   $10.00 $12.00
2013 485-486 Barrel Mail $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
2014 487-490 Maps of Cocos $9.00   $9.00 $10.00
2014 491-492 Sydney - Emden Battle $7.00     $8.00
2015 493-496 WWF Visiting Birds $6.00   $4.20 $4.70
2015 497-500 Uninhabited Islands $6.30     $6.80
2016 501-503 Dolphins $4.50   $4.50 $5.00
2016 504-507 Art of Cocos $9.00   $9.00 $9.50
2016 508 Art of Cocos m/s $9.00     $9.50
2017 509-512 Garden Fruits $9.00   $9.00 $9.50
2017 513 Garden Fruits m/s $9.00   $9.00 $9.50
2017 514-517 Aviation $6.00   $6.00 $6.50
2017 518 Aviation m/s $6.00   $6.00 $6.50
2018 519-521 Basket Weaving $6.00   $6.00  
2018 522 Basket Weaving m/s $6.00   $6.00  
2018 523-526 Shaddow Puppets $9.00   $9.00  
2018 527 Shaddow Puppets m/s $9.00   $9.00