Kiribati

Kiribati stamp, showing a map ...pronounced Kir-i-bas.

Kiribati is a group of 33 low lying coral islands scattered over an area of around 5 million square kilometres, straddling the equator.

They are stereotypical tropical islands with long white beaches, palms, lagoons, reefs and very hot sun. Inhabitants are Micronesian, population is around 60,000.

A Kiribati floral postage stampThe Kiribati island group was discovered officially in 1764 by the British, but it is likely that the Spanish had visited in the 16th century. Britain held a protectorate over them from 1892, when they were the Gilbert of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands.

Heavy fighting during WW2, most notable the Battle of Tarawa, saw heavy casualties on both sides.

In 1976 the Ellice Islanders separated to become Tuvalu. Full independence came in 1979, when the name of the Gilbert Islands became Kiribati.

Year SG No Description MUH Hinged Used FDC
1979 84-85 Independence $1.80   $2.00 $3.50
1979 86-99a Defins to $5 wmk(15) $20.00   $28.00 $33.00
1979 100-103 Rowland Hill $2.00   $2.00 $2.70
1979 104 Rowland Hill m/s $3.20   $3.00 $3.50
1979 105-108 IYC $2.60   $2.00 $3.00
1980 109-111 Satellite $2.20   $2.00 $2.50
1980 112-115 London 80 $2.20   $2.00 $2.50
1980 116 London 80 m/s $3.00   $3.00 $4.00
1980 117-120 Moths $3.00   $2.50 $4.00
1980 121-135 Defs to $5 no wmk (15) $18.00   $16.00  
1980 136-140 Development $2.40   $2.50 $3.00
1981 141-144 Flora $2.40   $2.40 $3.00
1981 145-148 Islands Part 1 $2.80   $2.80 $3.50
1981 149-154 Royal Wedding $12.00   $11.00 $12.00
1981 149s154 Royal Wedding sheetlet $26.00   $26.00 $28.00
1981 149u154 Royal Wedding - uncut sh $100.00      
1981 155 Royal Wedding m/s $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
1981 156-157 Royal Wedding - bk pane $6.00      
1981 158-161 Tuna Fishing $2.40   $2.00 $2.30
1981 162 Tuna Fishing m/s $2.40   $2.20  
1982 163-178 Bird defins (16) $30.00   $25.00 $32.00
1982 171a Bird addition 25c $4.00   $3.00  
1982 173a Bird addition 55c     $20.00  
1982 179-182 Air Tungaru $2.80   $2.60 $3.00
1982 183-185 Royal Birthday $3.00   $2.50 $4.00
1982 186-188 Royal Baby $3.00   $3.00 $3.50
1982 189-192 Scouting $3.00   $2.50 $3.50
1982 193-195 Royal Visit $3.50   $2.00 $3.00
1982 196 Royal Visit m/s     $2.50 $3.50
1983 197-200 Commonwealth Day $2.80   $2.60 $3.00
1983 201-204 Islands Part 2 $2.80   $2.80 $3.50
1983 205-209 Copra $3.00   $2.50 $3.50
1983 210-214 Battle of Tarawa $6.00   $5.50 $7.00
1984 215-218 Islands Part 3 $3.00   $3.00 $4.00
1984 219-222 Shipping $6.00   $4.00 $5.00
1984 223 Shipping m/s $4.00   $3.00 $3.50
1984 224-227 Ausipex $2.70   $2.50 $3.50
1984 228-231 Legends $3.00   $3.00 $3.50
1985 232-235 Reef Fish       $13.00
1985 236 Reef Fish m/s $13.00   $11.00  
1985 237-240 Islands Part 4     $20.00 $22.00
1985 241-244 Youth Year $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
1985 245-248 Legends $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
1986 249-250 Transport & Comm. Pt1 $7.00   $7.00  
1986 251-255 Queens Birthday $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
1986 256-260 Islands Part 5 $20.00   $20.00 $22.00
1986 261-264 Geckos $15.00   $15.00 $16.00
1986 265-267 America's Cup $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
1987 268-269 Transport & Comm Pt2 $6.00   $6.00  
1987 270-273 Islands Part 6 $5.00   $5.00 $5.50
1987 274-277 Skinks $5.00   $5.00 $5.50
1987 278 Skinks m/s $6.00   $5.50  
1988 279-283 QEII 40th Wedding $5.50   $5.00  
1988 284-287 Red Cross $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
1988 288-291 Aust Bi-centenary $10.00   $10.00 $11.00
1988 292 Aust Bi-centenary m/s $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1988 293-294 Transport & Telecom Pt3     $7.00 $9.00
1989 295-298 Nautical History Pt 1       $13.00
1989 299-302 Birds Part 1 $12.00     $14.00
1989 303-304 10th Anniv Indep $3.50   $3.20 $4.00
1989 305-308 Moonlanding $5.00     $6.00
1989 309 Moonlanding m/s $10.00     $11.00
1989 310 Philexfrance m/s $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
1989 311-313 Statue of Liberty m/s $5.50     $6.00
1989 314-315 Transport & Telecom Pt4 $9.00     $10.00
1989 316-317 Bird Stampshow o/prs $8.50      
1989 318-321 Christmas $12.00     $14.00
1990 322-325 London Stampworld     $15.00 $20.00
1990 326-340 Fish Defins (15)       $48.00
1990 341-342 Q Mother 90th B'day $7.00   $7.00 $7.00
1990 343-346 Nautical History Pt 2 $10.00   $10.00 $11.00
1990 347 Nautical Hist Pt 2 m/s     $15.00 $20.00
1991 348-351 WWF - Ray & Shark $14.00   $14.00  
1991 356 23c Fish Defin $2.00   $2.00 $2.50
1991 366-367 Queen & Duke B'days $5.00   $4.00 $6.00
1991 366s Queen & Duke s'let $25.00      
1991 368-371 New Hospital $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
1991 372 New Hospital m/s $11.00   $11.00 $12.00
1991 373-376 Christmas $4.50   $4.50 $5.00
1992 377-381 Queen's Ruby Jubilee $4.50   $4.50 $4.70
1992 382-385 Expo 92 - Fish o/prs $8.50   $8.00 $9.00
1992 386-389 Marine Training $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
1992 390-393 FAO/WHO $6.50   $6.50 $7.50
1993 394-401 Seabirds & Waders $12.00   $12.00 $13.00
1993 402-405 Insects $9.00     $10.00
1993 406-425 WWII Sheetlets (2) $27.00      
1993 426-429 Christmas $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
1993 430 Christmas m/s     $9.00 $10.00
1994 431 Year of the Dog m/s $16.00     $17.00
1994 432-439 Whales $36.00     $25.00
1994 440-442 Environment Pt 1 $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
1994 443-460 Butterfly Definitives $32.00   $32.00 $34.00
1994 461-464 Flowers       $11.00
1995 465-468 Night Sky Pt 2 $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1995 469-478 Tourism $15.00     $16.00
1995 479-488 Tourism Booklet Pane $30.00      
1995 489-494 End of WWII in Europe $7.50     $9.00
1995 495 End of WWII Medal m/s $4.50     $5.00
1995 496-499 Environment Pt 2 m/s $4.80   $4.80 $5.30
1995 500-503 Enviro m/s - o/p Jakarta $8.00     $9.00
1995 504 Pig m/s - Singapore $5.00     $7.00
1995 505 Pig m/s - Beijing $6.00     $7.00
1995 506-507 Maritime Police $4.50     $5.00
1996 508-511 Dolphins $10.00   $10.00 $12.00
1996 512-515 UNICEF $3.50 $2.00 $3.50 $4.00
1996 516 China'96 - Year of Rat $1.30     $2.40
1996 517 Capex'96 - Locomotive $6.00     $7.00
1996 518-521 Crabs $6.00   $6.00 $6.50
1996 522 Taipei'96 - Canoe $4.40   $4.40 $5.00
1996 523-526 Nautical History Pt 3 $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
1997 527 Hong Kong'97 Butterfly $2.50     $4.00
1997 534 Pacific'97 WWII m/s o/p $7.00      
1997 535-540 Royal Golden Wedding $7.50     $8.00
1997 541 Golden Wedding m/s $4.50     $5.00
1997 542-547 Birds & Young Pt 3 $8.00     $8.50
1997 548-551 Asia'97 Birds o/p $7.00      
1998 552-555 WWF - Spiny Lobster $4.00      
1998 556 Spiny Lobster m/s $5.00     $6.00
1998 557 Princess Diana stamp $1.00     $2.00
1998 558 Princess Diana m/s $6.00     $7.00
1998 559 Millennium $2.20     $3.20
1998 560-567 Whales & Dolphins $12.00     $14.00
1998 568 Italia'98 $4.00   $4.00 $4.70
1998 569-572 Greenhouse Effect $4.40   $4.40 $4.80
1998 573 Greenhouse Effect m/s $3.30   $3.30 $3.90
1999 574 Australia'99 Ship m/s $5.00   $5.00 $6.00
1999 575-578 IBRA'99 Ducks $5.00     $6.00
1999 579 IBRA'99 Duck m/s $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
1999 580-583 20th Ann Independence $5.50   $5.50 $6.00
1999 584 Independence m/s $3.50   $3.50 $4.00
1999 585-588 Moonlanding $5.50   $5.50 $6.00
1999 589 Moonlanding m/s $4.50   $4.50 $5.00
1999 590-593 Christmas'99 - UPU $5.50   $5.50 $6.50
2000 594-598 Millennium $5.50   $5.50 $6.80
2000 599-607 Sesame Street Sheetlet $9.00      
2000 608 Sesame Street m/s $4.00   $4.00 $5.00
2000 609 London 2000 $10.00     $12.00
2000 610-614 Hannover Butterflies o/p $10.00   $10.00 $12.00
2000 615-618 Prince William's 18th $5.00   $5.00 $6.10
2001 619-624 Ducks       $14.00
2001 625 Duck m/s $8.00   $8.00 $10.00
2001 626-630 Water Conservation $7.50   $7.50 $8.60
2001 631-632 New Development $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
2001 633-634 Tourism $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
2002 635-650 Pet Fish Defins(16) $42.00   $42.00 $45.40
2002 651-656 Explorers $10.00     $12.00
2002 657 James Cook m/s $10.00     $12.00
2002 658-659 In Remembrance s/let $9.00     $10.00
2002 660-661 Golden Jubilee + m/s $9.00     $10.00
2002 662-666 Christmas'02 $10.00   $10.00 $12.00
2003 667-672 Cowrie Shells $12.00   $12.00 $14.00
2003 673 Cowrie Shells m/s $12.00   $12.00 $14.00
2003 674-675 Coronation 50th Anniv $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
2003 676 Coronation m/s $13.00   $13.00 $15.00
2003 677-682 Powered Flight $11.00   $11.00 $12.00
2003 683 Battle of Tarawa m/s $3.00   $3.00 $4.00
2003 687-690 Christmas'03 $12.00   $12.00 $14.00
2003 691 Christmas'03 m/s $12.00   $12.00 $14.00
2004 692-695 Road Safety m/s $4.00   $4.00 $5.50
2004 696 Road Safety s/let $8.00   $8.00  
2004 697-702 Bird Life International $9.50   $9.50 $10.70
2004 703 Bird Life Inter. m/s $9.50   $9.50 $10.70
2004 704-707 Athens Olympics'04 $4.00   $4.00 $5.90
2004 708 Independence/Olympic m/s $9.00   $9.00 $10.70
2004 709-718 Pacific Orchids $18.00   $18.00 $19.00
2004 718G Orchids Gutter block $18.00   $18.00  
2004 719-722 Merchant Ships $16.00   $16.00 $18.00
2005 723-728 Battle of Trafalgar $13.00   $13.00 $15.00
2005 729 Battle of Trafalgar m/s $10.00   $10.00 $12.00
2005 730-739 End World War II 60yrs $14.00   $14.00 $16.00
2005 740 End World War II m/s $10.00   $10.00 $12.00
2005 741a BLI2 Breeding Birds S/L $3.00   $3.00 $5.00
2005 741b BLI3 Seabirds/Kiribati $21.00   $21.00 $22.30
2005 742 Pope John Paul II $3.00   $3.00 $4.10
2005 742S Pope John Paul II s/let     $24.00  
2005 743-745 Trafalgar Pt 2 $11.00   $11.00 $13.00
2005 746-749 WWF Harlequin Shrimp $13.00   $13.00 $15.00
2005 749S WWF Shrimp s/let $26.00      
2006 750-753 Queen's 80th B'day $9.00   $9.00 $11.00
2006 754 Queen's B/day m/s $8.50   $8.50 $11.00
2006 755-758 Europa 50th Ann $24.00   $24.00  
2006 759 Europa 50th Ann m/s $24.00   $24.00  
2006 760-771 Exploration & Innovat. $19.00   $19.00 $20.60
2006 772-779 Dinosaurs $13.00   $13.00 $15.00
2006 780-785 Victoria Cross s/let $16.00   $16.00 $18.20
2007 786-789 Diamond Wedding $7.00   $7.00 $9.50
2007 790 Diamond Wedding m/s $9.00   $9.00 $11.60
2007 791-794 Scouting Centenary $7.00   $7.00 $9.10
2007 795 Scouting/Baden-Powell ms $5.50   $5.50 $7.40
2007 796-801 Princess Diana 10th Ann $7.00   $7.00 $9.10
2007 801S Princess Diana s/l(6) $42.00      
2007 802-809 Military Uniforms (8) $12.00   $12.00 $13.10
2008 810-821 Bird Definitives (12) $22.00   $22.00 $24.00
2008 821 Bird Defin s/let(2) $24.00   $24.00  
2008 822-825 RAF 90th Anniversary $5.00   $5.00 $7.40
2008 826 RAF Dambuster m/s $5.00   $5.00 $7.40
2008 827-832 Phoenix Island $11.00   $11.00 $12.90
2008 833 Phoenix Island m/s $11.00   $11.00 $12.90
2008 834-837 Beijing Olympics $3.50   $3.50 $6.80
2008 838-845 Christmas '08 $7.50     $9.60
2008 846 Christmas '08 m/s $7.50   $7.50 $9.60
2009 847-852 Seafaring & Exploration $10.00   $10.00 $11.80
2009 853-856 Naval Aviation 100 yrs $4.80   $4.80 $8.10
2009 857 Ark Royal m/s $6.00   $6.00 $8.30
2009 858-862 Moon Landing 40th Ann. $9.80     $13.10
2009 863 Moon Landing m/s $5.00   $5.00 $8.30
2010 864-869 Battle of Britain 70th $7.30   $7.30 $10.60
2010 870 Battle of Britain m/s $5.00     $8.30
2011 871 Royal Wedding $8.30   $8.30 $11.60
2011 872 Pope John Paul o/pr $1.70   $1.70 $4.10
2011 873-879 Stamp Centenary $25.00   $25.00 $26.70
2012 880-883 Queen's Diamond Jubilee $7.00   $7.00 $10.30
2012 884 WWF Giant Trevally $8.80   $8.80 $10.40
2012 884S WWF Giant Trevally m/s $17.60   $17.60  
2012 885 Phoenix Island Area $15.20   $15.20 $17.70
2013 886-901 Water Transport Defins $20.90   $20.90 $25.80
2013 902 Water Transport s/let $20.90   $20.90  
2014 903-906 Mangroves $8.60   $8.60 $11.00
2014 907-908 Commonwealth Games $1.70     $4.10
2014 909 Commonwealth Games m/s $8.30   $8.30 $10.70
2015 910 Butterflies m/s $8.30   $8.30 $10.70
2015 911-914 Singapore 2015 o/prints $6.60     $9.10
2016 915-919 Queen's 90th Birthday $13.60   $13.60 $16.10
2016 920 Queen's 90th B'day m/s $8.30   $8.30 $10.70
2016 921-924 World Stamp Show NY2016 $8.60   $8.60 $10.30