Niuafo'ou

Stamp of an aeroplane over Niuafo'ou (once known as Tin Can Island)Also known as Tin Can Island, this place is famous for its unusual method of mail delivery. For many years, the mail was dispatched in tins wrapped in oilcloth and thrown overboard from passing ships. Swimmers collected the tins and took new ones out to the ships.

Butterfly stamp from Niuafo'ouNowadays there is a large collector demand for these covers. To this day, there is no wharf on the island.

Unstable and volcanic, a massive eruption in 1946 saw the population removed, though many returned in 1958. A miniature sheet issued in 1990 shows the panoramic lake that now fills the volcano. Almost a circle, the lake is 275 ft deep and 870ft above sea level and now has its own islets!

Year SG No Description MUH Hinged Used FDC
1983 1-14 Defins (14) $10.00     $11.00
1983 15-16 Overprints (2) $8.00     $9.00
1983 17-18 Airport $6.50      
1983 19-22 Surcharges (4) $10.00      
1983 23-26 Resettlement $11.00      
1983 27-41 Bird Defins (15) $40.00      
1984 42-45 Wildlife & Nature $12.00      
1984 46-47 International Dateline $7.00      
1984 48-49 Ausipex $7.00      
1984 50 Ausipex m/sheet $7.50      
1985 51-54 Jacob le Maire $7.00      
1985 55 Jacob le Maire m/s $3.50      
1985 56-59 Mail Ships die-cut $7.00      
1985 56B59B Mail Ships - perf $7.00      
1985 60-63 Rocket Mails $8.50      
1986 64-73 Halleys Comet $32.00      
1986 74-81 Bird Surcharges (8) $30.00      
1986 82-83 Ameripex 86        
1986 84 Ameripex 86 m/s $8.00      
1986 85-88 1st Tonga Stamps $13.00      
1986 89 1st Tonga Stamps m/s $14.00      
1987 90-93 Red Cross $18.00      
1987 94-97 Sharks $12.00      
1987 98 Sharks m/sheet        
1987 99-102 Air Pioneers        
1988 103-106 Post Office        
1988 107 Australian Bi-cent m/s        
1988 108-111 Island Birds of Polyn.       $18.00
1989 112 Bligh m/s $17.00   $15.00  
1989 113-116 Ocean Deep     $9.00 $11.00
1989 117-126 Pt 1 - Planet Earth       $11.00
1993 120a126b Pt 3 - Dinosaurs(4) $8.00     $9.00
1989 127-130 Pt 2 - Dinosaurs     $22.00  
1993 130a Pt 4 - $10 Mammoth $26.00   $20.00 $27.00
1989 131 Stamp Expo - Space $2.50   $2.00  
1989 132 UPU - Earth Sheetlet $28.00     $30.00
1990 133-138 Crater Lake m/s $9.00   $8.00 $10.00
1990 139-142 Penny Black $10.00   $9.00 $11.00
1990 143-146 Whaling       $15.00
1990 147 Whaling m/s $7.00      
1990 148-151 UNDP $12.00     $13.00
1991 152-154 Charting of Niuafo'ou $6.00      
1991 155 Search for Bounty m/s $11.00      
1991 156 Whaling Ornithol Congres $4.00      
1991 157-160 Longhorned Beetle $10.00     $10.00
1991 161-162 Christmas Coconut Legend       $4.00
1991 163 Coconut Legend m/s $9.00     $9.50
1992 164 Columbus m/s       $30.00
1992 177-181 Coronation 25th Anniv $12.00     $13.00
1992 182-185 WWF - Megapode $10.00      
1993 186-187 10th Anniv 1st Stamps $4.00     $4.50
1993 188-189 10th Anniv Aviation $8.00     $9.00
1993 190-194 King Taupo Birthday       $13.00
1994 204-207 Beetles $12.00     $13.00
1994 208-212 Sailing Ships       $13.00
1994 213-217 Volcano - Birds       $12.00
1995 218-221 VSPY - Whales o/print       $12.00
1995 222 VSPY - Whales o/pr m/s       $7.00
1995 223-232 Victory in the Pacific       $20.00
1995 233-234 Singapore '95 Dinosaurs $4.00     $5.00
1995 235 Singapore Dinosaur m/s $5.00     $6.00
1995 236 Beijing '95 m/s $4.00     $6.00
1995 237-242 Peace & UN 50 years $10.00      
1996 243-246 Tin Can Mail $9.00     $10.50
1996 252-261 Evacuation of Niuafo'ou $10.00      
1997 262-265 Ocean Environment $9.50   $8.90 $11.00
1997 267-268 Royal Anniversaries $4.00      
1997 269 Royal Annivers m/s $10.00      
1998 270-273 WWF - Lorikeet $12.00      
1998 274 WWF Lorikeet sheetlet $24.00      
1998 275 Princess Diana m/s $10.00      
1998 276 King's 80th Birthday $5.00     $6.20
1998 277 Singpex Year/Tiger $6.00     $7.10
1998 278-280 Year of the Ocean $3.50      
1998 281-284 Christmas'98 $7.00     $8.00
1999 285 Year of the Rabbit m/s $5.00      
1999 286-287 Austr'99 Explorers $7.00      
1999 288 Austr'99 Explorers m/s $7.00     $8.00
1999 289-292 Flowers $8.00     $8.90
2000 293 New Millenium $7.00     $8.00
2000 294 Year of the Dragon m/s       $6.00
2000 295 Queen Mother-London 2000 $7.50     $9.00
2000 296 Space Expo 2000 m/s $10.00     $12.00
2000 297-300 Butterflies $12.00     $13.00
2001 301 Year of the Snake m/s $4.50     $5.80
2001 302-304 Fish $7.50      
2001 305 Fish m/s $7.50     $8.50
2001 306 Tropical Fruits m/s $8.00     $9.00
2001 307-310 Barn Owls $12.00      
2001 311 Barn Owls m/s $12.00     $13.00
2002 312 Golden Jubilee m/s $11.00     $12.00
2002 313 Year of the Horse m/s $9.00     $10.00
2002 314-317 Endangered Megapode $6.50     $7.10
2002 318 Endangered Megapode m/s $5.50     $6.00
2002 319-321 Marine Creatures $7.00     $8.00
2002 322 Marine Creatures m/s $8.00     $9.00
2002 323 Mail Planes m/s $6.30     $8.30
2003 324 Year of the Sheep m/s $7.00     $8.00
2003 325-328 Coronation Anniv $8.00     $9.00
2004 329 Yr of the Monkey s/let $6.50     $7.60
2004 330-333 Royal Succession $6.80     $7.50
2004 334 Royal Succession m/s $6.80     $7.50
2004 335-338 Trees $5.00     $6.10
2004 339-342 Christmas'04 $5.80      
2005 343 Year / Rooster s/let $6.50     $7.70
2011 344-345 Christmas 2011 $8.30   $8.30 $10.00
2012 346-347 Whales s/lets (2) $10.50   $10.50 $13.80
2012 348-351 WWF Zebra Shark $8.60   $8.60 $10.40
2012 351S WWF Zebra Shark s/let $34.40   $34.40 $37.90
2012 352-363 Butterfly Defins(12) $50.60   $50.60 $55.90
2012 364 Butterfly Defins s/let $50.60   $50.60 $54.20
2012 365 Titanic Centenary s/l $13.40   $13.40 $16.70
2012 366 Titanic Centenary m/s $3.80   $3.80 $5.50
2012 367 Education $3.00   $3.00 $4.70
2012 367A Air Post Barn Owl $99.00   $99.00 $100.70
2012 367B Air Post Barn Owl m/s $99.00   $99.00 $100.70
2012 368 Princess Dianna Memor. $15.80   $15.80 $19.10
2012 369 Christmas 2012 $11.90   $11.90 $15.20
2012 370 Personalised Stamps $3.00     $4.70
2013 371 Year of the Snake $9.70   $9.70 $11.30
2013 372-373 Tin Can Mail $8.40   $8.40 $10.30
2013 374-377 Birth of Prince George $15.60   $15.60 $17.40
2013 378 Birth/Prince George m/s $18.60   $18.60 $20.40
2013 379-390 Butterfly/Flower Defins $53.30   $53.30 $58.90
2013 391 Butterfly/Flower s/let $53.30   $53.30 $57.00
2013 392 China Expo 2013 $5.80   $5.80 $7.70
2013 393-395 Christmas 2013 $7.80   $7.80 $9.80
2014 396 Year of the Horse $7.00   $7.00 $8.90
2014 397 Easter 2014 s/l $12.70   $12.70 $14.60
2014 398 Nelson Mandela s/l $8.60   $8.60 $10.50
2014 399-401 Butterfly Defins Part 3 $63.20   $63.20 $65.10
2014 402 Christmas 2014 m/s $11.40   $11.40 $13.60
2015 403 Year of the Sheep m/s $10.10   $10.10  
2015 408 Easter 2015 $12.20   $12.20 $14.50
2015 409 Princess Charlotte $15.20   $15.20 $17.80
2015 409a EMS Pt1 Butterflies $84.20   $84.20 $86.70
2015 409b EMS Pt1 Butterfly m/s $84.20   $84.20 $86.70
2015 410-411 Year of the Monkey $8.50   $8.50 $11.00
2015 412 Year/Monkey Souv sh $11.60   $11.60  
2015 412a EMS Pt 2 Butterflies $140.00   $140.00 $142.00
2015 412b EMS Pt 2 Butterfy m/s(2) $140.00   $140.00 $142.00
2015 413 QE II the Longest Reign $11.60   $11.60  
2015 414 Christmas Nativity $8.70   $8.70 $11.20
2016 417 EMS Pt3 Butterflies $120.00   $120.00 $125.00
2016 418 EMS Pt3 Butterfly m/s(2) $120.00   $120.00 $125.00
2016 419-422 Gandhi Indian Animals $20.30   $20.30 $22.60
2016 423 Gandhi Indian Animal s/l $20.30   $20.30 $22.60
2016 424-427 WWF Black Petrel set $9.30   $9.30 $11.70
2016 428-431 WWF Black Petrel strip $9.30   $9.30  
2016 432 WWF Black Petrel s/let $37.40   $37.40  
2016 437 Dutch Explorers $11.00   $11.00 $13.30
2016 438 Queen's 90th Birthday $4.70   $4.70  
2016 442 Tupou College 150th Ann $7.40   $7.40  
2016 443-454 Ocean Wildlife (12) $53.50   $53.50 $57.90
2016 455-456 Year of the Rooster $11.70   $11.70 $14.00
2016 457 Year / Rooster m/s $11.70   $11.70 $14.00
2016 458-461 Christmas '16 $10.50   $10.50 $12.70
2017 462 Easter 2017 $7.60   $7.60 $9.50
2017 463 Queen's 65 Jubilee $11.40   $11.40  
2017 464 JFK Birthday Centenary $10.00   $10.00 $11.90
2017 465-468 Halley's Comet $9.90   $9.90  
2017 469 Halley's Comet m/s $6.60   $6.60  
2017 470-471 Year of the Dog $14.00   $14.00 $16.10
2017 472 Year of the Dog m/s $14.00   $14.00  
2017 473-476 Christmas'17 $9.50   $9.50 $11.60
2018 477-480 Birdpex 8 $10.70   $10.70 $13.10