Stamps of the Pacific Island Nations
Beautiful coral-crusted, white sandy beaches, fringed with palms against a glorious red sunset.
If that is the way you see the Pacific Island Nations in your mind's eye, you are pretty well correct!
These small countries have been the refuge of runaway sailors, fierce cannibals and peace-loving indigenous groups alike for centuries. Each has an interesting story and despite having so much in common, their heritage and histories are quite diverse.
The stamps of the Pacific tell the stories of the culture, native flora, fauna and landmarks which make up their unique nature.
'Little messages from the islands' is a good way to describe the philatelic produce of our Pacific Island Nations.
Take a look at the topography of each island using the island pages on this website. Select a location from the links, read a little info, check out the satellite map image and dream about these fabulous, exotic dots in the middle of the world's largest ocean.
Stamps are listed on the webpage of the country of issue. Just select the nation you want from The Islands menu.
Some nations, eg Gilbert and Ellice Islands, have changed names over the years. The information on each Island's webpage will tell you alternative names for that location.
Abbreviations Used in Our Catalogue
|SG No||Stanley Gibbons Catalogue Number|
|MUH||Mint unhinged, mint never hinged, full gum|
|Hgd||Mint stamps which have been hinged|
|Used||Used or Cancelled to Order (CTO) stamps|
|FDC||First Day Cover (envelope)|
|m/s||Miniature or souvenir sheet|
|s/let||Small sheet of stamps|
|Simpl||Simplified - ignores watermark, perforation size or colour variations|
|Defins (or defs)||Definitive stamps|
|o/p (or o/pr)||Overprinted stamps|