Tokelau

Tokelau stamp with traditional canoeThis tiny Pacific nation is not a tourist centre and not a great deal has been written about these islands. This of course, adds to the mystery and sparks interest in the more curious among us!

3 atolls totalling 1220 hectares, Fakaofo, Nukunonu and Atafu make up this place, set around 500 kilometres north of Samoa.

The people are Polynesian with strong links to Western Samoa. Their origins are unclear. European sighting was first made in 1765, but little was known until a US Exploring expedition spent some days there in 1841.

The distance from the British colony of Fiji saw the islands become a dependency of New Zealand in 1925. Nowadays Tokelau is a self-governing NZ territory. Currency of both New Zealand and Western Samoa is used along with Tokelauan coins. Not bad seeing as there are no official banks on the islands!

Stamps were not issued separately until 1948 and in the first 20 years, only 15 stamps were produced. Even now they only produce 2 sets per year, making it an easy country to collect.

Year SG No Description MUH Hinged Used FDC
1948 1-3 Defins (3) $1.20 $0.70 $1.20 $3.00
1953 4 Coronation $5.00 $3.50 $6.00 $8.50
1956 5 1/- on 1 1/2d $6.50 $4.00 $6.50 $9.00
1966 6-8 NZ Arms surcharges $14.00 $8.00 $14.00 $16.00
1967 9-15 Decimals (7) $10.00 $8.00 $12.00 $17.00
1969 16-19 History Scrolls $9.00 $7.00 $10.00 $13.00
1969 20 Christmas $0.50 $0.40 $0.60 $2.00
1970 21 Christmas $0.60 $0.40 $0.60 $1.50
1970 22-24 Discovery $15.00 $11.00 $14.00 $16.00
1971 25-32 Handicrafts (8) $12.00 $7.00 $11.00 $14.00
1972 33-36 Sth Pacific Comm $10.00 $7.00 $11.00 $11.00
1973 37-40 Coral $15.00 $12.00 $15.00 $16.00
1974 41-44 Shells $13.00 $9.00 $14.00 $16.00
1975 45-48 Fish $9.00 $7.00 $10.00 $10.50
1976 49-56 Local Life(8) 13.5 X 14 $3.20 $2.00 $3.20 $6.00
1981 49a56a L.Life repr.(7) 15x14.5 $12.00      
1977 57-60 Birds $3.50 $3.00 $4.50 $5.50
1978 61-64 Coronation $3.00 $2.50 $3.00 $4.50
1978 65-68 Canoe Racing $3.50   $3.50 $4.50
1979 69-72 Sports $3.50 $2.00 $2.50 $4.00
1980 73-76 Water Sports $1.80   $2.50 $3.00
1981 77-80 Sports $2.00 $2.00 $2.20 $3.00
1982 81-84 Handicrafts $3.00 $2.00 $2.60 $3.50
1982 85-90 Fishing Methods $3.50   $3.50 $4.50
1983 91-96 Transport $3.50   $3.00 $4.00
1983 97-102 Pastimes $3.30 $2.50 $4.00 $4.20
1984 103-107 Copra Industry $4.50   $4.50 $5.00
1984 108-117 Fish Defins (10) $11.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00
1986 114a Stampex overprint $22.00     $22.00
1985 118-123 Trees and Fruit $4.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00
1985 124-129 Architecture Pt 1 $4.50   $4.50 $5.50
1986 130-135 Architecture Pt 2 $4.50   $4.00 $5.50
1986 136-141 Agriculture $6.00 $4.00 $6.00 $7.00
1987 142-147 Flowers $7.00 $4.00 $7.00 $7.50
1987 148-153 Olympic Sports $7.00 $4.00 $7.00 $8.00
1988 154-158 Aust Bi-cent/Sydpex $12.00   $12.00 $13.00
1988 159-164 Political Devel $7.00 $4.50 $6.50 $7.50
1988 165-170 Christmas $8.50 $5.00 $8.50 $9.00
1989 171-176 Food Gathering $10.00 $5.00 $10.00 $11.00
1990 177-182 Women's Art $10.00 $0.00 $10.00 $11.00
1990 182a London Stampworld m/s $8.00      
1990 183-188 Men's Art $12.00   $12.00 $14.00
1992 189-192 Olympic Games $9.00   $8.50 $10.00
1992 193-196 Columbus $10.00   $9.00  
1993 197-200 40th Anniv Coronation $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1993 201-204 Waders, Tropic Bird $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
1994 205 Birds m/s - Hong Kong $9.00   $9.00  
1994 206 Heron - PhilaKorea $5.00   $5.00 $5.50
1994 207 Heron - PhilaKorea m/s $6.00   $5.00 $7.00
1994 208-215 Handicraft Defins $16.00   $16.00 $17.00
1995 218 Year of the Pig m/s $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1995 219 Pig m/s - O/pr Post'X 95 $10.00   $10.00 $11.00
1995 220-223 WWF - Pacific Pigeon $9.00   $9.00 $10.00
1995 224-227 Reef Fish $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
1995 228 Reef Fish m/s - S'pore $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
1995 229 Pig m/s - S'pore o/pr $9.00   $9.00 $10.00
1995 230-233 Butterflies $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
1995 234-237 Sea Turtles $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1995 238 Sea Turtles m/s $6.50   $5.50 $7.50
1996 239 Year of the Rat m/s $6.00   $6.50 $6.50
1996 240-243 Queen's 70th Birthday $7.00   $6.50 $7.50
1996 244 Queen's Birthday m/s $5.00   $4.50 $5.50
1996 245 Yr/Rat o/p China '96 $6.00      
1996 246-249 Dolphins $7.50   $7.00 $8.00
1996 250-253 Seashells $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
1996 254 Seashells m/s $5.50   $5.50 $6.00
1996 255 Yr/Rat o/p Taipei'96 $6.00   $5.50  
1997 256 Year of the Ox $4.00   $3.20 $5.00
1997 257 Yr/Ox o/p Hong Kong $4.00   $4.00 $5.00
1997 258 Yr/Ox o/p Pacific'97 $4.50   $3.50  
1997 259-262 Humpback Whale $8.00   $7.00 $8.00
1997 263 Whale m/s $5.00   $4.50 $5.50
1997 264-267 SPC 50th Anniversary $8.00   $7.00 $8.00
1997 268-272 Year of Coral Reef $9.00   $9.00 $10.00
1997 273 Whales m/s o/p Aupex $5.50   $5.50  
1998 274 Year of the Tiger m/s $4.00     $5.00
1998 274a Singpex Tiger m/s $4.00   $3.20  
1998 275 Princess Diana stamp $1.80   $1.80 $2.50
1998 276 Princess Diana m/s $7.00     $7.40
1998 277 Stamp Anniversary m/s $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
1998 278-281 Beetles $7.50   $7.00 $8.00
1998 282 Beetles m/s $5.00   $5.00 $5.50
1998 283-286 Tropical Flowers $8.00     $9.00
1999 287 Year of the Rabbit m/s $5.50     $7.00
1999 288 Aust'99 HMS Pandora m/s $5.00   $4.50 $5.50
1999 289 IBRA - Year/Rabbit $6.00      
1999 290-293 Pacific Crabs $7.00 $5.00 $6.50 $7.50
1999 294 Pacific Crabs m/s $4.00     $4.50
1999 295-300 Moonlanding $8.00   $8.00 $8.50
1999 301 Moonlanding m/s $4.50     $5.00
1999 302-305 Black-naped Tern $7.00     $7.50
2000 306 Year of the Dragon m/s $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
2000 307 Yr Dragon o/p Bangkok $6.00      
2000 308 London 2000 m/s $9.00     $10.00
2000 309 Moonlanding o/p Expo $4.50      
2000 310-313 Queen Mother-100th B'day $9.00     $10.50
2001 314-317 Lizards $7.00   $7.00 $7.50
2001 318 Year of the Snake m/s $6.00   $6.00 $7.00
2001 319 Hong Kong Yr/Snake $5.00      
2001 320-323 Seahorses $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
2001 324 Seahorses m/s $4.50   $4.50 $5.00
2001 325-328 Scenes of Tokelau $9.00   $9.00 $9.90
2002 329-332 Golden Jubilee $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
2002 333 Golden Jubilee m/s $14.00   $14.00 $15.00
2002 334 Year of the Horse m/s $7.00   $7.00 $14.00
2002 335 Yr the Horse o/p H.Kong $7.00   $7.00  
2002 336-339 WWF-Palagic Shark $10.00   $10.00 $12.00
2002 340-341 Queen Mother Memorial $4.00   $4.00 $6.60
2002 342 Queen Mother Memorial ms $10.00   $10.00 $12.80
2002 343-346 Naval Ships $11.00   $11.00 $12.50
2003 347 Yr of the Sheep m/s $7.00   $7.00 $10.00
2003 348-349 Coronation 50th Anniv $11.00   $11.00 $12.80
2003 350 Coronation m/sheet $11.00     $12.80
2003 351-352 Prince William 21st $8.00     $9.00
2003 353 Yr/Sheep o/p Bangkok'03 $7.00   $7.00  
2003 354 Welpex 2003 Stampshow $6.50   $6.50 $7.40
2004 355 Year of the Monkey m/s $7.00   $7.00 $7.70
2004 356 Year/Monkey o/p H.Kong $6.50   $6.50 $7.70
2004 357-360 Island Scenery $10.00   $10.00 $12.40
2004 361 NZL's P.M Visit m/s $7.50   $6.60 $8.30
2004 362-365 Lesser Frigatebird $9.70   $9.70 $11.30
2005 366 Year of the Rooster m/s $7.00   $7.00 $8.10
2005 367 Year/Rooster O/p PacExpl $7.00   $7.00  
2005 368 Pope John Paul II $2.00   $2.00  
2005 369-372 HMNZS Te Kaha visit $9.70   $9.70 $11.60
2006 373 Year of the Dog m/s $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
2006 374-377 Queen's 80th B'Day $9.00   $9.00 $11.30
2006 378 Queen's B'Day m/s $6.50     $9.30
2006 379 Washington'06 Expo $8.60     $10.10
2006 380 Queen's 80th/Kiwipex $8.00      
2007 381 Year of the Pig $7.00   $7.00  
2007 382-385 WWF Golden Plover $9.00   $9.00  
2007 385S WWF Golden Plover s/let $36.00      
2007 386-395 Marine Life Defins(10) $36.10   $36.10 $38.10
2007 395S Marine Life S/let $38.00   $38.00  
2008 396 Year of the Rat $7.00     $8.00
2008 397-400 Sir Edmund Hillary $8.80     $10.40
2008 401 Sir Edmund Hillary m/s $7.30     $8.90
2008 402-405 Scenes of Tokelau $10.00   $10.00 $11.00
2008 406 Scenes - Tarapex'08 m/s $8.00      
2009 407 Year of the Ox m/s $5.60   $5.60 $6.80
2009 408-411 Coins of the Pacific $8.30   $8.30 $10.00
2009 412 Coins / Pacific m/s $8.30     $10.00
2010 413 Year of the Tiger $7.00     $8.00
2010 414 Coins m/s London 2010 $10.00   $10.00  
2010 415-418 Bible Translation $9.00   $9.00 $9.90
2011 419 Year of the Rabbit $7.50     $8.50
2011 420-423 WWF Sea Snake $9.00   $9.00 $9.80
2011 424 Royal Wedding $9.00   $9.00 $9.90
2011 425-428 Christmas 2011 $7.00   $7.00 $8.00
2012 429-437 Scenic Defins $11.00   $11.00 $12.00
2012 438-439 Queen's Diamond Jubilee $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
2012 440 Queen's Jubilee m/s $8.00   $8.00 $9.00
2012 441-444 Fish $6.50   $6.50 $7.20
2012 445 Fish m/s $6.50   $6.50 $7.20
2012 446-448 Christmas 2012     $10.00  
2012 446a Christmas'12 strip/3     $10.00 $12.00
2012 449 Christmas 2012 m/s $8.10   $8.10 $8.90
2013 450-451 Diamond Jubilee $7.80   $7.80 $8.60
2013 452 Diamond Jubilee m/s $7.80   $7.80 $8.60
2013 453-456 Butterflies     $11.00 $12.00
2013 457 Butterflies m/s $11.00   $11.00 $12.00
2013 458-461 Christmas 2013 $13.00   $13.00 $14.00
2013 462 Christmas 2013 m/s $13.00   $13.00 $14.00
2014 463-466 Weaving $14.00   $14.00 $15.00
2014 467 Weaving m/s $14.00   $14.00 $15.00
2014 468-471 VAKA-Canoes $14.00   $14.00 $15.00
2014 472 VAKA-Canoes m/s $14.00   $14.00 $15.00
2014 473-476 Language Week $13.00   $13.00 $14.00
2014 477 Language Week m/s $13.00     $14.00
2014 478-480 Christmas 2014       $12.00
2014 481 Christmas 2014 m/s       $12.00
2015 482-485 Traditional Fishing $14.00     $15.00
2015 486 Traditional Fishing m/s       $15.00
2015 487-490 Crabs     $12.20 $13.10
2015 491 Crabs m/s     $12.20 $13.10
2015 492-501 Language Week $16.60   $16.60 $19.90
2015 502-503 Language Week m/s (2) $16.60     $19.90
2015 504-507 Christmas'15 Kilihimah $11.90   $11.90 $12.80
2015 508 Christmas Kilihimah m/s $11.90   $11.90 $12.80
2016 509 Keyhole Gardens $13.50   $13.50  
2016 510 Keyhole Gardens m/s $13.50   $13.50  
2016 511-514 Queen's 90th Birthday $12.20   $12.20  
2016 515-518 MV Mataliki $12.50   $12.50 $13.40
2016 519 MV Mataliki m/s $12.50   $12.50 $13.40
2016 520-523 Language Week $12.30   $12.30 $13.20
2016 524 Language Week m/s $12.30   $12.30 $13.20
2016 525-528 Christmas'16 Kalihami $12.50   $12.50 $13.40
2016 529 Christmas'16 Kalihami ms $12.50   $12.50 $13.40
2017 530-533 Birds of Tokelau $12.10   $12.10 $13.00
2017 534 Birds of Tokelau m/s $12.10   $12.10 $13.00
2017 535-538 WWF Corals $12.20   $12.20 $13.10
2017 539 WWF Corals m/s $12.20   $12.20 $13.10
2017 540-543 Lizards $11.90   $11.90 $12.80
2017 544 Lizards m/s $11.90   $11.90 $12.80
2017 545-548 Royal Wedding Platinum $11.70   $11.70 $12.60
2017 549 Royal Wedding Plat. m/s $11.70   $11.70 $12.60
2017 550-553 Christmas'17 $11.90   $11.90 $12.70
2017 554 Christmas'17 m/s $11.90   $11.90 $12.70
2018 555-558 Seawalls $11.70   $11.70 $12.80
2018 559 Seawalls m/s $11.70   $11.70 $12.80
2018 560-563 Royal Wedding $11.40   $11.40 $12.50
2018 564 Royal Wedding m/s $11.40   $11.40 $12.50
2018 565-568 Tokelau from the Sky $11.40   $11.40 $12.20
2018 569 Tokelau / the Sky m/s $11.40   $11.40 $12.20