Saint Helena stamps

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Flag of Saint Helena

Saint Helena, named after St Helena of Constantinople, is an island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha which also includes Ascension Island and the islands of Tristan da Cunha. Saint Helena measures about 16 by 8 kilometers (10 by 5 mi) and has a population of 4,255.

The island has a history of over 500 years since it was first discovered as an uninhabited island by the Portuguese in 1502. Britain's second oldest remaining colony (after Bermuda), Saint Helena is one of the most isolated islands in the world and was for several centuries of vital strategic importance to ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa. For several centuries, the British used the island as a place of exile, most notably for Napoleon Bonaparte, Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo and over 5,000 Boer prisoners.


Scott: #134O

Issued: 10.10.1949

UPU Issue

Inside #134: Stamps on Envelopes


Scott: #153-5P

Issued: 3.1.1956

Centenary of the First St. Helena Stamp

Inside #153-5: St. Helena #1O


Scott: #295-7P

Issued: 4.5.1976

Festival of Stamps

Inside #295: St. Helena #8O

Inside #296: St. Helena #80O


Scott: #328-31P

Issued: 20.8.1979

Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill

Local post 4vInside #329: St. Helena #176O

Thanks to Jan Van Lin for the scan

Inside #330: St. Helena #8O or 9O

Inside #331: St. Helena #49O


Scott: #399-409P

Issued: 3.1.1984

150th Anniversary of the Colony

Inside #399: St. Helena #101O

Inside #400: St. Helena #102O

Inside #401: St. Helena #103O

Inside #402: St. Helena #104O

Inside #403: St. Helena #105O

Inside #404: St. Helena #106O

Inside #405: St. Helena #107O

Inside #406: St. Helena #109O

Inside #407: St. Helena #110O

Inside #408: St. Helena #108O

Inside #409: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #528-31P

Issued: 3.5.1990

150th Anniversary, Penny Black

Inside #528: G.B. #2O

Inside #529: G.B. #1


Scott: #735O

Issued: 02.07.1999

PHILEXFRANCE 99'

Inside #735: St. Helena #261O

Thanks to Attilio Papio


Scott: #762O

Issued: 24.5.2001

The Age of Victoria, Death Centenary of Queen Victoria

Inside #762: St. Helena #1O


Scott: #887-92O

Issued: 16.1.2006

150th Stamps Anniversary

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Inside #887: St. Helena #B2-4O

St. Helena #887 show 3 stamps (of set of 4) that were issued in St.Helena in 12.10.1961 to aid the Tristan Relief Fund. The small island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic hit the headlines in October 1961 when violent volcanic activity caused the evacuation of the population. The authorities on the neighbouring island of St. Helena, some 1,400 miles to the north-east, started the Relief Fund, and a supply of Tristan da Cunha stamps were surcharged ST. HELENA Tristan Relief with an amount for the fund.

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The background illustartes a postcard, bearing 3 of the 4 values in the set, sent by the Governor of St.Helena to The Rt. Hon. Reginald Maudling, MP, Secretary of State for the Colonies informing him of the new stamps. Unfortuntely only the Colonial Office in London could authorise new stamps, a fact clearly unknown to the Governor, and it is this postcard, which led to the speedy withdawal of the stamps from issue. These are among the rarest of modern stamps as only 434 sets were sold.

Inside #888: Cape of Good Hope #6O

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Cape of Good Hope Triangular - 1855-8 1SH printed by Perkins, Bacon and Co.

Inside #889: USA #C3aO

Inside #890: St. Helena #1O

Inside #891: G.B. #1

Inside #892: Mauritius #2O

Scott: #893O

Inside #893: St. Helena #1O

The Sheet (Scott #893) shows items and scenes from the British Libarary: the Perkins Bacon printing press, a statue of Newton from the Piazza of the Library and St. Helena Post Office at Jamestown.


Scott: #1006O

Issued: 08.05.2010

King George V Centenary

Inside #1006: G.B #154P

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Best website related:

 The Island of Saint Helena Post Office

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