Tristan da Cunha Post Office News
News from the Post office, including new stamp issues, withdrawals and news sheets.

Last Withdrawal of 2015 Commemorative Stamp Issues

In line with the Tristan da Cunha Post Office's policy of destroying unsold stocks of commemorative stamps about three years after first issue, all 2015 commemorative issues will be withdrawn from stock for destruction this year.

The first three 2015 issues were withdrawn in June 2018. The following remaining 2015 commemorative issues will be withdrawn on the 7th November 2018:

  • HM Queen Elizabeth II: Britain's Longest Reign
  • The Lifeboat Disaster
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Post Office will stop taking orders for these issues after the 7th November 2018.

Right: Unsold stamps being destroyed during an earlier withdrawal exercise.

Below: The stamp sets to be withdrawn on 7th November 2018.

Withdrawn Tristan da Cunha stamps being destroyed.
  Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch, £0.35 - Coronation publications, 1953 Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch, £0.45 - Royal Yacht Britannia
  Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch, £1.10 - Order of the Garter, Windsor Castle Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch, £2.00 - Trooping of the Colour
Lifeboat Disaster, £0.35 - Sighting the SV West Riding Lifeboat Disaster, £0.70 - Launching the lifeboat
Lifeboat Disaster, 90p - Rough seas Lifeboat Disaster, £1.20 - SV West Riding
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, £0.50 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, £0.50 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 60p
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 60p Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, £0.70 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, £0.70

Top left: HM Queen Elizabeth II: Britain's Longest Reign

Bottom left: The Lifeboat Disaster

Above: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The definitive stamps showing early mail ships issued in 2015 will remain on sale until 2021. New definitives for everyday use are released every five years, with the previous issue staying on sale for a further year.

Stamp issue: Tristan da Cunha Migratory Species

Issue date: 18th October 2018

Tristan da Cunha Migratory Species, 85p, Yellow-nosed Albatros 201815 Mint Stamps (2 x 85p, 2 x 90p) £3.50 Tristan da Cunha Migratory Species, 90p, Great Shearwater
201816 First Day Cover (with 2 x 85p, 2 x 90p stamps) £4.50

These stamps, in se tenant pairs, illustrate the migratory routes of two of Tristan's seabird species.

The 85p stamps show the Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, while the 90p stamps show the Great Shearwater.

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Stamp issue: Wreck of the Mabel Clark, 1878

Issue date: 3rd September 2018

Wreck of the Mabel Clark, 1878, 45p, The Mabel Clark foundering off Molly Gulch Wreck of the Mabel Clark, 1878, 70p, USS Essex Wreck of the Mabel Clark, 1878, £1.15, Gold chronometer awarded to Peter Green Wreck of the Mabel Clark, 1878, £1.50, HMS Comus
201813 Mint Stamps (45p, 70p, £1.15, £1.50) £3.80
201814 First Day Cover (with 45p, 70p, £1.15, £1.50 stamps) £4.80

Stamps commemorating the 140th anniversary of the wreck of the Mabel Clark on Tristan on 1st May 1878.

The stamp designs show the wreck, ships involved in the evacuation of survivors, and an award made by the US President in recognition of the islanders' aid to the crew.

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Stamp issue: Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

This set of stamps celebrates the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018.
16-Jul-2018
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Stamp issue: Centenary of the RAF 1918-2018

This set of stamps commemorates the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.
5-Jun-2018
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Withdrawal of 2015 Stamp Issues

The first three sets of stamps issued in 2015 are to be withdrawn in June 2018.
20-May-2018
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Latest 'Tristan da Cunha Stamp News' Sheet

Latest Tristan da Cunha Stamp News Sheet, April 2018.
19-Apr-2018
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Tristan da Cunha Postage Rates 2018

Table of postage rates from mail from Tristan da Cunha, effective from 2018.
1-Apr-2018
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Stamp issue: 70th Anniversary of the 'Tristan Venture'

Stamps celebrating the 70th anniversary of the South African scientific survey expedition that led to the establishment of the Tristan Rock Lobster fishing industry.
12-Mar-2018
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