St Helenian stamps are a prolific source of revenue for St Helena Government. They have become popular with tourists and philatelists around the world. The St Helena Post Office aims to release six stamp issues per year, entirely at the discretion of the ‘Stamp Advisory Group’.
Conceiving of a stamp issue starts with the Stamp Advisory Group, chaired by a member of SHG Corporate Finance and consisting of members, Customer Services Manager (Postmistress), Assistant Customer Services Manager (Postmistress’s Assistant), a member of the SHG Press Office, and the SHG Postal Officer. Members decide on a theme, which could include local or international issues relating to St Helena – endemics of St Helena, British Royal engagements, or an anniversary of an internationally renowned historical figure that has an affiliation with St Helena, e.g. Charles Darwin.
When a theme has been decided, it is the job of the postal staff to research and collate information relating to the stamp issue. Images are sourced locally and overseas, ensuring that permission is granted by owners of images before use.
Once all information is collated, it is sent to the UK to be processed. All stamps have to be granted approval by Her Majesty before going to print. Her Majesty has strict reservations regarding British Overseas Territories stamp issues, including ensuring the protection of Her Majesty’s interests overseas, and above all the protection of the dignity of the Crown.
Royal approval granted, the issue goes to print. The stock is sent to St Helena, and is received in due course by the St Helena Post Office in mint condition.
All new St Helena Stamp Issues will be posted here.
Local customers can purchase merchandise from the Customer Services Centre in Jamestown.
Overseas customers can contact the U.K agent on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Christmas 2019 – Jonathan, the World’s Oldest Animal On Land
This stamp issue depicts Jonathan and other tortoises in the grounds of Plantation House, the Governor’s residence, which is also their habitat and consists of the following:
- Four valued stamps (50p, 60p, 80p and £1.30)
- First Day Cover (£4.50)
Christmas 2018 – Festival of Lights Parade
The ‘Festival of Lights Parade’ organised by Pilling Primary School, has become an annual festive event on St Helena. Participants have a chance to be creative by decorating their vehicles with multi-coloured lights and join the parade through Jamestown. This issue captures the excitement and splendour of the parade, and consists of the following:
- 15p Stamp – Floats in the Parade
- 50p Stamp – The Parade at the Seafront
- 60p Stamp – The Parade in Market Square
- £1.00 Stamp – The Parade through Market Street
- £3.00 First Day Cover with Stamps – Consisting of the four stamp denominations
The Airport Project Part 3
The third and final part in a series of issues that follows the construction of the Airport through to completion. This issue depicts the completed runway and buildings, as well as the Calibration flight and the landing of the Inaugural Airlink flight, which landed in October 2017. The issue consists of the following:
- 25p Stamp – Calibration Flight, 15th September 2015
- 40p Stamp – First Calibration Flight on Runway
- 50p Stamp – Control Tower
- 60p Stamp – Wildcat, First Helicopter Landing
- £2.00 Souvenir Sheet – Depicting the landing of the Inaugural Airlink Flight in October 2017.
- £5.00 First Day Cover with Stamps – Consisting of the four stamp denominations
- £5.00 First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet – Consisting of the Souvenir Sheet
Royal Wedding: HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle
This stamp issue depicts beautiful images of the happy couple in the lead up to their big day. The issue consists of the following:
- Four valued stamps (15p, 25p, 60p, £1.00) showing the couple at various Royal engagements
- A Souvenir Sheet costing £1.50
- First Day Cover with valued stamps costing £3.50
- First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet costing £3.50
Final Voyage of the RMS St Helena
The RMS St Helena served St Helena for over 25 years as a lifeline and valuable link to the ‘outside world’. Rice, Teabags, Washing Machines, Cars, People – she carried it all. Over the years, she has garnered a special place in the hearts of ‘Saints’ due to her unwavering reputation for loyal service to St Helena and its community. She was decommissioned from service in February 2018, due to the opening of the Airport on St Helena.
This stamp issue commemorates her time of service, from launch to final departure from St Helena, and consists of the following:
- 25p Stamp – The Launch in Aberdeen 1989
- 40p Stamp – Farewell Celebrations in Cape Town
- 50p Stamp – Final Departure from St Helena
- £1.00 Stamp – The Late Captain Rodney Young, The First St Helenian Captain
- £2.00 Souvenir Sheet – Depicting the RMS leaving Jamestown.
- £3.50 First Day Cover with Stamps – Consisting of the four stamp denominations
- £3.50 First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet – Consisting of the Souvenir Sheet of the RMS leaving St Helena
Flowers at Christmas
This issue depicts four flowers that bloom at around Christmas time on St Helena.
For most St Helenians these flowers have an association with Christmas on the Island. They are picked to beautify homes during the festive season, and to decorate loved-ones’ graves.
The issue consists of the following:
- 15p Stamp – Poinsettia
- 25p Stamp – Amaryllis
- 60p Stamp – Agapanthus
- £1.00 Stamp – St John’s Lily
- First Day Cover – £3.00
Post Box Walks
This issue consists of four stamps depicting walks on St Helena that are marked with a Post Box. The Post Box is usually situated at the end of the walk, where the walker can then collect a unique stamp as evidence of their efforts.
The walks range from easy to hard, are usually off the beaten track, and encapsulate the most beautiful and rugged parts of St Helena.
The denominations are as follows:
- 40p Stamp – Shark’s Valley
- 50p Stamp – Lot
- 60p Stamp – Diana’s Peak
- £1.00 Stamp – Longwood Barn
- £1.50 – Souvenir Sheet depicting Lot’s Wife’s Ponds
- £3.00 – First Day Cover with Stamps
- £3.00 – First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet
The Definitive Issue is an issue that is kept on the philatelic and postal counters for a period of five years. The issue comprises the fundamental rates of the postal tariff, and is used to support Commemorative Issues’ denominations.
The theme is usually a dominant aspect of Island life, e.g: birds, fish, endemic flora.
This issue consists of the following denominations:
- 5p Stamp – Fairy Tern
- 10p Stamp – Zebra Dove
- 15p Stamp – Chukar Partridge
- 20p Stamp – Brown Booby
- 30p Stamp – Java Sparrow
- 40p Stamp – Wilson’s Storm Petrel
- 50p Stamp – Red-Billed Tropic Bird
- 60p Stamp – Masked Booby
- 80p Stamp – Sooty Tern
- £1.00 Stamp – Yellow Canary
- £2.00 Stamp – Red Fody
- £5.00 Stamp – Wirebird
- £11.10 – Sheetlet consisting of all denominations
- £5.00 – First Day Covers