News from the Post office, including new stamp issues, withdrawals and news sheets.

Stamp issue: HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

Issue date: 23rd September 2021

HRH Prince Philip, 45p HRH Prince Philip, 80p HRH Prince Philip, £1.05 HRH Prince Philip, £2.30
202107 Mint Stamps (45p, 80p, £1.05, £2.30) £4.60
202108 First Day Cover (with 45p, 80p, £1.05, £2.30 stamps) £5.80

Stamps commemorating the life of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021.

Stamp issue: Sharks: Part 2

Issue date: 14th July 2021

Sharks, 45p, Bluntnose Sixgilled Shark Sharks, 70p, Great Lanternshark Sharks, £1.10, Shortfin Mako Sharks, £1.50, Great White Shark
202105 Mint Stamps (45p, 70p, £1.10, £1.50) £3.75
202106 First Day Cover (with 45p, 70p, £1.10, £1.50 stamps) £4.95

This set of stamps shows four of the shark species found in Tristan waters.

Designs: 45p - Bluntnose Sixgilled Shark (Hexanchus griseus), 70p - Great Lanternshark (Etmopterus princeps),
£1.10 - Shortfin Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), and £1.50 - Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

Withdrawal of 2015 Definitives and 2018 Stamp Issues

In line with the Tristan da Cunha Post Office's policy of destroying unsold stocks of stamps about 3 years after first issue, all 2018 issues will be withdrawn from stock for destruction this year, as well as the 2015 definitives.

We are due to withdraw, at the end of June 2021, the following issues:

The Post Office will stop taking orders for these issues after the 18th June 2021.

The remaining 2018 issues will be withdrawn in November.

Withdrawn Tristan da Cunha stamps being destroyed.

Unsold first day covers being destroyed during an earlier withdrawal exercise.

The stamp sets to be withdrawn in June 2021.

Visiting Royal Navy Ships, 45p, HMS Portland Visiting Royal Navy Ships, 55p, HMS Lancaster
Visiting Royal Navy Ships, 80p, HMS Protector Visiting Royal Navy Ships, £1.60p, RFA Gold Rover

Above: Visiting Royal Navy Ships

Below: Early Mail Ships Definitives

  Captain L.E.Pettit and Rev.C.P.Lawrence 1954 Tristan stamp showing a crawfish  
  Front cover of a South African shipping magazine in which the venture was reported    
  MV Pequena  
Centenary of the RAF 1918-2018, 45p, Felixstow F.5 Centenary of the RAF 1918-2018, 55p, Supermarine Southampton I
Centenary of the RAF 1918-2018, £1.60, Supermarine S.6B Schneider Tropy Winner, 1931 Centenary of the RAF 1918-2018, £2.00, Sunderland Mk V

Above: Centenary of the RAF 1918-2018

Left: 70th Anniversary of the 'Tristan Venture'

Early Mail Ships Definitives, 1p - 1904 HMS Odin Early Mail Ships Definitives, 2p - 1927 RMS Asturias Early Mail Ships Definitives, 5p - 1928 SS Empress of France Early Mail Ships Definitives, 10p - 1932 & 1937 HMS Carlisle Early Mail Ships Definitives, 25p - 1934 Barque Ponape Early Mail Ships Definitives, 35p - 1934 RMS Atlantis
Early Mail Ships Definitives, 45p - 1937 Sailing Ship Cape Pilar Early Mail Ships Definitives, 60p - 1939 RMS Franconia Early Mail Ships Definitives, £1.00 - 1940 HMS Queen of Bermuda Early Mail Ships Definitives, £1.50 - 1940 HMS Carnarvon Castle Early Mail Ships Definitives, £2.00 - 1945 RMS Darro Early Mail Ships Definitives, £5.00 - 1948-1953 MV Pequena

International COVID-19 Lockdowns Affect Tristan Mail

Mail from Tristan to certain countries is currently being held back because virus restrictions prevent the South African Post Office from dispatching it onward.
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New Roof for the Post Office and Tourism Centre

The roof of the centre has been replaced, having previously been patched following damage by the 2019 storms.
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Stamp issue: 95th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Stamps celebrating the 95th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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