Stamps

 

Introduction Over 400 stamps have been issued world-wide relating directly to Captain Cook and many other places he visited, birds he saw, etc. A chronological list of the directly-related stamps has been published in Cook's Log.
  A list of stamps depicting some of the Fauna, Flora and Birds encountered during the Voyages was compiled by the late Ad de la Mar in 2000, and is now available on this web site.
See below for more information.
A personal list by member Brian Sandford, containing over 600 stamps, private labels and prestamped envelopes,
can be viewed/downloaded (496k) for free.
Note: Once you click on the download your screen will become blank until the whole list has downloaded.
List was last updated December 2011.
It is in the Adobe PDF format.
  In order to read this format you have to obtain the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can also be downloaded for free.
  Brian would like to hear of any suggestions for improvement. Please send them to him at
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Fauna, Flora and Birds Click here to view the Introduction (85k).
Click here to view Part 1 Fauna (137k).
Click here to view Part 2 Flora (126k).
Click here to view Part 3 Birds (231k).
Note: Once you click on a link your screen will become blank until the whole list has downloaded.
Chronology  
2007  
June 22 Canada 400th Anniversary of the Birth of George Vancouver
$1.55 - George Vancouver at the railings of his ship, as though we are looking over his shoulder and out to sea. His signature runs down the right hand side  Picture (12k)
$1.55 - Miniature sheet with single stamp Picture (172k)
   
2005  
April 21 Norfolk Island Pacific Explorer International Philatelic Exhibition, Sydney
    50c - Polynesian explorers  Picture (74k)
$1.20 - Magellan’s ship  Picture (69k)
$1.80 - James Cook  Picture (53k)
$2.00 - Miniature Sheet with ancient map of the Pacific  Picture (161k)
July 26 Marshall Islands America’s return to space
37c - Space Shuttle Endeavour  Picture (13k)
   
2004  
January 14 Hawaii Post 225th Anniversary of the Captain Cook's Death
$2 - One of Cook's men enters the chief's hut, breaking a kapu
$5 - Cook goes on shore to retrieve a stolen cutter
$8 - Hawaiian's mistrust Cook's intentions. A fight breaks out leading to his death
Picture of all three stamps issued in a triptych (40k)
$8 - Miniature Sheet depicting the events leading to Cook's death  Picture (59k)
January 14 Marshall Islands 225th Anniversary of the Captain Cook's Last Voyage
37c - HMS Resolution in Turbulent Waters  Picture (5k)
37c - HMS Resolution amid Ice Floes  Picture (6k)
October 14 French Polynesia Celebrated People of Polynesia
250f - Omai, basedd on an engraving by Franceso Bartolozzi of a drwaing by Nathaniel Dance, 1774  Picture (43k)
    
2003  
January 20 Hawaii Post 225th Anniversary of the Arrival of Captain James Cook in Hawai'i
$5 - map of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau with Captain Cook's course and a drawing of Resolution  Picture (11k)
$8 - the Dance portrait of Cook  Picture (11k)
$8 - Miniature Sheet depicting Cook's Landing  Picture (40k)
August 7 Netherlands Antilles Ships
85c - Earl of Pembroke (Endeavour Replica)  Picture (99k)
Picture of Miniature Sheet containing this stamp (85k)
    
2002  
March 25 Kiribati Explorers
$5 - Miniature Sheet depicting Captain Cook and HMS Resolution, 1777.  Picture (46k)
September 10 Great Britain Bridges in London
47p - Blackfriars Bridge, built in 1769.  Picture (40k)
68p - London Bridge, constructed between 1176 and 1209.  Picture (58k)
    
2001  
January 1 Eire Celebrating the Millennium
30p - James Cook (Webber portrait) and the painting "The Earl of Pembroke leaving Whitby", the former name of the Endeavour  Picture (8k)
Picture of Miniature Sheet containing this stamp (186k)
May 15 Turks and Caicos Ships of the World
60c - Inscribed Endeavor (Great Britain) 1768  Picture (62k)
Picture of Miniature Sheet containing this stamp (187k)
June 13 Grenada / Carriacou & Petite Martinique Majestic sailing ships
$1.25 - Captain James Cook and the Endeavour  Picture (54k)
Picture of Miniature Sheet containing this stamp (241k)
June 22 Democratic Republic of Congo Ships of the Past
25fr - Collier HMS Endeavour  Picture (86k)
Picture of Souvenir Sheet containing this stamp (344k)
August 16 Australia Daniel Solander - joint issue with Sweden
45c - William Parry portrait of Daniel Solander and a watercolour of Barringtonia calyptrata based on a sketch by Sydney Parkinson  Picture (6k)
$1.20 - Watercolour of Cochlospermum gillivraei, based on a sketch by Sydney Parkinson, and Parkinson's drawing of the Endeavour at Endeavour River, Cooktown, Australia  Picture (6k)
August 16 Sweden Daniel Solander - joint issue with Australia
8k - William Parry portrait of Daniel Solander and a watercolour of Barringtonia calyptrata based on a sketch by Sydney Parkinson  Picture (6k)
8k - Watercolour of Cochlospermum gillivraei, based on a sketch by Sydney Parkinson, and Parkinson's drawing of the Endeavour at Endeavour River, Cooktown, Australia  Picture (6k)
    
2000  
February 1 Grenada Grenadines Millenium of Sea Exploration
50c - Cook  Picture (6k)
Picture of Miniature Sheet containing this stamp (140k)
February 1 Maldives Millenium - 18th Century People
3r - Cook, his coat-of-arms and "The Earl of Pembroke Leaving Whitby Harbour"   Picture (13k)
Picture of Miniature Sheet containing this stamp (144k)
June 26 Djibouti Millennium of Navigation
135Fr - Endeavour  Picture (76k)
Picture of Miniature Sheet containing this stamp (12k)
September 18 Bhutan Discovery and Navigation
100r - Cook  Picture of Miniature Sheet containing this stamp (88k)
    
1999  
July 12 Saint Helena 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of St Helena
30p - Governor Skottowe with Cook on the Grand Parade, in front of St James Church, 1775  Picture (15k)
March 19 Vanuatu Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
191v - Three stamps, including 84v from 17 February  Picture of Miniature Sheet (156k)
March 19 Tonga Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
$2.50 - Cook (Webber portrait) and Resolution (Roberts painting)  Picture of Miniature Sheet (41k)
March 19 South Africa Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
No Value Indicated - Endeavour  Picture (26k)
March 19 Solomon Islands Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
Two $10 stamps including one depicting the Endeavour  Picture of Miniature Sheet (86k)
March 19 Samoa Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
$1.05 - Resolution and Adventure  Picture (23k)
March 19 Kiribati Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
$2 - Resolution at Christmas Island  Picture of Miniature Sheet (111k)
March 19 Australia Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
45c - Cook (Dance portrait)  Picture of Perforated Miniature Sheet (62k)
45c - Cook (Dance portrait)  Picture of Unperforated Miniature Sheet (61k)
March 19 Ascension Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
£1.00 - Endeavour  Picture of Miniature Sheet (33k)
March 10 New Zealand Nostalgia
$1.50 - Cook on £1 bank note   Picture (23k)
March 5 Saint Helena Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
£1.50 - Endeavour  Picture of Miniature Sheet (45k)
March 5 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
£1.50 - Resolution in the ice  Picture of Miniature Sheet (54k)
February 24 Niue Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
$1.00 - Resolution discovers Niue  Picture (38k)
$1.50 - Cook  Picture (37k)
February 17 Vanuatu Explorers
84v - Cook (Webber portrait) and Resolution at Tanna  Picture (27k)
February 17 Tuvalu Australia 99 World Philatelic Exhibition
50c - Endeavour  Picture (22k)
February 2 Great Britain Millenium - Traveller's Tales
63p - Maori and Cook  Picture (13k)
    
1998  
August 25 Saint Helena Maritime Heritage
25p - Cook's Endeavour, 1771  Picture (11k)
    
1997  
February 12 New Zealand Discoverers of New Zealand
40c - Cook, Sextant and Map of New Zealand  Picture (31k)
March 3 French Southern and Antarctic Territory 200y Disappearance of Admiral Yves Kerguelen-Tremarec
24f - Christmas Harbour (From Atlas of Cook’s Voyages)  Picture (11k)
    
1996  
April 25 Antigua and Barbuda Famous Ships

15c - Cook’s Resolution$1.50 - Cook’s Resolution  Picture (24k)
    
1995  
November 9 Ross Dependency Antarctic Explorers
40c - Cook and the ships Resolution and Adventure  Picture (30k)
September 14 Albania Polar Explorers
25L - James Cook (Xheims Kuk)  Picture (28k)
August 4 United States of America Space and Nautical Exploration
$10.75 - Space Shuttle Endeavour  Picture (29k)
May 5 Canada 275y Fortress Louisbourg
Stamp Booklet containing 6 x 43c - Louisbourg Fortress
Cook was present at its capture in 1758  Picture (488k)
February 9 Australia Endeavour Replica
45c - Endeavour (painting by Oswald Brett)  Picture (50k)
45c - Endeavour Replica
    
1994  
November 23 British Antarctic Territory Antarctic Heritage
17p + 3p - Captain Cook and the Resolution  Picture (28k)
April 6 French Polynesia World War II
51F - Stamp-on-stamp (Hodges double canoe)
    
1993  
May 28 Comoros Explorers
75f - James Cook, Endeavour (ship & shuttle)
May 19 Ciskei Famous Discoverers
65c - Captain Cook, the Endeavour, and a world map with parts of the first and second voyages  Picture (25k)
February 16 Great Britain 300th Anniversary of the birth of Harrison
24p - The decorated enamel dial of his H4 clock  Picture (117k)
28p - The timekeeping leement of his H4 clock
33p - The timekeeping element of his H4 clock
38p - The engraved back of the movement of his H4 clock
    
1992  
December 7 Pitcairn Island 175th Anniversary of the death of Bligh
20c - HMS Resolution  Picture (30k)
October 16 French Polynesia Sixth Festival of South Pacific Arts
65f - "A view of Otaheite, with several vessels of that island" by Sydney Parkinson, engraved by E. Rooker, and published in Hawkesworth's account of the voyages  Picture (31k)
August 1 Cambodia Navigators and Sailors
15r - Captain Cook and the Endeavour
May 28 Comoros Explorers
75f - James Cook, Endeavour (ship & shuttle)
    
1991  
March 13 French Polynesia The Maori World
68f - Easter Island. A woman and child with the island's statues in the background
84f - Hawaii. "A canoe of the Sandwich Islands, the Rowers Masked" by John Webber. The shoreline in the background represents the north-west side of Kealakekua Bay. The double canoe with an upright lanteen sail has ten rowers wearing gourd helmets, two hold small images and one blows a conch
94f - New Zealand "The Inside of a Hippah" by John Webber. It is a view of the Pa at the south end of Motuara Island, looking north, opposite Ship Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound. The drawing may have resulted from a visit made by Cook on 15th February 1777
    
1990  
May 3 New Zealand Stamp World London 90
$1.30 - Miniature sheet showing the 50c stamp issued on 7 March 1990 with Cook's map of New Zealand

 


Updated: June 2012

 

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