C273 Constellations I

Issue Date: April 29, 2008

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On April 29, 2008, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued 20 new stamps celebrating Constellations. More than half of the constellations officially recognized today were first identified in ancient times, while most of the remaining 40 that are now accepted were added by European astronomers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the International Astronomical Union (IAU)--founded in 1919--recognizes 88 official constellations, each one with its own precisely defined boundaries so that every star in the sky can be assigned to one of these constellations. These boundaries are a mix of the ancient Greek patterns recorded by Ptolemy and later patterns observed by more modern astronomers. In 1922 at a meeting in Rome, the IAU adopted standard three-letter abbreviations for every constellation; for instance, "And" for Andromeda, "LMi" for Leo Minor and "CrB" for Corona Borealis. Featuring artwork by acclaimed Austrian artist Fritz Wegner, the stamps show twenty of the most fascinating constellations in the sky.


  • Issue: Constellations
  • Face Value: 20 x $0.41
  • Issue Date: April 29, 2008
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Artist: Fritz Wegner
  • First Day Cover Design: Herb Kawainui Kane
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 20
  • Designs per Sheet: 20
  • Overall Sheet Size: 184mm x 179mm
  • Size of Stamps: 40 x 31mm
  • Issue Number: C273
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (20-1) Cassiopeia
    (20-2) Ursa Major
    (20-3) Corvus
    (20-4) Camelopardalis
    (20-5) Cygnus
    (20-8) Canis Major
    (20-9) Dorado
    (20-10) Libra
    (20-11) Lynx
    (20-12) Serpentarius
    (20-13) Eridanus
    (20-14) Pavo
    (20-15) Orion
    (20-16) Leo Minor
    (20-17) Pegasus
    (20-18) Corona Borealis
    (20-19) Phoenix
    (20-20) Aquarius
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last
  • Stamp designs ©2008 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 8.20 Constellations
    US$ .41 Cassiopeia
    US$ .41 Ursa Major
    US$ .41 Corvus
    US$ .41 Camelopardalis
    US$ .41 Cygnus
    US$ .41 Andromeda
    US$ .41 Capricornus
    US$ .41 Canis Major
    US$ .41 Dorado
    US$ .41 Libra
    US$ .41 Lynx
    US$ .41 Serpentarius
    US$ .41 Eridanus
    US$ .41 Pavo
    US$ .41 Orion
    US$ .41 Leo Minor
    US$ .41 Pegasus
    US$ .41 Corona Borealis
    US$ .41 Phoenix
    US$ .41 Aquarius

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    Mint Full Sheet None 4660129

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