R12 Tropical Fish

Issue Date: May 12, 2008

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On May 12, 2008, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issues three new stamps--each on its own sheet--featuring colorful Tropical Fish. The world's tropical waters teem with spectacular marine life whose beauty continually delights those fortunate enough to observe, firsthand, nature's breathtaking display. Many tropical fish and other sea creatures, however, thrive in home aquariums that re-create the natural habitat of tropical marine life. Aquariums are not only enjoyed by hobbyists, but are also useful research tools for marine biologists, who study these amazing creatures for various scientific purposes. It is the clear, tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean, however, that are truly a diver's paradise. Adventurers explore majestic coral reefs as they swim among the various species of exotic tropical fish native to this spectacular marine habitat, including the Common Longnose Butterflyfish, the Longfin Bannerfish and the Emperor Butterflyfish. Featuring artwork by noted artist Gordon Drummond, the stamps show three of the most colorful tropical fish found in the world's oceans: the Common Longnose Butterflyfish, the Longfin Bannerfish and the Emperor Butterflyfish.


  • Issue: 12th Regular Series (Tropical Fish)
  • Face Values: 94¢, $4.80 and $16.50
  • Issue Date: May 12, 2008
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Artist: Gordon Drummond
  • 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 (three sheets)
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 1
  • Overall Sheet Size: 182mm x 150mm
  • Size of Stamps: 39.5mm x 29mm
  • Issue Number: R12 (Twelfth Regular Series).
    (1) Common Longnose Butterflyfish (94¢)
    (2) Longfin Bannerfish ($4.80)
    (3) Emperor Butterflyfish ($16.50)
  • 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$ 22.24 Tropical Fish
    US$ .94 Common Longnose Butterflyfish
    US$ 4.80 Longfin Bannerfish
    US$ 16.50 Emperor Butterflyfish

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    Mint Set of 3 None 4661079
    Mint Full Sheet Set of 3 None 4661087

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