C287 Robert Peary Reaches the North Pole 100th Anniversary

Issue Date: April 14, 2009

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On April 14, 2009, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued four new stamps honoring the 100th Anniversary of Robert Peary's expedition to the North Pole. In 1908, after several unsuccessful attempts, explorer Robert Peary and his trusted assistant Matthew Henson embarked on what they knew would be their last attempt at reaching the North Pole. Accompanied by numerous well-equipped and well-trained Eskimos, Peary and Henson led a party of 24 men, 19 sleds and 133 dogs northward from Cape Columbia. Toward the end of March 1909, Peary's previous northern record --87'6'N-- was broken when the expedition reached the 88th parallel. On April 6, 1909, Peary and Henson finally reached their goal. With a party of four Eskimos, they hiked the last three miles to the 90th parallel -- the North Pole was finally conquered!


  • Issue: Robert Peary Reaches the North Pole 100th Anniversary
  • Face Value: 4 x 42¢
  • Issue Date: April 14, 2009
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Original Artwork: Tom McNeely
  • Printing Process: Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Vertical
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 16
  • Designs per Sheet: 4
  • Overall Sheet Size: 148mm x 184mm
  • Size of Stamps: 31mm x 40mm
  • Issue Number: C287
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (4-1) Elisha Kent Kane
    (4-2) Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson
    (4-3) Adolphus Washington Greely
    (4-4) Vilhjalmur Stefansson
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.

    Stamp designs ©2009 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 1.68 Robert Peary Reaches the North Pole 100th Anniversary
    US$ .42 Elisha Kent Kane
    US$ .42 Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson
    US$ .42 Adolphus Washington Greely
    US$ .42 Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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