C291 Constellations II

Issue Date: June 1, 2009

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On June 1, 2009, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issues 20 new stamps featuring beautiful Constellations -- its second annual issue in the Constellations series. More than half of the constellations officially recognized today were first identified in ancient times, while most of the remaining 40 that are also 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, "Cep" for Cepheus, "CMi" for Canis Minor and "Boo" for Bootes.


  • Issue: Constellations II
  • Face Value: 20 x $0.44
  • Issue Date: June 1, 2009
  • 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: C291
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (20-1) Antinous
    (20-2) Aquila
    (20-3) Cancer
    (20-4) Canis Minor
    (20-5) Leo
    (20-7)Sextans Uraneai
    (20-8) Cepheus
    (20-9) Apus
    (20-10) Indus
    (20-11) Ursa Minor
    (20-12) Grus
    (20-13) Centaurus
    (20-14) Cetus
    (20-15) Piscis Volans
    (20-16) Lupus
    (20-17) Equuleus
    (20-18) Draco
    (20-19) Bootes
    (20-20) Scorpius
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last
  • Stamp designs ©2009 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 8.80 Constellations II
    US$ .44 Antinous
    US$ .44 Aquila
    US$ .44 Cancer
    US$ .44 Canis Minor
    US$ .44 Leo
    US$ .44 Ara
    US$ .44 Sextans Uraniae
    US$ .44 Cepheus
    US$ .44 Apus
    US$ .44 Indus
    US$ .44 Ursa Minor
    US$ .44 Grus
    US$ .44 Centaurus
    US$ .44 Cetus
    US$ .44 Piscis Volans
    US$ .44 Lupus
    US$ .44 Equuleus
    US$ .44 Draco
    US$ .44 Bootes
    US$ .44 Scorpius

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Full Sheet of 20 None 4662636
    First Day Cover Set of 5 None 4663004

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