C293 Hot Air Balloons

Issue Date: July 13, 2009

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On July 13, 2009, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued 5 new stamps featuring beautiful Hot Air Balloons to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the first balloon ascent in England. The art of Ballooning is truly the oldest kind of flying known to humankind. A typical hot air balloon flight begins with the big balloon envelope being laid out, downward of the gondola. After a careful inspection of the whole airship, the narrow neck of the balloon is opened and fiery-hot air is forced into the gigantic envelope. The huge, lifeless thing suddenly begins to take shape, and soon the brightly colored envelope contains enough hot air to lift itself and its passenger high into the sky, where the noises of civilization fall away and the soothing sounds of flowing breezes are company enough for anyone. These vibrant stamps celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the first balloon ascent in England.


  • Issue: Hot Air Balloons
  • Face Value: 5 x $0.44
  • Issue Date: July 13, 2009
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Artwork: Howard Koslow
  • 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: 10
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 5
  • Overall Sheet Size: 179mm x 124mm
  • Size of Stamps: 31mm x 50mm
  • Issue Number: C293
    (5-1) Montgolfier Hot Air Balloon
    (5-2) Intrepid Hot Air Balloon
    (5-3) Explorer II Hot Air Balloon
    (5-4) Double Eagle Hot Air Balloon
    (5-5) Contemporary Hot Air Balloon
  • 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$ 2.20 Hot Air Balloon
    US$ .44 Montgolfier Hot Air Balloon
    US$ .44 Intrepid Hot Air Balloon
    US$ .44 Explorer II Hot Air Balloon
    US$ .44 Double Eagle Hot Air Balloon
    US$ .44 Contemporary Hot Air Balloons

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Mint Strip of 5 None 4662652
    Full Sheet of 10 None 4662660
    First Day Cover None 4663047

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