R14 Seashells

Issue Date: March 29, 2010

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On March 29, 2010, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued four new stamps featuring colorful seashells. The Giant Tun can grow to be six inches long. It is carnivorous, using a special weapon to kill its prey: a long, moveable arm-like extension with a suction cup on the end. The Pilgrim's Scallop is a bivalve, meaning the soft parts are enclosed within two hinged shells. It has a series of prominent, highly developed eyes with which it can detect light and dark, as well as motion. The Paper Nautilus inhabits the Mediterranean and other warm and temperate oceans. The female secretes a special boat-shaped shell to protect its eggs. The Gibbula magus feeds on algae and is found in the Mediterranean below depths of 10 meters. This shell is prized by collectors for its frequently brilliant coloration and interesting shape.


  • Issue: Seashells
  • Face Value: 4 x 98¢
  • Issue Date: March 29, 2010
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Original Artwork: Gene Jarvis
  • Printing Process: Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 16
  • Designs per Sheet: 4
  • Overall Sheet Size: 196mm x 160mm
  • Size of Stamps: 43mm x 34mm
  • Issue Number: R14
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (4-1) Giant Tun
    (4-2) Pilgrims Scallop
    (4-3) Gibbula Magus
    (4-4) Paper Nautilus
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.

    Stamp designs ©2010 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 3.92 Seashells
    US$ .98 Giant Tun
    US$ .98 Pilgrim's Scallop
    US$ .98 Gibbula Magus
    US$ .98 Paper Nautilus

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Block of 4 None 4664922
    Full Sheet of 16 None 4664930

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