C308 Constellations

Issue Date: June 1, 2010

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On June 1, 2010, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued 20 new stamps in the third issue in its 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, "Ari" for Aries, "Sgr" for Sagittarius and "Lyr" for Lyra.

Specification Text: TECHNICAL DATA

  • Issue: Constellations III
  • Face Value: 20 x $0.44
  • Issue Date: June 1, 2010
  • 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: 40mm x 31mm
  • Issue Number: C308
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (20-1) Columbia
    (20-2) Virgo
    (20-3) Argo Navis
    (20-4) Toucan
    (20-5) Aries
    (20-6)Coma Bernices
    (20-8) Perseus
    (20-9) Taurus
    (20-10) Monoceros
    (20-11) Gemini
    (20-12) Vulpecula
    (20-13) Lepus
    (20-14) Auriga
    (20-15) Piscis
    (20-16) Sagttarius
    (20-17) Crater
    (20-18) Lyra
    (20-19) Hercules
    (20-20) Canes Venatici
  • 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$ 8.80 Constellations
    US$ .44 Columbia
    US$ .44 Virgo
    US$ .44 Argo Navis
    US$ .44 Toucan
    US$ .44 Aries
    US$ .44 Coma Bernices
    US$ .44 Dephinus
    US$ .44 Perseus
    US$ .44 Taurus
    US$ .44 Monoceros
    US$ .44 Gemini
    US$ .44 Vulpecula
    US$ .44 Lepus
    US$ .44 Auriga
    US$ .44 Pisces
    US$ .44 Sagittarius
    US$ .44 Crater
    US$ .44 Lyra
    US$ .44 Hercules
    US$ .44 Canes Venatici

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    Se-tenant Sheet of 20 None 4664213

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