R16 Gibbula Magus Seashell

Issue Date: September 20, 2010

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On September 20, 2010, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued two new stamps featuring colorful seashells. The Pilgrim's Scallop is a bivalve, meaning that its 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. Like many other scallops, it is also mobile. By opening and closing its valves, it ejects water, which causes it to move forward. When endangered, it escapes by its thrusting manner of swimming. The Gibbula magus feeds on algae and is found in the Mediterranean below depths of 10 meters. Its range of distribution reaches as far as the Shetland Islands. It is quite abundant: great quantities are often washed up on beaches. The Gibbula magus is a favorite collector's item because of its frequently brilliant coloration and interesting shape.

***The Pilgrim's Scallop Mint Stamp from this set is no longer available.***


  • Issue: Seashells
  • Face Value: $1.26
  • Issue Date: September 20, 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: 1
  • Overall Sheet Size: 196mm x 160mm
  • Size of Stamps: 43mm x 34mm
  • Issue Number: R16
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (2-1) Pilgrim's Scallop
    (2-2) Gibbula Magus
  • 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$ .98 Gibbula Magus Seashell

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Mint Stamp None 4665783
    Full Sheet of 16 None 4665821
    First Day Cover None 4665872

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