C315 Christmas Santas

Issue Date: October 18, 2010

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On October 18, 2010, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issues four new stamps featuring Christmas Santas. The mythology surrounding Santa Claus dates back to A.D. 300 and centers on Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra in Lycia, who under cover of night took gifts to the needy. Nicholas' fame spread after his death, and many European countries began to celebrate December 6--his feast day--with joyful revelry, the exchange of gifts and sumptuous repasts. Dutch settlers brought the custom to the New World during the 17th century. St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas as Dutch children called him, was originally pictured as a tall, slender man of stately demeanor. But in America his appearance, and his name, changed. Sinterklass became Santa Claus, and the saint evolved into a round, jolly elf with rosy cheeks, a white mane of flowing hair and a long beard.


  • Issue: Christmas Santas
  • Face Value: 4 x $0.44
  • Issue Date: October 18, 2010
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • 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: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 16
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 4
  • Overall Sheet Size: 196mm x 166mm
  • Size of Stamps: 43mm x 44mm
  • Issue Number: C315
    (4-1) Santa Wearing Glasses < i>
    (4-2) Santa with List
    (4-3) Santa with Bag
    (4-4) Santa in Sleigh
  • 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$ 1.76 Christmas Santas
    US$ .44 Santa Wearing Glasses
    US$ .44 Santa with List
    US$ .44 Santa with Bag
    US$ .44 Santa in Sleigh

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Strip of four None 4664299
    Full Sheet of four strips None 4664361

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