R17 Sea Turtles

Issue Date: February 22, 2011

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On February 22, 2011, the Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority issued four new stamps featuring beautiful sea turtles. Actually brown in color, the Green Turtle is named for its greenish-hued fat. Algae, the principal staple in its diet, gives the fat its color. Able to move air from one part of the lung to another, the Loggerhead Turtle can displace its center of gravity at will. Its legs are flattened laterally and serve as powerful swimming paddles. Reaching a length of eight feet and a weight of one ton, the Leatherback Turtle is the largest of all turtles. Unlike other marine turtles, it has a smooth sheet of skin covering its back in place of a shell. The smallest marine turtle is the Hawksbill Turtle, found in the warm waters of the tropics. Its shell is covered with horny plates that overlap like shingles.


  • Issue: Sea Turtles
  • Face Values: $.01, $.02, $.05, and $10.00
  • Issue Date: February 22, 2011
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Artist: Gene Jarvis and Basil Smith
  • 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: 42 (four sheets)
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 1
  • Overall Sheet Size: 261mm x 200mm
  • Size of Stamps: 40mm x 20mm
  • Issue Number: R17.
    (1) Green Turtle (1¢)
    (2) Loggerhead Turtle (2¢)
    (3) Leatherback Turtle (5¢)
    (4) Hawksbill Turtle ($10.00)
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.
  • Stamp designs ©2011 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 10.08 R17 Sea Turtles
    US$ .01 Green Turtle
    US$ .02 Loggerhead Turtle
    US$ .05 Leatherback Turtle
    US$ 10.00 Hawksbill Turtle

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    $10 Mint Stamp None 4667670
    (Low Value) Full Sheet of 42 Set of 3 None 4667735
    Full Sheet of 42 $10 None 4667727
    Combination First Day Cover None 4667743

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