R23 Waterbird Rate Change

Issue Date: February 27, 2012

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On February 27, 2012, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued two new stamps for low value rate changes. Of all birds, the albatross is best adapted to the high seas. These birds fly on stiffly held wings that take advantage of drafts of air deflected upward by the ocean waves. The Black-footed Albatross is predominantly dark brown with white at the base of its bill and a white band at the base of its tail. The bird's bill and feet are especially dark and provide this albatross with its name. In flight, the Red-tailed Tropicbird's beautiful red tail undulates up and down while the bird hunts singly or in pairs for fish in the high seas. Upon spotting prey, the birds plummet to the surface, but dive just beneath the surface. They eat a wide variety of fish, as well as squid and crustaceans.


  • Issue: Low Value Rate Change
  • Face Value: 1 x $.85, 1 x $1.05
  • Issue Date: April 23, 2012
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Original Artwork: Various
  • Printing Process: Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horzontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 20
  • Designs per Sheet: 1
  • Overall Sheet Size: 182 mm x 150mm
  • Size of Stamps: 40mm x 25mm
  • Issue Number: R23
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (2-1) Black-footed Albatross, Artwork by H. Douglas Pratt
    (2-2) Red-tailed Tropicbird, Artwork by M.R. Morosov
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.

    Stamp designs ©2012 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 1.90 Waterbird Rate Change
    US$ .85 Black-footed Albatross
    US$ 1.05 Red-tailed Tropicbird

    What is Available for you to Order

    Can be Shipped to Many Countries
    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Mint Set of 2 None 4671082
    R23 (2-1) 85¢ Black-footed Albatross Mint None 4670809
    R23 (2-2) $1.05 RedTailed Tropicbird Mint None 4670817
    Full Sheet Set of 2 None 4672763
    R23 (2-1) 85¢ Blackfooted Albatross Sheet of 20 None 4672747
    R23 (2-2) $1.05 RedTailed Tropicbird Sheet of 20 None 4672755
    First Day Cver None 4672836

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