R25 Traditional Chuuk War Canoe Priority Flat Rate

Issue Date: November 8, 2012

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On November 8, 2012, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued a new stamp featuring a Traditional Chuuk War Canoe. The canoe is an ancient method of transportation, born when man discovered that he could cross a river or lake atop a floating log. Through experimentation he learned to hollow and shape the log with tools to make it more seaworthy. Soon cultures throughout the world used some form of dugout canoe to traverse large bodies of water. The islanders of Micronesia were once considered to be among the greatest sailors of the Western Pacific. They built outrigger canoes capableof making lengthy journeys and used their knowledge of the ocean, wave patterns and the positions of the stars as their means of navigation. Another canoe known for its ornate stem and stern comes from the Micronesian State of Chuuk. This handsome "war canoe" was lavishly carved and propelled only by paddles.


  • Issue: Seashells
  • Face Value: $5.15
  • Issue Date: November 8, 2012
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Original Artwork: Herb Kawainui Kane
  • 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: 20
  • Designs per Sheet: 1
  • Overall Sheet Size: 182mm x 150mm
  • Size of Stamps: 40mm x 25mm
  • Issue Number: R25
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (1-1) Traditional Chuuk War Canoe
  • 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$ 5.15 Traditional Chuuk War Canoe Priority Flat Rate

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