Antarctic stamps


Antarctic stamps

Antarctic stamps are printed by governments, usually to claim ownership over Antarctic territories.

For example, the British government's British Antarctic Territory has issued Antarctic stamps since 1963.

Over time, Antarctic stamps become more valuable than their face value, because of robust stamp collecting habits around the world. Stamps are usually announced in a series, with differing face amounts given to each of a series of stamps.

Stamps usually commemorate Antarctic explorers, native animals, or physical phenomena, such as the Aurora Australis or icebergs.

ee also

* Postage stamps of Australian Antarctic Territory
* Postage stamps of British Antarctic Territory
* Postage stamps and postal history of the Ross Dependency
* List of birds on stamps of Australian Antarctic Territory

External links

* [http://www.south-pole.com/homepage.html] South-Pole.com covers stamps associated with Antarctic Exploration
* [http://apc.mfa.government.bg/philately_tangra.htm Bulgarian Antarctic Philately]
* [http://www.jl.sl.btinternet.co.uk/stampsite/home.html Encyclopaedia of Postal History]

References

* Stanley Gibbons Ltd: various catalogues
* Stuart Rossiter & John Flower: "The Stamp Atlas"


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