Solomon Islands

 

Map of the Solomon IslandsFlag of the Solomon Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independence for the Solomon Islands was achieved on 7 July 1978. Solomon Islands governments are characterized by weak political parties and highly unstable parliamentary coalitions. They are subject to frequent votes of no confidence, and government leadership changes frequently as a result. Cabinet changes are common.

 

The first post-independence government was elected in August 1980. Prime Minister Peter Kenilorea was head of government until September 1981, when he was succeeded by Solomon Mamaloni as the result of a realignment within the parliamentary coalitions. Following the November 1984 elections, Kenilorea was again elected Prime Minister, to be replaced in 1986 by his former deputy Ezekiel Alebua following shifts within the parliamentary coalitions. The next election, held in early 1989, returned Solomon Mamaloni as Prime Minister. Francis Billy Hilly was elected Prime Minister following the national elections in June 1993, and headed the government until November 1994 when a shift in parliamentary loyalties brought Solomon Mamaloni back to power.

 

The national election of 6 August 1997 resulted in Bartholomew Ulufa'alu’s election as Prime Minister, heading a coalition government, which christened itself the Solomon Islands Alliance for Change.

 

However, governance was slipping as the performance of the police and other government agencies deteriorated due to ethnic rivalries. The capital of Honiara on Guadalcanal was increasingly populated by migrants from the island of Malaita. In June 2000, an insurrection mounted by militants from the island of Malaita resulted in the brief detention of Ulufa’alu and his subsequent forced resignation. Manasseh Sogavare, leader of the People's Progressive Party, was chosen Prime Minister by a loose coalition of parties. Guadalcanal militants retaliated and sought to drive Malaitan settlers from Guadalcanal, resulting in the closure of a large oil-palm estate and gold mine which were vital to exports but whose workforce was largely Malaitan.

 

New elections in December 2001 brought Sir Allan Kemakeza into the Prime Minister’s chair with the support of a coalition of parties.

 

Kemakeza attempted to address the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, but the prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness, widespread extortion, and ineffective police, prompted a formal request by the Solomon Islands Government for outside help. With the country bankrupt and the capital in chaos, the request was unanimously supported in Parliament. In July 2003, Australian and Pacific Island police and troops arrived in the Solomon Islands under the auspices of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

 

RAMSI is largely a policing effort with an important development component. It has restored order to virtually all parts of the nation and is now embarked on rebuilding government institutions, particularly the police, and reviving the economy, which fell by at least a third during the troubles. The effort promises to take many years and Solomon Islands will continue to require substantial donor support. Moreover, as militants, former police, and political leaders are brought to trial for their crimes during the unrest, some local resentment is likely to cut somewhat into the now-widespread support for the intervention.

 

The peace has proven to be fragile. Fierce rioting occurred soon after the April 2006 general election and the election of Snyder Rini as Prime Minister in mid-April. Most of the violence was directed against businesses owned by ethnic Chinese in Honiara, with the almost complete destruction of the Chinatown commercial district. Mr. Rini resigned shortly after the riots, and a parliamentary vote saw Manasseh Sogavare elected as the new Prime Minister in May 2006.

 

 

Capital:                      Honiara

Government:              monarchy, parliamentary democracy

Area:                         28.896 km²

Population:                 552.438 (July 2006)

Currency:                   Solomon Islands Dollar (100 cent)

Internet TLD:             .sb

Dialling code:             +677

 

 

For more stamps see:

British Solomon Islands

 

 

 

Links

 

Solomon Islands in Wikipedia.

Flag of Solomon Islands in Flags of the World.

The website of the Philatelic Service (26-1-2008: website not available).

Country description from the BBC.

Country description from the CIA.

Official website of the government of the Solomon Islands (18 April 2008: website not available).

Permanent Mission of Solomon Islands at the United Nations.

 

 

 

Stamp catalogue

 

International Year of the Child

date:                  15 November 1979

designer:            BG Studio

printer:               Questa Colour Security Printers, London

perforated:         14½

size souv. sheet: 92 x 133 mm

remark:              stamps issued to commemorate Christmas; stamps depict paintings from the National Gallery, London

 

1     4 c               The Virgin and Child with the Baptist and an Angel (1514-1518) by Paolo Morando (1486/8-1522), IYC

                          emblem, text "CHRISTMAS 1979 / IYC 1979 / MORANDO"

                          multicoloured, frame green

                          (cat. Michel 401/SG 404/Yvert 394)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

2     20 c             The Virgin and Child with Saint John (late 1510s) by Bernardino Luini (1480-1532), IYC emblem, text

                          "CHRISTMAS 1979 / IYC 1979 / LUINI"

                          multicoloured, frame orange

                          (cat. Michel 402/SG 405/Yvert 395)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

3     35 c             The Virgin and Child (1480-1490) by the Workshop of Giovanni Bellini (d. 1516), IYC emblem, text

                          "CHRISTMAS 1979 / IYC 1979 / BELLINI"

                          multicoloured, frame violet

                          (cat. Michel 403/SG 406/Yvert 396)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

4     50 c             The Madonna and Child with the Infant Baptist (The Garvagh Madonna) (1509-1510) by Raphael

                          (1483-1520), IYC emblem, text "CHRISTMAS 1979 / IYC 1979 / RAPHAEL"

                          multicoloured, frame light blue

                          (cat. Michel 404/SG 407/Yvert 397)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

5                        souvenir sheet with stamps 1-4, text "CHRISTMAS · IYC 1979 / SOLOMON / ISLANDS"

                          multicoloured, frame yellow

                          (cat. Michel block 7/SG MS 408/Yvert BF 7)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

HMS Mounts Bay

date:                  14 January 1981

designer:            L. Curtis

printer:               Questa Colour Security Printers, London

perforated:         14

remark:              part of a series of four stamps

 

6     8 c               ship, palm trees, ship's crest, text "HMS MOUNTS BAY August 1959"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 426/SG 430/Yvert 419)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

 

World Communications Year

date:                  19 December 1983

designer:            Jennifer Toombs

printer:               Format International Security Printers, London

perforated:         14

size souv. sheet: 131 x 103 mm

 

7     12 c             stamp with satellite station, WCY emblem, text "WCY 1983" and "1983 New Telephone / Exchange. /

                          Earth Satellite Station"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 518/SG 508/Yvert 499)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

8     18 c             stamp with radio amateur, WCY emblem, text "WCY 1983" and "Ham Radio Operator"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 519/SG 509/Yvert 500)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

9     25 c             stamp of 1908 (2½ d), WCY emblem, text "WCY 1983" and "1908 'Canoe' Issue / CA Watermark /

                          75th Anniversary"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 520/SG 510/Yvert 501)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

10    $1                stamp of 1908 (6 d), WCY emblem, text "WCY 1983" and "1908 'Canoe' Issue / CA Watermark /

                          75th Anniversary"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 521/SG 511/Yvert 502)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp image as described above

 

11                       souvenir sheet with stamp nr. 10, text "SOLOMON ISLANDS * 1908|1983" and "The above reproduction

                          marks the 75th Anniversary of Crown Agent's involvement in Solomon / Islands stamps. In 1908 the 'Small

                          Canoes' set of eleven stamps was released. The paper used / embodied one of the earliest examples of the

                          now famous CROWN AGENTS WATERMARK. / The original stamps were printed by Thomas de la Rue in a

                          size approximately 20 x 24 mm. The / issue was highly popular and successful: it was not fully replaced until

                          1914. / 1983 coincidentally marks the 150th Anniversary of the Crown Agents who, over the years, have /

                          rendered many other services to the Solomon Islands, such as recruitment of Officials; banking and /

                          investment; engineering consultancy and stores procurement; hospitals and medical services. Today / the

                          Crown Agents are still very much involved with the design and production of postage stamps for / many

                          countries. But few of these can trace their direct association back as far as 1908."

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 13/SG MS 512/Yvert BF 13)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

19th UPU Congress, Hamburg/Salon der Philatelie zum XIX. Weltpostkongress, Hamburg

date:                  18 June 1984

designer:            Jennifer Toombs

printer:               Format International Security Printers, London

perforated:         14

size souv. sheet: 133 x 105 mm

 

12                       souvenir sheet with stamp nr. 10, UPU emblem, text "SOLOMON ISLANDS * 1907|1984", "U.P.U. XIX

                          CONGRESS / HAMBURG 1984" and "The first stamps issued by Solomon Islands are popularly referred to as

                          the 1907 'Large Canoes'. / They were based on a drawing by Mr Charles Woodford, Resident Commissioner,

                          and were an / instant success. Unfortunately their colourings did not comply with prevailing regulations of

                          the / Universal Postal Union and, so, in 1908, the 'Small Canoes' issue, reproduced above replaced them. /

                          The paper used embodied one of the earliest examples of the now famous Crown Agents Watermark, / the

                          Multiple Crown, C.A. sideways. The stamps were printed by Thomas de la Rue. / 1984 is highly significant

                          for the Solomon Islands as the nation has attained full membership of the / Universal Postal Union with effect

                          from 1st of January. As evidence of the nation's commitment to the / ideals of the Union, two delegates will,

                          for the first time, attend, and participate in, the UPU XIX / Congress in Hamburg in June."

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 14/SG MS 523/Yvert BF 14)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

International Youth Year

date:                  30 September 1985

designer:            D. Slater

printer:               Walsall Security Printers, Walsall

perforated:         14¼:14

size souv. sheet: 100 x 75 mm

remark:              part of a series of five stamps

 

13    15 c             child in wheel chair, boys, boys playing ball, IYY emblem, text "INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR 1985"

                          and "STOP POLIO"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 558/SG 551/Yvert 539)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

14    25 c             boys running, Solomon Islands houses and views, IYY emblem, text "INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR 1985"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 559/SG 552/Yvert 540)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

15    35 c             boys running, Sydney city views ('Run Round Australia'), IYY emblem, text "INTERNATIONAL YOUTH

                          YEAR 1985"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 560/SG 553/Yvert 541)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

16                       souvenir sheet with stamps nr. 14 and 15, IYY emblems, text "INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR 1985 /

                          PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT and PEACE" and "THESE TWO STAMPS HIGHLIGHT THE STUDENTS OF ST.

                          MARTIN'S RURAL TRAINING / CENTRE, HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS WHO HAVE EMBARKED UPON A

                          DAUNTING / SERIES OF FUND-RAISING MARATHON RELAYS. THE RUN OF 400 KMS AROUND THE / ISLAND

                          OF GUADALCANAL IN 1982 WAS FOLLOWED BY A SIMILAR CANTER, 500 KMS, / AROUND MALAITA IN 1983.

                          IN 1984 STUDENTS PADDLED 660 KMS AROUND ISABEL / IN A CANOE. THE AUSTRALIAN VENTURE PLANNED

                          FOR 1985  IS TO ATTEMPT TO RUN / FROM THE WARANA FESTIVAL, BRISBANE, TO MELBOURNE AND BACK

                          VIA SYDNEY AND CANBERRA APPROXIMATELY 4500 KILOMETRES."

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 17/SG MS 555/Yvert BF 17)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

Village Hydro-electric Schemes

date:                  24 January 1986

designer:            B. Drake

printer:               Walsall Security Printers, Walsall

perforated:         14

size souv. sheet: 110 x 135 mm

 

17                       souvenir sheet, river dam, village, text "SOLOMON / ISLANDS / HYDRO-ELECTRICITY / MICRO-SCALE

                          SCHEME AT / IRIRI VILLAGE WESTERN PROVINCE / A pioneer project, which / became operational in

                          1983, / providing electrical power to a / remote village, using natural water / resources. / Similar

                          projects have since / begun or been completed, / following the inspiration of Iriri."

       30 c             hydro-electric installation, text "MICRO-HYDRO / ELECTRICITY"

       60 c             house, text "VILLAGE / LIGHTING"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 19/SG MS 557/Yvert BF 19)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

International Year of Peace

date:                  22 May 1986

designer:            Derek Miller

printer:               Cambec Press, Melbourne, Australia

perforated:         13¾:13½

size souv. sheet: 100 x 75 mm

 

18                       souvenir sheet, logo of Ameripex '86 philatelic exhibition, flags of Solomon Islands and United

                          States, text "United Nations Year of Peace"

       55 c             war memorial, Ameripex '86 emblem, text "U.S. MEMORIAL OBELISKS / HENDERSON AIRFIELD,

                          GUADALCANAL"

       $1.65           portrait of John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), Peace Corps emblem, Statue of Liberty, Ameripex '86

                          emblem, text "25TH. ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF THE PEACE CORPS / October 1st 1985 to September

                          30th 1986"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 20/SG MS 567/Yvert BF 20)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

Transport and Communications Decade for Asia and the Pacific

date:                  16 November 1987

designer:            David Hartley

printer:               CPE Australia, Melbourne

perforated:         13½:13¼

 

19    18 c             satellite, telecommunications control room, text "New Telecommunications System & Satellite link"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 663/SG 606/Yvert 634)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

20    30 c             mail plane De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300, postal corporation emblem,

                          text "De Havilland Twin Otter"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 664/SG 607/Yvert 635)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

21    60 c             building machine, earth mover, text "Guadalcanal Road Improvement Project"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 665/SG 608/Yvert 636)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

22    $2.00           Henderson airport control tower, postal airplane Beachcraft Model 80 Queen Air, text

                          "Henderson Control Tower" and "Beechcraft Queen Air"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 663/SG 606/Yvert 634)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

 

IFAD 10th anniversary

date:                  12 February 1988

designer:            Derek Miller

printer:               Format International Security Printers, London

perforated:         14¼:14½

remark:              printed in pairs of two stamps forming a composite design

 

23    50 c             student, National Agriculture Training Institute, crops, IFAD emblem, text "10TH ANNIVERSARY OF IFAD"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 671/SG 614/Yvert 642)

 

24    50 c             students, National Agriculture Training Institute, crops, IFAD emblem, text "10TH ANNIVERSARY OF IFAD"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 672/SG 615/Yvert 643)

 

Solomon Islands - stamps as described above

 

25    $1                agricultural goods transport by lorry, emblem Rural Services Project, text "10TH ANNIVERSARY OF IFAD"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 673/SG 616/Yvert 644)

 

26    $1                agricultural goods transport by canoe, emblem Rural Services Project, text "10TH ANNIVERSARY OF IFAD"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 674/SG 617/Yvert 645)

 

Solomon Islands - stamps as described above

 

 

20th UPU Congress, Washington DC/World Stamp Expo 89, Washington DC

date:                  17 November 1989

designer:            R. Stewart (27-30), Derek Miller (31)

printer:               Walsall Security Printers, Walsall (27-30), B.D.T. International Security Printing, Dublin, Ireland (31)

perforated:         14

size souv. sheet: 72 x 72 mm

remark:              stamps depict different children's games

 

27    5 c               children playing with stones, World Stamp Expo 89 emblem, text "Children's / Games" and "Five

                          Stones / Catch Game"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 713/SG 657/Yvert 682)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

28    67 c             children playing with water and soap, World Stamp Expo 89 emblem, text "Children's Games"

                          and "Soap Bubbles"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 714/SG 658/Yvert 683)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

29    73 c             children playing on the beach, World Stamp Expo 89 emblem, text "Children's Games" and "Coconut

                          Shell / Empire Game"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 715/SG 659/Yvert 684)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

30    $1                children playing with stones on a cord, World Stamp Expo 89 emblem, text "Children's Games" and

                          "Seed Wind / Sound"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 716/SG 660/Yvert 685)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

31                       souvenir sheet, children playing baseball, text "Children's Games"

       $3                children playing baseball, World Stamp Expo 89 emblem, text "Children's / Games" and "Baseball/Softball"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 28/SG MS 661/Yvert BF 27)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

21st UPU Congress, Seoul/Philakorea 1994, Seoul

date:                  16 August 1994

designer:            K. McGee

printer:               Johan Enschede en Zonen, Haarlem, Netherlands

perforated:         13¾

remark:              stamps are printed together in small sheets; stamps depict butterflies indigenous to the Solomon

                          Islands

 

32    70 c             Vindula sapor sapor (male), text "Vindula sapor sapor"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 851/SG 797/Yvert 813)

 

33    70 c             Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly (male), text "Papilio aegeus aegeus"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 852/SG 798/Yvert 814)

 

34    70 c             Graphium hicetaon (female), text "Graphium hicetaon"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 853/SG 799/Yvert 815)

 

35    70 c             Graphium mendana (female), text "Graphium mendana"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 854/SG 800/Yvert 816)

 

36    70 c             Philakorea 1994 exhibition emblem

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 855/SG 801/Yvert 817)

 

37    70 c             Meek's Graphium (female), text "Graphium meeki"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 856/SG 802/Yvert 818)

 

38    70 c             Danaus schenkii (male), text "Danaus schenkii schenkii"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 857/SG 803/Yvert 819)

 

39    70 c             Papilio ptolychus (male), text "Papilio ptolychus"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 858/SG 804/Yvert 820)

 

40    70 c             Phaedyma fissizonata vella (male), text "Phaedyma / fissizonata vella"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 859/SG 805/Yvert 821)

 

Solomon Islands - small sheet as described above

 

 

International Year of the Family

date:                  18 August 1994

designer:            S. Noon

printer:               Cartor, La Loupe, France

perforated:         13:13¼

size souv. sheet: 160 x 75 mm

remark:              stamps are printed together in strips of five stamps

 

41    $1.10           girl in Brisbane (Australia) writing a letter to her family in Santa Isabel (Solomon Islands), IYF emblem,

                          text "Brisbane, Australia" and "Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 860/SG 806/Yvert 822)

 

42    $1.10           airplane Boeing 737-400 leaving Brisbane (Australia), IYF emblem. text "Brisbane International

                          Airport, Australia"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 861/SG 807/Yvert 823)

 

43    $1.10           Boeing arriving at Henderson Airport (Solomon Islands), airplane De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter leaving

                          for Santa Isabel, IYF emblem, text "Henderson Airfield / Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands", "Boeing 737-400",

                          "...and on to Santa Isabel" and DHC-6 Twin Otter"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 862/SG 808/Yvert 824)

 

44    $1.10           airplane arriving on Santa Isabel, IYF emblem, text "Fera Airfield, Buala, Santa Isabel" and "DHC-6

                          Twin Otter"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 863/SG 809/Yvert 825)

 

45    $1.10           girl reunited with her family in Santa Isabel, IYF emblem, text "Home at last!"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 864/SG 810/Yvert 826)

 

Solomon Islands - stamps as described above

 

46                       souvenir sheet with stamps 41-45, flower, family, IYF emblems, text "Family means being together" and

                          "INTERNATIONAL / YEAR OF THE FAMILY"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 38/SG MS 811/Yvert BF 36)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

FAO 50th anniversary

date:                  5 April 1995

designer:            Sue Wickison

printer:               Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand

perforated:         12

size souv. sheet: 90 x 75 mm

 

47    70 c             banana plant and fruit (Musa paradisiaca normalis), FAO jubilee emblem, text "Banana"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 881/SG 827/Yvert 844)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

48    75 c             paw paw plant and fruit (Carica papaya), FAO jubilee emblem, text "Paw paw"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 882/SG 828/Yvert 845)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

49    95 c             pomelo plant and fruit (Citrus maximus), FAO jubilee emblem, text "Pomelo"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 883/SG 829/Yvert 846)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

50    $2.00           star fruit plant and fruit (Averrhoa carambola), FAO jubilee emblem, text "Star fruit"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 884/SG 830/Yvert 847)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

51                       souvenir sheet, village, children, pigs, chickens, text ""Everyone has a right to a standard / of living

                          adequate for the health / and well being of himself and his / family, including food.""

       $3.00           mango plant and fruit (Mangifera indica), FAO jubilee emblem, text "Mango"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 41/SG MS 831/Yvert BF 40)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

UNICEF 50th anniversary

date:                  21 November 1996

designer:            Jennifer Toombs

printer:               Questa Colour Security Printers, London

perforated:         14½:14¼

 

52    40 c             children eating fruit, vitamins, UNICEF jubilee emblem, text "The right Food"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 924/SG 870)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

53    $1.05           children rowing and swimming, UNICEF jubilee emblem, text "The right Recreation"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 925/SG 871)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

54    $1.35           doctor examining boy, heart beat, UNICEF jubilee emblem, text "The right Medicine"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 926/SG 872)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

55    $2.50           teacher and student writing, alphabet, UNICEF jubilee emblem, text "The right Education"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 927/SG 873)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

 

International Year of the Ocean

date:                  23 July 1998

designer:            Sue Wickison

printer:               Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand

perforated:         14¼

size souv. sheet: 90 x 60 mm

 

56    $3.00           souvenir sheet, sailfish, SINGPEX '98 exhibition emblem, IYO emblem, text "Sheet Value $3.00"

       $2.00           sailfish, text "Indo-Pacific Sailfish / Istiophorus platypterus"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 54/SG MS 922)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

22nd UPU Congress, Beijing/China 1999, Beijing

date:                  21 August 1999

designer:            -

printer:               -

perforated:         13¾

remark:              overprint on insect stamp (cat. Michel 743/SG 687)

 

57    7 c               overprint exhibition emblem, text "SOLOMON ISLANDS: 21-30 NAUGUST"

                          multicoloured, overprint in red

                          (cat. Michel 1005/SG 946)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

 

World Heritage

date:                  30 November 2000

designer:            Tullis Russell

printer:               Helio Courvoisier

perforated:         11¾:11½

remark:              on the left of each stamp is a map of Rennell Island with legend, compass, WH emblem, text "East Rennell

                          Island World Heritage Site"

 

58    50 c             Rennell Island, text "RENNELL"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 1027/SG 969)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

59    $3.40           Lake Tegano, people in boat, house, text "LAKE TEGANO"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 1028/SG 970)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

60    $4.00           bird, text "RENNELL SHRIKEBILL / (Clytorynchus hamlinii)"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 1029/SG 971)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

61    $4.90           orchid, text "ENDEMIC ORCHID / (Dendrobium rennellii)"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 1030/SG 972)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

 

World Heritage

date:                  1 February 2001

designer:            Tullis Russell, Helio Courvoisier

printer:               Helio Courvoisier

perforated:         11¾:11½

size souv. sheet: 115 x 85 mm

 

62                       souvenir sheet, Rennell Island, exhibition emblem, WH emblem, text "Solomon Islands: Hong Kong 2001

                          Stamp Exhibition: 1-5 February 2001" (also in Chinese) and "EAST RENNELL ISLAND WORLD HERITAGE SITE"

       $5.00           orchid, text "ENDEMIC ORCHID / (Dendrobium rennellii)"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 63/SG MS 990)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

UNHCR 50th anniversary

date:                  28 July 2001

designer:            Brian Feni (Solomon Islands Postal Staff)

printer:               Security Printers Sdn. Bhd

perforated:         14¼

 

63    50 c             refugees, UNHCR jubilee emblem, text "REFUGEES"

                          blue, black

                          (cat. Michel 1048/SG 991)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

64    $ 1.00          medical workers, UNHCR jubilee emblem, text "FOOD/MEDICAL"

                          carmine, black

                          (cat. Michel 1049/SG 992)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

65    $ 1.90          refugees, tent, UNHCR jubilee emblem, text "SHELTER"

                          green, black

                          (cat. Michel 1050/SG 993)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

66    $ 2.30          refugee children, teachers, UNHCR jubilee emblem, text "EDUCATION"

                          brown, black

                          (cat. Michel 1051/SG 994)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

 

Joe Foss / Mitchell Paige

date:                  7 August 2002

designer:            IGPC Art & Production Department

printer:               Questa Colour Security Printers, London

perforated:         14¼

size souv. sheet: 126 x 180 mm

remark:              part of a series of four stamps

 

67    $1.90           portrait of Joe Foss, text "Capt. Joe Foss, USMC"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 1098/SG 1019)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

68    $2.10           portrait of Mitchell Paige, text "Plat./Sgt. Mitchell Paige, USMC"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel 1099/SG 1020)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

69                       souvenir sheet with stamps 67-68 and two others, text "20 Medals of Honor / THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF

                          THE / WWII GUADALCANAL CAMPAIGN" and the names of twenty military men

       $5                portrait of Douglas Munroe, text "Sig. 1c Douglas Munroe, USCG"

       $5                portrait of Joe Foss, text "Capt. Joe Foss, USMC"

       $5                portrait of Mitchell Paige, text "Plat./Sgt. Mitchell Paige, USMC"

       $5                portrait of Norman Scott, text " Rear Adm. Norman Scott, USN"

                          multicoloured

                          (cat. Michel block 71/SG MS 1022)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

World AIDS Day

date:                  8 February 2003

designer:            -

printer:               -

perforated:         13¾

remark:              overprint on UNICEF stamp (cat. Michel 926/SG 872)

 

70    + $3.00        overprint red ribbon and text "WORLD AIDS DAY / PRE-PAID POSTAGE / (Surcharge - $3.00)"

                          multicoloured, overprint in red

                          (cat. Michel 1109/SG 1041)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

 

Pope John Paul II

date:                  1 July 2005

designer:            Irio Fantini

printer:               Corbetta, Italy

perforated:         12½

remarks:             self-adhesive; printed on hard gold foil; stamps not listed by Stanley GIbbons

 

71    $ 1.20          pope and youth, text "1920-2005"

                          gold

                          (cat. Michel 1244/Yvert 1125)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

72    $ 1.20          pope at Fatima, Portugal, Sister Lúcia Santos, Maria statue, text "1920-2005"

                          gold

                          (cat. Michel 1245/Yvert 1126)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

73    $ 2.60          pope and Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany, text "1920-2005"

                          gold

                          (cat. Michel 1246/Yvert 1127)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

74    $ 2.60          pope at Lourdes, France, Maria statue, text "1920-2005"

                          gold

                          (cat. Michel 1247/Yvert 1128)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

75    $ 5.00          pope and Krakow cathedral, Poland, Black Madonna , text "1920-2005"

                          gold

                          (cat. Michel 1248/Yvert 1129)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

76    $ 5.00          pope, Maria Statue in Guadalupe, Mexico, text "1920-2005"

                          gold

                          (cat. Michel 1249/Yvert 1130)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

77    $ 10.00        pope at the Solomon Islands, flag, Solomon people, text "1920-2005"

                          gold

                          (cat. Michel 1250/Yvert 1131)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

78    $ 10.00        pope and Celtic cross, text "1920-2005"

                          gold

                          (cat. Michel 1251/Yvert 1132)

 

Solomon Islands - stamp as described above

 

 

Pope John Paul II

date:                  3 October 2005

designer:            Derek Miller (original issue)

printer:               Southern Colour Print

perforated:         12½

size souv. sheet: 104 x 65 mm

remark:              overprint on papal visit souvenir sheet 2004 (cat. Michel block 75)

 

79                       souvenir sheet

       $ 5               overprint text "IN MEMORIAM (1920-2005)"

       $ 10             overprint text "IN MEMORIAM (1920-2005)"

                          multicoloured, overprint in black

                          (cat. Michel block 93/SG MS 1152/Yvert BF 77)

 

Solomon Islands - souvenir sheet as described above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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