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Republic of Mevu

REPUBLIC OF
MEVU

Waikoa Island in the South Pacific was made a Protectorate of Mevu in 1972.

Flag of the Mevu Protectorate of Waikoa Island
The flag of the Protectorate of Waikoa Island.

The first Waikoa Island stamps were issued in 1965. The stamps of the first few years are very elusive and seldom seen today, so here are some of these "classics": Click any photo to enlarge it

Waikoa Island 1965 1c definitive
Waikoa Island 1965 2c definitive
Waikoa Island 1965 4c definitive
 

Above & below: The first stamps of Waikoa Island: the 1965 Definitive set.
Each is gummed and perforated and inscribed "Waikoa Island Post".
Some of this series were inexplicably cancelled in Western Samoa.

Waikoa Island 1965 9c definitive, used
Waikoa Island 1985 10c Definitive
Waikoa Island 1965 50c definitive
 
 
Waikoa 1970 Lenin 12c
Waikoa 1970 Lenin $1
 

Above: The first commemorative set: the 1970 Centenary of the birth of Vladimir Lenin.
Two values of the definitive were surcharged as well as being overprinted by gold embossing.
A miniature sheet with two of the $1 was also issued.
More about Lenin on stamps.

Waikoa 1972 Anti-SST League first Genereral Assembly, Mevu Town, 6c
     

Above: The International Anti-SST League, fighting the proliferation of super-sonic transport aircraft,
held its first General Assembly in Mevu Town, so a set of two commemoratives was issued.


The set was withdrawn and destroyed after only one day on sale, after a telegram from Mevu objecting
to the issue was received. Only 6 of the 30c were sold, making it the raresr Waikoa Island stamp ever.

 
Waikoa 1973 celebrating Mevu becoming a National State, 2c
Waikoa 1973 celebrating Mevu becoming a National State, 50c
 

Above: The ruling country Mevu became a National State in 1972, so in 1973 this set of commemorative overprints was issued.

Waikoa 1973 National State set on first day cover
     

Above: The 1973 National State set on a first day cover.

Waikoa Island 1973 Anti-French nuclear bomb campaign, 1 cent. Waikoa Island 1973 Anti-French nuclear bomb campaign, 10 cents.
Waikoa Island 1973 Anti-French nuclear bomb campaign, 50c imperf.
 

Above: The 1973 Anti French Nuclear Bombing set.
The 50c was issued both perforated and imperf.

Waikoa Island 1973 Bear 3c
 
Waikoa 1973 Bear 6c
 
Waikoa Island 1973 Floral, 7c, perf 8
 
Waikoa 1973 Floral, 7c, perf 12
Waikoa 1973 Lenin, 24c
Waikoa Island 1973 Lenin 42c
 
Waikoa 1973 Lenin 50c
Waikoa 1973 Sultan Waals minisheet, $1

Above: The 1973 Occussi-Ambeno Post Office set. This was a temporary measure following the Mevu revolution, and the Post Office was opened at the new Mevu Government's request. Note the two versions of the 7c: perf 8 at left, and perf 15. Supplies of both were sent out to the island together.

WaikoaIsland 1973 President Lemmath Babi of Mevu, 3c
 
Waikoa Island 1973 President Lemmath Babi of Mevu, 6c
Waikoa Island 1974 Shield, 9c

Above: The 1973 definitive set of three, featuring President Lemmath Babi on the two lower values and a shield on the top value, was issued imperf only.

Waikoa Island 1974 Table Tennis, 3c
   
Waikoa Island 1974 Table Tennis, 6c

Above: The 1974 Table Tennis Tournament set.

   
Waikoa Island 1974 Speedboat Festival, 9c
 

Above: The 1974 All-Antarctic and Waikoa Speedboat Festival was celebrated with this stamp in July 1974.

Waikoa Island 1976 Anti-Nuclear Campaign, 1c. Click to view the full miniature sheet.
 
Waikoa Island 1976 Anti-Nuclear Campaign, 9c. Click to view the full miniature sheet.
Waikoa Island 1976 Anti-Nuclear Campaign, 50c

Above: The 1976 issue, promoting the Anti-Nuclear Campaign. Each is imperf.

Waikoa Island 2014 Pictorial 17 tanos
 
Waikoa Island 2014 Pictorial 35 tanos
Waikoa Island 2014 Pictorial 2.35 reis

Above: The 2014 Pictorials, when Waikoa Island resumed having its own stamps, were issued on 7th July 2014.
Mevu stamps were used at Waikoa Island prior to this issue, and remain valid on the island.
Click here to view the full set.

Waikoa 1976 Anti-Nuclear 1c
 
Waikoa Island 2015 45th anniversary of Mevu's independnce, 1.85 reis
Waikoa Island 2015 45th anniversary of Mevu's independnce, 1.85 reis

Above left: The first 2015 issue, commemorating the 45th anniversary of Mevu's independence.
These were issued on 15th September 2015.

Click here to view the full set.       More on the 45th Birthday.
Above right:
The Stamp Jubilee, 2015, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Waikoa Island's first stamps.
Click here to view the miniature sheet.

Waikoa Island 2016 Chess Championships, 35 tanos
 
Waikoa Island 2016 Chess Championships, 1 reis
Waikoa Island 2016 Chess Championships, 1.70 reis

Above: The first 2016 issue, commemorating the Waikoa Island Chess Championships.
These were issued on 8th April 2016.

Click here to view the full set.

Waikoa Island 2016 50th anniversary of China's Cultural Revolution, 35 tanos
 
Waikoa Island 2016 50th anniversary of China's Cultural Revolution, 1.85 reis
Waikoa Island 2016 50th anniversary of China's Cultural Revolution, 2.35 reis

Above: The 50th anniversary of China's Cultural Revolution. These were issued on 19th July 2016.
Click here to view the full set.       More on the Cultural Revolution.

   

Waikoa Island 2016 Christmas, 35 tanos
Above:
The first-ever Christmas stamp of Waikoa Island shows the painting Alba Madonna, by Raphael.
It was issued on 5th December 2016.

 
Above:
The 45th anniversary of Waikoa Island being a Protectorate of Mevu. This stamp which shows the 1973 Anti-French Nuclear Bombings 1c and the mystery ship "Mary Celeste", was issued on 12th September 2017.

      More on the Mary Celeste.

Waikoa Island 2017 Centenary of the October Revolution.
Above:
The centenary of the October Revolution. This stamp, showing Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, was issued on 7th November 2017, and was the first time that Waikoa Island has ever had a hexagonal stamp.

      More on the October Revolution.

Click to view Occussi-Ambeno's website.     Click to view Occussi-Ambeno's website.
Above: The half-century of independence of the Sultanate of Occussi-Ambeno. This setp, showing gold and silver coins of Occussi-Ambeno along with songbirds and the airship Graf Zeppelin, was issued on 8th April 2018.
      More on Occussi-Ambeno.

 

 

Like to buy some Waikoa Island stamps and First Day Covers, or get your own envelopes mailed with Waikoa Island stamps and postmarks? We have two addresses to supply international philatelists:

  Waikoa Island Philatelic Agency,
P. O. Box 3189,
Auckland,
New Zealand 1140.

WOPHAD Agency,
Haugliveien 10,
NO-4020 Stavanger,
Norway.