Waikoa Island in the South Pacific was made a Protectorate of Mevu in 1972.
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
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.
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.
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The set was withdrawn and destroyed after only one day on sale, after a telegram from Mevu objecting to the issue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 rarest Waikoa Island stamp ever. Click here to view the First Day Cover.
Above: The 1973 National State set on a first day cover.
Above: The 1973 Anti French Nuclear Bombing set.
The 50c was issued both perforated and imperf.
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.
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.
Above: The 1974 Table Tennis Tournament set.
Above: The 1974 All-Antarctic and Waikoa Speedboat Festival was celebrated with this stamp in July 1974.
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 proof set signed by the Governor.
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.
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.
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,
New Zealand 1140.