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Mauritius, a small island in the southwest Indian Ocean, is of towering importance in the world of philately for a number of reasons.

In 1847, Mauritius followed Great Britain in issuing stamps carrying the image of the current regent of Great Britain, Victoria, which practice would be followed throughout the British Empire. Most of the early issues of Mauritius were locally designed and produced and have a distinct “primitive” character.

Its first two postage stamps, issued in 1847, the so-called "Post Office" stamps, are of legendary rarity and value. They were the first stamps issued in any part of the British Empire outside of Great Britain.

The two stamps issued, an orange-red one penny (1d) and a deep blue two pence (2d). The words "Post Office" appear in the left panel, but were changed to "Post Paid" in the following issue, and are the source of the stamps' common name. The "Post Office" stamps are among the rarest stamps in the world, and are of legendary status in the world of philately

The designs were based on the then current issue of Great Britain stamps (first released in 1841), bearing the profile head of Queen Victoria

From 1859 to 1902, Mauritius issued stamps typical of those of colonies of the British Empire, including a number of stamps depicting Queen Victoria in profile and stamps with Mauritius' coat of arms

Mauritius’ first post office was opened on 21  December 1772

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Mauritius 1973 20c Fiddler Crab SG388a Glazed Paper Fine Used
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Mauritius 1885 16c Chestnut SG109 Fine Very Lightly Mtd Mint
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Mauritius 1878 38c on 9d Pale Violet SG89 Fine Lightly Mtd Mint
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Mauritius 1904 15c on 15c Ultramarine SGE2 Fine & Fresh Lightly Mtd Mint
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Mauritius 1953 set of 14 SG293-306
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Mauritius 1902 2R50 Brown-Purple SG162 Fine & Fresh Mtd Mint
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Mauritius 1910 5R Green  Red-Green SG195 Fine Lightly Mtd Mint
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