Tonga

Tonga

Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean

The postal history of Tonga can be traced to 1886 when the first Tongan stamp, 1 penny, was issued in 1886 which depicted George Tupou I of Tonga.

In the early part of the 20th century, philatelists began seeking out postal cancellations from Niuafo'ou, a volcanic Tongan island. Since Niuafo'ou lacked a deep water harbor to accommodate ships, postal deliveries were received via the so-called "Tin Can Mail", a system of having mail thrown overboard in biscuit tins and retrieved by local swimmers

In 1963, Tonga issued the world’s first self-adhesive stamps. The stamps were circular in shape and printed on embossed gilt-foiled paper, thus matching the design of the coins being commemorated. Subsequent philatelic issues employed other off-beat designs including stamps shaped like hearts, birds and fruit.

Tonga continued to issue self-adhesive stamps printed on paper, however, many of the stamps were too big for placement on conventional mailing envelopes. Tonga’s unusual postage stamps have become popular with philatelists around the world

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Tonga 1934 2 1/2d Bright Ultramarine SG59 V.F MNH
Regular Price £11.00 Special Price £8.80
Tonga 1938 Set of 3 SG71-73 Fine MM
Regular Price £17.00 Special Price £13.60
Tonga 1936 Tin Can Mail Cover to Sydney Bearing 1 1/2d to 1s SG56-63 Attractive
Regular Price £175.00 Special Price £140.00
Tonga 1938 2d Black & Purple SG72 V.F.U
Regular Price £5.00 Special Price £4.00
Tonga 1893 1/2d on 1d Bright Ultramarine SG15 Fine Used
Regular Price £14.00 Special Price £11.20
Tonga 1891 1d Carmine SG7 Good MM
Regular Price £18.00 Special Price £14.40
Tonga 1892 1d Pale Rose SG10 Fine Unused
Regular Price £8.00 Special Price £6.40
Tonga 1962 5s Orange-Yellow & Slate-Lilac SG014Var 'Official & Airmail' Omitted Fine LMM
Regular Price £125.00 Special Price £100.00
Tonga 1895 7 1/2d on 2 1/2d Vermilion SG31c 'Missing Eyebrow' Fine Used
Regular Price £125.00 Special Price £100.00
Tonga 1934 2 1/2d Bright Ultramarine SG59 Fine LMM (2)
Regular Price £7.00 Special Price £5.60
Tonga 1897 2s6d Deep Purple SG52 Fine MM
Regular Price £28.00 Special Price £22.40
Tonga 1897 10d Black & Lake SG49 Fine LMM
Regular Price £25.00 Special Price £20.00
Tonga 1891 1d Carmine SG7 Fine Used Stamp
Regular Price £35.00 Special Price £28.00
Tonga 1892 4d Chestnut SG12 Fine Unused
Regular Price £16.00 Special Price £12.80
Tonga 1893 1s Ultramarine SG05 Fine Used
Regular Price £110.00 Special Price £88.00
Tonga 1893 8d Ultramarine SG04 Fine LMM
Regular Price £52.00 Special Price £41.60
Tonga 1895 1d on 2d Pale Blue SG25 Fine MM
Regular Price £25.00 Special Price £20.00
Tonga 1895 1d on 2d Pale Blue SG25 Good Mint Strip of 3
Regular Price £65.00 Special Price £52.00
Tonga 1897 2 1/2d Black & Blue SG43a 'No Fraction Bar' Fine Used
Regular Price £32.00 Special Price £25.60
Tonga 1923 2d on 10d Black & Lake SG66b 'Both O Small' Good MM
Regular Price £44.00 Special Price £35.20
Tonga 1962 10s Yellow & Black SG015a 'MAII' V.F.U
Regular Price £110.00 Special Price £88.00
Tonga 1886 2d Pale Violet SG2 Good MM
Regular Price £22.00 Special Price £17.60
Tonga 1893 1/2d on 1d Dull Blue SG19 P.12 x 11.5 Fine MM (2)
Regular Price £25.00 Special Price £20.00
Tonga 1891 1d Carmine SG7 Fine Used
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Regular Price £36.00 Special Price £18.00