VAN2017 Putting its Stamp on the Nation
Van2017 - 23 November
There will be many memories and souvenirs from these Mini Pacific Games. To mark this major national event, Vanuatu Post has created a series of stamps for the Games.
The stamps feature all 14 sports on offer at the 2017 Games, with generic athletes not specific faces.
Van2017 CEO Clint Flood stated that, in consultation with Vanuatu Post, it was decided to have images representative of the whole of the Pacific.
“The stamps celebrate the Games as a whole and not an individual.”
First Day Covers or souvenir pages are usually the most sought after format for collectors. The FDC come in an envelope with the stamps cancelled and a cachet or design relating to the stamp.
Stamp collecting has been a popular hobby since the 19th Century. Stamp collecting is considered in many countries as an important income source and will create limited runs to entice collectors.
The nation’s first postal service was a local inter-island route started by an Australia-New Hebrides company in 1897. The first stamp was issued by the then British government in 1908, with an overprint on a Fijian stamp.
During the condominium, there were two separate stamp issues and the occasional joint effort between the British and French postal services.
The stamps will be launched at 3pm at the free Test Event at Korman on Saturday and then will be made available at local post offices from Monday at Vanuatu Post. FDC cost is 1800vt, mini-sheets 980vt and individual stamps are 20-180vt.
Stamp collectors and enthusiasts take note, there are only 300 First Day Covers and a limited run of full sets, so don’t delay in making a purchase.
Games Test Event
9am-8pm Saturday 25 November at Korman Complex.
Entry is free.