Falkland Islands Stamps

Postal History of the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands were thought to have been first sighted in 1592 by Captain John Davis. The Falkland were so maned, about a century later, after Lord Falkland, by Captain John Strong who sailed between the West and East Falklands and called the passage Falkland Sound. It appears, however, that his name was not applied to the group as a whole before 1745.

During the intervening years however, they had been visited by the hardy seamen of St. Malo, to whom they were known as Les Iles Malouines. It is under the Spanish variant of "Las Islas Malvinas" that Argentina refers to the islands in her territorial claims of recent years.  [ read more ]

Government House in Port Stanley
Government House in Port Stanley

1878-79 Queen Victoria, No wmk

The adhesive stamps, in denominations of 1d, 6d and 1 shiling (a 4d stamp was added the following year) were the earliest stamps recess-printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson on the orders of the Crown Agents. They bore a profile portrait of Queen Victoria which had previously been used on the well-known "large cents" stamps of Canada from 1868 onwards. The stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper. [ read more ]

  • 1878-79 Queen Victoria
  • 1878-79 Queen Victoria
  • 1878-79 Queen Victoria
  • 1878-79 Queen Victoria


1882-1902 Queen Victoria, Watermarked

Between 1883 and 1902 the stamps were gradually re-issued printed on paper bearing the Crown CA watermark. Following reductions in the Imperial postal rates stamps in denominations of ½d. and 2½d. were added in 1891, while 2d. and 9d. stamps were issued in 1895. [ read more ]

  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria
  • 1882-1902 Queen Victoria


1904-12 King Edward, Watermark Multiple Crown CA

De La Rue secured the contract to print the series portraying King Edward VII, but followed the same patters as the Bradbury issues. The stamps were recess-printed on Multiple Crown CA paper in denominations of ½d., 1d., 2d., 2½d., 6d. and One Shilling in the small format and three and five shillings in the large format. The first printing appeared in 1904, but the stamps underwent a number of colour changes between 1907 and 1912. [ read more ]

  • 1904-12 King Edward Stamps
  • 1904-12 King Edward Stamps
  • 1904-12 King Edward Stamps
  • 1904-12 King Edward Stamps
  • 1904-12 King Edward Stamps
  • 1904-12 King Edward Stamps
  • King Edward Stamps
  • King Edward Stamps

Falkland Islands
1833-present

Flag (pre 1900)

Coat of Arms (1948)


  Capital

Port Stanley
     
      Population

900 (1901)

  Total Population

2.000 (1901)

  First Stamp Issue

19 June 1878


Watermarks

Crown CC

Crown CA

Mult Crown CA

Mult Script CA

Postal History of the Falkland Islands



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1912-20 King George V, Watermark Multiple Crown CA

The same designs, but with the profile of King George V substituted, were used for the series of 1912 to 1920. In 1913, 10 shillings and 1 pound stamps were added to the set and in the ensuing years there were several variations in the shades of most of these stamps. Between 1918 and 1920 the ½d., 1d. and 1 shiling were overprinted WAR STAMP. [ read more ]

  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps
  • 1912-20 King George Stamps


1921-28 King George V, Watermark Multiple Script CA

The same design but with new watermark paper Multiple Script CA, were issued in 1921.  [ read more ]


1929-37 King George V, whale and penguin

A new definitive series, recess-printed by Perkins Bacon on Multiple Script CA paper, appeared on the 2 September 1929. A smaller profile of the King was framed by a South Atlantic scene showing a whale and a penguin. The 1 pound exists on Multiple Crown CA paper.  [ read more ]


1933 Centenary of British Administration

In 1933 the centenary of the assumption of British control was celebrated by the release of a handsome pictorial series, all (except the 6d.) designed by Mr. G. Roberts of Port Stanley and recess-printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson. The higher value a very rare.  [ read more ]