Postage stamps and postal history of the Turks and Caicos Islands

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The first stamp issued by the Turks Islands in 1867.
Raking salt on a 1938 stamp. The sea salt industry was important to the islands and featured on several stamps.
A 1957 mint stamp from the Turks and Caicos Islands.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of two groups of sub-tropical islands in the West Indies, the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands. The islands are southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas and north of the island of Hispaniola. The islands are geographically contiguous to the Bahamas but are politically a separate entity. The total population is about 36,000.

Turks Islands[edit]

The first stamp of the Turks Islands was issued on 4 April 1867 and was the one penny red. The stamp was reissued numerous times, surcharged to create new values between 1/2 penny and 4 pence.[1]

Turks and Caicos Islands[edit]

The first stamp of the Turks and Caicos Islands were issued on 10 November 1900.[1]

Crown colony[edit]

The islands became a Crown Colony in 1962 and the first stamps issued under the new status were the Freedom from Hunger omnibus issue of 4 June 1963.[1]

Caicos Islands[edit]

From 1981 to 1985 overprinted stamps marked Caicos Islands were issued but they are of doubtful validity.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue: Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-1970. 110th edition. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2008, pp.598-602. ISBN 0-85259-653-7
  2. ^ Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986, p.148. ISBN 0-356-10862-7

Further reading[edit]

  • Bacon, Edward Denny. The Postage Stamps of the Turks Islands. London: Stanley Gibbons, 1917 29p. Supplement 1936 12p.
  • Challis, John J. Turks Islands and Caicos Islands to 1950: Postage Stamps, Postal Stationery, Postal History. Harrogate: Roses Caribbean Philatelic Society, 1983 118p. Series Title: Roses Caribbean philatelic handbook; no. 6.
  • Proud, Edward B. The Postal History of the Cayman Islands and Turks & Caicos Islands. Heathfield, East Sussex: Proud Publications, 2006 ISBN 978-1-87246-538-8 152p.

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