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History of Falkland Islands Stamps

The earliest mail from the Falkland Islands usually does not show any postal markings and can only be identified by the enclosed letter or other manuscript notations, the earliest known cover is from 1800 and only 9 covers are known dated between 1800 and 1840. The first official indication that payment for postage had been made is a small framed handstamp reading “Falkland / Paid / Islands.” and is known applied to covers in black ink from January 1869. It was superseded in 1876 by a larger circular handstamp applied in red ink. Both of these are the first items listed by Stanley Gibbons as numbers FR1/2 and are referred to by specialists as “The Black Frank” and “The Red Frank”.

First Falkland Islands stamps

The first Falkland Islands stamps were issued on the 19 June 1878 and were printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. in sheets of 60 which were imperforate around the edges rather than the more normal unprinted selvage, so it is normal to find stamps from this issue with a straight unperforated edge. As one of the British Empire's favourite philatelic colonies, the Falkland Islands includes what is commonly accepted as one of the great classics of stamp design, the 1933 Centenary of British Administration issues which show beautifully engraved bi-colour images of icebergs, penguins, whales and other local landmarks, crowned by a magnificent £1 portrait of King George V.

The most famous rarity is the 1964 6d “HMS Glasgow” ship stamp error, of which around 25 copies are known from the original sheet of 60. The Falkland Islands have long been the subject of specialization and there are many varieties, printings, essays, proofs, errors, postmarks and interesting postal history for stamp collectors to enjoy. We would recommend the excellent “Specialised Stamp Catalogue of The Falkland Islands” by Stefen Heijtz, and of course the mainstay Stanley Gibbons listings.

Falkland Islands stamps

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  • Lot 315 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £65 - £70

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1898 5s red, SG 42, mint, small hinge thin.
  • Lot 316 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £100 - £120

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1929 2s6d & 5s 'Whale and Penguin' SG 123/4, fine mint (2)
  • Lot 317 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £55

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1938-50 5s blue and chestnut, SG 161, fine cds used.
  • Lot 318 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £50 - £60

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1938-50 5s blue & chestnut Sea Lion, SG 161, vf cds used, fresh
  • Lot 319 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £36 - £40

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1938-50 5s indigo and pale yellow-brown, SG 161a, fine cds used.
  • Lot 320 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £33 - £35

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1979 11p Airport WMK TO LEFT variety, SG 361w, NHM
  • Lot 321 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £33 - £35

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1979 11p Airport WMK CROWN TO LEFT variety, SG 361w, NHM
  • Lot 322 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £60 - £70

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    FALKLAND IS. DEPS. - 1946-49 thin Map complete set, SG G9/16, NHM, fresh (9)
  • Lot 1897 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £350 - £400

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1904 - 1920 MINT AND USED COLLECTION of the watermark MCA issues presented on a stock card we see 1904-12 duplicated range to 5s (x2, one unused & one used) including a 3s green SG Z...
  • Lot 1898 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £120 - £130

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    FALKLAND IS. - 1904 3s green Ed VII, SG 49, very fine mint.

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