Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half island of New Guinea in the South West Pacific Ocean. It gained independence from Australia in 1975. Surprisingly, although the country has a relatively small population (around 4.4 million in 1990), it has issued at least ten different official seals. Most of the earlier designs have "Territory of Papua and New Guinea" in the first text line. PNG seals on cover are relatively scarce.

Catalog: Drummond OS2

Date issued: Unknown, EKU March 15, 1939

Printing: Black

Perforation: Hyphen-hole perf 7

Inscription: "FOUND OPEN / OFFICIALLY SEALED" with rectangle and "Date Stamp" in middle

Control Number: None

Description: Registered 1939 First Day cover from Southend-on-Sea, England to the town of Mapamoiwa on Ferguson Island, colony of Papua and reclosed at at Port Moresby with two official seals.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

Catalog: Drummond OS7

Date issued: Unknown, EKU May 2, 1979

Printing: Black

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "Papua New Guinea / Department of Posts and Telegraphs / FOUND OPEN / Officer Closing this must / Sign his name above / OFFICIALLY SEALED"

Control Number: "P.M.9" at upper right, "G.P.--5970." at lower left

Description: 1979 cover from Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea to Oakland, California, completely torn through and repaired with clear tape and a single post-independence PNG seal.

Courtesy of Jim Drummond by permission.

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