Saint Helena Post Office and Philatelic Bureau

Saint Helena

2020 Stamp Programme

  1.   01 February 2020:  Seven Wonders of Saint Helena
  2.   01 September 2020:  Christmas 2020 — Art of Anna Henry

Saint Helena is a British Overseas Territory located in the South Atlantic Ocean. It consists of a remote volcanic tropical island lying some 1,950 kilometres (1,210 mi) west of the coast of southwestern Africa, and 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro on the South American coast. It is one of three constituent parts of the British Overseas Territories of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Saint Helena measures about 16 by 8 kilometres (10 by 5 mi) and has a population of 4,534 (2016 census). It was named after Saint Helena of Constantinople. It is one of the most isolated islands in the world and was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. It was an important stopover for ships sailing to Europe from Asia and Southern Africa for centuries. Saint Helena is the United Kingdom’s second-oldest overseas territory after Bermuda.

The first stamp of St Helena was issued on 1 January 1856. It was a 6d blue imperforate stamp portraying Queen Victoria. From 1863 to 1880, this stamp was issued in various colors, perforated and overprinted for each value from 1d to 5s. This design continued to be used until 1884, when a new set of Victorian key types was issued for the colony.

The first Queen Elizabeth issue was for the 1953 Coronation, followed by a pictorial definitive issued 1 month later. Issues were mainly commemorative or omnibus. On 12 October 1961, four Tristan da Cunha stamps were overprinted “ST. HELENA/Tristan Relief” with a surcharge. Only 454 sets were sold, mainly to tourists from a visiting cruise liner. This set was withdrawn on 19 October and is the most expensive set of St. Helena. St. Helena issues commemorative stamps regularly and still takes part in Crown Agents omnibus issues.


From the St. Helena Post Office Philatelic Bureau website:

Welcome and thank you for visiting the St Helena Post Office Philatelic Bureau. Please note that Harry Allen have now taken over the distribution of stamps and products from St Helena Post Office. This will result in a faster and more stream-lined service to customers.

Customers with outstanding orders should note that we will contact you individually before processing your order.

We are now only able to provide St Helena products from this website. You will need to contact Tristan and Ascension Post Offices directly for their products.

On these pages you can discover our vast array of Philatelic items from the beautiful island of St Helena.

We hope you enjoy your experience with us and we look forward to serving you.