Nauru

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, Charles Darwin on stamps and postmarks of Nauru


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Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 kilometres to the east. It further lies northwest of Tuvalu, north of the Solomon Islands, east-northeast of Papua New Guinea, southeast of the Federated States of Micronesia and south of the Marshall Islands
With 10,084 residents in a 21-square-kilometre area, Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific.
The exact origins of the Nauruans are unclear since their language does not resemble any other in the Pacific region.
Germany annexed the island in 1888. A German-British consortium began mining the island's phosphate deposits early in the 20th century. (The phosphate deposits are accumulations of guano - the excrement of sea birds)
Australian forces occupied Nauru in World War I; it subsequently became a League of Nations mandate. After the Second World War - and a brutal occupation by Japan - Nauru became a UN trust territory. It achieved independence in 1968. [R1]

The first post office on the island opened in 1905 using stamps of the Marshall Islands. From 1914 to 1916 Australian stamps overprinted North West Pacific Islands were used.
The British government then took control of the island and British stamps overprinted NAURU were issued in October 1916. From 1924 stamps produced in Australia were used.
The first stamps of independent Nauru were issued in 1968 [R2]



Official stamps of Nauru related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, Charles Darwin

27.05.2006 "Anniversaries" [1] 14.08.2006 "Dinosaurs" [2]
Charles Darwin on anniversaries stamps of Nauru 2006 Dinosaurs on stamps of Nauru 2006 MICHEL Dinos - whole world catalog - contain technical details and prices of stamps with dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps of Nauru, Solomon Islands and Kiribati  2006
Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps of Nauru, Solomon Islands and Kiribati 2006
Charles Darwin on anniversaries stamps of Nauru 2006
Charles Darwin on anniversaries stamps of Nauru 2006 MiNr.: 628-629, Scott: 549

Notes:
[1] Charles Darwin shown on stamp with face value $1.00.
Similar stamps but of different design showing Charles Darwin and other Scientists and Explorers were issued that same year by the
Solomon Islands,
Ascension Islands,
Kiribati and
St. Helena.

[2] "Puzzle" like issue: stamps ordered in two rows build an entire image.
Stamps of similar design issued on the same day by Solomon islands and a month later (15.09.2006) by Kiribati




Commemorative postmarks of Nauru related to Paleontology: dinosaurs

Legend is here
14.08.2006 "Dinosaurs" [FDC] [1]
Dinosaur skull on postmark of Nauru 2006



References:
  •   [R1] Nauru: Wikipedia, WikiTravel, FlagCounter.
  •   [R2] Postal History and Philately of Nauru: Wikipedia,
              Links to official website of the Post Authority, stamp catalog and a list of new stamps of Nauru are here



Acknowledgement:
Dr. Peter Voice from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for the draft page review and his valuable comments.


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