Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Dinosaurs on stamps of Papua New Guinea
, officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea,
is an Oceanian country that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore
islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north
Its capital, located along its southeastern coast, is Port Moresby.
The western half of New Guinea forms the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.
Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world; 852 languages are
listed for the country, of which 12 have no known living speakers.
Most of the population of over 7 million people live in customary
communities, which are as diverse as the languages.
Papua New Guinea established its sovereignty in 1975 following almost 60 years of Australian administration.
It became a separate Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and
became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations in its own right.
On 26 January 1972, with the stamps presenting the new flag and
coat of arms of the territory, appeared a new mention "Papua New Guinea".
The new coins in kina and its subdivision, the toea, were presented on a five stamp series issued on 21 April 1975.
In August, the four stamps marking the fifth South Pacific Games in Guam were the last before independence
on 21 September 1975
Official stamps of Papua new Guinea related to Paleontology: dinosaurs
|25.02.2004 "Prehistoric animals"
- [R1] Papua New Guinea:
- [R2] Postal History and Philately of Papua New Guinea:
Links to official website of the Post Authority, stamp catalog and a list of new stamps of Papua New Guinea are here.
Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his valuable comments.